A visit to the Venice Museum

Venice Museum

If you are lucky to spend a few days in Venice Florida, be sure to take a visit to the Venice Museum & Archives.

About the Venice Museum

It is located in the historic 1927 Triangle Inn building on 351 Nassau Street South in Venice, just east of West Blalok Park and its beautiful arboretum. You will see a lot of historical and prehistorical material relating to the city of Venice and its neighboring communities.

You will see a collection of more than 30.000 photographs, archives, objects, and publications pertaining to area history. The museum engages the public in local history through changing and permanent exhibits, tours of the Triangle Inn, special events, newsletters, social media, as well as onsite and offsite educational outreach programs to youth and adults. Additional services offered also include assisting the public with research requests and assisting with image request orders. The museum’s gift shop offers books, DVDs and other merchandise pertaining to local history available for purchase.

There is FREE ADMISSION Monday – Wednesday 10am-1pm.

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Historic Venice Train Depot

Train Depot Venice

The beautifully located Historic Venice Train Depot is the starting point of the Legacy Trail to Sarasota. The adjacent park with benches and a playground is a popular destination for families.

A little excursion into history of the Train Depot

In 1911 the railroad to Venice was completed and the way was paved for the development of the region. Bertha Honore Palmer (Mrs. Potter Palmer), a businesswoman from Chicago, purchased 60,000 acres. The Sarasota-Venice Company, which she managed, planted a small area south of Roberts Bay as “Venice” and offered plots for purchase.

The railroad tracks were extended to the newly levelled area and the new railroad station, completed in 1927, was named “Venice Train Station”. Later, the post office was also moved there to be closer to the station.

Historically and architecturally, the building is unique. It was designed as a racially segregated building, i.e. there were 2 waiting rooms. The building was built in the then very popular style of the “Mediterranean Revival”, a design style that was introduced in the United States in the 19th century, incorporating various references from the Spanish Renaissance, Spanish colonial period, Beaux-Arts, Italian Renaissance, Andalusian architecture and Venetian Gothic.

When the Venice Train Depot opened on March 27, 1927, it heralded as the finest station on the Seaboard Air Line Railway. During the Second World War, trains provided personnel, vehicles, building materials and supplies to service the Army’s air base in Venice. From 1960 to 1991, the famous Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus made its winter home in Venice. The circus arrived by train and weeks later went to circus performances all over the country.

In 1971 the last passenger train was running. In 1975, the station building was closed, with freight trains still coming into the city until 1997.

Renovation of the Train Depot

Sarasota County purchased the aging depot and undertook a thorough renovation. Today the Venice Train Depot is a great example of early Venice architecture. During the renovation, the grounds were expanded to the south. This area now serves as the hub for the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus system.

Getting there

From our vacation home, Villa Happy Gator, it is only a few minutes’ drive to the Historic Train Depot. A nice alternative is to take a bike through the small streets of South Venice and then along the Venetian Waterway.

Address: 303 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

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The Venice Area Historical Society offers guided tours. For dates, please see the website veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

Events will be announced on the Historic Venice Train Depot Facebook page.


The American flag – The Star-Spangled Banner

US Flag

We just love it: the blue-white-red flag of the United States of America. On coffee mugs, t-shirts, caps – the American flag is surely the best known and most popular flag worldwide.

The “Star-Spangled Banner” has a very special meaning for the Americans. In hardly any other country is the national flag honored and viewed with such pride like in the USA. Let’s dive into history a little, that goes back to the days before the Declaration of Independence.  Read more here.



Mote – Marine Laboratory + Aquarium in Sarasota

Mote Aquarium Sarasota

„The Answers are in the Ocean“
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

If you are in the Venice area, be sure to visit this fantastic presentation of marine life in Sarasota!

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

They offer

  • Bay Walk and Talks
  • Birthday Parties
  • Breakfast Programs
  • Eco Boat Tours
  • Kayaking
  • Morning Rounds
  • Research Charters
  • Seahorse Lab Tours
  • Shark Encounters

You may also join one of Mote’s Science Cafés in a local restaurant and take part in lively discussions.


Especially families love interactive, hands-on eco-adventures on the Sea Life Encounter Cruise. Eco Boat Tours are ideal for kids and a fun and fascinating extension of any visit to The Aquarium. Meet our marine natives — dolphins, manatees, osprey, eagles and other marine birds in their natural settings — and learn more about Florida wildlife from the ship’s biologist.

How about a Full Moon Paddle? Take a break from the sun and join them for an evening paddle as they explore Florida’s coastal waters at dusk. Discover the animals that bring Sarasota Bay to life at night while taking a relaxing paddle on the moonlit water.

Mote – Marine Laboratory&Aquarium  started in 1955 with Dr. Eugenie Clark’s foundation of shark research and is now more than 200 employees strong, including more than 30 Ph.D. scientists. They conduct groundbreaking research with more than 20 diverse research programs focusing on today’s challenges as well as identifying and addressing future impacts. The advancement of this kind of research is vital to unlocking potential solutions to some of today’s most daunting global challenges.


Marine Laboratory&

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Ph: (941) 388-4441

Website for info, hours and prices: https://mote.org/

Photos: credit to Mote Marine Lab

Great Time on a Historic Walking Tour in Venice Florida

Venice Florida Tours

Have fun on one of the interactive Historic Walking Tours through Downtown Venice provided by your tour guides Ronnie and Tiffany. Whether you have lived in Venice for many years or are just vacationing – let them surprise you with facts and stories that you never heard of and that will help you to appreciate this beautiful city even more than you already do.

Ronnie and Tiffany invite you to a 1 mile tour, that will take around 90 minutes and will be peppered with historical talking point stops. Their charming personality combined with knowledge and humor guarantee that everybody will have a great time.

Please contact them to inquire about their schedule. A reservation is required. See their Facebook Page for more info.


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