About Sarasota County
Located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural
scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors.
Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named the top beach in America by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice™ in 2015 and “America’s Best Beach” in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed “Home of the American Circus,” Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years,and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies.
For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.org or call (800) 522-9799.
About Venice, Florida
Venice, in Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, today was recognized as one of the top two “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” for 2015 by Coastal Living Magazine. The city also has a rich history including being designed by John Nolen, famed Landscape Architect and Planner, in 1926.
Things to do in Venice, Florida
• City of Venice Museum & Archives: VeniceMuseum.org
• City of Venice: venicegov.com
• Venice Main Street: VisitVeniceFL.org
• Venice Heritage, Inc.: veniceheritage.org
• Venice Chamber of Commerce: VeniceChamber.com
Things to Do South of Siesta Key
• Oscar Scherer State Park: www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oscar-Scherer
• Sarasota County Beaches: www.scgov.net/beaches
• Authentic Florida: Venice, “Sharktooth Capital of the World”
Coinciding Events and Activities
Friday, Oct. 14 @ 7:00 p.m. – Friday Night Live: Free concert by Kat Crosby Band (blues),Centennial Park Gazebo, 200 W. Tampa Ave., Venice
Saturday, Oct. 15 @ 5:00 p.m. – Howl-O-Ween Movie Spooktacular (outdoor family movie), Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota