Welcome to Historic Spanish Point

Notice of building closure

Historic Spanish Point’s A Window to the Past, the ony archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound, is currently closed for renovation. It will re-open to the public on October 12.

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.


Party at the Point — Down the Rabbit Hole  rabbit web

Follow the White Rabbit as Historic Spanish Point sets the stage for Party at the Point — Down the Rabbit Hole — the museum’s annual fund-raising gala, to be held Friday, November 20, from 6:08 p.m. until eternity.

Click Here for reservations and more information.

Halloween Happenings

Historic Spanish Point will present an array of all things ghostly this year — just in time for Halloween.

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The popular Ghost Hunting Tours will take place on Friday, October 23 at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per non-member adult; $20 per non-member child; $15 per member adult; and $5 per member child.

Victorian Funeral
A Victorian funeral will be held at Mary’s Chapel on Friday, October 30. Join fellow mourners and spectators as the grieving widow bids farewell to her beloved husband.
7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per non-member adult; $10 per non-member child; $8 per member adult; and $4 per member child.

Tickets for the Ghost Hunting Tours and the Victorian Funeral are available by calling (941) 966-5214, ext. 2600. Click here for more information.


Music at the Point
Thursday, November 5
7 – 10 p.m.

Lisa Ridings

Back by popular demand, the Lisa Ridings Band will share their wide variety of energetic songs delivering an explosive night of music. Click here for more information.

Front Porch Tales — A Storytelling Event
Saturday, November 14
9 a.m. – 5 p.m
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Front Porch Tales, will bring together some of the region’s most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales.
CLICK HERE for more information.

American Art Lectures

Join art historian Baila Miller for an exploration of the life and works of ABaila_Aboutmerican artists, Georgia O’Keefe and Andy Warhol.

Reservations are required. We regret we cannot accommodate anyone who has not reserved and paid for a ticket in advance.

$20 per person per session for HSP members —  includes lunch
$25 per person per session for non-members — includes lunch

Georgia O’Keefe
Tuesday, October 27
Noon – 2 p.m.

Andy Warhol
Tuesday, November 17
Noon – 2 p.m.

Click here for more information.