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:
Venetian Waterway 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.
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.
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.