Hello Neighbor! The Mister Rogers Walking Tour

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$42.00

Tour Overview

Welcome to our Winter Park neighborhood on this beautiful day! While many well-known celebrities have passed through this beautiful village over its rich history, probably no one impacted, and was impacted by, Winter Park more than Fred McFeely Rogers, lovingly known the world over to millions of people as the unforgettable host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for over 50 years now.

Fred hosted 895 episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, writing all the scripts and over 200 original songs – and much of this was written right here in Winter Park!

Come along on our Mister Rogers Walking Tour as we visit the heart of town where Fred and his lifetime sweetheart, Sara Joanne Byrd Rogers, fell in love while in college and spent many years later in life! You’ll learn fascinating tidbits about the three key elements that came together to inspire Fred to begin a lifetime ministry of serving others through the medium of television, including how he was impacted by a mural on the Rollins College campus. Walk in the same places that Fred and Joanne did through different seasons of their life, as you come to better understand this legendary and wonderfully creative, kind man who left such a uniquely positive influence on the world.

Our guides are devoted fans of Fred who research and verify their information directly with members of the Rogers family, Fred’s production team from the TV show and the Fred Rogers Center to weave a beautiful story that you can’t find anywhere else. Come along on an amazing journey of joy as you celebrate the accomplishments of a great, yet humble, man from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and our Winter Park neighbor!

 

Tour Includes:

  • 90 Minute – 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour in the Winter Park Footsteps of Fred Rogers.
  • Legendary stories from Mister Rogers’ time in Winter Park as a student and later as a humble television celebrity.
  • 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 reserve in advance.
  • Children under 12 attend for free with a paid adults.
  • Earn SUNNY PERKS REWARDSTM.
  • 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.

Season/Time:

The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes – 2 hours.

Tours which depart after 5:00pm, or on Sundays, originate from the benches in front of the City of Winter Park Administrative Building, located at 401 South Park Avenue (southwest corner of South Park Avenue and West Lyman Avenue), Winter Park 32789. Mister Rogers tours departing at all other times (i.e. before 5:00pm, Monday – Saturday) 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 and times each month. 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 sbradley@originalorlando.com 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 info@originalorlando.com 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.

Other:

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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  • Nancy Greft

    1 Review
    "So cool!"
    Went on the Mr. Rogers tour last weekend, had an absolute blast. Such a unique experience and learned a lot of interesting things about the town and his life, definitely a good way to spend a couple hours on a weekend!
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  • Ilvain Czaricz

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    "What a guy!"
    I only knew Fred Rogers from the show but this tour really brought him to life for me. What an amazing man and a sensational tour. Many, many thanks for the day.
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  • LeighAnne Rosen, Winter Springs

    1 Review
    "Fred Rogers"
    We had no idea Fred Rogers spent so much time in Winter Park! It was truly magical to see the street and house where he lived. Fred we need you now more than ever! Thank you Rich and Michael for such a beautiful tribute to The Man!
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  • Kenny and the Corcorans!!!!!!

    1 Review
    "Just do it!"
    OK, so if you are reading this at all, you gotta be a Mr. Rogers fan, so don't even think any more, just do the tour. It's all about how he grew up in PA and what brung him to FL and his whole career. I grew up on the show so I was totally into it but I think people who don't know him too good would definitely like this tour to.
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  • Sylvia Erenbaum, Winter Park

    1 Review
    "Brought back great memories!"
    I really forgot how much I loved Mr. Rogers. Thank you for reminding me - great day!
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  • Kara Osbourne

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    "S-P-E-C-I-A-L, Special!"
    My sister recommended this tour and I understand why. If you like Mr. Rogers you are going to love this. I didn't know he was a part-year Winter Park resident or that he went to school at Rollins. The guides really knew his story well and one of them had even met Mr. Rogers, which was a cool story too. Not too much walking although it starts to heat up by the end of the tour. I wish I had know he was around Winter Park when he was still alive. But, DO THIS TOUR if you like the man and the show.
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  • Magdalena C., Winter Park

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    "What else to say?????"
    After reading the other reviews I agree with them all and not sure what to add. 1. Guides are fantastic. Friendly, informed...you can tell the have such respect and reverence for Fred Rogers. 2. His life story is so interesting and his whole life journey makes so much sense the way it was laid out. Well told with lots of detail. 3. He wrote many of his TV shows scripts sitting in Winter Park!!!!! WP Proud! Well done guys! See you on the WP food tour next! Mags
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  • "One of a Kind Experience "
    This is a tour that EVERYONE in winter park needs to take. Rich is an amazing tour guide! Very informative, funny, and opened our eyes to the Mr. Roger’s story beyond the tv show.
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  • Felicia Whetsell

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    "A must do tour"
    This tour was phenomenal!! I enjoyed every minute of it. The tour guide was really knowledgeable and engaged us. I would recommend that everyone take this tour. Ask for Rich, he’s amazing!!
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  • Lori Melton

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    "Unforgettable Experience!"
    Recently at a conference in Orlando, I realized how close I was to Fred Rogers Alma Mater Rollins College. I have been walking with Fred this year as I have been diligently studying his life and legacy. Had one afternoon free and decided to drive into Winter Park. First stopped at the Chamber of Commerce and discovered the Fred Roger's Walking Tour! The Tour had just left for the day but after phoning Rich, he offered to take my mom and I on our own private tour. We learned so much and loved every minute! The cherry on top.. as we visited the newly unveiled sculpture on Rollins Campus the sculptor himself was there and was giving a guest lecture that we we were able to attend! I am surprised at how powerful it was to walk the corridors that Fred walked, to stand looking up at the window of his dorm room, to see the "Life is for Service" Plaque that so shaped this man. I will never forget it. Thank you Rich!
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