- Please wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing. We also suggest you wear sunscreen.
- Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but please keep in mind that some of our paths are made of crushed shell, so sturdy wheels are advised. (Call ahead to 941-966-5214 x2100 to request one of our two wheelchairs, if you need one.)
- Historic Spanish Point is a smoke-free environment.
- Well-behaved, leashed dogs are always welcome on the property during regular museum hours, but are not permitted inside our buildings or on our trams. Please bring water for your furry friend.
- 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.
map and learn as they go through site-wide interpretive signs.
Docent-Guided Walking Tours: Offered based on docent availability. These tours do not require advance reservations, but may not be offered on all days or at all times. If a tour is available, visitors may sign up while purchasing their admission tickets at the front desk.
Daily Tram Tours: If walking the site seems daunting, this may be the tour for you. These docent-led tours require advance reservations, so please call ahead to book a spot on a tour.
Continuous Tram Loop (offered November 1st through March 31st): During our peak season, tram drivers are available on site to help transport visitors around the site, reducing the amount of walking necessary. These are NOT docent-led tours, but simply transportation between stops.
Group Tours: For groups, we require two-weeks advance reservation in order to prepare accommodations. Please call ahead to reserve this tour.
HISTORIC SPANISH POINT’S
A multi-faceted history awaits you at Historic Spanish Point.
While Historic Spanish Point is a complex museum with many layers and facets, there are four main elements to the overall story. To help our visitors understand them, we refer to them as the “4 Ps of Historic Spanish Point.” Prehistory, Pioneers, Palmer, and Plants. Take time to explore these elements.
With an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida prehistory, this National Register of Historic Places museum is referred to as one of the largest intact actively preserved archaeological sites of the prehistoric period on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Historical Boat Tours
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.
Tour Information Historical Tour – $13 per person (after Museum admission)
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.
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 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.