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“A history lesson on Old Florida.......”

Historic Spanish Point
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Osprey
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 28 May 2012

NOT to be missed but bring your walking shoes and be prepared for an enlightening experience. The Indian Mounds are a real treat ....

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Reviewed 19 May 2012

This is my second visit, and I've learned a lot each time. There are films, recorded information, docents, or you can just do your own tour. You can see how they lived, and then look at the beautiful view and know why they settled there. A stroll through the trees and gardens is certainly relaxing. Be sure to start the water down the aqueduct and watch it at the end flowing through shells. Photograph the butterflies in the butterfly garden and have your picture taken in a chair shaped like a butterfly. There is so much to see behind the small part you see from the highway.

Thank Batmom7
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

Lovely grounds for a pleasant walk. The historical importance of this area is amazing. The park employees and volunteers were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. I highly recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 27 April 2012

This past weekend we wanted to slow down. We spent a great afternoon at Historic Spanish Point, a preservice historic site in Osprey fla. Admission was $10 each and guided tours on the site were available, as well as self guided tours , and even a botanical tour of the plantsand trees. We chose the guided tour but a self guide tour would work as well because an actor playing the roll of a family member of the settelers was at each building as well as walking around. each gave a brief background of all the family and how the propeerty was found setteled and developed with shipbuilding to farming. Great for a sunny afternoon.

Thank mgbdiver
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We've lived a few miles from Historic Spanish Point for 11 years and never went until some out-of-state visitors came. What appears to be a bland-looking old church or schoolhouse next to the road (US41) turns out to be HUGE and full of interesting stuff. Since the place is a couple hundred acres with miles of trails, we spent the extra few bucks and got a golf-cart tour, with our own private tour guide. All the guides and "staff" are volunteers who are so dedicated to the place and the history of which they tell. The video in the schoolhouse before the tour was worthwhile as an overview. We saw what one wealthy, ingenius widow from Chicago, Mrs. Potter Palmer, did to beautify the area, out-ranch the local cattle ranchers, import exotic plants, and generally make quite a mark on the Gulf coast. But thousands of years before Mrs. Palmer were the Indians, whose burial mounds and cultural evidence have been and continue to be studied by archeologists on the site. There's a very interesting cross-section of the earth, showing shards of pottery, etc., and it's been glassed in so we can see what the archeologists discovered. The video accompanying it was very educational. Going through the church, homes, and gardens was a great addition - seeing early 1900's "up close and personal." Lots to see - it's a real gem.

Thank h00sierbuckeye
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