The City of Venice 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. At the turn of the century, when large industries were no longer economically viable and environmentally practicable, Venice transformed into a tourist destination. Venice boasts 14 miles of beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key. Venice is home to a plethora of small businesses and popular restaurants and Venice Beach is located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Venice is primarily a sleepy fishing town; from early spring to late fall, Venice Beach 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. Year-round, Venice is a popular destination for finding and collecting shark teeth. Venice is known as the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World." 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. Venice is also a Florida Main Street City--its downtown has landscaped streets and northern Italian architecture that is original to its 1925 design plan and akin to the Italian city for which it was named. 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
Adult Kindergarten Epoxy-Resin Dirty Pour Classes
at Venice Art Center
Join Florida-based resin-epoxy artist Julie Delfs to â€śmake a splashâ€ť with this creative application of various paints mixed into glass-like resin-epoxy and then swirled onto a 12â€ł x 12â€ł wooden board!
Venice Beach Party
at Venice MainStreet, Inc.
This event is so much fun, we are bringing it back for year number 4!! The 4th Annual Venice Beach Party is held on Venice Beach with Live Music, Food, Drinks and an all around good time!
Bill's Bear Run 2019
at North Jetty
Billâ€™s Beer Run is the annual fundraiser for the Manasota Track Club. Now in its 31st year, proceeds help fund college scholarships and youth running programs.
SPARCC Card & Game Party
at Plantation Golf & Country Club
SPARCC Card & Game Party October 30, 2019, 10:00 AM Plantation Golf & Country Club 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice FL 34293
Children First's Flip Flops & Fashion
at Sharky's On the Pier
Thank you to our sponsors and event co-chairs Krystel Beall, Renee Ryckman, and Samantha Gholar
Childrenâ€™s Halloween Parade - Venice
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 Club Halloween Parade Thursday October 31, at 4pm in Centennial Park.