Historic Venice Walking Tour - Part II
Retrace your steps back to Niami Ave and continue walk westbound turning into the Granada Ave. Walk down the wide avenue and you will notice massive banyan trees and live oaks draped with Spanish moss. When you reached the end of Granada Avenue you have reached the Gulf of Mexico. The Venice Beach has picnic areas, beach volleyball and lifeguards on duty during the day. Take a stroll on the beautiful beach, then turn right. Here, at the Venice Avenue, stately Mediterranean Revival houses line the road. Parks, fountains, statuary benches and nostalgic streetlights add to the Old World ambiance. Here and there you see beautiful wrought iron doors and window details, charming courtyards and lovely archways. As you progress towards the Tamiami Trail, more and more boutiques and restaurants greets you. You can find every kind of clothing imaginable, from beachwear to eveningwear. Stop for a lunch, cup of coffee or tea, ice cream cone or sweets at one of the many delicious treat shops. This is the area where you can see the famous Pigs in Paradise (have your camera ready).
Venice, the Florida's Jewel
Venice, a beautiful town on the Gulf of Mexico, is our favorite place in Florida. She is known for its Historic Main Street district built in the Mediterranean style. Five major public beaches, over a dozen public parks with tropical trees and the breathtaking gulf views will capture your heart.
Gorgeous beaches, a cultural district, and a wealth of recreational opportunities combine to make Venice one of the best communities in Florida to visit. Set in an idyllic subtropical landscape and shrouded in almost eerie calm, Venice is just 77 miles south of Tampa off Interstate 75, and only 2 hours from the theme parks of Orlando.
Venice?s historic district is filled with amazing Mediterranean Revival and Northern Italian buildings, charming antique stores, restaurants and coffeehouses. You will enjoy local arts visiting a Community Theater, the Art Center, and the Symphony Orchestra.
Venice enjoys an average annual temperature of 75 degrees F (23? C). With miles of coastline and shimmering Gulf of Mexico waters, Southwest Florida has the best beaches in the world (according to the Oceanographic Institute). Recreational options range from golf and tennis to water activities and professional sports. There are plenty of accommodation choices as well ? you can rent a house or stay at one of the RCI resorts (there are 41 resorts within 50 miles radius). The Venice?s amenities make this lovely subtropical town a great place for visitors and residents alike.
The Venice?s gorgeous beaches are also good for shell collecting and ancient sharks teeth hunting (the city?s nickname is the Shark Teeth Capital of the World). Our favorite beaches are Brohard, Caspersen and North Jetty Park).
Use Venice as your base for exploring this amazing area. Visit the Warm Mineral Springs, the only mineral spring resort in Florida (14 miles from Venice). Its water has more mineral content than any spring in the USA (even more than the Hot Springs in Arkansas).
Explore Sarasota, the cultural capital of Florida (15 minutes away by car), with gems like the magnificent Ringling Museum of Art, the very fine Asolo Center for the Performing Arts and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, two film festivals, a ballet company, and an opera house. In addition, vacationers can visit beautiful Mary Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, amazing Mote Marine Laboratory and more. The Sarasota County area offers an array of cultural venues unprecedented for a community its size.