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Historic Spanish Point

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Address: 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
Phone Number: 941-966-5214
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Dig (archeology)
Description: Explore 5,000 years of history through prehistoric Indian mounds, pioneer...
Explore 5,000 years of history through prehistoric Indian mounds, pioneer era buildings and the colorful gardens of Mrs. Potter Palmer. Tour a 30-acre archaeological, historical and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in Sarasota County, Florida. A large Butterfly Garden, picnic facilities, nature trails through a unique environment and one-of-a-kind exhibits are just some of the interesting features included in your experience.
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A Nice Interlude

This is an interesting destination that has a lot to offer but does take some tolerance for ambiguity inherent in many small, local, volunteer-driven and likely underfunded... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Durham, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is an interesting destination that has a lot to offer but does take some tolerance for ambiguity inherent in many small, local, volunteer-driven and likely underfunded museums and historic sites. Yes, the road signage was confusing and the directions a little casual for first-time visitors, but the staff was friendly and welcoming; the scope of the history very broad;... More 

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Ripon, WI
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106 reviews 106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The site at Spanish Point includes a variety of items of historic interest. There are middens over twenty feet high created by early Native Americans over a thousand years. At one point a cutaway through one midden reveals the many layers of built up over millennia. There are also buildings and other sites related to the white pioneers who first... More 

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Clinton, ct
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Poorly marked. No one cared. Lost at least 40minutes wondering around the wrong park! Finally found the place to buy our tickets-the building says its a library, also a school. Not until you are up the stairs can you find identification of Historic Spanish Point! Back into the car, this time drive up correct road and begin to look around.... More 

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Venice, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nice easy guide stroll throught the history of this area of early Florida and the people who lived there. There is an Indean burial mound dating some 3000 years ago. To the first family to purchase the land and it development. The wife and I loved it.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Old Florida at its best; grrat tour---be sure to go by shuttle----get lots of inside information and easy on the legs as there is a lot of walking

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Nokomis, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We visited on a drizzly, cool day and still really enjoyed our tour. Curt did our tram tour and was filled with information. It was fascinating information about old Florida and lovely grounds. We watched the movie at the end instead of the beginning of the tour(which was recommended) and were glad we did. We will bring lots of visitors... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is a wonderful way to experience the last few hundred years of Florida's history from the earliest homesteaders to the present. It also includes an amazingly well preserved look into the prehistoric history of the area with a unique archeological exhibition. Visit it if you can.

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Boston, MA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This was a spur of the moment visit and was so well worth it. However, for such a terrific historical site, someone should take the time to make sure everything is signposted better. The Visitors Center doesn't say it is. In fact it says it is a library. The young man in the guide hut and the entrance told us... More 

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is our third visit. We prefer our visits when we take a tour with a docent. This time we had Gail. She was great! She loves her job and it shows. The area is beautiful.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

This week, while staying on lovely Siesta Key, we visited this beautiful spot. It is an opportunity to walk thru an ancient community -- even learning about the people who lived here more than1 thousand years ago. The walking is easy, views lovely - and the learning is interesting. We learned what a MIDDEN is! The best part? It is... More 

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