Florida owes its success to people like John Webb and his family who braved heat, humidity, insects, illness, fires, and risk of hurricanes to settle and build up Osprey , FL and the Florida gulf coast region.
When pioneers, John Greene Webb and his family, established a homestead on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay in 1867 the rich heritage of Historic Spanish Point had it’s start.
To experience the 140 year old pioneer heritage preserved at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey , FL visitors can tour the carefully maintained 1901 Guptill House, the reconstructed Mary’s Chapel, and a reconstruction of the Webb Citrus Packing House.
Historic Spanish Point in Osprey is centrally located in Sarasota County, Florida and is comprised of 30 scenic bay-front acres.
Learn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound.
Historic Spanish Point is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and ranks among the top 4% of our nation’s museums via its American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation.
Voted the Best State Park in Florida, the Oscar Scherer State Park borders Osprey and Nokomis, just East of US Hwy 41. The park is one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida, as well as scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County.
Oscar Scherer Park is known for it’s beautiful natural areas and over 15 miles of hiking and biking trails. Your family will enjoy exploring the six scenic trails that meander through this well maintained nature preserve and park with two lakes and a large creek that are great for swimming, kayaking and canoeing year ’round. Freshwater and saltwater fishing is available along the creek and anglers can also fish from the shore of Lake Osprey.
Campgrounds are available for those that want to stay awhile. And, the park is pet-friendly too!
Bay Preserve in Osprey FL
Bay Preserve at Osprey is a 4.3 acre nature preserve on Little Sarasota Bay protected by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. This is just one of many properties protected by the Conservation Foundation.
Location: 400 Palmetto Avenue, Osprey , FL 34229
For information, contact Gilly Francis at 941.468.0611.
Hours of Operation: Bay Preserve is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Burrows-Matson House is open Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and by appointment
Enjoy spectacular views of Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey , FL
• Observe wildlife atop the Honoré T. Wamsler Wildlife Observation Platform
• Walk the Kilbourne Nature Trail
• Launch your kayak or canoe
• Picnic beneath centuries-old Live Oaks
• Learn about flora, fauna and Florida’s watershed and waterfront
• Tour a restored 1930’s waterfront home
• See historic Florida cracker cottages
• Compete on the Bocce Court or play chess and checkers at outdoor game tables
Casey Key is eight miles long and stretches from Siesta Key and the Island of Venice. Osprey and Nokomis are just East of Casey Key with access points at Blackburn Point Road and Albee Rd West on the South end. This secluded island is predominantly residential with 2 beaches to the South, the Nokomis Beach and the North Jetty Beach & Park. A single road runs the length of Casey Key and there are no traffic lights on this narrow roadway.
Property on Casey Key is quite expensive and known to be a favorite winter retreat for the rich and famous. Author Stephen King owns a home on North Casey Key as does Martina Navratilova and film director Victor Nunez.
Small B&B’s, hotels and other property rentals with private beaches can be found near the south bridge (Albee Rd W) and the popular Nokomis Beach in Nokomis, Florida.
The Legacy Trail was dedicated in March 2008 at the Oscar Scherer Park in Osprey, FL where hundreds of bicyclists gathered for the event.
But, the Legacy Trail is not just for biking, it’s a popular Florida Trail for jogging, hiking and rollerblading as well.
The Legacy Trail stretches from Sarasota to Venice Florida, running directly through the town of Osprey and the Oscar Scherer State Park where you can pick up the trail. You can also park your car at the Bay Street Park in Osprey just about 1/2 mile east of US 41, just a short distance away.
There are no water sources along the trail, except at the Venice Florida Train Depot so be sure to bring some along. Dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they are leashed. Restaurants, stores and hotels are a short distance from the Legacy Trail.