Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
Special hours at Downtown Sarasota campus for indoor exhibit areas. Effective August 8 through September 20
Monday through Thursday
Tropical Conservatory and Museum of Botany & the Arts are open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday
Tropical Conservatory is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum of Botany & the Arts is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Outdoor areas open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arranged through Silent Sports Outfitters, special family kayak tours are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Advance reservations at silentsportsfl.com are required. Discount code: SELBY
$40 per adult and $30 for children under 13.
Tours leave at 10 a.m. with departure at the water’s edge around 10:30 a.m. and returning at noon.
*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 our front desk to determine if boat tours are scheduled for the date and time of your visit to Historic Spanish Point: 941.966.5214 x 0.
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
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.