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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 2014
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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Love the place so much we joined at one of their higher levels and now visit museums and attractions around the US with our membership card. It's beautiful, a glimpse of Old Florida. It is very relaxing and a must see.

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Venice, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We were taken aback by the beauty and the tranquility of this attraction in Osprey, FL. Early Monday morning and we were the first ones there and we felt like we stepped back in time...the resurrection fern covered live oaks were huge and provided ample shade. Mary Chapel was calming and we took a moment to take it all in... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I thought the entrance fee was a little pricey but really enjoyed the long nature trail, and historic artifacts. The butterfly garden is brilliant.

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NYC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great place to see the early beginnings of Florida. Make sure to take a docent led tour, it's the best way to get the facts. Our docent, Jim, was so knowledgeable and told us all about the ancient people who lived there as well as the families who occupied the houses in the late 19th to 20th centuries.

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Floral City, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We were disappointed with the overall museum, which is what they call the entire Spanish Point site. Very expensive for the limited exhibits in the old school, most of the other historic building were locked so you could only peer through the windows to see the restored rooms. The signage along the trails seemed to be missing some. I guess... More

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Toronto, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

You'll likely be driving past this more than once, so it's worth a stop, but not IMHO worth a special trip. The exhibits are well laid out, and you get to learn some local history. Not for kids, though - really nothing much to interest them.

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Chicago, Illinois
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308 helpful votes 308 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you are spending some vacation time on Florida's West Coast, somewhere between Venice and Sarasota, you are encouraged to take a few hours to visit Historic Spanish Point on Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) in Osprey. Did you know that people lived on this ground over 5,000 years ago, before the Pyramids? That should stir your interest. If you like... More

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Wimauma, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were there today it was one of many very hot summer florida days. Even in the heat this was a good trip. This area is rich in history. They had a few very good archeological exhibits. It is amazing what the archeologist were able to say about hundreds of year of history from just one area of an excavation.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was a fun thing for us to do while staying in the area. The historical aspect is cool, the grounds are gorgeous, but our favorite was the animal life. We saw so many different animals and butterflies! The walk is about a mile and it is on the gulf so you will sweat if you visit in the summer.... More

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Mount Dora, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

School house was interesting. Then we drove about a quarter mile and had to park and walk the rest of the point. Not easy on a humid, summer day. Take comfortable shoes and a bottle of water. No golf carts and no guided tours.

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