Welcome to Venice

A historic waterfront paradise
Does a tropical wonderland that feels like an endless vacation sound too good to be true? In Venice, this dream can be a reality. With beautiful sunsets, incredible weather, and the beach a short walk or drive away no matter where you live, real-life can absolutely be this good in the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.

Though it has a rich history before that, the Venice we know today began as Dr. Fred Albee’s attempt to build a Gulf Coast paradise. It had many resurgences throughout the 1900s, including when the Ringling Brothers Circus made Venice its winter headquarters in 1960.
Venice is one of the few planned cities in the US, and that intentionality shows through its artistic landscaping, historically preserved Main Street, and the layout of its streets. Here, you’ll find a mix of single-family homes, condos, and villas both on and off the island.

What to Love

  • Historic Downtown Venice
  • Fourteen miles of beaches
  • The city’s year-round calendar of festivals

People & Lifestyle

Venice began as a vacation town, and that energy continues to thrive today. People come from all over for a taste of paradise, yet living here year-round doesn’t dilute the magic of this town at all. Many retirees find their way here, and young families are also drawn to its serene way of life. Venice is a thriving town that offers much more than just a week at the beach.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Like everything in Venice, its commercial offerings are charming and vacation-like. It’s peppered with beachy boutiques and waterfront restaurants, turning a night out or a day of shopping into a sunny adventure.
Detwiler's Farm Market is the premier place to buy fresh produce. It has a full-service butcher shop, a farmhouse bakery, and everything you’d look for at a grocery store.  Every Saturday of the year, Venice Farmers’ Market provides local produce and prepared foods from Florida vendors. After visiting the Farmers’ Market, stroll down Venice Avenue, where you’ll find a myriad of charming shops like Twist and Seaside Chic Boutique.
Take in stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico while sipping on a cold cocktail at Sharkey’s On The Pier. Meanwhile, Crow’s Nest offers two distinct experiences to diners. Upstairs is a fine dining experience with a waterfront view, and downstairs is a more casual tavern atmosphere.

Things to Do

Venice has a busy calendar of things to do, with festivals happening year-round and fourteen miles of beach where you’re sure to find the perfect spot to swim, sunbathe, or collect shark’s teeth.
It should come as no surprise that Venice hosts the annual Shark’s Tooth Festival, which highlights fossil collectors and artists alongside live music and abundant BBQ. The city also comes together to celebrate creativity and art with The Downtown Venice Art Festival, The Chalk Festival, and The Downtown Venice Craft Festival.
Sprawling along Venice Avenue, you’ll find the charming gazebos and beautiful green of Centennial Park. If you prefer a view of the water, Maxine Barritt Park has some of the best views of the Gulf, walking trails around a manmade lake, and beachfront access.


Venice is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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