Besides the boating water and the location of Osprey in the geographic center of Sarasota County, there are attractions worth visiting here.
Historic Spanish Point is one of the original homesteads in Sarasota County and is now owned and operated by Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. In the mid to late 1800's the family of John and Eliza Webb settled here and grew citrus crops that they packaged and shipped to Key West in their own schooners. Today there are several historic buildings on the property and a rebuilt packing house where you can see how oranges were packaged at the time. The historic Webb-Guptil house built in 1901 was later owned by Mrs. Potter Palmer, for whom the Palmer Ranch is named. The home is furnished to depict the pioneer era of Sarasota.
Also on the 30 acre property is a reconstructed chapel that is the site of many weddings. Touring the grounds is also an opportunity to see many native Florida plants and trees and it's a great location for a picnic. There are facilities that can be rented for meetings and other functions.
Historic Spanish Point is open to the general public,
Monday-Saturday, 9-5 and Sunday 12 noon to 5. Call 941-966-5214 for more information.
337 N Tamiami Trl
Osprey, FL 34229
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail