FIELD TRIP: To Historic Spanish Point. Over 4,000 years ago, people lived at what is now Historic Spanish Point. Here these early Floridians fished and hunted, made tools from shell, bone and wood, mended their fishing nets, cooked their food and buried their dead. Learn about the burial mound and two middens or shell mounds, which contain the evidence of lives of these early people. The middens were created from shell, bones and other day-to-day accumulations. The unique archaeological exhibition,
A Window to the Past located inside the madden, presents what archaeologists have discovered about these early inhabitants. See the citrus packing house and Frank and Lizzie Webb Guptill's home, which has been restored to its pioneer era beginnings. See Mary's Chapel and the Pioneer Cemetery where the Webb family and other early settlers are buried. The major plant communities and many plants are identified throughout the site. Stroll through the "Gracious Palmer Era" where Bertha Matilde Honore Palmer was a visionary who in 1910 recognized the subtropical paradise of Sarasota as one of the world's choicest locations. Purchasing a large portion of present-day Sarasota County, this widow of Chicago magnate Potter Palmer set about planning her acreage for real estate development, cattle ranching and citrus groves. At Spanish Point, site of her winter estate Osprey Point, she designed elaborate gardens while also preserving the pioneer dwellings and remains of pre historic life. Enjoy the restored formal lawns and plantings, including her Water Garden, the Sunken Garden and Pergola, the Duchene Lawn and the Fern and Jungle Walk with the scenic aqueduct. Although Mrs. Palmer died in 1918, Historic Spanish Point remained in the Palmer family until 1980 when the site was donated to Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch in an local restaurant in Southern Sarasota.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Journey across time as you explore the west coast of Florida with nature expert in the classroom. Discuss the sights and sounds experience during your morning exploration.
Did you know John Greene Webb moved his family from Utica, New York to established a homestead on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. The Webbs named their homestead Spanish Point to honor the good advice of a trader from Key West. (This is the only historical or archaeological evidence of a Spanish connection to the museum.) The family planted citrus, sugar cane, and many vegetables. The family built a packing house to prepare it for market. Discuss the actual packing house visited this morning. To transport the produce, John’s sons Jack and Will, along with son-in-law, Frank Guptill, built a ten ton schooner called Vision.Dinner: Enjoy dinner (catered by the hotel restaurant) in our private room.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PRESENTATION: Discover how Americans saw the first major exhibition of modern European art in the U.S. more than 100 years ago.Lunch: We'll have lunch in our private meeting room at the hotel.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Delve into Fauvism, Cubism and Dada and learn how this art sent American's into a tailspin!
OPTIONAL: Afternoon beach walk, right outside your hotel room.Dinner: Enjoy dinner (catered by the hotel restaurant) in our private room.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Attend a play at the Asolo Theatre.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The South Florida Museum houses over 20,000 objects that include paleontology, archaeology, decorative arts, textiles, ethnography, minerals, modern shells and more. The Museum's extensive open storage system makes objects from the collections visually accessible to the public. The objects in Visible Storage invite individual exploration, and comparison of materials and technologies from societies all over the world. To add to the sense of discovery, many objects are stored in cabinets with drawers that slide open to reveal their contents. Next see how Medical history of the community is explored through collections of antique medical equipment, recreated doctors offices, an operating room and early 20th century pharmacy. Then explore exhibits in the Environmental Wing which are designed to educate all visitors about Florida’s environment incorporating the past, present and future. The message of the three exhibits; Riverine, Pine Uplands and Estuary focus on environmental awareness of our regions unique bio diversity. Meet Snooty, our very own ambassador for manatees and other endangered species and has participated in training with New College and the Mote Marine Laboratory staff, contributing to our knowledge of manatees. Enjoy a presentation, covering everything from eating habits and reproduction to physiology.
Lunch: We'll have lunch out in one of Bradenton's characteristic restaurants along the new Riverwalk area of downtown.Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch walk back to the museum and visit the planetarium. The Bishop Planetarium is a multipurpose, all-digital domed theater, boasting one of the most advanced projection systems in the world. OPTION: Continue exploring on your own to revisit any areas of specific interest to yourself.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own. We suggest walking or taking the hotel shuttle to St. Armand's Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants; trinkets and treasures, from gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts.Evening: FREE EVENING: Linger over dinner with new found friends, stroll around St. Armand's Circle, or set off to explore more of what Sarasota has to offer.Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
PRESENTATION: Discover how the sensational and polemical critical responses created a watershed in the history of art.Lunch: Have lunch (catered by the hotel restaurant) in our private room.Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Opportunity to explore area on your own or a walk on the beach searching for seashells or just relax at the pool?Dinner: Partake in a award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine while surrounded by the circle's paradise of lush tropical landscaping that creates an international atmosphere of friendly warmth, enduring elegance, and timeless style. This restaurant in Sarasota opened in 1959 on St. Armands Circle, and is now the oldest restaurant in Sarasota.
(Please note wine or alcohol beverages is not included in the dinner but you may purchase on your own for an additional fee.)
Evening: Continue your dining experience and dessert with your Cuban instructor.
Lodging: Lido Beach ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner