Do the Local Motion Program Free Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Tampa

Beginning Friday, October 7, the Tampa Downtown Partnership will offer twice-monthly noon-hour group walks called, Do the Local Motion, along safe and interesting routes, each with a different theme and led by local guest tour guides. Walkers will gather at the corner of Franklin & Madison at the Do the Local Motion Village adjacent to the Downtown Friday Market.

The October 7 walk is a "Discover Design" Architecture Tour and will be led by members of the American Institute of Architects Tampa Chapter. October 28 will feature "Halloween Haunts" including the Tampa Theatre and Oaklawn Cemetery.  These walks will continue on select Fridays through May 2012, each with a different theme and route to various downtown locations. Be sure to check the website for routes and dates.

The program also includes downloadable maps and podcasts featuring local musicians for a self-guided tour.
Partners in the program include the Downtown Y and Tampa General Hospital.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership created the walking tour program in an effort to highlight the dynamic parks, new development, and old favorites in downtown Tampa and to improve walking conditions and help counter alarming adult obesity rates. Do the Local Motion combines fitness with culture and community. Several engaging 1-2-mile routes were developed featuring Tampa's public art, architecture, history, and legends. 

The next several walking dates and themes are as follows:

October 7 - Discover Design Architecture Tour Featuring AIA Tampa Bay
October 28 - Halloween Haunts Featuring Oaklawn Cemetery
November 4 - Tampa - the Early Years Featuring Tampa Bay Sequicentiennial Commission
November 18 - University of Tampa & Straz Center featuring a chance to win tickets to the Plant Museum's Victorian Stroll
December 2 - West Side Story sponsored by Walgreens
December 16 - Holiday Hop Featuring a holiday tour you won't want to miss!
January 6 - 2012 Trek - Let the Tampa YMCA help you get healthy in 2012!
January 20 - Gasparilla Legends - Beware of lurking pirates bearing beaded gifts!

For more information visit the Do the Local Motion website or call the Tampa Downtown Partnership at (813) 221-3686.

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