Venice, Florida features a 14-mile stretch of beaches lining the Gulf Coast. Home to water sports such as snorkeling, swimming, and boating, Venice also boasts plenty of other attractions such as local museums and the bustling Venice Mercato Market. Perfect your golf score on the waterfront courses, or dig into some fresh seafood at the Waterfront Dock and Grill or Sharky’s on the Pier. Book a stay at a Venice vacation rental today. When planning your Venice trip itinerary, consider these 10 exciting activities.

1. Take a Fishing Excursion With Bad Habit Sport Fishing Charters

Venice is home to a variety of fish you can reel in when taking a fishing excursion with Bad Habit Sport Fishing Charters. Grab the bait you need before heading out into the waters with an expert fishing guide to catch dolphin fish, Florida pompano, Goliath grouper, and greater amberjack. Several of the fishing outfitters, including Fish Galore Offshore and Best Catch Fishing Charters, offer on-site cleaning so you can take your catch back to your vacation rental to fry up for dinner.

2. Get in a Game of Golf at the Waterford Golf Club

Golf enthusiasts flock to the Waterford Golf Club in Venice for some of the finest golfing in the area, with a course that includes 27 holes adjacent to the water. Perfect your game on the course that winds through rolling fairways and challenging hazards, or head over to the driving range to warm up with your family of golfers. Once you secure the lowest par, head to the clubhouse for lunch or dinner.

3. Catch a Show at the Venice Performing Arts Center

When you need an evening of culture and symphonic music, reserve some tickets to see the Venice Symphony live. Established in 1974, this Florida symphony is known for its popular musical performances with a hint of classical flair. Tap your toes to the beat for the evening, or sign up the kids for an educational workshop or camp when visiting Venice in the summertime.

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4. Enjoy a Quiet Moment at the Spa

Get in some rest and relaxation with a massage or body wrap at Quiet Moment spa in Venice. This popular attraction hosts spa parties for a group of your family members or friends, or enjoy a day full of facials, hot sauna soaks, waxing, or hypnotherapy to feel refreshed and ready to explore the city.

5. Take a Boat Tour With Venice Boat Rentals

Explore the Myakka River by boat with a rental from Venice Boat Rentals. Opt for a guided tour with an expert guide to see the underwater critters in the river, such as herons, snook, turtles, and alligators. Adults may enjoy a ride complete with beverages when hopping on board the Tiki Taxi of Sarasota. After you explore the river, stop in at Snook Haven for smoked seafood before heading back to your luxurious vacation rental.

6. Find Treasures on Land and Sea at Caspersen Beach

Search for shark teeth, seashells, or an underwater treasure when opting for a snorkeling adventure with Florida West Scuba and Charters at Caspersen Beach. The experienced divers offer an instructional workshop to show you how to work the rented equipment before accompanying you out into the waters to snorkel down under. If you’re unable to find any shark teeth onshore or underwater, head over to the shopping drag in downtown Venice to purchase some at the specialty shops.

7. See Historical Artifacts at the Venice Museum

Enthrall the kids with a trip to the Venice Museum for the day to see the city’s artifacts and fossils. This historic museum offers an up close and personal look at “Old Florida” with archives featuring old-time photos of fisherman and massive fish from the area. After exploring the history, jump back into present-day time to enjoy some fresh seafood and beverages with umbrellas at Sharky’s on the Pier.

8. Shop at Venice Mercato

Time your vacation right to coordinate with the monthly opening of Venice Mercato, a vintage market that showcases antiques and artifacts from the city. Local vendors are on hand to help you find dated treasures or homemade crafts at the market that is only open one weekend each month. Extend your treasure hunting to the beach to look for fossils, seashells, and shark teeth before sinking your teeth into fresh seafood at the Dockside Waterfront Grill.

9. Splash Around at Centennial Park

Opt for a day of play when taking the family to Centennial Park, a popular Venice attraction that includes a splash pad for the kids and free concerts twice a month for the adults. Tap your toes to the music as country, pop, and rock artists offer sights and sounds, or shop at the family market that’s open each week at Centennial Park. When hunger strikes, head over to the Blu’ Island Bistro for American chow or Gold Rush BBQ for Southern-style cuisine.

10. Get Craft at the Venice Art Center

Browse through artwork produced by Floridians or make your own masterpiece when visiting the Venice Art Center. This community center features art shows and workshops for all ages. Known as a nugget of gold in Venice, the art center is home to exhibitions throughout the year.

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