Venice, FL Attractions

Things to Do In Venice, FL

SARASOTA ATTRACTIONS

Arts Dance Entertainment

Galleries & Museums Historical Sites

Music Nature & Science

Parks Theater

Sarasota, Florida has lots of great attractions for all types of interests.
Here's a listing of as many as we could find. Be sure to check out the links to get a better look at some of them.

All groups are in Sarasota, Florida with the area code of 941 unless otherwise indicated.

If you're looking for some sightseeing around Florida using Siesta Key as your base, or for accommodations, here are some links to other Florida cities:


SARASOTA ARTS

TOWLES COURT ARTIST COLONY
Between Osprey Avenue and U.S. 301

LONGBOAT KEY ADULT EDUCATION CENTER
6830Longboat Dr. S.
Longboat Key, FL
383-8811

LONGBOAT KEY ARTS CENTER
924-5770

STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, MANATEE-SARASOTA
8000 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL
408-1300

RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
351-5100

SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Adult and Community Education
1970 Landings Blvd. Suite 101
361-6590

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AT SARASOTA/NEW COLLEGE
5700 N. Tamiami Trail>
359-4200

VENICE ART CENTER
390 S. Nokomis Ave.
Venice, FL
485-7136


SARASOTA DANCE

BALLROOM DANCESPORT THEATER
955-1099

SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA
The Asolo / Mertz Theatre in FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Florida To order tickets by telephone:
1-941-552-1032
1-866-722-5538
Box Office Hours: Monday through Friday: * 10 am - 5 pm


SARASOTA ENTERTAINMENT

LEBARGE TROPICAL CRUISES
U.S. 41 at Marina Jack's
366-6116

SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS
3701 Bay Shore Road
355-5303
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Daily

SARASOTA KENNEL CLUB
Greyhound Racing Jan. 3 - April 19
5400 Old Bradenton Rd.
355-7744

SARASOTA POLO CLUB
Games 1PM Every Sunday December - March
8201 Polo Club Lane
359-0000


SARASOTA GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

ANNA MARIA ISLAND MUSUEM
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island
Bradenton, FL
778-0492
10 A.M. - 1 P.M. Tue. Wed. Thur. and Sun.

CARS & MUSIC OF YESTERDAY MUSEUM
5500 Tamiami Trail North
355-6228
9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. Daily

DeSOTO MUSEUM
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL
747-1998
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Tue. - Fri.

THE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART
5401 Bay Shore Road
355-5101

SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM
201 10th St. W
Bradenton, FL
746-4132
10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Tue. - Sat. | Noon - 5 P.M. Sunday


SARASOTA HISTORICAL SITES

HISTORIC SPANISH POINT
500 North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41)
Osprey, FL
966-5214
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Mon. - Sat. | Noon - 5 P.M. Sun.

GAMBLE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE
Once the site of a sugar plantation of 3,500 acres owned by Maj. Robert Gamble, who built an antebellum manor house in the 1840's. Today, the restored and refurbished Gamble Mansion is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida and the oldest home in Manatee County. West of I-75 Exit 43 near U.S. 301 East
Ellenton, FL
723-4536
Tours 8 A.M. - sunset Thur. - Mon.

MADIRA BICKEL MOUND
Three periods of Florida Indian culture dating back two-thousand years at this archaeological site which covers 10 aacres on Terra Ceia Island in Manatee County.
U.S. 19 north from Bradenton, following the signs to the Sunshine Skyway. Exit at Terra Ceia Island. The mound site is on the island's west shore, facing the bay.
722-1017
Open daily from 8 AM to sunset.

MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK
6th Avenue East and 15th Street East
Bradenton, FL
749-7165
9 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Mon. - Sat. | 1:30 - 4:30 P.M. Sun.


SARASOTA MUSIC

FLORIDA WEST COAST SYMPHONY
709 North Tamiami Trail
953-4252

THE JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA
290 Coconut Ave. Bldg. 3
366-1552

SARASOTA MUSIC ARCHIVE, INC.
265 S. Orange Ave.
955-5890

SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE
61 N. Pineapple Ave.
366-8450

 

SARASOTA NATURE & SCIENCE

BIRDING HOTSPOTS IN SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTIES
Compiled by:
Manatee County Audubon Society
6510 26th Avenue West
Bradenton, Florida 34209

Sarasota Audubon Society
P.O. Box 15423
Sarasota, Florida 34277-1423

Venice Area Audubon Society
P.O. Box 1381
Venice, Florida 34284-1381

MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS
811 South Palm Avenue
366-5730
10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Daily

MOTE MARINE LABRATORY
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
City Island
388-2451
10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Daily

SAVE OUR SEABIRDS
1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy City Island
388-3010
10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Daily

PARKER MANATEE AQUARIUM
10th Street West
Bradenton, FL
Home of Snooty the Manatee

SARASOTA BAY EXPLORERS
Mote Marine Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
388-4200
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Tue. - Fri.


SARASOTA AREAPARKS

CAYO COSTA STATE PARK
Cayo Costa State Park occupies most of an island which lies in a chain of barrier islands that shelter Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound from the storms of the Gulf of Mexico. This park is accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry services.
Boca Grande, FL
964-0375

DeSOTO NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Commemorates 16th-century Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Led first extensive exploration by Europeans of present southern United States (1539-1542). Visitor center, exhibits, audiovisual program, nature trail, living history program (December-April). Lowest visitation insummer. Location On Tampa Bay 5 miles west of Bradenton: 40 miles south of Tampa, off State Route 64.
792-0458

DON PEDRO ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA
Don Pedro Island is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Located in Charlotte County between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro Island has approximately one mile of beach that has been acquired for use as a state recreation area.
Cape Haze, FL
964-0375

EGMONT KEY STATE PARK
The island of Egmont Key has unique natural and cultural histories which have made it a valuable resource since the time settlers first arrived in Florida. Named in honor of John Perceval, the second Earl of Egmont and member of the Irish House of Commons in 1763, Egmont Key has had Spanish conquistadors and nuclear submarines pass its shores as they entered Tampa Bay.
4905 34th Street South, #5000
(813) 893-2627

FAKAHATCHEE STRAND STATE PRESERVE
The Big Cypress Swamp of southwest Florida is basically a flat, gently sloping limestone plain. During the rainy season (June through September), water flows slowly southward over this plain into the mangrove swamps bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Water also flows below ground through the porous underlying limestone. In places, limestone has dissolved, forming elongated sloughs or channels which have accumulated deep organic soils. These channels or sloughs have been colonized by cypress and other trees, creating swamp forests that stand out on the horizon in contrast to the open prairies and pinelands that occupy the sterile veneer of marl soil which is on top of the remaining limestone. The local term for these linear swamps is "strand."
Copeland, FL 33926
695-4593

GASPARILLA ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA
Legend has it that Gasparilla Island was named for the infamous pirate, Jose Gaspar, who reportedly settled on the island in the 1700's with his band of men. According to legend, Gaspar and his men used the island as a hiding place between forays until the United States carried out a campaign to rid the waters of their presence. Whether true or not, the legend adds to the colorful history of the island.
Boca Grande, FL
964-0375

INDIAN MOUND PARK
Orange St.
Englewood, FL
474-3065

LAKE MANATEE STATE RECREATION AREA
Lake Manatee State Recreation Area is a perfect example of the quiet and relaxed atmosphere that some of Florida's natural areas have to offer. Extending along three miles of the south shore of Lake Manatee, these 556 acres were once used for farming, cattle grazing, turpentining and timbering. Today, the 2,400 acre reservoir that makes up Lake Manatee supplies drinking water to Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
20007 S.R. 64
Bradenton, FL
741-3028

MYAKKA STATE PARK & WILDERNESS PRESERVE
Over 45 square miles of woodlands, wetlands and prairie invite you to explore by foot, bicycle, canoe or auto. The park is famous for its abundant wildlife and quiet, scenic beauty. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to watch the Myakka Movies and discover how the park is restoring one of our country's rarest communities--Florida dry prairie. Spend a day or camp overnight in the campgrounds or in one of the log cabins built by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Myakka "Wild and Scenic River" flows through the western portion of the park and its two lakes and floodplain marshes are a haven for wading birds and waterfowl. The scenic drive winds through shady hammocks, verdant marshes and along the Upper Myakka Lakeshore. Airboat tours, tram rides, and ranger-led walks provide insight into one of Florida's last remaining wildernesses.
State Road 72
361-6511

OSCAR SCHERER STATE RECREATION AREA
In 1955, Elsa Scherer Burrows bequeathed 462 acres of land to the state of Florida for use as a park. The land was donated in memory of her father, Oscar Scherer, an inventor who developed a process for dyeing leather for shoes in 1872.
After a year of preparation, Oscar Scherer State Recreation Area was opened to the public in 1956. In 1991, an additional 922 acres were purchased as part of the P2000 initiative. This increased the parks total acreage to 1384 acres.
U S 41 South
483-5956


SARASOTA THEATER

LEMON BAY PLAYHOUSE
3553 Dearborn St.
Englewood, FL
475-6765

THE PLAYERS THEATER
Great entertainment at reasonable ticket prices. Musical theater, concerts special events.
838 N. Tamiami Trail
365-2494

VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL
777 North Tamiami Trail
955-7676

SARASOTA POETRY THEATHER/SOULSPEAK
(SPOKEN MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE POETRY)
966-3416

VENICE THEATER
140 W. Tampa Ave.
Venice, FL
488-1115