Enjoy biking, birding, hiking, horseback riding, and primitive camping on over 100 miles of trails. The 12 mile Myakka Island Wilderness Trail also continues north to the Myakka River State Park Reserve.
A variety of wildlife species such as gopher tortoises, alligators, river otters, and an assortment of wading birds can be found at this pet-friendly park.
The preserve has more than 70-miles of unpaved hiking trails which provide scenic overlooks along the banks of the Myakka River and Deer Prairie Creek.
This rarely traversed preserve has more than eight-miles of trails, including the 3.3 mile outer loop trail.
This 174-acre preserve consists of land that was purchased through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. The preserve has more than five miles of hiking trails, including a river trail, which allows for open viewing of the Wild and Scenic Myakka River.
This 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels.
Located on the Myakka River, this site was historically known as a fish camp. It is popular for its riverfront restaurant, with live entertainment and old Florida charm. River boat tours of the river available seasonally.
With five miles of bicycle or walking trails on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway, this scenic 10 mile trail connects to The Legacy Trail at the Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Avenue in downtown Venice.
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This popular asphalt-paved multi-use trail is more than 12 miles long with another 8 miles planned. It extends from Venice to Sarasota. It was formerly a railroad corridor, used by the Ringling Circus Train. The trail passes through a variety of unique habitats. The Legacy Trail offers several areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the trail. The rest stops include seven trail heads which offer access points with free parking. The Legacy Trail is Dog Friendly.
Let your furry friend enjoy some fun in the sun at Brohard Beach and Paw Park. Located on the south side of Sharky's Pier, it is open to both humans and their canine companions.
This 33-acre park includes 2 miles of walking and running trails and a dog park. The park was designed to be environmentally friendly with sustainable features, such as solar power and recycled building materials.
Woodmere Park sits on 36 acres of land with 2.5 acres of land dedicated to the "Paw Park". Dogs and their best friends are welcome from dawn to dusk to walk, run, play and enjoy.
Located just south of the Venice Fishing Pier, Maxine Barritt Park boasts paved trails around a beautiful pond where wildlife abounds. Shaded pavilions and benches are also available for use.
Nathan Benderson Park is a world class, multi-use sports venue featuring a 600-acre community park, a 400-acre lake, multiple paths around the perimeter of the lake including a 3.5 mile trail, and is dog friendly. The lake features a permanent FISA Class A 2,000 meter sprint rowing course, the only one of its kind in North America.
Woodmere Park is family and pet friendly, featuring amenities such as an indoor gymnasium, two tennis courts with lights, paw park, reservable picnic shelter with grill, basketball court with lights, horseshoe pits, and more!