Venice, Florida is known for its beaches, but many visitors and even long-time residents don't know enough about its fantastic parks and nature preserves. However, Venetians in the know have long enjoyed the abundant greenery with which their city has been blessed, much of which lies just outside their doorsteps.
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5 Popular Parks and Nature Preserves in Venice, Florida
1. Caspersen Beach Park
Perhaps this one is cheating -- Caspersen is a 'beach park' and nature preserve, with both a lot of greenery and a ton of fine white sand.
At Caspersen you can take a 20 minute walk along a beautiful nature trail through a coastal hammock, featuring tons of wildlife and gorgeous views of the water. For those who get tired of the busy beaches, the southern two thirds of the beachfront have been left in their natural state and offer a more secluded experience (except for all the animals!).
From freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangroves, and tidal flats, every area of Caspersen Beach Park is different from the last, making for an excellent all-day excursion as you discover the differing beauty of each ecosystem.
2. Shamrock Park & Nature Center
The Shamrock Park and Nature Center preserves are one of the few remaining scrub habitats in Sarasota County, meaning they are full of plants and animals that you won't see anywhere else, like the Florida scrub jay and gopher tortoise.
It also includes a 1.2 mile trail that winds through the central portion of the park, perfect for long walks or bike rides. Indeed, the trail system links up with the Venetian Waterway Trail, which itself connects to the 10.6 mile Legacy Trail.
These trails make the Shamrock Park & Nature Center a part of an extended network of trails that offers park visitors the opportunity to walk, bike, roller blade, or unicycle their way from Shamrock Park all the way to downtown Venice. Along the way, they can stop at the historic train station or visit any one of the smaller parks and preserves that dot these trails.
3. Nokomis Community Park
If you are not interested in the wildlife, but still want to experience the beauty of the great outdoors, Nokomis Community Park may be for you. This 17-acre park is well manicured, with short grass perfect for picnics and pick-up games, while the occasional tree cover and beautiful flowers make it a fantastic place to spend a day.
If you like sports, Nokomis has a covered basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and a cricket field; or if barbecuing is more your style, set up shop with the family and soak in the sun over a burger or dog on one of the six public grills.
4. Chauncy Howard Park
Chauncy Howard Park is perhaps the best beach line to walk in all of Venice. Its sand is as fine and soft as flour, and its waves are gentle yet relentless. In combination with the beach grass habitats which are home to birds and other small animals, Chauncy Howard Park provokes a feeling of peace and serenity.
The park provides few amenities—just a boardwalk, a large parking lot, a bathroom, and a rinse station to get the sand off your feet—but their absence does nothing to diminish how lovely this park is.
5. Pocono Trail Preserve
This 8.2 acre nature preserve was only opened in 2002, but over the past 20 years it has become one of the most beautiful nature preserves in all of Venice. It has one mile of shady, unmarked trails, and is well suited to woods-loving wanderers who like to explore the outdoors all while escaping the heat. It is a very popular place with bird watchers and dog walkers, but from time to time you can see a spattering of fishermen on the pier.
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