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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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Toronto, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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158 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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Osprey, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Great tour, interesting facts, and well worth time and money. I have been on this tour 4 times due to out of town guests and they love it. It gives you an excellent history of the area and the water views are beautiful.

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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Wonderful trip thru time. 2 hour walking tour with Bruce. He was a wealth of information and the weekend was free! Before you go, check for tour times, they are not always given.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Stand inside a shell mound that's been excavated, visit a home and walk gardens to relax and learn. There's a golf cart to shuttle around if you can't walk it all. See the movie in the office, which used to be a schoolhouse. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Very interesting visit. Enjoyed being able to go inside a midden and see all the layers of shells and bones and having them explained. The houses we also interesting.

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Sarasota, Florida
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29 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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