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Venice Things to Do

  • 26th Annual Venice Italian Feast &...

    SHOW DATES: February 20-23, 2014Starts at 4pm Thursday and FridayStarts at Noon Saturday and SundayThe 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...

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  • Ringling Museum

    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.

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  • Must see Manasota Beach.

    Also for the sunset which is breathtaking!! I found this place and it seems like no one knows about it.It is FLorida's best kept secret!

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  • downtown

    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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  • venice pier

    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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  • caspersen beach

    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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  • Old Time Forida Banjo Concert

    On Thursdays go to Snook Haven and hear the Gulf Coast Banjo Association picking their banjos. It is great fun to have a lunch there with the Banjo music.

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  • Snook Haven

    Canoe Rental on Mayakka RiverYou 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.

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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...

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  • Venice Beach Villas

    501 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL, 34285

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Inn At The Beach Resort

    Besides being beautiful, Inn at the Beach has the best view and access to the Gulf and Venice Beach....

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  • Best Western Ambassador Suites

    400 Commercial Ct, Venice, FL 34292

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Venice Restaurants

  • Small but good

    Lazy Greek CaféWe saw all the great reviews and decided we had to try it . It is a neat little place tucked behind a rather industrial looking building…without directions we never would have found it. The food and menu was as expected simple but good and authentic Greek. We had the Gyro platter , the spanakopita and lazy greek salad with tea and...

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  • on the beach

    sharkey's is located on the venice pier at caspersen beach. this is a combination restaurant/nightlife tip. sharkey's serves local seafood and casual american fare. sharkey's has a very nice tiki bar that is a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset at caspersen beach. a fun place to eat and drink when in venice.

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  • Manatee crossing

    The Myakka River has been designated a Federal Wild & Scenic River. This place has a great View on the Myakka River. Get there before 5:00 Pm for the early bird special menu. You may have to ask for it. It's not a fancy place (Styrofoam cups and fish in a basket) but the food and view are worth it all. In an effort to preserve the River and the...

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  • Fun Food, Fun Atmosphere, On the Gulf of...

    I always love sitting outside, because why wouldn't you? It's right on the Gulf of Mexico and you can watch the boats go by, children build sand castles, and look for Sharks! : ) It's just a fun place to kick back and have some finger food and drinks.

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  • Fantastic Authentic Mexican Cuisine

    This place is a diamond in the rough. We would have never known about if we weren't frantically searching for good Mexican and the locals sent us here. It is a very comfortable atmosphere. Very Mexican ambience inside but not over the top, like some chain restaurants. I think this is family run. If you are lucky enough to see the Mariacci band, it...

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  • Just like Mama never made.

    The surroundings may not be so impressive, but the food is excellent. Having lived in Germany for four years, I cannot say I experienced a restaurant I enjoyed more than this one. Excellent personal service, dishes made to order, and authentic desserts hand made by the owner. My party of three and another group of three beside us thoroughly enjoyed...

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Venice Nightlife

  • irish pub

    t.j. carney's irish pub is located on venice ave. in downtown venice. t.j. carney's is a nice replica irish pub with a good selection of imported beer. a fun place to down a pint or two when in venice. causal.

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  • Shark Fishing at Night

    At night the Shark Fisherman are out at Venice Pier. They use ballons to take their bait as far out as the eye can see. There is a live band and dancing at the entrance to the pier, but never mind that.

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Venice Transportation

  • Best Way to Get Around

    The closest airport in the area is the Sarasota-Bradenton International airport (SRQ) located about 15 miles north of Venice; it offers several major carriers and much quick connection routes. The Southwest Florida International airport (RSW) located approximately 60 miles southeast of North Port in Fort Myers. The St Petersburg / Clearwater...

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  • AirplaneWe flew from Toronto...

    AirplaneWe flew from Toronto to Sarasota on Canadian Airlines and back on their partner American Airlines.Rent a car so you have the freedom to do what you wish.

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Venice Local Customs

  • Casey Key Drive

    Take the drive on Casey Key and see beautiful homes on the Gulf and the intercoastal sides. Do notice 1600 Casey Key, that is Steven Kings home.

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  • Pigs in Paradise

    This is the one of the most unusual open-air exhibitions we have ever seen. The Venice Art Center made 44 sitting and 12 standing fiberglass pigs; then local artists painted them. Last year the Center placed the wonderful animals all around the town. Seven feet long from tail to pushed in nose, they are on a mission to educate visitors about the...

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  • Shark Tooth Capital of the World

    One of the best known events in Venice is the annual Shark?s Tooth Festival. This colorful event, which celebrates the area's natural bounty of fossilized sharks' teeth, is held every spring. The 13th Annual Sharks Tooth Festival will be celebrated April 8 - 10, 2005 at the beach near the Venice Pier. The festival features live entertainment,...

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Venice Warnings and Dangers

  • Florida rental deposits

    Last winter I rented a home in Nokomis (next to Venice) via an internet site. It was advertised as a cottage which turned out to be a mobile home. Landlord kept security deposit with no explanation. They then defaulted on mediation and court settlements. My only option at this time is a sherriffs sale which must be done in person at the county of...

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  • Don't be alarmed by the little...

    Don't be alarmed by the little geckos running around. They are everywhere, but won't harm you. They might startle you though.

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Venice What to Pack

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    by hayward68 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!

    Photo Equipment: You'll want to bring your camera and get some pics of the birds who hang around the canals. Also, the sunsets are beautiful here. I didn't get a good pic, but you might.

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Venice Off The Beaten Path

  • myakka river state park

    myakka river state park is one of the most interesting state parks in southwest florida. this 58 square mile state park surounds the wild and scenic myakka river. the park offers hiking, fishing, boating, canoeing, and camping. a great place to view florida wildlife. see my myakka river state park pages for more infomation. from venice take I-75...

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  • Outlet mall shopping!We were...

    Outlet mall shopping!We were in heaven here.5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, FL 34222I-75 exit 43 Ellenton, turn left, 2 blocks east, to 60th Avenue, turn left

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Venice Favorites

  • Venice History 101

    The area of Venice was inhabited by the Calusas, Native Americans who lived more than 12,000 years ago. The European settlers began arriving in the area in the 1860s. At the time, the place south of Roberts Bay was known as ?Horse and Chaise? because of grows of trees on the shore which resembled a horse and buggy. In the middle of 1880s they had...

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  • 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...

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  • Historic Venice Walking Tour Part I

    Venice is a wonderful place to explore. Park your car at the spacious parking next to the city?s library at Nokomis Ave and walk up to the Miami Ave. The Venice Historic District is a well-preserved gem surrounded by waterways and graced by Northern Italian architecture and beautifully landscaped boulevards dating back to the original city plans of...

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