ybor city Museum state park
Housed in the historic 1923 Ferlita Bakery, the Ybor City Museum State Park offers visitors a glimpse into Ybor City's vibrant history. Engaging exhibits welcome guests of all ages to be transported from a time of humble beginnings to one of Florida's only U.S. National Historic Districts.
A highlight to visitors are the two original brick ovens that once produced between 200-500 loafs of Cuban bread daily. Learn how Francesco Ferlita, an immigrant from Santo, Stefano, Sicily opened his first wooden bakery known as "La Joven Francesa" in 1896 and became an essential part of Ybor City. Reflect on the unyielding resolve of early immigrants who, like Ferlita in 1922, rebuilt their businesses when destroyed by fire.
Additionally, a visitor favorite, is the casita’s tour. The tour allows visitors a chance to experience turn of the century motif in a quintessential cigar-worker's family home. While single men primarily lived in boarding houses, the casitas were offered as secure and affordable housing for cigar-workers and their families. See how these casitas became another iconic feature, unique to Ybor City.
After an enlightening tour, guests are welcome to reflect in the Ybor City Museum State Park's beautiful Mediterranean-style garden while relaxing next to the calming water fountain.
Educational Tours and large group tours are welcome at the Ybor City Museum State Park. Park rangers and volunteer docents are on hand to guide your group through the museum experience.
The Ybor City Museum State Park have a great group of park rangers and volunteers excited and willing to share their knowledge about Ybor City with our guests. Learn more about their efforts to help preserve Ybor City's culture and heritage.