Beautiful Parks at Venice, Florida
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In Venice, there are more than 30 parks, ranging from small pocket parks to the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the more unique parks in the area include Paw Park, where dogs can play on the beach, and Venetian Waterway Park, where bikers and hikers can bike and walk alongside both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Brohard Paw Park
Dogs are allowed on the beach at Brohard Paw Park, the only area in Sarasota County where they are allowed.
Aside from dog waste bags, there are benches, showers, and drinking fountains for humans and dogs. Open daily, 7 a.m. -dusk. The beach park is within Venice city limits but maintained by the County.
South Brohard Park provides beach access exclusively for humans, with boardwalks, benches, and showers.
- Beach Access With Wheelchair Accessible Boardwalk
- Dog Park
- Drinking Fountain
- Drinking Fountains For Dogs
- Litter Receptacles
Venetian Waterway Park
Venice Area Beautification Inc, or VABI, developed the Venetian Waterway Park, which lies either side of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Locals love this attraction in Venice beach because it allows you to enjoy hiking and cycling trails, picnics, and restroom facilities while connecting Venice beach to the Caspersen beach park.
A 5 mile trail system parallels the Intracoastal Waterway along both sides of the park. Additionally, this trail connects to the Legacy Trail, which takes you into Sarasota.
Along the 10-mile long, 10-foot wide linear trail, walkers, joggers and bikers will find benches, litter receptacles, dog cleaning stations, picnic shelters and grills, scenic ICW views, and glimpses of wildlife. There are no motorized vehicles allowed.
- Dog Park
- Hiking Trails
- Litter Receptacles
- Picnic Shelters
Shamrock Park & Nature Center
The Shamrock Park and Nature Center contains some of the last remaining scrub habitats in the coastal area. There is a 1.2-mile paved path connecting the park to the Venetian Waterway Trail, a popular biking trail in Florida. This connection allows visitors to bike or walk from downtown Venice to the historic train station and to Caspersen Beach. Educative lectures, seminars, and other events are offered at the nature center.
Butterfly gardens are a fun addition to the geckos and birds found in the area. The playground (covered) is a fun diversion for kids, with a lot of exciting equipment that got my children excited to run around and try. Near the main entrance are several ball and tennis courts as well as a picnic area available
Located between West Venice Avenue and West Tampa Avenue, Centennial Park is surrounded by restaurants and shops that make it a popular destination. Venetian MainStreet features the Venice ADA-accessible gazebo, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, a Veterans memorial, an information kiosk, and a Children’s Interactive Fountain. The fountain opens at 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Public Works Department maintains the swimming pool to swimming pool standards. An adult must accompany children.
Centennial Park allows dogs on leashes, but not at the Children’s Fountain.
A train-themed playground is located in Legacy Park across from the historic Venice Train Depot. Besides the shaded playground structure, climbing apparatus, and cornhole equipment, there is a multi-use trail, a kayak/canoe launch, and picnic shelters as well as restrooms and parking. It is located across the street from the Venice Train Depot.
Park hours are as follows: October–March 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., and April–September 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Some others parks in Venice Florida are…
- Chauncy Howard Park
- Chuck Reiter Park
- City Hall Park
- East Blalock Park
- Hecksher Park
- Higel Marine Park
- Humphris Park (South Jetty)
- Marina Park and Boat Ramp and many more