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
Historic Venice Walking Food Tour
at Historic Downtown Venice Florida
$74.95 p/p - 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on ALL our tours!
Downtown Venice Art Festival
at Venice MainStreet, Inc.
Located on Florida's west coast, Venice is a vibrant town on the Gulf of Mexico, filled with historic charm, natural beauty, and independently owned shops and restaurants.
Full Moon Night Hike
at Myakka River State Park
Join us on a Night Hike in Myakka River State Park! The weather will be perfect, the moon will be high in the sky while we hike 5 miles through the wilderness.
New Year's Eve Docksider
at Dockside Waterfront Grill at Marker 4
Start your NYEve celebration with dinner and music at Dockside!!
Decades Rewind -New Year's Eve
at Venice Performing Arts Center
Rock your way into the next Decade with Decades Rewind!
Serenity Dentist Scottsdale
at Dental Clinic
Welcome to Serenity Smiles. Our dentists are gentle and genuinely nice. Our office is spa-like, comfortable and serene. Our dental staff is friendly, caring and dedicated. We are raising the bar for what a dental experience should be like.
Tomorrow at 10:00 â€“ 05:00 pm
Today at 02:00 PM - 05:00 pm
Historic Downtown Venice Florida