Sarasota - Manatee

Historical and Educational Attractions

This page lists attractions of historical, cultural, or educational significance in the Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida area. Listings may include historical homes, battlefields, forts, monuments, famous birthplaces, and other places of historical significance, as well educational attractions such as planetariums.
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American National Bank Building

The American National Bank Building (also known as the Orange Blossom Hotel) at 1330 Main Street in Sarasota, Florida, United States is a historic ban ...

Area: North Sarasota
1330 Main Street, Sarasota, FL
Bay Haven School

Bay Haven School is one of two elementary schools built in Sarasota from identical plans to accommodate population growth resulting from the 1920s rea ...

Area: North Sarasota
Tamiami Circle and Tennessee, Sarasota, FL
Bishop Planetarium

The Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility, as well as a multimedia theater for films, lectures, live music and digit ...

Area: West Bradenton
201 10th St. W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205
Boat and Lighthouse

The two structures located at 425 and 433 S. Osprey Avenue are a novelty and curiosity for citizens and visitors of Sarasota. The construction of b ...

Area: North Sarasota
433 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Booker School

Emma E. Booker, a pioneer Black educator was teaching in Sarasota's public school for Negro children in the 1920s. By 1918 she was principal of Saraso ...

Area: North Sarasota
Orange Avenue and 32nd Street, Sarasota, FL
Bradenton Carnegie Library

The Bradenton Carnegie Library is a historic Carnegie library in Bradenton, Florida. It is located at 1405 Fourth Avenue, West, and actually faces on ...

Area: West Bradenton
1405 Fourth Avenue, W., Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Riverwalk Botanical Walk and Tidal Discovery Zone

As downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the Riverwalk is our outdoor gathering place. Overlooking the Manatee River, the Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile park spann ...

Free: Yes
Area: West Bradenton
Waterfront Dr, Bradenton, FL, 34205
City Waterworks Building

The City "Waterworks Building", located at 1015 N. Orange Avenue, is a two-story red brick, Mediterranean Revival style City utility. The building was ...

Area: North Sarasota
1015 N. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Crocker Memorial Church

Crocker Memorial Church is know as "Sarasota's Oldest House", which was moved along with the Crocker Memorial Church(1901) to Pioneer Park in 2006. T ...

Area: North Sarasota
1260 12th St, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Edwards Theater

The Edward's Theatre, the dream of Sarasota County's native son and the City's first Mayor, Arthur B. Edwards, dedicated himself to the proposition th ...

Area: North Sarasota
West of Main Street on Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL
First Black Community

This Black community grew as businessmen, fisherman, physicians, nurses, teachers, farmers, contractors, carpenters, laborers, drivers, masons, blacks ...

Area: North Sarasota
6th Street & Central Ave, Sarasota, FL
First Post Office

Near this spot was Sarasota's First Post Office established in the home and store of Charles E. Abbe, appointed postmaster August 16, 1876.

Area: North Sarasota
Hyde Park St and Cunliff Drive, Sarasota, FL
First White Child

Two hundred feet east of this highway is the tomb of Mary Whatt Whitaker Born at Tallahassee, Florida, April 11, 1831 Daughter of William Wyatt, membe ...

Area: North Sarasota
11th Street and Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house i ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Manatee
3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL, 34222
Gillespie Park

Gillespie Park honors John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor of Sarasota. The Stottish-born aristocrat arrived in 1886 as agent for his father, Sir John ...

Area: North Sarasota
Gillespie Avenue and 10th St., Sarasota, FL
Heritage Park

Heritage Park offers historical displays, commemorative plaques, benches and a pedestrian walkway. The park is in the median along West Venice Avenue, ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL
Historic Venice Train Depot

The Historic Venice Train Depot, built in 1927 and renovated in 2002-2003, was central to the founding and development of Venice, Florida. Volunteer d ...

Free: Yes
Area: Venice/Nokomis
303 Legacy Trail, Venice, FL, 34285
Hotel Venice

The Hotel Venice is a historic hotel in Venice, Florida. It is located at 200 North Nassau Street. On February 6, 1984, it was added to the U.S. Natio ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
200 North Nassau Street, Venice, FL
Indian Beach

5000 years ago, prehistoric Indians seasonally came to these shores, drawn by freshwater springs, bays teeming with fish and shellfish, and woods rich ...

Area: North Sarasota
West side of Bayshore Drive at Myrtle St., Sarasota, FL
Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

The Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (also known as the Osprey Baptist Church) is a historic church in Laurel, Florida. It is located at 506 C ...

Area: South Sarasota
506 Church Street, Laurel, FL
Landing of the Scots

On December 23, 1885, a number of Scottish families came ashore on or near this spot to settle land they had purchased for their homes in a new countr ...

Area: North Sarasota
Main Street and Gulfstream Boulevard, Sarasota, FL
Manatee County Courthouse

The Manatee County Courthouse, built in 1913, is a historic courthouse building located at 1115 Manatee Avenue, West, in Bradenton, Florida. On June 1 ...

Area: West Bradenton
1115 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL
Manatee Village Historical Park

Step back into time at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and e ...

Free: Yes
Area: East Bradenton
1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida, 34208
Methodist Church

The Methodists moved their "Little White Church" at Five Points to this site in 1911. Next to IT they completed a new $10,000 brick "Greek Temple" in ...

Area: North Sarasota
104 Pineapple Ave & State Street, Sarasota, FL
Miakka School House

The Miakka School House is a historic school in Miakka, Florida. It is located at the junction of Miakka and Wilson Roads. On July 3, 1986, it was add ...

Area: Myakka
Miakka and Wilson Roads, Myakka City, FL
Old Manatee Courthouse

The Old Manatee County Courthouse, built in 1859-1860, is an historic building now located at 1404 Manatee Avenue, East, in Bradenton, Florida. It was ...

Area: West Bradenton
Manatee Avenue and 15th Street, East, Bradenton, FL
Osprey School

The Osprey School is a historic school built in 1926 in Osprey, Florida. Described as being in a masonry vernacular architectural style, the school is ...

Area: South Sarasota
337 North Tamiami Trail., Osprey, FL
Palmetto Historical Park

The Palmetto Historical Park offers children of all ages the opportunity to learn about the history of Palmetto and the area on the north side of the ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Manatee
515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, FL, 34221
Phillippi Estate Park Historic Edson Keith Mansion

Phillippi Estate Park located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a scenic, 60-acre natural area park south of downtown Sarasota and east of Siesta K ...

Area: South Sarasota
5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34231
Riverview High School Planetarium

The planetarium offers a wide range of quality programming for groups of all ages. Shows run daily by scheduled visit only. Recommended shows by a ...

Area: South Sarasota
One Ram Way, Sarasota, FL, 34231
Sarasota County Agricultural Fair

Sarasota County was formed in 1921, a year that coincided with the developing Florida Land Boom. Community leaders decided to call attention to the ad ...

Area: North Sarasota
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Court House

After the formation of Sarasota County in 1921, a permanent seat of government was needed. This site, once an Indian village, was donated by Charles a ...

Area: North Sarasota
South side of Main St. at US 301, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota High School

The construction of a new Sarasota High School was recommended in John Nolen's Comprehensive Plan for the City of Sarasota in 1925. The architect, M. ...

Area: North Sarasota
1000 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Terrace

Build by Charles Ringling in 1925 on the site of the number one green of the Old Gillespie Golf Course, this building was originally known as the Ring ...

Area: North Sarasota
East side of US 301 at Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Times Building

The Sarasota Times Building is a historic site in Sarasota, Florida. It is located at 1214-1216 1st Street. On March 22, 1984, it was added to the U.S ...

Area: North Sarasota
1214-1216 1st Street, Sarasota, FL, 34209
South Florida Museum

Come experience Florida's largest natural and cultural history Museum! Take a ride through space and see Florida manatees all at the South Florida Mus ...

Area: West Bradenton
201 10th St. W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205
South Lido Park

Otto Schmidt Zoldan, a pioneer, settled on the southern tip of this key and in 1904 applied for a homestead. His claim, granted in 1910, included much ...

Area: Barrier Islands
South end of Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL
Southside School

Southside School opened its doors to 170 students January 11, 1926, one of several schools built in Sarasota County's land boom of the 1920's. These s ...

Area: South Sarasota
Webber Street between U.S. 41 and Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL
St. Armand's Circle

Decades after conception, St. Armands circle has fulfilled John Ringling's dream of a premier shopping district. Conceived during Florida's real estat ...

Area: Barrier Islands
North side of Circle at North Blvd of Presidents, Sarasota, FL
United States Post Office- Federal Building

The U.S. Post Office–Federal Building (also known as the Social Security Building) is a historic site in Sarasota, Florida. It is located at 111 South ...

Area: North Sarasota
111 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL
Valencia Hotel and Arcade

The Valencia Hotel and Arcade (also known as the El Verano Hotel or El Patio Hotel) is a historic hotel in Venice, Florida. It is located at 229 West ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
229 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL
Warm Mineral Springs Motel

Warm Mineral Springs Motel is a historic 1958 motel building near Warm Mineral Springs, Florida in Sarasota County, Florida. It was designed by Victor ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
12597 South Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL
Winter Quarters

Just east of this marker was the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Bros. And Barnum and Bailey Circus, a favorite winter attraction for tourists. Occupy ...

Area: North Sarasota
Calliandra Drive at Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL
Yellow Bluffs

This area, so named for its outcroppings of yellow limestone, was the home of Sarasota's first inhabitants – the pre-historic and Calusa Indians. Yell ...

Area: North Sarasota
West side of US 41 at 12th Street, Sarasota, FL