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Tours

Historic Spanish Point Boat Tours

Hours

Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
Museum of Botany & the Arts closes at 4:30 p.m.

*Closed Christmas Day

Tours at Historic Spanish Point campus

Minimum group size of 10 is needed to receive a discount. The group must submit only one form of payment for the total amount to quality for the group discount.Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. To make a reservation for your tour, or to discuss your group’s visit, email or call 941.366.5731 x243.

No additional discounts or coupons can be used in conjunction with the group rate. If your group has Selby Gardens’ members in it, they are admitted at no charge.

Walk & Talk Tour

Walk & Talk tours are available at the Historic Spanish Point campus Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Walk & Talk tours are included with membership or general admission, and are available on a first come, first serve basis. No advance reservations are required. Walk & Talk tours are approximately 90 minutes, and guests should plan to stand/walk for the duration. Guests should bring their own water and dress for the Florida heat. Please note that Walk & Talk docents are volunteers, and tours are subject to cancellation without notice if a volunteer is not available.

Boat Tours

*Boat Tours are currently unavailable due to COVID-19*

Looking for a truly unique visitor experience? Climb aboard MAGIC, Historic Spanish Point’s replica of the Webb pioneer family boat from 1900.

Navigated by our volunteer Captains and narrated by our maritime docents, guests will experience the majestic natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay while learning about the historic museum site from a different perspective.

Tours are available based on tides and weather. We strongly recommend calling in advance to determine if boat tours are scheduled for the date and time of your visit to Historic Spanish Point campus: 941.366.5731 x 243.

Boat Tour Info & Tips

*Tours currently unavailalbe due to COVID-19*

$12 per person
(in addition to general admission)

  • MAGIC can accommodate 6 guests.
  • Boat Tour availability is dependant on tide and weather.
  • We strongly recommend scheduling boat tours in advance.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes.
  • A hat and sunscreen is always a good idea outdoors.
  • Bring a camera — you never know when the local wildlife will be in the mood for a closeup!
  • If you have further questions about Historic Spanish Point’s boat tours, please call us at 941.966.5214 x 0
Magic the Boat at Historic Spanish Point
Vintage Image of a Boat

A Boat Named Magic

MAGIC is a faithful recreation of the original motorboat that served as a pleasure craft for visitors to Webb’s Winter Resort beginning around 1901.

As was typical of the era, she was a former sailing vessel and was de-masted and outfitted with an internal combustion engine by Osprey boatbuilder Frank Guptill. The original MAGIC was destroyed in the Hurricane of 1921. The replica MAGIC was built at Historic Spanish Point’s Guptill Boat Yard by our maritime volunteers. She was launched in 2006 and is moored at the Packing House Dock and is actively used for tours of Little Sarasota Bay. She carries six passengers and is operated by a licensed USCG Captain and a First Mate/Docent.

Magic is maintained by the Spanish Point Volunteer campus’ Maritime group, which consists of boat builders, captains, first mates, and mariners who love working on boats.

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