Welcome to Osprey
A quaint small town tucked between Venice and Sarasota
Osprey has a definitive small-town feel, with friendly neighbors, family-owned businesses, and a tight-knit community. The weather here is almost always perfect, giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the pristine beaches and lush forested areas. Its prime location between historic Venice and bustling Sarasota provides something for everyone without having to venture too far.
Osprey was one of the earliest homes of Native Floridians, who lived here long before European explorers arrived. Here, you’ll find Historic Spanish Point, where archaeologists found many well-preserved remains from the area’s earliest residents. Historic Spanish Point is also home to the sunken gardens, an homage to Bertha Palmer, who operated a cattle ranch on the land that later became the City of Osprey.
With a rural-suburban feel, Osprey lends itself to single-family homes and villas. The areas closest to the coast also have gorgeous condos. Residents here enjoy the quiet life and gorgeous luxury housing to be found within Osprey.
What to Love
- Explore Historic Spanish Point
- Enjoy the lush greenery of Oscar Scherer State Park
- Dine at many delicious restaurants
People & Lifestyle
Osprey is quaint and warm, full of caring neighbors and small-town charm. A large portion of residents here are retirees, lending to its quiet atmosphere. However, Osprey is served by some of the best schools in the state, and families have found this is a great place to raise a family.
There is ample opportunity for learning and volunteerism, which a lot of residents take advantage of. Because of its proximity to Sarasota and Venice, those in the workforce can commute easily to surrounding areas.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Osprey might have a small-town feel, but it’s home to wonderful shopping and dining options. Mixed in among larger chains, shoppers will find consignment stores and small gems, and diners will find everything from casual waterfront dining to upscale steakhouses.
Family-owned Armel Jewelers
is a treasure trove of high-quality and ethically sourced jewelry. Elizabeth’s Consignments
is a great place to find unique second-hand designer clothing. A two-story coral building houses The Flamingo's Nest
, a furniture wonderland that sells designer, model home, and consignment furniture all under one roof.
Mad Moe’s Pub & Grill
is the perfect place to eat traditional pub fare and watch your favorite sports team on one of the pub’s 20 televisions. A chill waterfront spot, Casey Key Fish House serves some of the freshest seafood in the area. If you want a fine dining experience, look no further than Rosebud’s
. This family-owned restaurant serves premium steaks and seafood in a rustic, high-end atmosphere.
Things to Do
With an abundance of parks and beaches, there’s ample opportunity to get outdoors here. Osprey is also home to many historical points and natural preservation efforts.
Visit the 30-acre hidden oasis of Historic Spanish Point
, the vibrant home to the area’s archaeology and history. Here, visitors can visit a prehistoric shell midden, citrus packing plant, pioneer cemetery, and the beautiful gardens of Bertha Palmer. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
also has a campus here. It’s a beautiful space to visit at any time, but be sure to catch one of the performances or concerts hosted here throughout the year.
Oscar Scherer State Park
is a hidden nature preserve among the coastal cities. Visitors can swim or boat in Lake Osprey, hike the 15 miles of trails, or bike through the lush landscape. If you’re looking for something closer to the coast, Blackburn Point Park
is a water-access park with a canoe launch, a fishing pier, and a gorgeous unpaved walking trail.
Osprey is served by several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: