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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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Beautiful local treasure

Hidden from view of the road, behind groves of palms and live oaks, just off Rt 41 in Osprey, Florida, (a little south of Sarasota) is a bit of history few visitors actually know... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hidden from view of the road, behind groves of palms and live oaks, just off Rt 41 in Osprey, Florida, (a little south of Sarasota) is a bit of history few visitors actually know about. Yet the visionary pioneers and their family have their names all over the county on parks, roads, etc. Even the popular Myyaka State Park was... More 

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in this area my entire life. To find "Old Florida" is getting more difficult. Woodlands are being destroyed to make room for subdivisions. All this "progress" makes me very sad. Spanish Point brings my Florida back to me.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend a visit to Historic Spanish Point. The walking is easy and scenery beautiful. The midden is a real plus (who would have thought a midden would be worth seeing?) and the historic buildings offer an interesting insight into times past. Florida really does have great depth and interest for the discerning tourist.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I stopped in just on a whim while passing through the area. I wish we had set aside more time for the visit since 2.5 hours didn't seem like long enough to enjoy it all. We learned so much about the history of Sarasota and the area around it. We also enjoyed the lovely walking paths and... More 

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice afternoon stroll around Historic Spanish Point, while it was very hot there is plenty of shade from the direct sunlight as you walk down the paths, the old buildings are amazing and well kept, it was great to see the original timbers and woodwork inside this is a great attraction to visit to see how the settlers lived.

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South Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon Spanish Point and decided to see what it was. Admission was $12 each. There's about a mile long trail through gardens, Indian mounds, historical homes and other exhibits related to the history of Spanish Point - who knew that the Palmers from Chicago (Palmer House hotel) owned this and much of Sarasota County. Well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of info on the history of this area while you walk the beautiful gardens and historic sights. Archaeological digs are very interesting as is the info on families that settled the area.

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Severna Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful and most enjoyable. This is another beautiful place as is Marie Shelby Gardens. Interesting description and history of the area.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

Spent much of the afternoon walking the extensive grounds and visiting historic structures. It is right on the water, heavily wooded with nice walking trails. Highly recommended. I was so impressed I am going to volunteer here.

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Tavernier, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

The fresh air was amazing. Butterflies were everywhere. The landscape is just breathtaking! Very educational to your Florida surroundings. Several beautiful views of the water. A must do several different times a year to be able to see this landscape blooming.

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