Historic Spanish Point Osprey
Where is it at?
Historic Spanish Point
377 North Tamiami Trail
Tel: 941 966 5214
Where are we going today?
Historic Spanish Point is a fascinating 30-acre museum overlooking beautiful Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, Sarasota County, Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site preserves and interprets 5,000 years of history. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Experience prehistory by stepping inside A Window to the Past; an archaeology exhibition about the gulf coast region's earliest inhabitants. Surround yourself on three sides by a 15 foot high prehistoric shell mound, the only place in the Unites States where this happens.
Explore Florida's pioneer life by touring a homestead house built in 1901, a citrus packing house, the charming Mary's Chapel and a pioneer cemetery. Reflect on the formal gardens created in the early 1900s by Mrs. Potter Palmer as part of her winter estate. Interact with a working maritime heritage boatyard and take seasonal excursions on the Magic, a reproduction of a 1906 motor launch.
Enjoy nature trails through native plant communities and stunning views of Little Sarasota Bay from large boardwalks. Relax in a dazzling Butterfly Garden which boasts blooms year-round. Bring a picnic lunch and dine under the graceful branches of a hundred year old Southern Magnolia.
The Visitors' Center, in the restored 1920s era Osprey School, features a Museum Store, an Orientation Theatre, and Meeting Rooms.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years.
When can we go?
9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 5pm Sundays.
Historic Spanish Point offers field trip programs to 3rd and 4th grade students from four local counties. This accounts for over 5,000 kids touring the museum a year. .
Any Top Tips?
Historic Spanish Point is mainly an outdoor museum, so appropriate clothing for Florida is suggested. We treat for bugs with environmentally friendly sprays and .
Doing our bit
Because we are on Little Sarasota Bay, we have fun programs like Family Water Day[2nd Sat. of the month 9am-12pm]with catch-n-release fishing and boat rides. Also you can bring your dog for a walk on the 3rd Sat. of the month 9am-12pm. In summer we have 2 months of fun day camps with archaeology excavation, fishing, sailing and survivor camp. If you like bugs, visit our huge Butterfly Garden. There is always something crawling or flying around. .
Need a little extra help?
Tram tours are available by reservation. .
The museum's outdoor paths are stroller friendly and there are plenty of restrooms. .
Can I get one of those?
The Museum Store located in the Visitors Center stocks kid's items like toys, books and collectables that relate to Florida history or nature. .
What people are saying?
by Robert Sulfridge
Nice butterfly garden
by Gus Grana
Great place if you love nature, walking, or history. Highly recommend it!
by Jeff Bowers
Have been there numerous times and it has always been an outstanding place. Recommend going if you love history
by Bob de Bruin
by A Google User