Looking for a truly unique visitor experience? Climb aboard MAGIC, Historic Spanish Point’s replica of the Webb pioneer family boat from 1900.

Navigated by our volunteer Captains and narrated by our maritime docents, guests will experience the majestic natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay while learning about the historic museum site from a different perspective.

Tours are available based on tides and weather. We strongly recommend calling our front desk to determine if boat tours are scheduled for the date and time of your visit to Historic Spanish Point: (941) 966-5214 x 0.

Boat Tours:

$12 per person (in addition to Museum admission)

What should I expect from a boat tour?

Boat tours are designed to give visitors a unique perspective of Little Sarasota Bay, the Historic Spanish Point site, and the local flora and fauna that rely on these environments. 

Boat Tour participants must sign a waiver prior to boarding. Boat Tour availability is dependant on tide and weather. We strongly recommend scheduling boat tours in advance.

When you arrive, you will check in to the Museum’s Visitors Center. You will then be guided to the appropriate parking area on site, and taken to our Packing House to board MAGIC and begin your tour. 

After your boat tour, you are welcome to explore the rest of the Historic Spanish Point grounds. 

What should I bring on a boat tour?

Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. A hat and sunscreen is always a good idea outdoors. 

We strongly recommend bringing a camera — you never know when the local wildlife will be in the mood for a closeup!

How many people can take a boat tour at once?

Up to 6 guests may participate at a time on the boat tours. 

Who should I talk to if I have questions about the boat tours?

Our friendly and knowledgable front desk volunteers/staff would be happy to help! Please call (941) 966-5214 x 0 during normal business hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

What kind of boat is MAGIC?

MAGIC is a faithful recreation of the original motorboat 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.

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