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“5000 Years of Florida Life...”

Historic Spanish Point
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Osprey
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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 14 April 2014

Just south of Sarasota Florida is the town of Osprey that is home to ‘Historic Spanish Point’ a 30-acre environmental, archaeological and historic museum, jutting into Little Sarasota Bay.
Historic Spanish Point museum looks back at over 5000 years of Floridian life from its early inhabitants through to its pioneering days and onto the present day. This is a “hands on” experience that can take a couple of hours to walk around or most of the day if you’re so minded.
The trails are all well laid out with shell footpaths and there are plenty of places to sit and take in the views over the bay. Rest rooms are dotted around at convenient points too and there’s plenty of natural shade to escape the sun. We arrived at opening time (9:00 a.m.) to get the best of the cooler morning conditions and having spent some three hours there we were glad we’d gone early. If walking is a problem there’s a fleet of buggies that will drive you around, dropping off and picking up throughout the day but these don’t begin to run until around 11:00 a.m. so if you need one its best to check with the office in advance.
So, if you fancy a pleasant walk and a glimpse of old Florida or a more educational approach to a day out Historic Spanish Point is the place to do it. Well done Historic Spanish Point.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit here but it's hard to pinpoint the main reason why. It had beautiful grounds but not the best we'd seen. Historic buildings but not a lot of tour guides or signage, a convenient tram but no real schedule. Maybe it was the beautiful water views or imagining how life had been in Florida prior to air conditioning and modern conveniences. I guess we really enjoyed the peaceful, semi-wild grounds and the story behind the property. I don't think kids would be very interested but it may a wonderful afternoon for us.

1  Thank maybepat1
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

This place is better than average. The grounds provide a nice walk (a little over 1 mile) along the bay in mostly tree covered shade. It is not paved and not always even ground but most people should not have a problem. The stories and information are presented well though the audio system in each building needs work ( the button needs to be more visible and they all did not work). Most of buildings were open and self-guided. One building had a docent to explain/answer questions. There is a tram tour but be aware that they can be cancelled if volunteers don't show for work (ours was).

Biggest plus- seating and bathrooms are everywhere
Biggest minus- not to scale map and lack of signage to help direct you at intersections/from both directions

We spent close to two hours walking the site.

2  Thank grrprr
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

it's ok but not a lot to see if you have children don't bother there's nothing there for them ,a lot of walking with a guide telling you about the place but a little boring

1  Thank JohnGross
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

The self-guided tour allows you to walk through several gardens, including a butterfly garden, a water garden, and a garden with a working aqueduct. The trail includes a nice boardwalk through a mangrove swamp. Another section includes an ancient midden from early Indian inhabitants. It has been excavated with a museum around it so that you can see the layers, and an informative video explains it. That trail also comes out to a great view of the bay.

We did not have enough time to do the section with an orange packing house and chapel, so there is a lot to see.

1  Thank Ladira
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