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Discover Something New Wandering Historic Downtown Venice, FL

One of the best ways to discover unique sights and activities is by exploring on foot. This is especially true if you’re visiting historic downtown Venice, FL. Found just outside of Sarasota, this coastal town is filled with incredible adventures and attractions. There is certainly no shortage of things to do during your vacation. To help you decide what makes the cut, the Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals team has put together a list of three things to do or see.

1. Venice Walking Tours

The streets of Venice are filled with historic buildings that help tell the story of the Florida town. There are several walking tours that’ll have you discovering the sights that make this town so special. Grab a printing brochure from the kiosk in Centennial Park or the Venice Main Street office for a self-guided tour. 

You can also reserve your spot on a tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Venice Florida Tours has several outings, including a history walking tour and ghost tours.

2. Searching for Sharks

Keep your eyes peeled for the 10 bronze shark sculptures found throughout town. These 10-inch-long sculptures are of native species of both prehistoric and living sharks. Start your adventure in Centennial Park at the dedication plaque, then follow the map to see if you can find all 10. 

3. Things to Do with Kids

If you’re vacationing with children, there are several memorable things to do downtown. In addition to shark sculptures, there are also hidden fairy doors to stumble upon. For more information on the over 30 doors, visit

For the days when temperatures start to creep up, stop by the Intergenerational Fountain in Centennial Park. This splash pad is an excellent way for kids of all ages to cool off while burning some energy.

Reserve Your Venice Vacation Rental

With vacation rentals located throughout the Gulf Coast, including near historic downtown Venice, FL, Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals has your ideal home base. No matter which of our Venice vacation rentals you reserve, you’ll have a relaxing yet luxurious place to call home. Our inventory includes homes and condos in a range of styles and price points. To learn more about our Florida vacation rentals, call 941-877-5588.