"Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The city includes what locals call "Venice Island", a portion of the mainland that is accessed via bridges over the artificially created Intracoastal Waterway."
It is noted for its large snowbird population and was voted as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living. Venice, Florida, has everything you could want. Located in the central part of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Venice is known as a great retirement community. In fact, the city was planned as a retirement community when it was developed in 1925. Today, it remains one of the top rated places for those over age 55 thanks to its small town feel, fair prices, and beautiful landscaping. You’ll find everything from gorgeous outdoor parks to incredible restaurants here.
Even if you’re not at retirement age yet, there’s still plenty in Venice for you to enjoy. With a population of 21,000, Venice is large enough to offer a great variety of retail opportunities yet small enough that you’re not going to feel overwhelmed. Like its namesake in Italy, Venice is also an outstanding vacation destination. Our beaches, parks, and other outdoor areas bring in visitors from around Florida and from across the U.S. every year.
We’re also the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World and host the popular annual Sharks Tooth Festival. If you spend time on one of our lovely beaches, there’s a chance you’ll find a fossilized shark’s tooth of your own!
Many of our buildings are listed as historic places, including homes and buildings in the Eagle Point Historic District and the Edgewood Historic District. Both of these areas have gorgeous homes and buildings that showcase the Northern Italian Renaissance style of architecture. You’ll find more great historic homes in the Armada Road Multi-Family District plus other buildings spread across the city.
Another historic area is the Legacy Trail. This historic train begins at the Historic Venice Train Depot. From there, you can bike north. You and your entire family can enjoy a relaxing ride over bridges, stopping along the way at the rest points to take in the gorgeous picturesque views. You’ll end in Sarasota at McIntosh Road. There’s a lot to do along the way, such as stopping to explore the Venetian Waterway Park Trail.
If you love the theater, you’ll love the shows put on by the troupe at the Venice Theatre. It’s the largest per-capita community theater in the country and has a budget of around three million. The Venice Symphony’s world-class musical performances are also definitely not to be missed.
Want to spend some time outdoors instead? Venice is known for its sprawling golf courses spread across the city. You’ll find great courses at places such as the Jacaranda West Country Club, the Lake Venice Golf Club, and the Venetian Golf and River Club.
If golf isn’t your passion, head out to sea or onto the lake at one of the city’s great boating and fishing locations. Spend a lazy day at the Venice Fishing Pier seeing what you can catch before enjoying lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area. If you’d rather fish from your boat or simply enjoy an afternoon on the water, you can set sail from the South Jetty near Humphris Park or one of the many other piers and docks in the area.
Want to spend some time shopping? Venice Avenue is the place to go. This is the main street of the city and is home to everything from small clothing boutiques to larger home décor shops and places to find gifts for the little ones.
If it’s fresh fruits and vegetables you’re looking for, you want to hit the Venice Farmer’s Market on Saturday. This outdoor market is open year-round and features more than just food locally grown—some of the best entertainers in Venice place the market, plus local artisans offer their wares for sale.
We offer several different condo options, whether you want to stay for a week a month or a whole year, nothing beats having a little piece of paradise. Feel free to contact us with any questions.