Recently voted one of the happiest seaside towns in America, Venice offers small-town charm with shop-lined avenues leading to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Residents and vacationers alike can enjoy boating on the Intracoastal Waterway, golfing on award-winning courses, soaking up the sun on beautiful sandy beaches, and dining at the many fine restaurants. Whether hiking or biking the Legacy Trail, enjoying a live performance at the Venice Theatre, or taking in a beautiful sunset from Venice’s iconic fishing pier, this city, located in the heart of Sarasota County, has something for everyone.
To the north of Venice are the towns of Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey. These communities are graced with natural splendor including bays, waterways, and unique destinations such as Historic Spanish Pointe, a turn-of-the-century pioneer homestead museum, Oscar Scherer State Park for camping and canoeing, Intracoastal Waterway entry points for rowing and kayaking, Legacy Trail, and bridge access to tropical Casey Key and the sandy shores of Nokomis Beach. Sarasota County has an excellent A-rated school system. Nationally high-ranked Pine View School for the Gifted is located in Osprey.