Sunny beaches are what you’ll find most of the year in the Venice, Florida area. But there will be times to plan rainy day activities in the summer and early fall. Since Venice is rich in culture and history, planning rainy day activities is easy!
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Museums and Galleries
The Venice Museum and Archives, located three blocks from Downtown at 351 South Nassau Street, collects historic artifacts in the region. It shares space with the 1927 Triangle Inn, a national landmark. This museum features 19th century through the present imagery. It’s open Monday through Wednesday, 10am to 4pm.
A fun place to study sports history is the Sports Immortals Museum Memorabilia Mart & Party Center in Boca Raton. The facility includes art galleries, dancing instruction and tourist information. There are other museums to explore in nearby communities, such as the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museums in Nokomis or the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
Rainy day activities can be found throughout the Venice Cultural Corridor, which includes shows at the Venice Theatre and exhibits at Venice Art Center. The Venice Library is a great place to relax and read. The Venice Theatre offers comedies, dramas, musicals and family presentations. It’s also a learning center for singing, acting, dancing and other creative work. Many of the shows are famous musicals learned by local talent. Venice Art Center is the home of hundreds of local artist exhibits and also offers art classes to adults and children.
The historic Venice Train Depot on the Legacy Trail is now used as a hub for guided bus tours led by trained docents. It’s also a transfer station for the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus system. Bus service runs from 5am through midnight every day of the week except on major holidays. With an unlimited ride pass, you can explore the region at a low cost for hours. The bus route includes Fruitville, Siesta Key and Downtown Sarasota.
Main Street Shopping
No matter what the weather is like, there are hundreds of shops and restaurants on Main Street in Downtown Venice. A wide selection of independently-owned local art, boutiques, galleries and wineries can keep tourists curious all day. You can also find home decor, jewelry, handbags, shoes and plenty of fashion.
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