By Kellilynn Hann
Taking a Florida food and wine tour is one of the best ways to explore the Sunshine State.
With a local expert to show you around, you’ll visit unique restaurants, learn about the region’s history and culture, discover places you want to visit after the tour, and make new friends.
Best of all, there are no bills, tips, or hassles — everything is included in the tour price.
If you’re ready to have an immersive experience in one of Florida’s famous cities, give these tours a try. Many are family friendly — one listed here even welcomes dogs.
Savoring San Marco, Jacksonville
Along the St. Johns River near Downtown Jacksonville is the beautiful, historic neighborhood of San Marco. Along with food and drink samplings from five local restaurants, you’ll have a chance to explore the popular boutiques and galleries in San Marco Square. This walking tour takes about three hours; bring your camera, there are a lot of incredible photo opportunities.
The Tasting Tours, St. Augustine
Experts in the cuisine and history of St. Augustine, The Tasting Tours offers several tempting options. The Corks and Forks Tour, voted the top foodie tour in St. Augustine, is a three-hour strolling adventure showcasing food and wine pairings from the best local restaurants. They also have two chauffeured tours: Wine & Dine and Sunday Brunch & Bubbles.
Seville Savories Food Tours, Pensacola
Visitors flock to Pensacola for the beaches, but the area is also rich in history— with interesting cuisines to match. With the lunchtime Palafox-Trot Tour, you’ll learn about the indigenous peoples, Spanish settlers, and the foods introduced by the English and French. The Seville Stroll is an evening tour in downtown’s Old Seville area. Bayou Buzz is a caffeine-lover’s dream come true; the tour stops at five premiere coffeehouses.
Winter Park Walking Food Tour, Winter Park
About 20 minutes from downtown Orlando is the picture-perfect town of Winter Park. With this tour, you’ll stroll along the brick streets of Park Avenue while you sample drinks and gourmet bites from eateries recommended by local foodies. This three-hour lunch tour is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ciro’s Sweet Tooth and Dessert Tour, Winter Haven
Food tours tend to favor the savory, but not this one! Satisfy your sweet tooth while learning about this beautiful little town in central Florida’s famous Chain of Lakes area. Sample desserts from family-owned businesses, including fried Florida key lime pie. Kids of all ages are welcome.
Ybor City Food Tours, Tampa
This vibrant Tampa neighborhood has been designated a National Historic Landmark, so you know there will be plenty of interesting stories to go along with your food tastings. The Ybor City Food Tour is a three-hour walking trip where you’ll sample authentic Cuban food, visit a cigar shop, and nibble delicious desserts. They also have a Cuban Sandwich Tour, Dessert Food Tour, Scavenger Hunt Tour, and even a Pet-Friendly Tour you can take with your dog.
Las Olas Food Tours, Fort Lauderdale
This child-friendly tour takes you on a food and history adventure to one of the top-visited places in the city— Los Olas Boulevard. With the Las Olas Food Adventure, you’ll stop by a gallery to see the work of important local artists and enjoy tastings at six popular restaurants. If you want to see sights from the water, opt for the Las Olas River Cruise & Food Tour, where you’ll have some tastings and drinks then take a paddle-wheel cruise boat through “Millionaires’ Row” to see the famously fabulous homes. The trip ends with a dessert tasting.
Miami Culinary Tours, Miami
Little Havana is a popular Miami destination for visitors who love food, coffee, and learning about new cultures. With the Little Havana Cultural Tour, you’ll explore the art, music, and history of this picturesque neighborhood while tasting authentic Cuban food. The company also offers a Design District Food & Art Tour featuring public art installations, Mia Market, and local restaurants. Other walking food tours include Coral Gables, Wynwood Food & Art, and South Beach Food & Art Deco.
Underground Donut Tour, Miami
This tour begins on Miami’s South Beach, home to Ocean Drive, Art Deco hotels, neon lights and beautiful nights-- and who knew?- scrumptious donuts. Tour stops include Mr. Dough DeLucia Bakery, the best Italian bakery in Miami, where you'll sample Italian-style donuts with various fillings; the Naked Taco, where delicious churros take center stage; and other indulgent eateries, all with Ocean Drive as a scenic backdrop.
The tour takes about two hours and includes about a mile and half of walking.