Monday, March 13, 2006

 

Sailboat rides offered at Spanish Point

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Sun.Herald.com
March 08, 2006


Spanish Point's history goes back more than 5,000 years. Now you can explore that ancient history and everything else that the historic site offers aboard the Lizzie G., a wooden sharpie sailboat.

Captained by one of the museum's trained sailors, the Lizzie G. sail will give visitors of all ages the experience of water travel as it was done over 100 years ago.

The sailing excursion is part of the museum experience at Historic Spanish Point, a fascinating, 30-acre site overlooking beautiful Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey. The museum preserves and interprets 5,000 years of history.

Visitors go inside a prehistoric shell mound to experience an archaeology exhibition about this region's earliest inhabitants. Florida pioneer life is shared through a homestead house, a citrus packing house, a chapel and a pioneer cemetery.

Historic Spanish Point also features formal gardens and lawns created in the early 1900s by Mrs. Potter Palmer as part of her winter estate. Nature trails and a beautiful butterfly garden allow visitors to explore Florida's native plant communities. Picnic tables are available.

The sailing schedule for March and April is Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with 1 to 1.5 hour trips beginning at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Trips will be available on a "first-come, first-serve" basis, and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Plan to be at Historic Spanish Point at least 30 minutes prior to sailing departure. Please call Lisa McNeely, curator, Monday-Friday at (941) 966-5214, ext. 6 for more information or to make your reservation.

Historic Spanish Point is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Visitors Center, featuring exhibits, an orientation video, and the museum shop, is at 337 North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Osprey. Guided tours are offered daily.

General admission is $9 for adults, $8 for Seniors and Florida residents, and $3 for children ages 6 - 12. Under six and members free.

For general information on tour times, call (941) 966-5214 or visit the website at www.historicspanishpoint.org.

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