Venetian Waterway Park, Venice

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The Venetian Waterway Park is a total 9.3-mile concrete trail in Sarasota County, Florida located in Venice. It was built jointly by Venice Area Beautification Inc., Sarasota County, and the city of Venice. It consists of two trails paralleling the Intracoastal Waterway from Downtown Venice to the Gulf of Mexico, with one on the island side of the waterway, and one on the mainland side. The two portions are connected by the Venice Avenue Bridge and the Circus Bridge. Bike Florida has rated the Venetian Waterway Park (along with the Legacy Trail) one of the top 10 bicycle trails in the state of Florida.Route DescriptionIslandThe north end of the Island section of the Venetian Waterway Park is at the Venice Area Beautification Inc. From there, it travels north underpassing US 41 Business and turning to head Southbound toward E Venice Avenue. It continues to head south following the Intracoastal Waterway toward Venice High School where it turns west following the outside of their Baseball Field. From their it heads north, then west, then south bordering Venice High's campus. Next it heads southeast acting as a widened sidewalk on Golf Drive, then taking a right turn heading northwest away from Golf Drive and once again follows the ICW before taking s left turn heading west through some pine trees. Next it heads south before acting as yet another widened sidewalk on US 41 BUS heading Southeast. Next, it heads south underpasing the Circus Bridge (US 41 Business's south crossing) parallel to the ICW. It continues to parallel the ICW heading south until it heads west, crossing over small waterways until it reaches the southern trailhead at Caspersen Beach.
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  • Kind of disappointed this year. We always park near the trail. Wife has bad knees , but we do not think a handicap sticker is need at this time; however, we have parked here for the parade for 5 years...  more »
  • Spent 3 hours exploring this trail and the surrounding area. What a great ride! There are many water views, great beaches to stop at and charming historic downtown Venice to dine and shop in.  more »
  • Always a pleasure to walk the waterway. Great to start at Shamrock, walk to Circus Bridge then recover in the Old Salty Dog before walking back. The section from Circus to The Train Depot is not as pi...  more »
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  • Liked the nice trail in this park area. It is a concrete trail, basically a double wide sidewalk. I like to start from Shamrock Park, since there is plenty of parking. You can fish virtually at any point. It can be very windy (sometimes it feels like you are going uphill both ways even though it is flat), so be prepared for a good workout. Bring plenty of water, because there aren't many places to fill up except for Shamrock Park. You could also stray from the trail at 41/Circus Bridge to get refreshments, but other than that, you are on your own. ****
  • Very nice trail, wide enough for most uses.
  • Nice trails here.

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