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Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point offers engaging educational programs and entertaining special events throughout the year. Some programs occur regularly, some are once a season, and some take place once a month. Each activity is designed to further our mission to connect you to our region’s rich heritage and “Old Florida” environment.

Speakers

Historic Spanish Point offers a free speaking and presentation service to help you add a highlight to your next meeting or luncheon. Our speakers are teachers or they have been teachers, and all are well versed in our region’s fascinating history. Programs can be adjusted to include media or to be lecture style only. Presentation length will depend upon the topic; generally the presentation is between between 15 and 30 minutes long, which allows plenty of time for questions and answers.

For more information and to schedule a speaker, contact Tracey Viviano today at tracey.viviano@historicspanishpoint.org or (941) 966-5214 x2200.

Topics

Historic Spanish Point – General overview of the 30-acre outdoor museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, Florida. (Approximately 20-30 minutes)
Mrs. Potter Palmer: Her Gardens and Her Legacy* – Learn about the “Legendary Lady” and how she put her unforgettable stamp on the history of Sarasota County and irreplaceable Historic Spanish Point.
The Pioneer Webb Family and the First Tourist Resort in Sarasota* – Overview of the intrepid Webb family, who created the Spanish Point homestead in 1867 and lived here until 1910, when land was sold to Mrs. Potter Palmer.
Historic Spanish Point Archaeology: Shell Mound Builders, Middens, and Prehistoric People – Connect with 5,000 years of history and learn why prehistoric people found the Sarasota Bay area so appealing.

Historical Interpreters

Historic Spanish Point continues its tradition of Historical Interpretation for the public. Our volunteer performers work tirelessly to bring the rich cultural history of our museum to life.
Each year during the holiday and spring season visitors encounter historical figures from the story of Historic Spanish Point who interact with the tours and answer all those pressing questions about what life was like in their time.
Meet a Pioneer Historical Interpreter and learn about life on the Spanish Point homestead in the late 1800s at Guptill House. (Seen below, volunteer Bill Specht as Will Webb.)

*A Costumed Living History Interpreter may be requested (at a small incremental fee)

Historic Spanish Point has partnered with SUP Sarasota to offer eco-tours on stand-up paddleboards and kayaks from the museum’s property on Little Sarasota Bay.

SUP’s experienced guides will lead you on a two hour tour through some of the most pristine and extensive mangrove islands and tunnels on the Gulf Coast. Paddle the waters that Indians inhabited more than 5,000 years ago and where Sarasota’s First Settlers made their home. This is truly 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, call (941) 281-0215 or email juliana@sup-sarasota.com

Send your kids back to the good old days at Historic Spanish Point. Have you ever wished that your child could spend summer days the way you used to? Our Historic Spanish Point Summer Adventure Camps offer the kids of today a chance to experience the carefree, out-in-nature, wonder-filled days of fun that we all remember. For more information, dates, and to register for Camp, please visit our Summer Camps page.

Kayak and Paddleboard Adventures Camp – open to ages 8 & up, featuring SUP Sarasota

Paddleboard Adventures Camp campers will take part in a fun schedule of daily organized activities that will be focused upon safety and the proper techniques of the sport while enjoying our local waterways.

  • Exploring bay islands & local tributaries
  • Paddle board games and races
  • Surfing the Gulf of Mexico at Midnight Pass

Florida Fishing Adventures Camp – open to ages 8 & up

The ultimate kids fishing camp of fun-filled days with responsible fishing sportsmanship right from Historic Spanish Point’s own sandy beach! Campers learn the basics of fishing techniques and perfect their talents as fishermen.

  • Catch-and-release fishing
  • Boating
  • Shoreline wading
  • Selected days exploring bay islands or the beach at Midnight Pass

Mrs. Palmer’s Enchanted Acres Adventure Camp – open to ages 6 & up

You are never too old to be enchanted by fairies! Open your wings to explore the magical woods and water of our 30 acres. We’ll search for fairies, their homes and food, and their woodland and water friends. After we gather inspiration from nature, we’ll use clay and natural materials to create our own fairy houses.

  • Fairy Food
  • Enchanted Nature Walks
  • Wings, wands, and wonder

Junior Explorers: Nature and Archaeology Adventures Camp – open to ages 6 & up

Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Archaeology Adventure campers will take part in a fun schedule of daily organized activities structured around archaeology and prehistoric themes.

  • Hands on mini excavation to find real artifacts
  • Basic archaeology skills
  • Create fun mask
  • Face paint
  • Learn to make pottery, prehistoric shell and shark tooth necklaces, prehistoric tools

Survivor Adventure Camp – open to ages 6 & up

Survivor Adventure Campers will take part in a fun schedule of daily organized activities set to teach basic outdoor skills and wilderness survival techniques.

  • Basic orienteering
  • Fire-making
  • Shelter construction
  • Games
  • Primitive tools
  • Water procurement

Adventures in Learning

Students in area counties benefit from an exciting field trip to Historic Spanish Point. They learn about the prehistoric and pioneer past of southwest coastal Florida through a unique program. Featuring costumed docents, a weaving project, storytelling, a guided tour of the historic site, and even a hands-on archaeological dig, this entertaining and educational program supports the state’s curriculum for social studies, grade level equivalency, FCAT testing, and Florida Writes!

There are two Adventures in Learning activities: Prehistoric People and Pioneer Lifeways. Museum visits are scheduled late October through early May; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including a 25 minute picnic lunch period. Options include brown bag or pizza lunch at additional cost. Individual student museum store order forms will be sent with the curriculum booklets. There is no chaperone requirement but we welcome parents ($7.00 each). Scheduling is first come/first served, e-mail preferred, starting in September. Curriculum is shipped via PONY, 3 – 4 weeks prior to 1st group visit. Learn more about our Pioneers.
Rates: $6.00 per student / $7.00 per parent chaperone / Teachers free
(Pizza lunch $5.00 additional per student/chaperone)

Prehistoric People

Historic Spanish Point has provided our Adventures in Learning curriculum to over 90,000 school children over the past 28 years. The Prehistoric People program is designed for third grade students and features a curriculum booklet for each student for interdisciplinary classroom preparation prior to an experience-filled field trip to our 30-acre museum. The 3-hour museum visit includes a docent-guided tour and hands-on activities in our outdoor archaeology dig site classroom.

Pioneer Lifeways

Historic Spanish Point has provided our Adventures in Learning curriculum to over 90,000 school children over the past 28 years. The Pioneer Lifeways program is designed for fourth grade students and features a curriculum booklet for each student for interdisciplinary classroom preparation prior to an experienced-filled field trip to our 30 acre outdoor museum. The 3-hour museum visit includes docent-guided tour, interaction with historic characters, and a hands-on activity.

Homeschooling

Historic Spanish Point is a great place to bring your homeschooled children to learn about Florida history, prehistory and nature.

Did you know that when your family is a Donor-NARM member of Historic Spanish Point, you can visit not only this museum, but many of our area’s other best educational sites free for a full 12 months via the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program?

NARM’s 675 participating museums include: The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Sanibel Island’s Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Fort Myers’ Art of the Olympians Museum & Gallery, St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts, Florida Holocaust Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Mount Dora Center for the Arts, and more.
Join now as a Historic Spanish Point $125 Donor-NARM member and enter promotion code HS. (Learn about your other exciting Membership benefits.) And contact Program Director Kara Morgan if you would like to schedule a docent-guided field trip for your children. Check out what we currently offer.

We proudly participate in EdExploreSRQ, a Sarasota County School District website that connects classrooms to community arts, science and cultural organizations.