During your stay in the Venice area, you may want to explore several of the popular tourist attractions in and around the greater Suncoast area. If you're seeking to explore cultural attractions about the rich history of Sarasota and its early roots, The John and Mable Ringling Estate (Ca' d'Zan) and the Ringling Museum are must see attractions. If you're an animal lover, then exploring the sea life and wildlife at Mote Marina Laboratory, Save Our Seabirds or the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary are popular attractions. Lastly, if you're the outdoor-explorer type, then visiting Historic Spanish Point or Oscar Scherer State Park await you. At Oscar Scherer state park, you can go camping, canoeing and explore endless nature trails and view Florida wild birds and even alligators.
Venice's award-winning theatre is the largest and most active community theatre in the southeastern United States. It offers a full slate of nationally-renowned concerts, stand-up comedy acts and special events. Visit their website below for more info.
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 including Venice and South Casey Key.
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 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 on Little Sarasota Bay, Historic Spanish Point is a 30-acre outdoor museum offering an opportunity to learn about the prehistory of SW Florida. With its beautifully landscaped gardens, walking trails, and outdoor splendor, Historic Spanish Point is a window to Florida's past. The park is open 9am - 5pm Mon - Sat and 12pm - 5pm Sunday.
Experience Old Florida and its wildlife at Oscar Scherer State Park. Located a few minutes south of Sarasota Square Mall on US 41, the 1,300+ acre State Park offers visitors a great natural preserve to view native Florida birds, alligators and tropical vegitation. The park also offers many recreational activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and camping just to name a few. Open daily from 8am till sundown 365 days a year.
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