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About Venice Beach
Venice Beach in Florida faces the expansive Gulf of Mexico and is connected to the other paradise-like stretches of beaches of the Florida coast. Venice Beach shares the rich history of greater Venice, which was settled after the Civil War in the late 19th century through the Homestead Act of 1862. A village beach resort was planned and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers provided the capital. Soon, schools, playgrounds, parks, and a civic center were built. Venice beach enjoyed a mixture of diverse industries, from toy manufacturing to printing and publishing, from lumber mills to machine factories. At the turn of the century, when large industries are no longer economically viable and environmentally practicable, Venice Beach transformed into a tourist destination. At Venice Beach, from early spring to late fall, tourists primarily look forward to fishing. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico attract a wide variety of fish species, including the incredibly large king mackerel. The other fishes to catch while trawling the coast are groupers, Spanish mackerels, mangrove snappers, blackfin tunas, cobias, and greater amberjacks. Besides fishing, Venice Beach offers international gastronomic delights, from steaks to seafoods, from Cuban and Mexican to Italian, Indian, and Chinese cuisines. Most restaurants offer live entertainment and are conveniently located near shopping centers, such as the Bird Bay Plaza, the Tamiami Trail, the Brickyard Center, and the Jacaranda Plaza. After shopping, dining, and frolicking at the beach, tourists can go to nearby attractions at Venice Beach, such as the Jungle Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and the Ringling Museum.
Events in Venice Beach
at Centennial Park- Downtown Venice
Join in on the fun this October for the Women's Sertoma Club of Venice's Sun Fiesta. This family-friendly, three-day event includes a parade, bed races, arts & crafts, food, Miss Sun Fiesta, music and dancing.
Children's Halloween Parade!
at Venice MainStreet, Inc.
Hundreds of Venice area children (and some adults) are choosing their costumes to show off in the Annual Venice MainStreet/Venice Lions Halloween Parade, Tuesday October 31st, at 4pm in Centennial Park.
3rd Annual Myakka River Half Marathon/5K
at Myakka River State Park
The First 2 runnings of the Myakka River Half Marathon/5K were a tremendous success! The 3rd annual “Run for the Memories” will be even more amazing
Venice Blues Festival & Pub Crawl
at Venice MainStreet, Inc.
Venice Blues Festival and Pub Crawl. Friday November 17 & Saturday November 18th. Friday the Pub Crawl starts at 5pm on Miami Ave. and participating venues. Saturday November 18th from 10-6pm at Maxine Barritt Park.
at Boca Royale Golf and Country Club
Celebrate Thanksgiving in Englewood!
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