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Venice, Florida’s Jewel

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A December 2004 trip to Venice by Tolik

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Quote: Venice, a beautiful town on the Gulf of Mexico, is our favorite place in Florida. She is known for her 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.

Venice, Florida’s Jewel

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Overview

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Gorgeous beaches, a cultural district, and a wealth of recreational opportunities combine to make Venice one of the best places 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 -style 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°F (23º C). With miles ...Read More

Historic Venice Walking Tour

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Attraction

Historic Venice Walking Tour Photo, Venice, Florida
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Venice is a wonderful place to explore. Park your car at the spacious parking next to the city’s library at Nokomis Avenue and walk up to Miami Avenue. 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 1925. The street names in the area reflect the Italian influence – Via Venezia, San Marco, Firenze, Milan, Turin, Salermo, Sorrento, etc. On the corner of Miami Avenue you will find the small Fountain Park. It features a cast-iron Italian fountain; across the street from it is a café with delightful meals. Turn left onto the Miami Avenue. The ...Read More

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Historic Venice Walking Tour
Historic District
Venice, Florida

Venice History 101

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Venice, Florida Photo, Venice, Florida
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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 trees on the shore that resembled a horse and buggy. In the middle of 1880s, they had enough of a population to have their own post office. Maybe the old name did not sound attractive, maybe it was too long to be used as a part of an address, but they came with awesome idea to call the settlement Venice. And why not? Florida remotely resembles the Italian peninsula, and the name sounded good for a town on the coast....Read More

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Warm Mineral Springs

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Attraction

Warm Mineral Springs Photo, North Port, Florida
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The springs are a sinkhole. But not a regular one, one pretty common in Florida. It is an hourglass-shaped, water-filled sinkhole. Warm Mineral Springs around the sinkhole lake has been in operation as an international day spa since 1946. Recently, they started to build so-called Vacation Village east of the lake; one day you will be able to stay there. Meanwhile, there is a hotel nearby (at the corner of Tamiami Trail and Ortiz Blvd.) and numerous house-rental options. From the spacious parking, you enter the resort’s lobby, a place to buy your tickets. General Admission - $14 Students - $9 AAA members and Ages 65 and over - $12 Children 12 and under - ...Read More

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Warm Mineral Springs
12200 San Servando Avenue
North Port, Florida
(941) 426-1692

Venice Art Center

Attraction | "Pigs in Paradise"

Venice Art Center Photo, Venice, Florida
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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, and then local artists painted them. Last year the center placed the wonderful animals all around the town. The pigs will be gracing Venice for 13 months. Seven feet long from tail to nose, they are on a mission to educate visitors about the area’s rich heritage, fantastic beaches, and amazing attractions. Their leader, Capitan Will B. Cooked, has been nominated as the Venice Art Center Pigs in Paradise Ambassador. There is also Elvis Pigsley, Andy Warhog , Pigcasso, Mr. Main Street, etc. The lovely creatures will not stay here forever...Read More

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Venice Art Center
390 Nokomis Avenue South
Venice, FL
(941) 485-7136

Venice Fishing Pier

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Attraction | "Shark Tooth Capital of the World"

Venice Fishing Pier Photo, Venice, Florida
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One of the best-known events in Venice is the annual Sharks 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 to 10, 2005 at the beach near the Venice Pier. The festival features live entertainment, educational booths, fossil vendors, more than 100 artists from around the state, and great food! The festival showcases sea-related stuff: shark teeth, shark jaws, stingray spine fragments, stingray teeth, alligator teeth, sea biscuits… you name it. Local artisans sell all kind of sea-related treasures, homemade crafts, and jewelry. ...Read More

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Venice Fishing Pier
1600 Harbor Drive South
Venice, Florida 34285

South Venice Beach

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Attraction

South Venice Beach Photo, Venice, Florida
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Beyond Venice’s old district to the south lies the picturesque area of South Venice Beach, our favorite part of Venice. Development of the area began in 1952 (it was called then simply South Venice). The New York development firm of W&A Construction Company began building, and the first residents moved into their homes in October 1953. The area along Tamiami Trail is full of shopping; the friendly and useful AAA office is also here. But turn westbound towards the sea and you will find a beautiful residential area in a bird sanctuary amid lush subtropical vegetation. As a part of the deal, the developer guaranteed in writing to all South Venice residents direct access to the Gulf Coast (the ...Read More

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South Venice Beach
South Venice Beach
Venice, Florida