Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point

Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point

I am never happier than when I am spending time in nature. It is perhaps my most favorite thing to do. I find it so soothing for the soul. The sun shining, feeling its warmth, the beautiful blue sky, the light breeze allowing you to enjoy and be comfortable; it is magic! Luckily, the Sarasota area offers many different backdrops to choose from and the weather to enjoy them in. This past Thursday was Earth Day and because I worked, I was not able to get out and honor the day like I wanted. I knew when the weekend came, I had to pick somewhere special to appreciate our Earth and there was no better place to do this than Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point.

Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point with its 30 acres and waterfront views is beautiful and offers long windy paths through large trees with Spanish moss hanging from them. There are many shaded nature paths; some are paved, some are mulch, some are seashells, and some are sand that lead you through native coastal habitats and serene views. Along some of these paths you will spy unique statues nestled within the foliage. Well thought out benches are located throughout to take respite and appreciate each area’s view.

Some of the day’s highlights included:

The Butterfly House: I love walking through the Butterfly House and being surrounded by the most spectacular-colored butterflies, hoping that one will land on my finger.

The Wooden Boardwalk: during our walk across the long wooden boardwalk (Cock’s Footbridge), we saw so many large fish jumping out of the water!

The Sunken Garden: one of the most picturesque spots at Historic Spanish Point showcases vibrant-colored flowers, boasts a large pergola, and has spectacular water views.

The Point: is perhaps my favorite spot at Spanish Point to just sit, take a break and look out at Little Sarasota Bay and enjoy the views and the spectacular breeze.

Mary’s Chapel: A visit to Spanish Point is not complete until you peak inside Mary’s Chapel with the pioneer cemetery to its side. There is something hauntingly beautiful about this space.

Some other exhibits at Historic Spanish Point are the White Cottage which dates to 1885, an old packing house, the Guptill House and the Guptill Boat yard. My son’s favorite is the shell aqueducts, he likes to imagine what it must have been like when they first used them to bring running water to the gardens.

There is a lot of acreage to cover, so dress comfortably, wear good walking shoes, and bring water. Many of the paths are shaded and due to its location on the water, there is usually a nice breeze to keep you comfortable. There are many historic displays, the best way not to miss any is to join a walking tour which can be reserved by calling (941) 966-5214. There are also docent-led tram tours for when it is too hot to walk or for those that find it difficult to walk. This place is a must see, if you have not visited, add it to your bucket list!

Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point is located at:
337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 366-5731

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