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.

We are a Blue Star Museum

PrintHistoric Spanish Point is a one of many Blue Star Museums throughout the country. We will admit all active military and their families free of charge from now through Labor Day. Military credentials must be shown prior to admission.


Are you ready for your Summer Adventure?

camp 02 for webThere are still openings available in Historic Spanish Point’s Summer Adventures camps.

Full- and half-day sessions run June 1 through July 31. A variety of different outdoor adventures are being offered.

Click here for more information.


Bricks, mortar, steel and stone
Architecture lectures continue at HSP 

In this series, Baila Miller continues to discuss how the passion and exuberance of architects and structural engineers define our world. Remaining lectures will cover architectural marvels of the 20th and 21st centuries, including: The Bauhaus, Louis Kahn, Frank Gehry and Moshe Safdie. All lectures are on Tuesdays at noon and include a buffet lunch. Reservations are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Please note: Reservations are a MUST. We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate anyone who has not made a reservation in advance of the program.
Final lecture in this series:
August 25 – Architectural Marvels of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Call (941) 966-5214, ext. 2200 for reservations.