Osprey, Florida

Osprey is home to Historic Spanish Point, a 30-acre museum and environmental complex. It includes a turn-of- the-century homestead museum, and citrus picking house, chapel,. boatyard, gardens, and nature trails. It is also the mailing address for two protected preserves for the threatened Florida scrub jay.

Oscar Scherer State Park is located between Sarasota and Venice on the West Coast of Florida and features a wide array of experiences and amenities. The park is a 1400-acre sanctuary to local wildlife, as it is surrounded by highways and housing developments. Referred to as one of Florida's hidden gems, 15 miles of hiking trails allow visitors to encounter the park's wildlife such as bald eagles, bobcats, North American river otters, alligators, gopher tortoises, and - most notably - the Florida Scrub Jay.  The Florida Scrub Jay is endemic to Florida, meaning it is found no where else on the planet and requires the unique features of Florida scrub habitats in order to survive. This curious bird attracts thousands of visitors each year, with the park even offering 'Sunday Scrub Jay Walks'. Other amenities such as canoeing, biking, camping, hiking, snorkeling, and even wedding services are offered at the park.

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Historic Spanish Point is a historical museum and environmental site. It focuses on collecting items that fit in with their 4 P's: Prehistory, Pioneers, Palmer, and Plants. There are tons of historical items and stories collected here that showcase the prehistory and pioneering periods of the area. Palmer represents Bertha Palmer, a Chicago socialite who moved to Florida in 1910 and once owned this land, beginning the preservation that makes this museum special. Plants are showcased in the museums nature trails and boardwalks, which house local plants and wildlife and keep records of the ecological history of the area as well. The museum hosts many events and is available as a venue rental.