Within the city of Venice you will find a variety of styles of living. There are condos, townhomes, older homes, gated communities, golf course communities, mobile home parks, 55+ communities, and more. There are currently 1008 homes for sale ranging in price from $35k to over $1 million.
Venice has a fishing pier at Brohard Park where there is a pier, picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts, public restrooms, a pavilion, beach and restaurant. There are also the Jettyâ€™s where you can go fishing or watch the dolphins. The Venice Beach has parking, food concession, shelter, two sand volleyball courts, a picnic area and boardwalks. Venice is known as the shark tooth capital of the world. You can collect shark teeth at the beach along with seashells.
Venetian Waterway Park has an 8 foot wide trail for walkers, joggers, and bikers. There are benches, litter receptacles, dog clean up stations, picnic shelters, and grills. You can get Intracoastal Waterway views and glimpses of wildlife along the trails. No motor vehicles are allowed.
Centennial Park is located downtown Venice. You can walk Venice Main Street where there are boutique shops, salons, cafes, and restaurants. The park has a gazebo, parking lot, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, and memorial to Veterans, information kiosk and an interactive fountain. This area often holds special events such as holiday gatherings, craft fairs, car shows, parades, and more.
There is also the Venice Farmerâ€™s Market every Saturday from 8 to noon.
For more information on Venice you can go to the city web site: http://www.venicegov.com/.
Things to do: boating, fishing, shellling, shark teeth collecting, kayaking, canoeing, walking, golfing, tennis, festivals and fairs, dining, shopping, beaches, and bird watching. There is no large mall in Venice for shopping. You would have to go to Port Charlotte or Sarasota for a mall.
The traffic gets very heavy in Venice during snowbird season. There are long waits at traffic lights as well as restaurants. The average age is 68. I would recommend that your friend come down for a visit. That would give an opportunity to check out Venice and the surrounding areas to see if it is somewhere he/she would want to live. It really is a beautiful area with plenty of activities to do within a short drive. And of course, the weather canâ€™t be beat.