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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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  • It's a pretty place to go for a walk. I like the beaches and other parks better but if you want to have a nice place to walk, ride a bike, picnic, it is a nice area. It seemed very popular with local ...  more »
  • Paved bike path, beautiful scenery with water views along the intercoastal! We started our bike ride at the south end, parking at Shamrock Park and rode all the way to the Train Depot in Venice, then ...  more »
  • Very pleasant spot to enjoy the outdoors. Some people put up a beach chair and watch the boats go by. Others picnic, jog, walk or cycle. We cycled it. A bobcat and an iguana ran across the trail in fr...  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.