HISTORIC SPANISH POINT – 337 N Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL 34229 – (941) 966-5214
Q-Tips say: A great place to visit for a few hours or the day. You will learn about some of the history of Florida and how Bertha Potter Palmer made Florida famous.
We enjoyed our docent tour. We were the only two taking the docent tour.
Experience 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.
Explore all 30 acres of this beautiful outdoor museum, they close the site gates promptly at 5:00 p.m. Generally, it is recommended to allow a full two hours for your visit. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing and suggest you wear sunscreen. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, keep in mind that some of the paths are made of crushed shell, so sturdy wheels are advised. (Call ahead to 941-966-5214 x210 to request one of the two wheelchairs, if you need one.) Historic Spanish Point is a smoke-free environment. Pets are not allowed except for service dogs or on Pups at the Point days. Please keep to the designated paths. Picnic tables are available, so bring a lunch or snack! Because Historic Spanish Point is an environmental museum as well as an archaeological site, we invite you to take many photos and leave only footprints.
TOURS: Docent-Guided Tours (no additional charge) if you take the boat tour, there is an extra fee. Allow at least two hours for a tour and call ahead to 941-966-5214 x210 on the day you plan to visit for departure times.
Self-Guided Exploration – Brochure-map, available at the Visitors Center, makes self touring easy. There is a lot to see and do here; explore at your own pace!
Continuous-Loop Trams Docent-Guided Tram Tours – For visitors who can’t easily walk the mile-long tour, a tram tour is available by advance reservation. There is still some moderate walking involved, and passengers will want to climb on and off at certain points of the tour as appropriate. (The tram tour is not recommended for people in wheelchairs. The paths can accommodate most sturdy wheelchairs and electric carts.) Tram tours (each for up to seven guests per tram, seats available on a first come, first served basis) must be reserved at least two days in advance so we may schedule a volunteer Docent-tram driver. Please call 941-966-5214 x260 for reservations.
Docent-Guided Group Tours – Available by previous arrangement for groups of 15 or more at a discounted rate. Trams are available. For more information, please call: 941-966-5214 x260.