South Venice Beach
Beyond Venice old district to the south lies picturesque area of South Venice Beach, our favorite part of Venice.
The area along Tamiami Trail is full of shopping; friendly and useful AAA office is also here. But turn westbound towards the sea and you will find beautiful residential area in a bird sanctuary amid lush subtropical vegetation. In 1966 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the canal linking the Lemon Bay with the Roberts Bay, downtown Venice became an island and South Venice switched to ferry (residents and visitors alike use annual passes). On the Lemon Bay near the Alligator Creek estuary you will find 5 acres public area with the Ferry Terminal, Boat Ramp and Crab Dock. The ferry holds 18 passengers at a time and leaves the dock every half-hour between 9:30am and sunset every day (except Wednesdays) to carry you to your private beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
Four minutes ride to the pristine beach on the Gulf is unforgettable. The beach is unique in its privacy and provides an opportunity for swimming, sunning, shelling and sharks tooth hunting. You may see manatees during the ride; dolphins come to the beach almost every day. It is a perfect place for those looking for a vacation of low key boating, kayaking or sailing.
Shore fishing in Lemon Bay is another popular activity.
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Yes, you have some good snorkeling at Casperson Beach. Look for the rocky crags and you can see plenty of fish there.
If you are going to snorkel from the shore you do not need a divers down flag, but if you will be going from a boat or away fromthe shore there can be a big fine for snorkeling without a flag.
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The fun-filled theme park filled with rides and attractions. The pic is from the ET ride. I loved how ET would say the name of the riders in your car in it's electronic voice. It couldn't manage our friend Blair's name, which came out Blah!
Warm Mineral Springs
The Springs is a sinkhole. But not a regular one, pretty common in Florida. It is a hour-glass shaped, water-filled sinkhole. Warm Mineral Springs around the sinkhole-lake has been in operation as an international day spa since 1946.
From the spacious parking lot you enter the resort?s lobby .
General Admission $14.00
AAA members & Age 65 and over $12.00
Children 12 and under $5.00
From here you walk towards the lake. The picnic area is on your left followed by the drinking fountains. Yes you can drink the water too. I would not say that I enjoyed it but it was interesting to try. Next come the facility rooms (massage, homeopathic doctor etc) and cafe. In the cafe they serve healthy Mediterranean cuisine (the cafe called the Springs cafe of course). Finally from the terrace you see the Springs. Allow from 3 to 6 hours to enjoy it fully.
Surrounded by 84 acres, the 1.4-acre spring is 230 feet deep in its center, has a constant water temperature of 87 degrees Fahrenheit, and produces 9 million gallons of fresh mineral enriched water each day. On the surface it looks like a lake, 80 yards or so in diameter and 230 feet deep where warm, heavily mineralized water enters from regions far below. They say that the water in the lukewarm lake can provide relief for many ailments including skin conditions, stress, pain, muscular problems and arthritis. In addition to swimming, the facility offers massage therapy, facial rejuvenation, and acupuncture. And curious visitors can learn more about the history of the Springs at the free Cyclorama presentation that takes place every day at 1:00 PM.
The water's buoyancy makes it easy to wade around the lake's edge at least eight times, which is the equivalent of a mile. An estimated 600 to 800 people a day walk around the circumference or swim in the lake.
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caspersen beach is one of five public beaches in the venice area. this beautiful gulf beach is famous for it's fossalized sharks teeth. at caspersen beach there is a fishing pier and sharkey's restaurant and bar.
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Look for seashells and sharks...
Look for seashells and sharks teeth. The town is known for the sharks teeth that wash up on shore. Every morning we were up early taking long walks on the beach.
If you're lucky you'll find sand dollars as well.
Canoe Rental on Mayakka River
You see the Canoe and the Kayak. I would go for the Canoe because the Kayak sits so low in the water and it would give me the creeps having such big aligators swimming there in the river.
The Mayyaka river is really worth seeing by canoe.
Vince Roads have good Bike routes
I thought the cycling was good in Venice. There are plenty of roads with bike paths and plenty of roads to avoid. Taking Center Street to South Jettie was my favorite route but you can combine this with the path along the cut.
The Ringling Museum in Sarasota has a number of attractions: Miniture circus museum, Asolo Theater, Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan Mansion and much more.
John Ringling and his wife, Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota in 1911. Today it is home to the Ringling museum.
26th Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival
SHOW DATES: February 20-23, 2014
Starts at 4pm Thursday and Friday
Starts at Noon Saturday and Sunday
The Italian Club of Venice is sponsoring the 26th Annual Italian Feast & Carnival.
The festival starts Thursday evening the 21st of February and plays until dusk Sunday, February 23rd at the Venice Airport in Venice, Florida.
Keeping true to the Italian culture, the festival features plenty of food with the best in authentic Italian cuisine, fabulous wines and drink with specialty vendors selling their fantastic wares, many of Italian culture.
Visitors will enjoy live entertainment every evening and all weekend long by popular acts such as the Goldtones, Bandana and more; featuring swing and doo wop music for dancing!
Fun awaits the children! A great kid zone will be set up with the most popular Carnival rides, face painting and games for kids of all ages to enjoy! ONE DOLLAR A RIDE NIGHT IS THURSDAY NIGHT STARTS AT 4PM! Ride bands are just $15 all weekend long! Come out and have some fun!
There is no admission fee for visitors. Plenty of pavement parking is available.
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Shark's Tooth Hunting
Venice is the most wonderful, and unspoiled part of Florida, I have ever been to. The perfect sea shells, Paw Beach, and the abundance of Shark's Teeth, and Ocean Glass are unbelievable!! The sunset picnics at Casperson Beach are top rate experiences! The illusive Scrub Jays can often be found, and love to eat bread from your hand! The nearness to Tampa and Orlanda offer great day trips. Warm Springs, and Snook Haven, should also be at the top of the list for places to visit while in Venice. Alligators can often be spotted on Jaciarnda, if you watch the gated areas on either side of the main road. Mel's for breakfast, and The Dome for amazingly unique flea market finds, fresh produce, and Florida gifts, is also a must. Pets are a blast at the clean Paw Beach, watching your dog, or others play in the waves provides a relaxing afternoon experience. The restaurants, shops, and art, are amazing. T.J. Carneys is a wonderful dining experience. Restaurants get busy at about 5, so check on reservations early. Of all the typical tourist locations I have traveld as a girl, and a parent, in Florida, Venice beats them all. Something for everyone, is a beautiful environment, yes, golf also! Can't rate this area highly enough, a much better reconnecting, and relaxing trip than Orlando, Tampa, Daytona, etc.
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South Venice Activities
In the northwest part of South Venice Beach lies Shamrock Park & Nature Center
(free). Here visitors can find tennis and basketball courts, children playgrounds, nature trail (1-mile), environmental center, and a sheltered picnic area. The Venetian Waterway Park links Shamrock Park with the Venice historic district. The Waterway park is actually a 8 ft wide picturesque trail running along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Florida is a paradise for golfers and draws more golfers than any other state. The South Venice Beach area alone offers three privately-owned golf courses (Bird Bay, Capri Isles and Waterford), as well as one public golf course (Lake Venice Golf Club); plus another 8 within a half-hour?s drive.
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Walk or sit along the Beach
Venice offers lots of shopping possibilities.
But what can be nicer to walk around the beach in the middle of december. Especially when your dutch and you are not used to temperatures of 25 degrees celcius around this time.
We didn't bring our swimsuits, but did enjoy the beach. It was nice to sit here in the sun knowing that back home in the netherlands it was freezing at that moment.
located on casperson beach is the venice pier. casperson beach is a great place to surf or pier fish in venice. also at the pier is sharkey's restaurant and bar.
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venice ave. in downtown venice is a great place to shop, eat and drink. venice ave. is lined with stores, restaurants, and a couple of bars. venice ave. is worth visiting when in the venice area.
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