Welcome to Historic Spanish Point


Welcome to Historic Spanish Point

Explore 30 historical, environmental, and archaeological acres at this irreplaceable outdoor museum on Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, Florida.

Guptill House

Click on this image of Guptill House to view a video by Linda Carson and WWSB ABC TV . Thank you Linda Carson for spending some time on our site.

Learn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only Historic Spanish Point archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound.

Connect with Florida’s intrepid pioneer homesteaders at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901. nativeplants1Experience Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Jungle Walk, lush Sunken Garden, and the Butterfly Garden, one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. At Guptill Boat Yard, enjoy maritime tales.

This “Old Florida” oasis is a special place worth preserving for our community and future generations.  We invite your participation and welcome your support!  Thank you.

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding right in OUR own backyard!

Historic Spanish Point has partnered with SUP Sarasota to offer eco-tours on stand-up paddleboards or in kayaks from the museum’s property on Little Sarasota Bay.
SUP’s experienced guides will lead you on a 2-plus-hour tour through the most pristine and extensive mangrove islands and tunnels on the Gulf Coast. Paddle the waters Indians inhabited more than 5,000 years ago and where Sarasota’s First Settlers made their home. This is one of the most beautiful spots in the region. Paddlers will enjoy cruising the shallow, calm waters, exploring the mangrove islands and tunnels or relaxing on one of the many small private beaches while taking in the extensive marine and bird life. A must do while on the Gulf Coast! Water shoes or flip-flops recommended, as well as water, sunscreen and dry bags (all electronics or valuables should be put in dry bags).

For reservations and availability, click here, call (941) 704-4878 or email rob@sup-sarasota.com.

holly days 2015Our popular Holly Days and Mangrove Lights program is back!

We’ll be open late every Thursday and Friday evening until 8 p.m. beginning Friday, November 27 through New Year’s Eve. (except for December 24 and 25, when we are closed. We will also close at 5 p.m. on December 11. ) Enjoy the beautiful white lights, the holiday decorations and the musical entertainment.

Holly Holiday Party on Friday, December 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Join us on Friday, December 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual Members Holiday Shopping Day. Members may take 20-percent off all items, except for consignment.

the New Year’s Eve Starlight and Fire Family Party at White Cottage is back by popular demand. Set for Thursday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned, family-friendly New Year’s Eve with bonfires, marshmallow roasting, snow and more!

For more information, click here.