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 ...

1330 Main Street, Sarasota, FL
Bay Haven School

Bay Haven School is one of two elementary schools built in Sarasota from identical plans to accommod ...

Tamiami Circle and Tennessee, Sarasota, FL
Bishop Planetarium

The Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility, as well as a multimedia ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 a ...

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 Man ...

Waterfront Dr, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Ca' d'Zan Mansion

The home of the circus king and his wife, a couple from humble mid-western origins, Ca’ d’Zan stands ...

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL, 34243
City Waterworks Building

The City "Waterworks Building", located at 1015 N. Orange Avenue, is a two-story red brick, Mediterr ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

This Black community grew as businessmen, fisherman, physicians, nurses, teachers, farmers, contract ...

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 ...

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, Florid ...

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 plant ...

3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL, 34222
Gillespie Park

Gillespie Park honors John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor of Sarasota. The Stottish-born aristocrat ...

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

Heritage Park offers historical displays, commemorative plaques, benches and a pedestrian walkway. T ...

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 foundi ...

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. O ...

200 North Nassau Street, Venice, FL
Indian Beach

5000 years ago, prehistoric Indians seasonally came to these shores, drawn by freshwater springs, ba ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Mana ...

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 buildi ...

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 the ...

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 Mi ...

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 M ...

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 mas ...

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 ...

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 pa ...

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 ...

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. Com ...

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 ...

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 fo ...

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 Cour ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ho ...

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 ...

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 shoppi ...

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 sit ...

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 ho ...

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 S ...

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, ...

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 inhab ...

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