Historic Boat CruiseExplore Beautiful Sarasota Bay
This tour is narrated by our maritime docents and gives the visitor a different perspective of the Historic Spanish Point museum grounds, from the water looking in. This is very much the way the Webb family saw it when they first arrived here. We navigate through Little Sarasota Bay, up Midnight Pass, the Intracoastal Water Way, and The Oaks cove. And, because we are surrounded by beautiful local wildlife, please be sure to bring your camera along for amazing photo opportunities.
Tours run from Tuesday through Saturday. The trip takes approximately 50 minutes and leaves the Packing House Dock on the hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm, weather and tides permitting. Please note, days and times may vary.
Historical Tour – $13 per person (after Museum admission)
Please call ahead to verify your tour will be available. You may contact the museum at (941) 966-5214. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor’s Center or at the boat.
Magic is a faithful recreation of the original motor launch that served as a pleasure craft for visitors to Webb’s Winter Resort beginning around 1901. As was typical of the era, she was a former sailing vessel and was de-masted and outfitted with an internal combustion engine by Osprey boatbuilder Frank Guptill. The original Magic was destroyed in the Hurricane of 1921. The replica Magic was built at Historic Spanish Point’s Guptill Boat Yard by our maritime volunteers. She was launched in 2006 and is moored at the Packing House Dock and is actively used for tours of Little Sarasota Bay. She carries six passengers and is operated by a licensed USCG Captain and a First Mate/Docent.
Magic is maintained by the Spanish Point Volunteer Maritime group, which consists of boat builders, captains, first mates, and mariners who love working on boats.
Magic is also professionally maintained in part by the following generous contributors:
- Captain Mike Wackelin, Mike’s Marine Services, Inc. Venice, FL (941) 202-9011
- Dock repair by Ed Norman and the maritime volunteers.