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Walking Tours

How many different ways can you explore FSU's past? These self-guided tours investigate the school's political, economic, cultural, and social histories. They describe how the physical enviornment has changed in relation to developments in student life. They also look at the relationships between administrators, faculty, and the student body.

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  • sporting venues tour
    Sports have always played an important role in student life at FSU. Take a tour of the various venues, learning about their namesakes, architectural changes, and their place in FSU's history.

  • bench tour
    Treat yourself to a walk around the oldest part of FSU's lovely campus. You will enjoy built-in rest stops along the way. Immerse yourself in history and tradition as you amble among buildings and across grounds rooted in education more than a century old. Currently, you will see 33 benches, 23 sponsored and 10 not. Viewing these works of art you will learn about prestigious faculty, generous alumni and, yes, even ordinary members whose hearts remain to help encompass the University's every-growing family.

  • fscw tour
    For 42 years, the Florida State College for Women provided an educational opportunity for the women of Florida and beyond. Students attending FSCW not only received a first-rate education, but also became a part of a close knit community guided by admiration of and pride in their educational institution. The students of FSCW developed a social life steeped in tradition, competition, and influenced by the changing society outside of the gates of the College. The legacy of FSCW is still visible today. As you explore the campus of FSU, you can connect with this important period of the University's past and learn about life outside the classroom of Florida State College for Women.

  • student activism
    In the 1960s and 1970s, some considered Florida State University to be the "Berkeley of the South." Although this campus escaped the violence that plagued many other universities in these turbulent decades, students on FSU's campus were involved in many struggles, such as equal rights for women and minorities, the anti-war movement, and free speech. Where were these sites of contest? What were some of the major protests? How were they resolved?

  • development tour
    How much of campus was planned? How much was built by chance? Why are cars allowed on some parts of campus and not others? Find out how this campus has changed from its first founding and how its past shapes plans for future planning

  • world war II tour
    How did World War II impact Florida State University? Learn about the student's response to the war. In addition, learn about the buildings constructed through Works Progress Admnistration (WPA) projects during the late 1930s

  • hidden and forgotten treasures tour
    Sometimes we do not notice what is right in front of us. This tour takes us to some familiar and unfamiliar spots on campus, highlighting what makes this campus unique and interesting.

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