The Manatee Village Historical Park transports guests back to pioneer times. Attractions include the Wiggins General Store, Fogarty Boatworks, Blacksmith Shop, Smokehouse and Mill, Settler’s House, Potter Barn, Schoolhouse, 1887 Church and 1860 Courthouse among others. Children can enjoy the train-themed Junior Junction playground, while older visitors may appreciate the historical details available in the rotating exhibits of the Curator’s Corner. Admission is free, though donations are accepted.
The Palmetto Historical Park offers a glimpse at life along the Manatee River around the late 1800s and early 1900s. You can visit the 1880 Post Office, 1914 Carnegie Library, Military Museum and Chapel, or attend special events that take place throughout the year and add extra excitement to the offerings in the park. You can also visit the Carnegie Library from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Tours are held at 2 p.m. when the park is open, and 10 a.m. on Fridays. Tours and admission are free.
Ca’ d’Zan is the former home of the circus king John Ringling and his wife Mable. Its gilded Venetian Gothic style and spacious splendor makes it a must-see. You can take a self-guided tour of the first floor, or go on a guided 40-minute tour of the home for $10. For a more in-depth look at the mansion, you can also take the Private Places Guided Tour for $20. This includes the game room, fourth-floor bedroom and Belvedere Tower.
Historic Spanish Point has several features including the 1901 Guptill House, pioneer cemetery and historic chapel. You’ll often find educational speakers and special presentations that offer a more in-depth look at the site. Historic Spanish Point is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children.
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