We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Historic Spanish Point

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
Phone Number: 941-966-5214
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 143 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Most recent review
Beautiful & relaxing

We had a wonderful day! The volunteers were so friendly & informative, I don't think we missed a thing. There was a nice variety of things to see. We loved the beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
localtravlerNewYork
,
New York
Add Photo Write a Review

143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
New York
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful day! The volunteers were so friendly & informative, I don't think we missed a thing. There was a nice variety of things to see. We loved the beautiful historic buildings and the peaceful location on the water.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Florida
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was very interesting and the woman playing the part of Lizzie is wonderful. She presents fascinating information about Lizzie Webb Guptill and what life was like in the early 1900's. Afterwards, we walked around the grounds and looked at the historic buildings. It is a beautiful location and I recommend a visit. This event is not offered all of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hamilton
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was a wonderful, historic location to visit. If you have often wondered about Florida history in the Sarasota - Venice corridor this is the place to visit. Spanish Point has wonderful trails through local fauna, and houses and buildings of a bygone era. The attraction has easy access, plenty of parking, and is not too expensive for admission. Plan... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nokomis, Florida
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Spanish Point is a good piece of Florida history and heritage on the west coast of the state. There are many interesting things to see and it has a good history of the family that settled here long ago.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Goldau, Switzerland
Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
90 attraction reviews
286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a very interesting park. There are traces of very early settlement (thousands of years back) and homes from the early 20th century. We walked the park and the houses and enjoyed our visit very much. This is one of the most interesting places in Florida in our opinion. pore

Was this review helpful? Yes
Osprey, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

If you don't take the tram you will miss out on so much, as you can tell from the reviewer that did not take the tram. After, you can walk around to your favorite places. FYI, The trams only run certain days & not on weekends. Also, everything seems subject to change because the whole place is run by volunteers,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ripon, WI
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Clinton, ct
2 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Venice, Florida
Senior Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Historic Spanish Point also viewed

 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 

Been to Historic Spanish Point? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Historic Spanish Point and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
North Carolina

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Historic Spanish Point staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?