If you go

If you go . . .

Where to stay

Banyan House Historic
Bed & Breakfast

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519 South Harbor Drive

941-484-1385

www.banyanhouse.com

Classic 1920s Mediterranean-style home with lush yard and pool, $139-$179.

Inn at the Beach

725 West Venice Ave.

941-484-8471

www.innatthebeach.com

Casual, clean, and across from Venice Beach, $120-$250.

Where to eat

Cafe Venice

116 West Venice Ave.

941-484-1855

www.cafeveniceontheisland.com

Local favorite for dress-up dinner inside or out. Entrees $18-$33.

The Crow’s Nest

1968 Tarpon Center Drive

South Jetty

941-484-9551

www.crowsnest-venice.com

Waterfront lunch; sandwiches and entrees $8.50-$15.50.

Sharky’s on the Pier

1600 Harbor Drive South

941-488-1456

www.sharkyonthepier.com

Oceanfront bar and restaurant. Appetizers, sandwiches $6-$15.

What to do

Venice Museum and Archives

351 Nassau St. South

941-486-2487

Caspersen Beach

4100 Harbor Drive

941-861-5000

www.scgov.net

Fossilized shark teeth, sand dunes, and boardwalks.

Warm Mineral Springs

12200 San Servando Ave.

North Port

941-426-1692

www.warmmineralsprings.com

Relax on the lawn or dip in the 87-degree mineral pond, $20 adults, $14 students, $8 children.

Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72

Sarasota

941-361-6511

www.floridastate parks.org

One of Florida’s largest and oldest parks features prairie, hammocks, and wetlands; $4-$6 per vehicle.