Explore Venice Beach
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
Prestage Brothers at Myakka River State Park
See The Prestage Brothers at Myakka River State Park
Moon Over Myakka Concert - Prestage Brothers
Formerly, Ben Prestage, the Prestage Brother’s goal is making quirky music with homemade instruments.
Tour de Parks 2018
at 1927 Historic Venice Train Depot Find Tickets
Scenic bicycle rides of 20, 35 and 62 miles through a number of Sarasota County Parks.
26th Annual Venice Shark's Tooth Festival
at Sharks Tooth Festival
Community Festival featuring A&C, Fossil Vendors, Commercial Marketing Booths, non-profits, Children's game area, live entertainment, food and beverages.
Sharky's Ride The Beaches
at Bicycles International Venice
This will be your Sharky's Pre packet pickup party!
16th Annual Sharkys Ride the Beaches
at Sharky's On the Pier
Add this to your calendar for information about one of the best rides in southwest Florida!
Chalk Festival 2018
at Chalk Festival Find Tickets
The Chalk Festival is a pavement art event where spectators get to meet and watch the most renowned pavement artists from around the world, as they turn the pavement into a "Museum in Motion" using chalk to create oversized masterpieces & 3D illusions.