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Historic Spanish Point

337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
941-966-5214
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Osprey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Dig (archeology)
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sarasota, Florida
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188 reviews 188 reviews
27 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wonderful walk through old Florida history. Nice way to be outdoors and enjoy the gulf views. Lush gardens, old homes preserved, old church welcomes you with self-paced touring of the property. There is a minimal fee to help with the preservation of the property.

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Naples, Florida
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139 reviews 139 reviews
27 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Just south of Sarasota Florida is the town of Osprey that is home to ‘Historic Spanish Point’ a 30-acre environmental, archaeological and historic museum, jutting into Little Sarasota Bay. Historic Spanish Point museum looks back at over 5000 years of Floridian life from its early inhabitants through to its pioneering days and onto the present day. This is a “hands... More

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West Bend, WI
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113 reviews 113 reviews
27 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit here but it's hard to pinpoint the main reason why. It had beautiful grounds but not the best we'd seen. Historic buildings but not a lot of tour guides or signage, a convenient tram but no real schedule. Maybe it was the beautiful water views or imagining how life had been in... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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183 reviews 183 reviews
100 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This place is better than average. The grounds provide a nice walk (a little over 1 mile) along the bay in mostly tree covered shade. It is not paved and not always even ground but most people should not have a problem. The stories and information are presented well though the audio system in each building needs work ( the... More

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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153 reviews 153 reviews
85 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

it's ok but not a lot to see if you have children don't bother there's nothing there for them ,a lot of walking with a guide telling you about the place but a little boring

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

The self-guided tour allows you to walk through several gardens, including a butterfly garden, a water garden, and a garden with a working aqueduct. The trail includes a nice boardwalk through a mangrove swamp. Another section includes an ancient midden from early Indian inhabitants. It has been excavated with a museum around it so that you can see the layers,... More

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Amsterdam
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60 reviews 60 reviews
44 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

It is a big area with a wonderful collection of plants from all over the world, collected by the formerly owner, mrs. Potter Palmer. The butterfly garden is beautiful. Take led-tram tour with well trained guide or walk by yourselves with a map. It's good organized. This place has great history of Florida

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boston
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

While my wife and I were having vacation photos printed at a local pharmacy, I started talking with a local person who came from the New England area where we now live. During our conversation, he asked if we had been to Historic Spanish Point. He told us we should not miss it. He was right on. It was a... More

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Nokomis, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a great walk into the History of Sarasota County and the first people who called it home. You will learn how the Roads of Honore became named. Located on US 41 14 miles south of Siesta Key, and just five miles north of Venice on the west side of the roadway.

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Jasper, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Using my book, Off the Beaten Path in Florida", I have found hidden gems every time we meander through Florida each February. This attraction, which one would have to read about, is in the Sarasota Area. We bought tickets at the gift shop and then returned to the gate to take a self-guided tour of Indian shell middens, the home... More

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