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“A glimpse at Floridian history”

Historic Spanish Point
Ranked #1 of 14 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 1 April 2018

We didn't take the docent tour and now I wish we did. We would have learnt more. The tram picked us up at the Gazebo and took us to the Guptill house. There was much more to see if you walk. We did walk back but rain threatened so we hurried through the gardens and the White cottage. I want to go back and spend more time. You need at least 2 hours to see it all.

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"old florida"
in 31 reviews
"packing house"
in 17 reviews
"bertha palmer"
in 20 reviews
"guided tour"
in 23 reviews
"butterfly garden"
in 19 reviews
"sarasota county"
in 9 reviews
"florida history"
in 15 reviews
"thousand years"
in 6 reviews
"palmer house"
in 5 reviews
"golf cart"
in 14 reviews
"indian mounds"
in 9 reviews
"early settlers"
in 7 reviews
"early florida"
in 6 reviews
"local history"
in 11 reviews
"burial mounds"
in 4 reviews
"wonderful walk"
in 4 reviews
"turn of the century"
in 5 reviews

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

We spent close to 3 hours on a docent tour of this site, but probably could have spent a full 5 or 6. So much history intertwined with tales of family history. Our docents were excellent even though we were among a large group -- no problems hearing, seeing or keeping up

Thank Sheri R
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

One of the true gems of the area if you’re tired of laying in the sun or if you desire an intellectual pursuit. Amazing

The museum and guided tour tram ride focus on three periods of history. It includes an archeological exhibit of a prehistoric shell mound known as a midden, a turn-of-the-century pioneer homestead historic house museum, a citrus packing house, a chapel, boatyard, gardens and nature trails. Docents are extremely well informed and fun! Ask for Sylvia - she was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide!

Thank bonnier541
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

This museum is located on a spit of land that protrudes out into Little Sarasota Bay. Buy your tickets and start your tour with a short video describing the settlers and history of the area. This info and a map will allow you to self guide your tour if you prefer. A small gift shop sells refreshments and really cute earrings. A walking path takes you around to buildings (some original, others recreated) that were part of the Webb family settlement in the mid 1800s, and the Palmer Estate in the early 1900s. You can also take a tour or ride a trolley that stops at the significant points along the way. The most fascinating part is the pre-history of this area. A mini-museum, constructed around a cutaway of the shell midden on which part of the area rests, describes the life and habitat of the ancient natives of the area. Don't miss the substantial butterfly garden and the views of Little Sarasota Bay.

You can accomplish your visit in about an hour and a half.

Thank Ro P
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

This is a quiet and beautiful place that is a great break from the glitz and commercialism of so much of Sarasota. We took a fine two hour walking tour with Jim, former head of the place's volunteer organization. He was a remarkably knowledgeable guide and we learned much from his tour. The place has ruins and residences from three historical periods. First, the point was the location of prehistoric human life thousands of years ago. The large shell middens, well displayed here, show evidence of that. Second, the Webb family were the initial Anglo settlers in 1867 and their history and residences are on display. Finally, Bertha Palmer of the Chicago "Palmer House" Palmers had a summer residence at the point and owned thousands of acres around Sarasota. In all, a distinctive and inviting place to spend several hours with beautiful nature and interesting history.

Thank sschier
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