1. Share a pint
Despite reports that our blood thins down here in the heat, it’s still a hot commodity. Help a community member in need this fall by donating blood at any Florida Blood Center. To find the location nearest you, call 888.9.Donate.
2. Play on an Island in the Sun
Snake Island, located in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway between the North Jetty Fish Camp and The Crow’s Nest, is a popular destination for boaters to cook out or relax. Don’t worry, snakes are nowhere to be found.
3. Say Aaaah
Treat yourself to a spa day! Venice has a variety of spa options, including Venice Day Spa and Sirena Island Day Spa. If you’ve had a tough week, hit up one of these great places and let the relaxation begin. sirenaislandspa.com.
4. Play with your family
Hecksher Park has something for almost everyone. Play tennis, shuffleboard, basketball or racquetball while the kids play on the playground. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to get a fun workout. 400 Block of W. Venice Ave. on the island.
5. Do as the New Yorkers Do
If you’ve never had a real New York bagel, you’re missing out. The Bridgetown Delicatessen is new to Venice, and they’ve brought all the taste of New York with them. bridgetowndeli.com.
6. Check Out Some Hot Rides
The Venice Automobile Club of America is holding its annual Car Show on October 7th. Don’t miss your chance to see the great vintage cars and the recently refurbished “Old Betsy”—Venice’s first fire truck. veniceaaca.com.
7. Walk Up a Sweat
Getting into shape isn’t easy, but being in Venice sure makes it a lot more fun! Walking the Venice Waterway Trail is a great way to get your exercise and see the great sites of our town at the same time. Check out vabi.org to see where the access points are.
8. Bike the Legacy Trail
So maybe walking isn’t your thing—that’s perfectly fine, since you live here in Venice! The Legacy Trail is the best way to bike around Sarasota County and get yourself moving. For a map of the trail go vabi.org.
9. See Clearly
Thanks to new advances in technology, you can see movies the way they’re meant to be seen. Frank Theaters shows movies in Digital 4K, so you won’t miss a thing when you’re watching your favorite star on the big screen. franktheatres.com.
10. Help a Soldier Call Home
Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization that collects old cell phones and recycles them to pay for calling cards for soldiers deployed abroad. The Venice Area Chamber is a collection point in town. venicechamber.com.