Free Spree in Venice, Florida!
By Dee Paul
Guests at Inn At The Beach, particularly those from other countries, often express surprise that so many things in our town and at the Inn, are FREE!
It costs money to park elsewhere, and many beaches charge a fee. Not here! The FREE water bottles we leave out for our guests, all day long, are very appreciated! The Inn also provides FREE Wi-Fi, beach towels for the beach and pool, and daily newspaper.
While guests enjoy our Complimentary Continental style breakfast, they can look out the Lobby windows and see FREE art classes going on at the park. A few steps away, at Venice beach, hundreds of people take advantage of the FREE daily Yoga classes. The FREE Sarasota Red Trolley stops by the SCAT stop to pick up and transport riders all around Venice.
In the evening on Sundays, a FREE Drum Circle occurs at Venice Beach and on weeknights, guests and visitors enjoy FREE impromptu concerts from the Venice Beach Pavilion area. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by all this natural beauty AND so many FREE amenities!
Our guests are often stunned to find that the various beaches in the area have so many extras, including FREE lifeguard service, benches to sit on, restrooms, showers, and boardwalks. Some beaches, like Nokomis beach, even have snack bars. One thing is for sure, with Venice being an island surrounded by water, there’s always something, usually FREE to do!
Along a good stretch of the water extends a FREE popular walking/bicycling path. You can start the trail at Caspersen Beach, (a famous prehistoric sharks tooth hunting beach,) or get on behind the Venice Theater. Our guests also like to walk along the Esplanade by the Gulf and head to the South Jetty, a sidewalk on rocks that extends far out into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a wide sidewalk and the view back towards the coastline is spectacular. At night, from the Jetty, you can see millions of stars overhead. All FREE of course. Looking across the Intracoastal, you see the North Jetty. This Jetty area runs alongside Nokomis Beach, and boasts a Trolley fish camp from 1946. Nokomis Beach has grills and picnic tables (FREE) for your use. For some unexplained reason, manatees seem particularly drawn to the Nokomis Beach area along the Jetty and guests have reported seeing many manatees in the Gulf there.
Another great place to check out Marine Life is from Sharky’s Pier. The actual name of the pier is Venice Fishing Pier but locals all call it Sharky’s Pier, maybe because it juts out into the Gulf from Sharky’s Restaurant. Lively and colorful sights abound on the FREE pier, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, there is no fee to fish on the pier! You can bring your own bait and rod or you can rent both from Papa’s Bait Shop located right on the pier.
Going north from the pier is a beach called Service Beach. Sometimes people think it’s for Military Service personnel but it’s actually FREE and for everyone. This beach has picnic tables, covered, and the tables are on the boardwalk, so if an individual could not walk on sand, this offers them a chance to enjoy the beautiful Gulf view.
Going south from the pier is a beautiful park, the Maxine Barritt Park, FREE to everyone. Located on 7 acres of land right next to the Gulf of Mexico, this park has a paved walking path which encircles a good-sized lake. Birds of all varieties frequent the lake, including herons, egrets, cormorants, anhinga, and osprey. There are alligators in the lake, but luckily the lake is surrounded by a wrought iron fence. As you walk the path, there are rest stops along the way including benches and covered picnic tables which look out on the Gulf. Grills, a playground area and restrooms are also available.
Continuing south, a Dog Beach is on your right. Dogs and their owners love our Dog Beach! Venice is a dog-loving town. There’s even a restaurant called Salty Dog which has an established meeting night for dogs (and owners) to gather for a bite to eat!
Just past that beach is Brohard Beach, and further south, Caspersen Beach, which has, in addition to the beach area and boardwalk, a Nature Trail, a covered playground shaped like a pirate ship, a kayak launch area and restrooms and showers. The Intracoastal Waterway runs perpendicular to the Gulf at Caspersen Beach. Hopefully you will have a chance to avail yourself of all the FREE and wonderful amenities here in Venice. There are MORE things to discover for yourself!
Call us direct today to book your stay and take advantage of all that Venice has to offer, especially all these FREE events! Our local, knowledgeable staff is happy to assist! You can reach us at 941-484–8471 or check rates online at https://innatthebeach.com/book-now/.
We hope to see you in our little piece of Paradise, Venice, FL soon!