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Reported: Nov. 2012

Venetian Waterway Park

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Venetian Waterway Park runs on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, from the link with the Legacy Trail to Caspersen Beach on the west side and to Shamrock Park and Nature Center on the east. To go from one side to the other, cross  at the Circus Bridge or at the Venice Avenue bridge. There is little shade through this section, but benches, picnic tables, and parks provide a break. There are no road crossings along the Waterway Park, the trail goes under the bridges that cross the Intracoastal Waterway. 

BOBCAT'S PHOTO GALLERY at Venetian Waterway Park
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Venetian Waterway Park East - Shamrock Park to Depot
Shamrock Park and Nature Center has parking, water, restrooms, playground, picnic pavilions, playing fields, walking and biking trails, butterfly garden, and environmental programs. The trail along the waterway runs about four miles to the train depot, with several small parks and parking areas along the way.
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Shamrock Park One of two connectors from park to trail Trail near
Shamrock Park
Boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway
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Road paralleling trail approaching Circus Bridge Under Circus Bridge Picnic/rest stop Toward Venice Ave. bridge At Venice Ave. bridge near train depot
Circus Bridge
Ramps and access roads at each end lead from the trail to the bridge,
linking the two sides of the Waterway Park.
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Circus Bridge Crossing Circus Bridge - a nice wide, elevated sidewalk on both sides Access road,
bridge to trail
Venetian Waterway Park West - Caspersen Beach to west Trailhead
Diverse section - from the beach, past the airport, into downtown Venice. In a couple of places, the Waterway Park leaves the waterway to go around private properties.
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Parking at
Caspersen Beach
From beach to trail Beach connector
meets the trail
At South Point Lookout Toward Circus Bridge
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Past Circus Bridge, detour around
business properties
Homes along the Waterway Picnic/rest spot Detour around private property
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Venice High School Approaching
Venice Ave. bridge
Murals depicting
Venice history
Approaching
North Bridge
Trailhead at Venice Area Beautification headquarters
Biking at Caspersen Beach
Caspersen Beach, between the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway, is popular for shelling and finding prehistoric shark teeth. This is one of the most natural beaches in Florida, 2/3 left in its natural state. The beach park has parking, a boardwalk, dune walkovers, picnicking, playground, nature trails, canoe/kayak launch, fishing. Venetian Water Way Trail, Venice bikingVenetian Water Way Trail, Venice biking
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