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“History & nature in one” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point
337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
941-966-5214
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Osprey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Dig (archeology)
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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.
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“History & nature in one”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I admit, I've visited the area for years, and somehow never checked out Spanish Point. So I remedied this on my most recent visit.

The indian mounds are there, but you can't really see much, and this is probably the most critical point to have a guide to explain what's happening.

The old house is beautiful, and it's impressive that it survived 100 years of Florida's hurricanes and termites.

What I really enjoyed was wandering through the gardens and paths. I saw some lovely butterflies, and many species of birds. Bring your camera, and make time to check out the fauna as well as the flora.

This attraction has the sort of million dollar view most homeowners would kill for.

Visited January 2013
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“Great place to spend a few hours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Spanish Point was an unexpected pleasant surprise. It was a great walk through history as well as through beautiful gardens. The buildings are in excellent condition and the views are amazing. There are so many excellent places for taking pictures. Highly recommended for everyone.

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“NIce walking tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We found this in a AAA book and thought we would check it out. We had a walking tour guide that was personable and informative. The trail encompasses about 1 1/2 mile, so wear comfortable shoes. Admission is $18.00 for senior citizens. The entire tour will take over an hour. It is worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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“Check out the mitten.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Nicely preserved early settlement and well worth your time to explore. Indians lived here 5,000 years ago, settlers 150 years ago, and Bertha Palmer had her way with the place about 100 yeras ago. Much of what she left is still there. (The Palmer House in Chicago was one of her husband's businesses). So if you like history that has a link to today, this is a must see.
Plus the ridge that makes up the land topography is beautiful.
If you want to build a boat, paint a picture or just enjoy the waterfront, this is a great spot.

Visited December 2012
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“Adventure awaits you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Life has many interesting paths it takes you on. This journey to Spanish Point is worth the time to visit. The dots you will connect for yourself will be amazing. History of long ago, will come to life. Take some family time and visit. Worth the time. Words cannot always describe how amazing, you have to see, feel, and touch. This place will.

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