Get Away from it all at Bay Preserve in Osprey
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At Bay Preserve at Osprey, there’s something for everyone
Bay Preserve at Osprey is a charming park and nature preserve where you can blend stunning waterfront views and exhilarating outdoor recreations with a renewed appreciation for Florida’s fragile environment and fascinating history. At Bay Preserve at Osprey, there’s something for everyone; a nature trail, a canoe and kayak launch, a wildlife observation platform, a half-dozen renovated historic buildings, a performance pavilion, and a Center for the Environment.
Retirees Dr. and Mrs. Waters Field Burrows purchased the property in 1929 and built the spectacular Burrows-Matson House in 1931. The restored mansion still stands at Bay Preserve, surrounded by Spanish moss, live oaks, and towering palms, and it’s now an immensely popular site for weddings. The last private owners of the Bay Preserve property, Richard and Cornelia Matson, sold the house and real estate to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in 2006. The 4-acre Bay Preserve at Osprey opened to the public in 2009.
Fascinating Florida wildlife and vegetation can be viewed from the nature trail and the observation platform. Bird-watchers flock to Bay Preserve, particularly in the spring and fall. Bay Preserve at Osprey is dedicated to the environment, the arts, education, and outdoor recreation. Alongside the Burrows-Matson House, you’ll discover restored “cracker” cottages and an authentic 19th-century boat house.
The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a nonprofit corporation that partners with property owners, business, and government agencies to safeguard the ecosystems of southwest Florida’s barrier islands, bays, and beaches. The Foundation acquires land for preservation and educates the community regarding responsible stewardship. The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast regularly partners with Sarasota County to preserve locations where habitats are threatened.
Bay Preserve at Osprey is an unspoiled, idyllic spot for sunsets, weddings, field trips, and lazy afternoons. It’s located on Little Sarasota Bay, adjacent to Historic Spanish Point, at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey; in fact, it’s halfway between Sarasota and Venice, far from the urban noise and hustle. Bay Preserve at Osprey is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., while the Burrows-Matson House is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is always free, and parking is always abundant.