1. Visit the Studio and Gallery of a Legend
Clyde Butcher is an international icon of fine art pho-tography known for his breathtaking Florida landscapes, shot in black and white. Visit his Venice studio, gallery and unique darkroom. clydebutcher.com.
2. Savor the Flavor of Citrus
There’s nothing like citrus to make you love the sunshine state, and you’ll find the best at Nokomis Groves. Sample in-season navels, tangelos, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit, plus the yummiest orange-flavored ice cream found anywhere. nokomisgroves.com.
3. Get to Know Fred Albee
Fred Albee was a local pioneer and renowned orthopedic surgeon who cared for thousands during World War I and beyond. The Venice Archives and Area Historical Collection has created a fascinating portrayal of his life and work. triangleinn.org.
4. Rent a Car for a Day
But not just any car. Take this little red beauty for a spin around town and see Venice in a whole new way. She’s available for rental at Destination Beach, 133 W. Venice Ave., where you can also pick up some shades and a hat! www.destinationbeachfl.com. 941.244.2788.
5. Ride in a Car and Boat All at Once!
If you can’t decide on a boat or car rental, experience Just Ducky, an amphibious vehicle tour of Venice that takes you to the area’s most interesting and historic points by land AND sea. Tours take place most days, but be sure to call for reservations: 941.485.6366.
6. Rent a Boat for a Day
Unless you’ve seen Venice by boat, you haven’t really seen Venice. You can rent one and spend your day on the Gulf and beautiful inland waterways. Try Kahuna’s, 941.966.4000, or Crow’s Nest Marina, 941.484.7661.
7. Listen to a Celtic Celebration
Venice’s symphony season is just heating up. January 14 and 15, you can enjoy a “Celtic Celebration,” featuring music from Ireland, Scotland and England, at the Venice Church of the Nazarene. Call 941.412.4725 for tickets. thevenicesymphony.org.
8. Meet Beggar the Dolphin
Beggar is a local character who has taken up residence in the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Albee Farm Road bridge. He trolls the waterways and begs for food, but feeding is a strict no-no. Nevertheless, he’s great fun to watch from land or boat.
9. Drive Some Balls for a Little Green
World-class golf courses abound in Venice, but sometimes you just want to drive a few by yourself and there’s no better time to do it than January and February. For a deal, check out Lake Venice Golf Club, lakevenicegolf.com, or you can try Capri Isles Golf Course, golfinvenice.com.
10. Spend the Day at Spanish Point
Spanish Point is a living history museum in one of the most scenic locations on the West Coast. Ancient Indian artifacts as well as homes built by early settlers are all part of the fascinating story. Go any day of the week. historic-spanishpoint.org.