Parks & Gardens

Banyan tree on West Venice Avenue, Venice Florida
Banyan tree on West Venice Avenue

Several public parks were included in the wonderful 1926 master plan for Venice Florida (map), and others have been added as the city expanded. In addition, two fine state parks are only a short drive north from Venice.

(Parks with beach access are described on the Beaches page.) Here are Venice’s public city parks, from north to south:

Humphris Park

Humphris Park at South Jetty, Venice Florida
Humphris Park at South Jetty & Casey’s Pass

South Jetty, at the northern end of Venice Beach, is part of Humphris Park, which provides benches, toilets, shady trees, picnic tables, and parking lots, as well as excellent fishing opportunities for both people and pelicans.

Venetian Waterway Park

Intracoastal Waterway & Venice Waterway Park, Venice Florida
Intracoastal Waterway & Venice Waterway Park’s bike paths on both banks.

These twin parks along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway have benches, picnic tables and bike paths for your pleasure. 

John Nolen Park

John Nolen Park

Bounded by Palmetto Court and Menendez Street and named for John Nolen, the visionary urban planner who designed Venice’s original plan, Nolen Park has shade trees, benches, an open area for games, and a children’s playground with slides and swings.

Blalock Park

Venice Arboretum in Blalock Park.

The park around and west of the Venice Community Center, between Nassau Street and Pensacola Road, is small but pleasant and uncrowded.

West Blalock Park holds the wonderful Venice Arboretum, a collection of trees and plants of the region, all labeled and described. More than a dozen varieties of palm tree rise here, all signposted. 

Venezia Park

Venezia Park, Venice Florida
Venezia Park

South of Blalock Park, Venezia Park, at the west end of Palermo Place, is another of the shady parks included in Venice’s historic master plan.

Myakka River State Park

Go for the wildlife

Only a few miles north of Venice, the 58 square miles of  Myakka River State Park affords a wilder atmosphere than Venice’s city parks.

Oscar Scherer State Park

South Creek Nature Trail, Oscar Scherer State Park, Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park

The larger Oscar Scherer State Park, farther north toward Sarasota, has more land area and extensive facilities. More…