Tourism Tour

Florida tourism had some beginnings in the early 1800s, when only the most adventurous travelers ventured into what was mostly tropical wilderness. Entrepreneurs were at work even then, though, and sold the travelers keepsakes commonly called “bio-curios” - Spanish moss, bird eggs, feathers, shells and stuffed alligators.


Tourists and winter residents began flocking in large numbers to the Pinellas peninsula in the late 1800s. That trend quickly became and continues today to be our county's most major source of revenue and notoriety as visitors from all over the world flock to our beaches to enjoy the sunshine!