1. Make Rover Smell Pretty Again
If your canine companion is developing that familiar odor, take him for a bath at U-Do-It Dog Wash, with everything you need to make him fresh again at your fingertips. They’ll even clean up the mess! 101 West Venice Ave. udoitdogwash.net
2. Ride the Wilderness on Horseback
Take a scenic trail ride through Deer Prairie Creek, a lush 10,000-acre park west of Venice that’s teeming with wildlife. Great World Adventures offers professionally guided rides on their trained horses. deerprairiecreek.com
3. Savor Cool Flavors at Sunset
Just a few steps away from Nokomis Beach is Bentley’s Homemade Ice Cream, where you can get your favorite flavor of ice cream, gelato or sorbet while watching the sunset at Nokomis Beach or the North Jetty. 720 Albee Rd.
4. Take a Class in Glass
Impress your friends with artistic ability when you create a one-of-a-kind work of art in a glass art class at Firebug Designs, one of only a few working glass studios in the area. firebugdesigns.com
5. Experience Historic Osprey
See Florida in its pristine state and learn about local history at Bay Preserve on Little Sarasota Bay, at the end of Historic Spanish Pointe. Walk a nature trail, enjoy spectacular views or picnic beneath centuries-old live oaks. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. conservationfoundation.com/baypreserve
6. Be an Anglophile for a Day
Pretend you’re on the other side of the big pond July 14-17, as you watch the British Open at, of course, the British Open Pub. Be sure to try one of their English ales or authentic pot pies. 2053 S. Tamiami Tr.
7. Paddle the Scenic Local Waterways
Nothing beats kayaking as a way to get close to nature and stay fit. If you don’t have a kayak, Easy Kayaking offers lessons and tours throughout Venice, Nokomis and Englewood. easykayaking.net
8. Glide High Above the Gulf
Enjoy a birds’ eye view of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico as your heart pounds with excitement when you experience parasailing. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org to plan an adventure by reservation.
9. Get a Lei at a Luau
What better time and place to try a tropical drink and some hula dancing than August at the Venice YMCA? The Y is having its 10th annual Luau, poolside of course, on August 23. Veniceymca.org.
10. Discover Your Inner Rock Star
When you feel the need to channel Steven Tyler or express yourself a la Madonna, have a great meal in Venice, then take a trip to Kroaky’s Karaoke Lounge. 4400 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Sat., 1 p.m.–2 a.m. and Sun-Wed., 6 p.m.–2 a.m. kroakys.com