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Address: 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
Phone Number: +1 941-966-5214
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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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A real gem on Little Sarasota Bay

My husband and I stopped by to show our Aussie friend this delightful piece of history located on the bay just off the busy Tamiami Trail in Osprey. We wore our walking shoes and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Leejoe
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Nokomis, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a very interesting way for you to view a midden from early first nation people. It is a very nice walk and if you are handicapped you can get a golf cart tour. Make sure you visit the visitors center first and see the movie that will give you a good overview of what to expect. This site... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped by to show our Aussie friend this delightful piece of history located on the bay just off the busy Tamiami Trail in Osprey. We wore our walking shoes and covered about a mile and a half on an easy sandy trail that takes you by several houses once occupied by Bertha Palmer (of Chicago family... More 

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Plant City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I love history and particularly Florida history because we are from Florida. We stoped at old Spanish Point back in September but we were not able to finish the tour because of rain, so we made sure we stoped the next time we were in the area. It was a beautiful day this time and we had... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This place just did not do it for me the staff were lovely and very informative but the place did not seem that well looked after and there were very few flowers. The house was interesting but not enough for me to visit again. It is called historic I did not get that sense - probably me sorry

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

Hi Rick - glad to hear our staff was lovely and informative during your visit to Historic Spanish Point, but sorry to hear the visit did not live up to your expectations. Our self-guided tours allow visitors to tour the site and learn some of the history through signage, but I would suggest booking a guided tour with one of... More 

North Port, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We were there for a dog event and many vendors left early and it was not as advertised-we also got charged $10.00 for seniors when we should have been charged $5.00 and even after contacting them they did nothing. After over paying only 2 buildings were open-no tours, no boat rides, no golf cart to bring you anywhere and no... More 

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

Hello Dawn! We did struggle with some logistical issues for our Dog Days event, and for that I apologize. It was our first time holding the event, and we absolutely learned some lessons that day! Many of the vendors brought their own pets and then chose to leave early due to the heat. If we do this event again in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

We visited Spanish point with a group from our church. Some took the walking tour but we took the tram tour. There was still a lot of walking involved. This is very well done. Our tour guide was very informative and interesting. This was a good experience and we enjoyed it. We had picnic lunch in the grove provided together.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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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