Horse and chaise is a name that was given to the neighborhood of Venice, Florida when a tree formation served as a fishing spot for horse-drawn carriages.
In 1888, the town was named after Frank Higel, "Father of Venice," because it looked like a canal city in Italy where he spent his youth.
All of the cities near Venice, FL, include Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte.
Today, Venice, Florida, is recognized as the world's largest airboat city. Airboats are powered by fans blowing air down their long, flat bottom and propel themselves.
The city is also a popular location for spring breakers, and it is home to the Shark Shack, Venice Jaycees Haunted House, and other tourist attractions.
Places to Visit
It has a thriving downtown area, with one-of-a-kind retailers, eateries, and Centennial Park.
The Venice Fishing Pier, which opened in 1963, is a popular spot for locals and tourists to fish.
The Venice Train Depot, built-in 1921 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been completely restored and contains a museum with exhibits about railway history in Venice.
The Venice Gondolier: A great place to get a sandwich and a cup of coffee are the historic City Hall Building, also known as the Venice Gondolier. Sidewalk seating provides views of the Venice Beach Pavilion and the historic City Hall.
Food and Entertainment
Sharkey's On The Pier, a classic beach bar and restaurant on the lower level, has an outdoor patio facing onto Venice Beach.
The Raw Bar & Restaurant in Venice, FL, offers fast-casual seafood and over 100 wines for sale by the glass. The restaurant is located on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coastline.
Other seafood restaurants include The Shell Bar & Grill and Ruby's Dockside Cafe, all of which offer a wide range of fish.
For both day-trippers and those wanting to spend the night or week at one of its appealing beachside resorts, Venice, Florida, is a highly popular tourist destination.