• Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Historic Spanish Point

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point Campus

The first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point is now a companion campus of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as of May 1, 2020.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida.

Visitors experience “A Window to the Past,” the only museum exhibition built entirely inside of a prehistoric shell mound called a midden. Pioneer homestead era buildings connect guests to a more recent time and the colorful gardens of Mrs. Potter Palmer delight people of all ages. Seasonal Living History Interpreters tell you what life was like a century ago. Read Historic Spanish Point’s featured blog article – click here

Shaded nature trails wander through native coastal habitats, and a long boardwalk affords stunning views of the bay. Scenic Mary’s Chapel is available for “Old Florida” style weddings.

Tours Offered at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point

Take a daily docent-led two-hour tour and connect with Old Florida, where native plants and wildlife intermingle with historic buildings and a premier archaeological site.

Call ahead for walking tour times (no reservations required).

For seats on a docent-led tram tour, call 941.966.5214 x285. Advance reservations are required.

Continuous-loop tram rides, designed to bridge longer distances on site, run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. (This is not a guided tour.)

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See the complete list of Blue Star Museums here.

COVID-19 UPDATES: Outdoor areas are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Select indoor areas at both the Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses are open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In accordance with CDC and local guidelines, all guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks. In addition, the capacity of indoor areas will be limited to allow for proper social distancing.

For a complete list of reopening guidelines and protocols please visit selby.org.

Below, you will find details about contactless ticketing and other safety protocols in effect at both campuses.

MEMBERSMembers have access to Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown campus and the Historic Spanish Point campus.

Please bring your membership card (from either Selby Gardens or Historic Spanish Point) and ID with you.

Member guest pricing is as follows: $15 per member guest at Historic Spanish Point campus, $25 per member guest at Downtown Sarasota campus.

Tickets for guests may be purchased onsite at either campus using credit or debit cards – no cash will be accepted.

American Horticulture Society reciprocal memberships will be accepted at both campuses.

North American Museum Reciprocal and ROAM program memberships will only be accepted at the Historic Spanish Point campus.

To renew your membership at either campus, please visit Selby Gardens Membership, email membership@selby.org, or call 941.248.3525. In an effort to limit face-to-face interaction, we will not process renewal or new member requests in-person at either campus.

A limited selection of refreshments will be available for purchase onsite. The onsite food truck will operate on a weather-permitting basis and may close due to rain, lightening and severe weather.

Water fountains will be closed.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own water. Please no other outside food or beverage.

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