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Free Things to Do in Venice Beach, Florida

Free Things To Do

Venice Beach in Florida has 14 miles of beach which runs between the Casey and Manasota Keys. Accommodation of various types abounds but you may also be wondering about what kinds of low budget or free activities you can engage in during your stay. There is no shortage of things to do in Venice Beach so here are some of them which you can choose from that won’t cause you to have to break the bank just to have some fun and relaxation.

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Caspersen Beach

Located south of the Venice Airport on Harbor Drive. As you visit this beach, you will find that the southern two thirds of beachfront has been left in its natural state. Many people describe it as uncultivated, windswept and secluded. You will also find a nature trail and see freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove areas and tidal flats. It is the favorite spot for finding sharks teeth.

Brohard Beach & Service Club Park

Just north of Caspersen, you will find Brohard, a city owned park that has a 740 foot fishing pier on the property for public use. Up the road, Service Club Park offers playground equipment and boardwalks with covered picnic areas. You will also find the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla Training Center, wetlands and several areas that are great for bird watching.

Venice Beach

At the west end of Venice Avenue, you will find Venice Beach. If you enjoy diving in your leisure time, a reef containing fossilized material is located quarter mile offshore, making it a favorite spot for divers. Its close proximity to downtown makes this a popular "walk to the beach" for residents and employees. This beach has recently been renourished.

North Jetty Beach

Located on the tip of Casey Key, the jetties make this one of the most exciting surfing beaches on the west coast of Florida. It is a very popular picnicking spot for families and large groups and the fishing is said to be spectacular. If you enjoy watching boats, this is a good place to do so as they can be seen daily passing through the Intracoastal Waterway.

Nokomis Beach

Heading west on Albee Road, you will find Sarasota's oldest public beach. This family oriented beach is also popular for fishing and includes a boat launch ramp.

Venice Area Parks

Venice Area Beautification, Inc., under the auspices of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, is an ongoing program responsible for enhancing eco-tourism as well as beautifying the greater Venice area.

The newest project of this group calls for a linear park along the Intracoastal Waterways offering riding and walking trails from the old Nokomis school site to the Shamrock Park Nature Center. Restoration of the historic Train Depot is yet another...

Venice Area Beautification Bike Trail

Venice Area Beautification bike trail map.

Venetian Waterway Park & Trail

Venetian Waterway park & trail map.

Venice Area Audubon Rookery

The VAAS Rookery is one of Venice, Florida’s best kept secrets. Those who discover this treasure understand the reason why. Photographers and birders from near and far come to the rookery to enjoy and photograph nesting birds during January, February and March. Although these months are the busiest time of the year, the rookery has visitors all year around. The rookery is on a small island in a very small lake. Even at that, during nesting time it...

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Venice Area Attractions | Attractions Near Venice Beach, Florida

Historic Spanish Point
Address: 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Phone: (941) 966-5214
Website: http://www.historicspanishpoint.org

One of the most sought-after attractions near Venice Beach, Florida, Historic Spanish Point lies sprawling across 30 acres of property. It is the ultimate venue for weddings, meetings, camps, paddleboarding, kayaking and many other activities. Described as an outdoor museum, this Florida attraction near Venice beach offers...

Attractions Near the Venice Area

South Florida Museum
Location: Bradenton
From Venice: 1 hour
Website: http://www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org

The Florida Aquarium
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.flaquarium.org

Lowry Park Zoo
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.LowryParkZoo.com

Busch Gardens
Location: Tampa 
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.BuschGardens.com

MOSI Tampa
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours...

Water Activities

Fishing License Fees:
Nonresident, 1 year $47
Nonresident, 7 days $30
Nonresident, 3 days $17

Places you can go to obtain a fishing license nearby:

K-MART #3249 941-493-3213 1687 41 BY-PASS S VENICE NORTH JETTY FISH CAMP INC 941-488-2408 1000 S CASEY KEY RD NOKOMIS WAL MART #5264 941-918-1247 13140 S TAMIAMI TR OSPREY WAL MART #769 941-497-2523 4150 S TAMIAMI TR VENICE

Call to obtain a license:
Dial toll-free,...

Shopping

Closest convenience store:

Beachside Food Mart –  484-7899
at the north end of the Venice Public Beach Parking lot just 3 blocks away.
225 The Esplanade N

Closest Supermarket:

Publix – 484-3346
535 Tamiami Trail S, Venice Island

Venice Farmers Market – every Saturday 8AM – Noon
Corner of Tampa and Nokomis Ave on the Island.

Closest Walmart:

 1) Corner of Jacaranda Blvd and 41 – 4150 Tamiami Trail S, Venice
Or
 2) 13140 Tamiami Trail S., Osprey...