Welcome to Historic Spanish Point


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

GuptillHouse-ML-100dpi5inchLearn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only 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.

Upcoming Events:

Fairy House Festival

This weekend!
Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
General admission applies
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children 5-12

Calling all photography enthusiasts

Visitors to Historic Spanish Point are welcome to participate in the museum’s 2015 photography competition.

A Fair Legacy: Luncheon in the White City

Historic Spanish Point invites you to take a step back in time on April 1 and experience the ambiance that was 1893 Chicago.

2015 InShore SLAM Fishing Tournament

April 24 and 25. Great fun! Cash prizes! Register now.

1913 Armory Show: Artistic Modernism in America

Final lecture in the series, April 28
Noon-2 p.m.
$20 per person, per session for HSP members
$25 per person, per session for non-members
(Includes lunch)
For reservations, call Jane Glennan at 941-966-5214, ext. 2200.