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“Ride Your Bike to the Beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waterway Park

Waterway Park
Ranked #16 of 58 things to do in Venice
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London/Philadelphia/Florida
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51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Ride Your Bike to the Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

Waterway Park extends from Caspersen's Beach to Venice Avenue. Ride your bike from the center of the town.

Visited March 2013
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English first
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great bike and walking trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012 via mobile

You can bike from Sarasota to Venice. The Venice part of the trail is the most interesting and pretty. It has good access to the beaches and downtown Venice. It goes along the intercoastal waterway. It is safe and a lot of fun. Downtown Venice is nice with good restaurants. The Venice and Caspersen beaches are very easy to get to.

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9 Thank Billp19
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Tampa, Florida
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105 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“No shade and HOT in the summer!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

Kudos to the City of Venice for building this multi-use, paved trail along either side of the Intracoastal Waterway south from Venice Avenue. The trail takes advantage of views of the waterway that was carved from Hackney Creek to continue the Intracoastal Waterway south from Venice Inlet and Dona Bay to Lemon Bay and Englewood. It looks like a ditch, but it's still scenic. There is safe parking and easy access to the trail at the Old Train Depot at the Venice Avenue Bridge, and at the Shamrock Park and Caspersen Beach trailheads.I bicycled both sides of the trail and found the Circus Avenue Bridge the easiest way to cross from one side to the other. This is an urban, linear trail. Each side is about 5 to 6 miles long, so it's an out and back type of ride unless you jump off the trail to explore some of the quiet and shady streets of old Venice. Sections of the trail could use a repaving. There is little shade, so dress accordingly and lather on the sunscreen. Water and restrooms are available at the trailheads. The trail was hot when I rode it, but it was fun to ride along the water and then out to the beach. Best of all, from the Old Train Depot the Waterway Trail connects to the newly-completed Legacy Trail which runs 11 miles north to Sarasota. One can enjoy several hours of bike riding and never have to get out on a busy street. Heaven! But you still need to wear a helmet. I was amazed at the number of riders without helmets on the trail. The City of Venice should make this a requirement and post a "helmet rule" on its trail signage.

Visited July 2012
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Venice, Florida, United States
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sat AM Walkabout”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

The group walks two and a half miles and meets at a parking lot/ park tucked between the Chamber of Commerce Bldg and Gulf Coast Foundation Bldg across from the hospital and Publix.

Visited May 2012
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2 Thank Kathy G
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great hiking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

great for riding or hiking people are very frinedly

Visited March 2012
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Thank Ralph K
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