Recreation / Activities

Venice, Florida offers a fantastic variety of recreational activities for all ages and interests! Here are some ideas to get you started:   Scroll to the bottom of the page for additional resources links.

Beach Bliss:

  • Sunbathe and swim: Venice Beach and Caspersen Beach are both stunning stretches of soft sand with calm turquoise waters, perfect for soaking up the sun and taking a dip.
  • Shelling and Shark Toothing: Caspersen Beach is known for its abundance of fossilized shark teeth, making it a treasure hunter's paradise.
  • Stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking: Explore the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway with its scenic mangrove forests and abundant wildlife. Rent your board or kayak from one of the local outfitters.
  • Catch a sunset: Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico from any of the beaches or the Venice Fishing Pier.

Beyond the Beach:

  • Venetian Waterway Park: Hike or bike the trails alongside the Intracoastal Waterway, or rent a kayak or paddleboard for a serene exploration.
  • Oscar Scherer State Park: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Florida's natural landscape with hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, and opportunities to spot wildlife.
  • Historic Downtown Venice: Stroll down colorful Venice Avenue, browsing art galleries, local shops, and enjoying the charming atmosphere. Visit the Venice Farmers Market on Saturdays for fresh produce, artisan crafts, and live music.
  • Cultural Activities: Catch a performance at the Venice Theatre, a renowned professional theater company, or visit the Venice Museum & Archives to learn about the city's rich history.
  • Fishing Charters: Embark on a fishing adventure in the Gulf of Mexico, targeting grouper, snapper, and other species. Several charter companies offer guided trips for all levels.
  • Golfing: Venice boasts several championship golf courses, perfect for golfers of all skill levels.
  • Boat Rentals: Rent a pontoon boat or motorboat and explore the waterways around Venice, stopping at islands for picnics or shelling.
  • Riverboat Tour on Myakka

Special Activities:

  • Venice Venture Scavenger Hunt: This self-guided scavenger hunt takes you on a fun adventure through downtown Venice, solving riddles and discovering hidden gems.
  • Dolphin & Manatee Tours: Take a boat tour to spot these playful creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Island Hopping: Explore the nearby barrier islands like Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key, each offering unique beaches, restaurants, and shops.

Kayaking, Biking, Fishing

Basketball and Tennis at Centennial Park


Walking the beach

The North Jetty

The South Jetty

More About Shark Toothing...

Ah, shark tooth hunting in Venice, Florida! This exciting activity is a beloved pastime for many visitors and locals alike. Venice is often called the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World" for good reason - its beaches consistently yield an impressive number of fossilized shark teeth, and the thrill of discovery never gets old!

Here's a quick rundown on shark tooth hunting in Venice:

Where to Hunt:

  • Caspersen Beach: Considered the absolute prime spot, especially after storms or low tide. Look for black specks in the sand and sift patiently using a fine-mesh sieve.
  • Venice Beach: Offers ample possibilities, particularly near the jetty and pier. Keep your eyes peeled near the waterline and in exposed sand after big waves.
  • Casey Key: This barrier island boasts excellent hunting grounds, especially at North Venice Beach. Be mindful of tides and regulations as some areas are protected.

What to Look For:

  • Size and shape: Teeth come in various sizes, from tiny needle-like ones to larger triangular specimens. Familiarize yourself with different types found in the area.
  • Color: While most teeth are a black or brown hue, some may be grey, white, or even have a slight rainbow sheen.
  • Preservation: Look for teeth that are solid and complete, avoiding crumbly or heavily eroded ones.

Tips for Success:

  • Go early: Head to the beach at sunrise or during low tide for better visibility and access to newly exposed sand.
  • Bring the right tools: A bucket, shovel, and a fine-mesh sieve are essential. Opt for kneepads or a stool for comfortable sifting.
  • Learn about identification: Research common shark teeth found in Venice to help you distinguish treasures from mere pebbles.
  • Protect the environment: Leave only footprints and take only what you find. Don't damage beach structures or remove living shells.

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