Historic Trolley Tours Start To Roll in West Palm Beach


Sometimes it’s fun to reflect on Florida history and remember there was a time not too long ago when folks here didn’t have the modern advantages of air conditioning, highways, and lightning-fast communcation.

But in some places they did have mass transit.

In West Palm Beach, they’re bringing the old days back for a bit with Historic Trolley Tours. The Downtown Development Authority started these seasonal tours in 2008, and they’re doing it again weekly on Fridays at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. through April 20, 2013 (the only exception is during Boat Show on March 22 and Mar. 23).

In a retro ‘40s costume, Candyce Lewis dresses as ‘Evelyn Chapman’ and takes passengers on a 45-minute tour to share stories and anecdotes about downtown’s historical buildings and landmarks. Playing a West Palm Beach native engaged to a returning serviceman, Lewis – and the entire tour – is themed to the 1940s.

Personally, I think it’s well worth $5 (free for kids under 10) to learn about West Palm’s distinctive architecture (like the 10-story “skyscraper”), its pioneering days, the 1920s real estate boom, and what’s happened over the past century.

For dates, details, and reservations, call the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit WPBGO.com or WestPalmBeachDDA.com.

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