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.

Art Lecture Series

Diego RiveraJoin art historian Baila Miller for an exploration of the life and works of artists Diego Rivera, Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dali, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Dale Chihuly.

Registration is required for all lectures and will only be accepted with payment. For reservations or more information, contact Jane Glennan, Public Programs Coordinator, at (941) 966-5214, ext. 2200, or email jane.glennan@historicspanishpoint.org.

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

Click here for more information about the series.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

central parkYou are invited to join us Monday, February 22, at 4 p.m. for a screening of the film,
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
with a brief introduction by Laurence Cotton, producer, historian and filmmaker.
Free admission


An Enchanted Luncheon

invite luncheon

Join us Tuesday, February 23 at Michael’s On East for our annual fund-raising luncheon. Tickets are $95 and $150 for patrons. All patrons will receive recognition in the program book.

For more information, email enchantment@historicspanishpoint.org or click here.




Jazz at the Point

orenda duoJenny and Nathan Wilson comprise the Orenda Duo.
They perform fresh original music in addition to
arrangements of favorite jazz standards.
Thursday, February 11, 7 – 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 p/p, payable at the Gazebo.


Third Annual Fairy House Festival

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Saturday, March 5, 9-5
Sunday, March 6, noon-5
Regular admission applies

Stay tuned for more information!