Travel the waterways of Venice and Casey Key on a 90 minute amphibious tour with “Just Ducky”. The tour begins on land in a Vietnam-era military surplus vehicle know as a Larc 5. The craft travels from Nokomis into the intercoastal waterways to explore the habitats around Venice and Casey Key. Tourists can see dolphins, manatees and scenic waterfront sights from this open-air amphibious vehicle. Just Ducky 1011 S Tamiami Trail Nokomis, FL 34275 941-485-6366

Spend the day at Snook Haven on the Myakka River where food, entertainment, kayak and canoe rentals can be found or cruise the Peace River on a pontoon boat at the Nav-a-gator Grill. After your ride, check out the fossil museum and grab a great grouper sandwich while listening to island sounds at their friendly tiki bar.

Fort Myers
Located on the Caloosahatchee River, visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the friendships, inventions and fascinating history behind two of the worlds’ most remarkable men. Thomas Edison’s laboratory is on display where generated electricity and the first incandescent light bulb were created.

Stroll 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory as well as the Estates Museum which contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries.

Sarasota
Only (20 miles/32 km) north from Venice, Sarasota offers fine art Galleries, museums, botanical and waterfront sculpture gardens, award winning restaurants and an outstanding shopping district.

Towles Court Art Galleries
Ringling Museum of Art
Circus Museum
Selby Botanical Gardens
Waterfront Sculptures
St. Armands Shops

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Tampa
Zoom up I-75 80 miles (129 km, 1 hour 30 minutes), and you can be in Tampa, with its international airport mall, museums, restaurants, and historic cigar-making district.

International Mall | Tampa Museum of Art | Glazer Children’s Museum | Plant Museum | Museum of Science & Industry | Ybor City

St. Petersburg
Take I-75 59 miles (95 km, 1 hour) to St. Pete’s museums, Glass Blowing Hot Shop and waterfront cafes.

Museum of Fine Arts
Dali Museum
FL. Intl. Museum
Holocaust Museum
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
Morean Arts Center
Glass Blowing Hot Shop

Orlando & Disney World
Orlando and Disney World, 146 miles (235 km, 2 hours 30 minutes) is more of an expedition, and could be done in a day, but is better done overnight or over two nights. So, stay in Venice at a Vacation Rental and plan a day or two visiting Orlando Attractions.

Winter Park
Winter Park is just north-west with great shopping, lake tours, a sculpture garden and Morse Museum’s Tiffany Glass Collection.

Boat Tours | Morse Museum | Polasek Sculpture Gardens

Miami& South Beach
Follow I-75 south and east 212 miles (341 km, 3 hours 30 minutes) and you’re in Miami and South Beach for great shopping, museums, botanical gardens and plenty of nightlife.

Shopping | Vizcaya Museum | Fairchild Gardens | Nightlife

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