Fred & Joanne A Winter Park Love Story

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Fred & Joanne A Winter Park Love Story

In the fall of 1948, 20 years before there was a Land of Make Believe, Rollins College student Joanne Byrd volunteered with some friends to show incoming transfer student Fred Rogers (one day to be of Mister Rogers Neighborhood fame) around the campus and the town of Winter Park. And so were planted seeds that would blossom into a lifetime relationship of love, and an adventure beyond their dreams.

Join us as we walk through the same streets as Fred and Joanne, see their sites and Florida home, and hear the heart-touching stories of a love affair for the ages which began and continued in beautiful Winter Park on the Fred & Joanne – A Winter Park Love Story walking tour.


Tour Includes:

  • 90 Minute Guided Walking Tour in the Winter Park Footsteps of Fred Rogers & Sarah ‘Joanne’ Rogers
  • Lovely stories from the courtship of Joanne and Fred from their time in Winter Park as a student and later as they returned in life.
  • Historical information about the Winter Park area, a significant part of Fred and Joanne’s life.
  • 10% discount for your next Original Orlando Tours adventure (valid for 30 days).
  • Every person age 4 and above on the tour must have a ticket. Children 6 and under must wear a life jacket on the boat.
    • Adult Ticket: 13+
    • Child Ticket: 4-12
  • Please reserve in advance.
  • Confirmations will be sent within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.

Exclusions and Extras:

  • This tour does not include the 1 hour cruise long the canals and lakes of Winter Park.
  • Our guide gratuity is not included in the booking price.


The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes

Mister Rogers tours departing meet in the lobby of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Building, located at 151 W Lyman Avenue, Winter Park 32789. There is free parking near both buildings and along the local streets in the area. If coming from the I-Drive or Orlando tourist zones, you may want to allow at least 45 minutes travel time depending on your departure location; check your GPS, Waze, Google Maps or other apps so you can be sure to join our tour in plenty of time.

This tour operates on various days. Check the schedule on this page for exact details.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour to check in.  There are no refunds or partial credits for guests who are late to the tour or no-shows. Tours depart rain or shine!

Private and Large Groups:

A private tour (ten or more) can be designed for your group to deliver a customized, extraordinary evening!  For groups of ten or more, please contact Sarah at or (407) 986-8687 to create your unforgettable visit!

Cancellation Policy:

You may receive a full or partial refund by notifying us via email at of the cancellation. No refunds shall be issued for cancellations not received at least 24 hours in advance of the starting time and date of your tour. Please review your Terms and Conditions document for other cancellation provisions.

Sunny’s Local Tips and Bits:

The world-famous “Temple” orange was discovered in Winter Park and developed in the surrounding groves. The original tree still stands on private property within the city.


This Mister Rogers walking tour is only offered in English. Florida weather varies throughout the year, so you may want to check the forecast and plan to dress accordingly. Tours operate rain or shine! We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bringing an umbrella if there is a chance of rain.

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 1.5 hours
Maximum number of people: Unlimited


100% of guests recommend

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based on 4 reviews

  • Camilla, Clearwater FL

    1 Review
    "Fabulous Time and Fascinating Story!"
    We so much enjoyed learning about Fred and Joanne! Still bummed about her recently passing, but that was a truly thoughtful homage by Sarah. Thank you for sharing their love story with us. It was very inspiring!
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  • Erma Sendwell

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    "Lovely Time as Usual!"
    Such an amazing story and presentation by Sarah of the life and love affair of the Rogers! I was quite taken by the whole experience and thoroughly enjoyed walking where they had once walked. Bravo! We’ve done several lovely tours with this company before and they are just so enjoyable to be with. I highly recommend them in fact the only tour company I would recommend. Thank you again for just a wonderful experience. See you next time!
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  • Janis and Dave from Pittsburgh

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    "So Moving!"
    What incredible people they were, and what a great team! Awesome time and the guides were so passionate about the Rogers and all they did. Loved it!!!
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  • Candice Allenson

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    "Love, love, loved it!"
    We had a beautiful day for a beautiful story in a beautiful neighborhood! 🙂
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