Activities

Beaches

Ahhh, a day at the beach!

Venice is noted for its beaches—Venice Beach, Service Club Beach, Fishing Pier beach, Caspersen Beach—each of which has its virtues. They stretch ten miles (16 km) along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico shore from Nokomis Beach in the north to Manasota Key in the south. More…

Biking

Carefree biking on the Legacy Trail in Venice.

Venice is mostly FLAT and has quiet streets. The city has many fine bike trails, in particular the Legacy Trail and the Venice Waterway Park trails along both banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. More…

Boating

KMI Bridge raised for boats on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Boats powered by wind and motor are both popular in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Intracoastal Waterway, and in the protected waters of Lyons, Dona and Roberts bays. More…

Fishing

Fishing…from early morning until sunset.

Fishing in Venice is great—and popular—all year, in boats, on beaches, and particularly at the Venice Fishing Pier and South Jetty (as well as North Jetty in neighboring Nokomis.) More…

Flying

A WWII B17 Flying Fortress at the annual Warbirds Fly-in, Venice Municipal Airport.

Venice Municipal Airport, formerly the Venice Army Air Corps Base, offers flying lessons, general aviation services and, every February, “Warbirds,” a fly-in of iconic military aircraft.

Golf

Venice has numerous golf courses, most within private gated communties, but several which accept players for daily games or short-term memberships. More…

Walking & Hiking

Can’t go wrong with a walk on the beach…

Everybody likes a stroll on the beach, but Venice has lots more walking and hiking opportunities than that. The Legacy Trail, for example, a 12.5-mile (20-km) paved former railroad line, stretches all the way to Sarasota. It’s shared by walkers and bikers. Venice’s Parks & Gardens also have trails. More…

Parks & Gardens

Venice Arboretum in Blalock Park.

The city’s parks—Venezia Park, Blalock Park, Higel Marine Park, Venice Waterway Park—are oases of shade and calm. Nearby state parks—Myakka River State Park, Oscar Sherer Park—provide more adventure. More…

Art

Venice Art Center

The Venice Art Center has regular shows of satisfyingly high-quality painting and sculpture by local artists. The Ringling Museum of Art in nearby Sarasota is among Florida’s finest. More…

Shopping

Street Market, Venice Florida
Street Market in Venice

West Venice Avenue is where to find the best boutiques and small shops. The Tamiami Trail (US 41), both “Business” and “the By-pass,” have the larger stores and shopping centers. More…

Theater & Cinema

Venice Theatre
Venice Theatre, venue for drama, comedy, concerts & musicals.

The Venice Theatre, just off West Venice Avenue, is the city’s prime location for plays, musicals and some concerts. The larger Venice Performing Arts Center in the Venice High School complex, offers more space for larger shows.  Franks Stadium 12 cinemas, 2111 Tamiami Trail south of Venice, is good for movies. 

Excursions

An excursion boat departs Snook Haven, looking for alligators.

Venice is well-located for excursions north and south along the Florida Gulf Coast to Sarasota, Naples & Fort Myers, and even to Tampa and Orlando. More…

Circus!

Circus Arena, winter home of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” razed in 2014.

From 1960 to 1992, Venice was the winter quarters of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the home of Ringling’s famed Clown College. The focus of activities was the Venice Arena, a 5000-seat building on Venice Airport property near Circus Bridge (map), where training, practices and rehearsals were held.

The circus moved from Venice to Sarasota in 1992, the great Arena was demolished in 2014, and the Ringling circus ended its glittering 146-year career in May 2017.

The circus’s 32 years in Venice is commemorated in Circus Bridge which takes the Tamiami Trail (US 41 Business) over the Intracoastal Waterway at the southern end of Venice Island. The Arena was very near the bridge.

Want to learn flying trapeze? The soul of the circus lives on in Tito Gaona’s Trapeze Academy on the site of the Arena at the end of Airport Avenue East (map). For lots more circus lore, visit the  Circus Museums at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. More…