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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

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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Spanish Point

We always take our visitors to Sarasota here and they love it. Very interesting. Well informed guides. Pretty setting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We always take our visitors to Sarasota here and they love it. Very interesting. Well informed guides. Pretty setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is about a one to two hour walk to cover the park. They also have a tram that will take you between the interest points.

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love Historic Spanish Point. The walking paths are neat & easy to navigate. The views of the intracoastal waterway are perfect. Great place to learn how things were "back in the day" when the first people settled in the area.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful to hear about early indigenous people of Florida. History buffs will love to hear the early history of this area and actually see the layers of time right before their eyes.

Thank turczi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is s gem. The history was fantastic and has great ties to Chicago and the Palmer family The walking tour was 2.5 hours. I learned a lot about the area. The native people settled here 5,000 years ago.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a perfect combination of interests for my husband and me and our friends. History, archaeology and great walk through a forest and by the bay. Low-key. Docents available when you needed them. Tram ride if you needed it. Our favorite part was sitting in the middle of a midden and watching an informative video about it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This historic site is a bit of a hidden gem in Osprey.....we had no idea what was behind the museum building! The trails and grounds are beautiful and provide an insight into the vegetation of Florida. The carefully restored and preserved buildings provide interesting history about the settlement of the area. The docent was very knowledgeable and personable and provided... More 

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Paris, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleased that we waited for the next guided tour. Our docent, Dixie, presented an excellent, low key explanation. She was both knowledgable and humble. We learned many facts about this area from ancient times to the present. Her knowledge of Bertha Palmer is impressive.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In looking for a place to visit, we found the description of this place enticing. If your looking to get some history on how the well to do survived in Florida it well worth the visit. However, you have to settle for descriptions of what it was like as the more fancy structures have all disappeared. Don't let this dissuade... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Because we are reciprocal members of the Ringling Museum we have free access to Spanish Point. What a great decision. We chose a day when it was cool and mostly overcast so it meant fewer visitors. The Visitors Center is nice. The people very friendly. They have a library and a gift shop. We then proceeded to the parking area... More 

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