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Historic Spanish Point
Ranked #1 of 9 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.
Lakeland, Florida, United States
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“Awesome views”
Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

Wonderful trip thru time. 2 hour walking tour with Bruce. He was a wealth of information and the weekend was free! Before you go, check for tour times, they are not always given.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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208 reviews
98 attraction reviews
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“Interesting mix of Calusa shell mound and early Florida settlers”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Stand inside a shell mound that's been excavated, visit a home and walk gardens to relax and learn. There's a golf cart to shuttle around if you can't walk it all. See the movie in the office, which used to be a schoolhouse. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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51 reviews
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“Wonderful piece of history”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Very interesting visit. Enjoyed being able to go inside a midden and see all the layers of shells and bones and having them explained. The houses we also interesting.

Visited April 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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382 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Explore Florida Gulf History”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Wonderful walk through old Florida history. Nice way to be outdoors and enjoy the gulf views. Lush gardens, old homes preserved, old church welcomes you with self-paced touring of the property. There is a minimal fee to help with the preservation of the property.

Visited February 2014
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Naples, Florida
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217 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“5000 Years of Florida Life...”
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.

Visited April 2014
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