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Leading Ladies Of Sarasota

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Adult Ages 10+

Leading Ladies Historical Tour

logo, company nameThe past comes to life in an informative and entertaining way on this Historical 90-minute City Trolley Tour led by costumed guide, Kathryn Chesley as she plays the parts of Rose Wilson (newspaper publisher), Mable Ringling (wife of John Ringling), Marie Selby (wife of William Selby and Philanthropist), or Bertha Palmer (Rancher and Developer) on alternating tours.

Find out what Sarasota was like 100 years ago through the eyes of each of these impactful women during the time they lived here. See the historical places in Sarasota and learn about its key development.

Each week’s 90-minute tour features a different leading founder and focuses on her unique contributions to Sarasota.

Guests must be 10+; no children under 10 allowed except on family tours designed for children.

Tour ticket includes FREE Parking!


LOVED IT! – Mar 2022
What an extraordinarily entertaining way to learn about the history of the city of Sarasota! Kathryn was so knowledgeable and witty. The 90 minutes absolutely flew by and the information was remarkable. Personifying Mabel Ringling and speaking in the first person made this tour and all of the info come alive for us. I would do this again in a minute. — Kendra