Venice's senior population does not have to pay for gloriously warm winters by sweltering through the summer or simply staying in air-conditioned homes. Here are some "cool" senior-friendly ideas to consider this summer:
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Come laugh at Venice Beach every Sunday at 5 p.m. rain or shine by the concession stand. Cool breezes blow beneath the canopy and laughter lightens heavy thoughts of hot, humid days. These half-hour aerobic laughter yoga exercise sessions require no registration, yoga mats, or yoga poses. Laughter Yoga benefits both the mind and body. Participants can laugh while standing, seated, or lying down.
Venice Farmers Market
The Farmers Market at City Hall is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. Shop for summer's finest, freshest produce and enjoy ready-to-eat meals from more than fifty vendors in the early morning coolness. Prepared foods include fresh-baked French bread, Spanish paella, and South American empanadas. The produce baskets seem endless. Be home before the day heats up to enjoy a right-from-the-farm lunch.
Take a stroll in the cool of the evening in Downtown Venice on August 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is hosted by Venice Main Street. Sip and stroll while learning about local wines and enjoying the company of old friends and new ones.
Explore the past
The Venice Museum and Archives has a permanent exhibit titled Venice Inhabitants: The Unique Cultural Heritage of the Land on the Gulf. It focuses on the Venice region from wooly mammoths in prehistoric times to early Native American Tribes and early settlers. Learn about the people who had a significant impact on Venice's unique cultural heritage through the ages. The exhibit is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 351 Nassau Street.
It's All About Trains
The Historic Venice Train Depot (303 E. Venice Ave.), built in 1927, was central to the development of Venice, Florida. Volunteer docents give free tours of the Depot and surrounding area. You have the option of a self-guided tour. Panel displays and artifacts in the Depot's two waiting rooms illustrate key events in Venice's history and the history of the Depot. Tours begin in the main waiting room. The depot is open year-round on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. November through April, it is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The depot and the caboose are accessible to people who have mobility challenges.
It's hard to imagine summer without cooling licks or spoonfuls, and the Venice Avenue Creamery at 249 W Venice Avenue never disappoints. They use local dairies for their homemade ice cream and yogurt. Their wide variety of flavors please every palate, and they use local ingredients whenever possible. The shop is family owned and operated and offers indoor and outdoor seating. It is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Go boating in the shade
Snook Haven Park, 5000 E Venice Ave., offers one-hour boat tours of the Myakka River, one of Florida's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. See some of the area's varied history and see some of Florida's best natural attractions. You may see alligators, herons, turtles, osprey, egrets, and maybe an eagle. The Snook Haven Restaurant is a good place to sample a variety of barbeques and beers in an Old Florida setting beside the scenic river.
Wherever you go in Venice this summer, be sure to take a water bottle and wear a sun hat. Venice has many benches and shady trees so resting up and cooling off is easy.
For all your questions and concerns about senior living and lifestyles in Venice, Florida, please contact us.