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Historic Spanish Point

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Address: 337 N Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229-8911
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+1 941-966-5214
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Interesting historical place!

You will see and learn a lot of "old Florida" history here. It's pretty amazing what the first settlers of Florida went through to establish homes and lives. But the history of... read more

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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You will see and learn a lot of "old Florida" history here. It's pretty amazing what the first settlers of Florida went through to establish homes and lives. But the history of this place goes thousands of years back, which makes it even more interesting. The presentations are very well done. The docents are very knowledgeable and friendly. Well worth... More 

Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A visit to Historic Spanish Point is full of Florida history, beautiful flowers and local wildlife. The activities around Halloween are one of my favorites! It is said to be haunted...who knows????

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can walk down a path and look at fossilized shells anywhere,very boring tour with a house,and dock on the water used for shipping in the old days..not much there

Thank dasoverkill
Sarasota, Florida
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Weather local or visitor, this is a totally COOL place. Osprey is a little "berg" between Sarasota and Venice, hardy noticed if you're tooling down Rt 41. This is 32 acres of beauty with a huge amount of local history. I'm a local and didn't know 1/2 of way they presented to me. Anyone who was a pioneer anywhere in... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This outdoor museum emphatically reminds visitors that Florida’s history did not begin with the invention of air conditioning and the invasion of snowbirds. Natives lived there 5,000 years ago, and the ancient tall piles of their discarded shells and other refuse are right there at the museum. From them, archeologists have determined when and how the natives lived. Their last... More 

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guide made the visit excellent. She did a great job sharing the life history of those who lived there.

Thank Steven M D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wanted to explore little bit of the past and was not disappointed. the narration was good and if you did not like walking, could have taken a smal trolly.

Thank hana m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice trails, friendly kind service at visitors center. Interesting architecture and history. Enjoyed thoroughly.

Thank Christine E
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spanish Point is an interesting, informative and enjoyable tour in the company of a good guide that brings the history and culture of the area to life. Expect a relatively level walk of a mile or so to the scenic Point and back to the visitor center, encompassing extant and reconstructed structures made by early settlers, native plants, gardens, and... More 

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This area has been lived in by different peoples beginning 5 thousand years ago up to the middle of the last century. A docent led tour explained how the ancient people survived here. The tour included several buildings, beautiful grounds. Nice spot for a picnic. Unique experience.

Thank Linda I

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