When planning your vacation to Venice, Florida, there are lots of family-oriented outdoor activities to partake in while in the area. If you're wanting to explore the area by water, popular choices include stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking. These options allow you to get up close and personal with the Florida wildlife, manatees and dolphins and to paddle through the many protected mangroves of the Venice jetty and nearby Intracoastal waterway. If you're more of the adventurous type and not afraid of heights, experience the Venice area and its beauty via a personalized helicopter ride or via parasail. Listed below are popular outdoor activities by land, sea and water.
The Venice jetty is a popular destination for many to enjoy Florida sunsets and to watch the local boating and watersport activity. With its rock-lined walkways that extend several hunded yards into the gulf, the jetty is a man-made structure designed to protect the shoreline and access to the Intracoastal waterway and nearby tributaries. The jetty is accessible on either side via the access points listed below. Click the map links below for driving directions.
Located Between Casey Key & Venice Island
North Jetty Access (Casey Key) - 1000 S Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275 Map
South Jetty Access (Venice) - 2000 Tarpon Center Dr, Venice, FL 34285 Map
Venice Fishing Pier
Extending 700 feet into the gulf of Mexico, the Venice fishing pier is a well known landmark of the area. Open daily from 6:30am till 9pm, the pier is free for all to explore. Whether you seek to catch your next meal or simply to take in a Florida sunset over the gulf waters, the Venice fishing pier is a popular destination to see Florida from a unique perspective.
Located Behind Sharky's Restaurant
Open Daily: 6:30am - 9:00pm
1600 Harbor Dr. South, Venice, FL 34285 Map
Venice Fishing Pier
Venice Boat Rentals
A Venice boat rental affords you the unique opportunity to explore the gulf waters and Intracoastal waterway at your own leisure. Most boats rent for either a half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours) and seat between 4 - 10 passengers. By renting your own personal boat, you will get to see a side of Florida not visible by land. Experience the beautiful waterfront homes, natural Florida vegitation, fish from the boat or even go tubing for some extra fun. You're sure to make memories that will last!
When vacationing in the area, a great way to explore the scenery is via a chartered Venice sailboat or Venice powerboat tour. Sit back and relax, take in the breathtaking views of the Gulf and Intracoastal waterway while the captain and the crew handle the navigation for you. Common boat charters include sightseeing, sunrise and sunset. Most charters last between two and four hours.
Venice Boat Charters
( Sailboat Charter )
We sail by appointment. You reserve your time. Sails are for two hours. Sunset sails are generally an hour and a half before sunset.
We're Located at the Crow's Nest Marina on Venice Island. 1968 Tarpon Center Dr, Venice, FL 34285 Map
We offer two convenient pick-up locations: Blackburn Point Park Map Turtle Beach Park and Boat Ramp Map
Venice Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
If you're wanting to get a good workout during your visit, consider renting a paddleboard for your outdoor adventures. Unlike a canoe or a kayak where the rider sits down to propel themselves foraward, the paddleboard is propelled via the rider standing in an upright position, hence the name "Stand Up Paddleboarding" or more commonly referred to as SUP. Stand Up Paddleboarding originates from the surfboard and officially became recognized as an official sport in 2013. For your convenience, below are popular Venice Paddle Board rental companies.
We offer paddleboard lessons, tours and rentals. Paddleboard rental delivery and pickup services available at Blackburn Point and Oscar Scherer State Park.
Experience Florida and its waterways with a Venice kayaking excursion. If you're seeking a fun outdoor family adventure, you'll enjoy kayaking through hidden lagoons, the Venice area Intracoastal waterway and getting up close with Florida's natural wildlife. There's a good chance you'll even spot a dolphin or manatee. Kayak rentals come in single and double person sizes with the option to "sit in" or "sit on top" and have flexible seats to fit persons of all sizes. Listed below are popular Venice kayak rental companies for your convenience.
In addition to boat rentals, we also offer kayak rentals. Come take a relaxing paddle on a nearby tributary around Venice island.
Take your vacation to new heights and experience a bird's eye perspective of Venice Beach, the Jetty and nearby Casey Key with a venice parasailing adventure. If you're not afraid of heights and a thrill-seeker at heart, this outdoor adventure is for you! For more information, please visit the venice parasail companies listed below.
Venice Parasailing & Tours
We offer single, double and even triple set ups. 1000 S. Casey Key Rd., Nokomis 34275 Map
Venice Helicopter Tours
Experience the awesome beauty of the Venice area from above with a personalized helicopter tour from Florida Suncoast Helicopters (located at the SRQ Airport). They offer passengers a 30-minute southern tour which travels along the coast of Siesta Key and Casey Key to the Venice Inlet and makes its return to the SRQ airport by flying along the bayfront at Big Pass and over Bird Key. For more info, please visit their website at the link below.
Venice Helicopter Tours
Florida Suncoast Helicopters
SRQ Airport 1244 Clyde Jones Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243 Map
Venice Parks & Recreation
Venice, Florida, referred to at the City on the Gulf, provides a myriad of outdoor parks and recreational choices. With more than 30 parks in the Venice area, outdoor enthusiasts can choose from parks with many amenities including a canoe and kayak launch, walking trails, biking trails as well as those that are pet friendly. Displayed below is the Legacy Trail / Venetian Waterway Trail Park Trail which is a popular route for biking, jogging and rollerblading in the Venice area. For a listing of all Venice area parks and amenities, click here.
If you're an avid golfer or just seeking to improve your game, swing by one of the Venice area golf courses listed below. The 18-hole course at Calusa Lakes Golf Club features lakes, rolling fairways and is player friendly. The nearby 27-hole Waterford Golf Club offers distinct picturesque qualities combined with abundant natural landscape and wildlife. There are no holes contiguous to each other.
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