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Address: 337 N Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229-8911
Phone Number: 941-966-5214
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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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Historic Spanish Point is a "must see" in Sarasota. Great volunteers who are very knowledgeable. Lots of historical moments. Lots and lots to see and experience as you walk the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Edie Larry S
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic Spanish Point is a "must see" in Sarasota. Great volunteers who are very knowledgeable. Lots of historical moments. Lots and lots to see and experience as you walk the grounds. Tired of walking? Flag down a golf cart. Bring your lunch and picnic. Don't pass this up!

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Venice, Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally got see this group of historic homes of pioneers (as well as that of Bertha Palmer) and Indian middens as well the gardens. Very impressive and well maintained but the entrance fee appeared steep ($10 pp)

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Osprey, Florida
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're seasonal locals and members who enjoying visiting several times a season. Well run and maintained by local volunteers. Entrance fee required but worth a family visit. Food is not provided at the location.

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West Mids
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited the Heritage village in Pinellas County last year, with free entry and over 31 structures to see, we had high hopes for this visit to Historic Spanish Point. On our arrival we were told that there was an entrance fee of just over $10 per adult, given a map with some details on it, and pointed in the... More 

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Liz S, Public Relations Manager at Historic Spanish Point, responded to this review

Sorry to hear your recent visit to Historic Spanish Point was disappointing! As a small non-profit, Historic Spanish Point does charge admission in order to help mitigate the costs of maintaining our beautiful historic structures and 30-acre property. We also rely heavily on our volunteer docent force, which does shrink during summer months due to the Florida heat. That said... More 

Sarasota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our ten year old granddaughter to this interesting place and she had a wonderful time. You do have to walk, about 1 1/2 to 2 miles in all but there are places to stop along the way, some air conditioned and some not. In addition to the historical artifacts, burial mounds, and an excavated midden you can enjoy... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We visited this attraction during the summer season so it was indeed a bit hot walking to the various exhibit areas which are separated by a substantial walking distance. During the rest of the year, there is golf cart transport . If you are interested in seeing how early Floridians of the 1800 and 1900s lived and survived then Spanish... More 

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Liz S, Public Relations Manager at Historic Spanish Point, responded to this review

Very sorry to hear that the video in Window to the Past would not play during your visit - this has been an erratic malfunction that we've been trying to troubleshoot and fix with our exhibit company. We hope to have a permanent solution soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I'd been to Spanish Point on a school field trip with my son about 20 years ago but the Window to the Past wasn't set-up at that time. One actually walks into a midden (sort of like an Indian landfill!) and sees the cutaway...all the layers of shell, bone, tools, etc...laid down for thousands of years! VERY interesting history of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We were very lucky to go on a tour with Jim in an extended golf cart. The tour included information about human habitation and life more than 5,000 years ago. Jim told us about the different Native Americans that were in the area and how they lived. You can see buildings and artifacts from the pioneer time. We highly recommend... More 

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Venice, FL, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Shows early life in gulf coastal Florida (circa 1900). The web site does a good job in explaining what you will see. It is an easy walk around the property.

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Venice, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I was looking forward to seeing the insides of the houses to see how they lived, but all the homes were locked. No one was around. Very disappointed. Pretty flora and fauna. Archeological midden was interesting. Gardens pretty. We went on a Sunday in May. Maybe no volunteers to man the houses? Ok, but not what it was advertised to... More 

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Liz S, Public Relations Manager at Historic Spanish Point, responded to this review

Hi Carol! Very sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at Historic Spanish Point last Sunday. May is indeed the slow season for our volunteer force, but we do try to keep docent coverage to the best of our ability! Our guided tours with docents allow guaranteed access to the homes, but the self-guided tours do run the risk of... More 

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