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The resort-style development of Bird Bay Village in Venice on the Gulf Coast in Florida, treats its residents as if they were on a permanent vacation! The condominiums are enhanced by lush landscaping, a clubhouse with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a fitness center, a library with a business center, tennis courts, bocce and shuffleboard courts, several lagoons and lakes, and ongoing fun activities. Read more about Bird Bay Village.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the community also has an 18-hole executive golf course. Close by is the Legacy Trail, which is car-free and stretches up to 12 miles for walking, jogging, running, and biking. Even more alluring is the community’s location less than two miles from some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches.
There are six clusters of condominiums totaling 1,024 units ranging from 633 square foot one-bedrooms residences to 1,648 square foot two-bedroom units. Enclosed porches or lanais enable residents to fully enjoy the moderate climate. Prices start from approximately $75,000 to a high in the $100s.
It is only a one-mile drive to the downtown historic district with its northern Italian Renaissance style of the original buildings, a variety of boutiques and specialty shops, art galleries, fine dining, and a theater for the performing arts
Venice is also known as the pre-historic shark tooth capital of the world. The unspoiled Caspersen Beach is a rich ground for collecting those. There is even a local annual festival featuring them.
Venice Train Depot
This is a FREE way to learn the history of Venice along with trains and train stations of the past. With Venice once home to the Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters, the local train enthusiasts and those who care about the heritage and history have preserved this building that dates back to 1927.
There are interesting displays of the history of the rails explained by knowledgeable docents. There is also a caboose, a tribute to the circus, a picnic area, and the campus overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway
Do sign the visitors book that helps their status as a museum, and, although not required, it is nice to leave a donation.
Venice Fishing Pier
There is no charge to walk out on this amazing well-maintained 700-foot pier, which is located at Brohard Park. Watch those who can fish from the pier without a fishing license, hundreds of sunbathers enjoying the sandy beaches, collect those famous shark’s teeth and seashells, and see the breath-taking views and outstanding sunrises and sunsets.
Included is the only beach front restaurant in the Venice area, a live bait shop, cleaning stations, and a shop with gifts and apparel. Nearby are six picnic shelters, public restrooms, and two sand volleyball courts.
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