Venice, Florida – New Resident Resource Guide

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Last Updated April 14, 2023

Welcome to Venice, Florida! As new residents of Venice (full-time or part-time) we’re sure you are excited to settle into your new home here in paradise. Being new to the area, we know it can feel a bit overwhelming to get your bearings and know where to go, what to do and who to contact for different things. 

So we’ve put together this handy Venice New Resident Resource Guide!

In here you’ll find a number of resources, including contact information, that will help you as you settle into your new life in Venice. Hopefully, making things as easy as possible so you have more time to relax and enjoy yourself. After all, that’s what life is supposed to be like down here! 🙂 

Oh, and if you are hearing about “shark tooth hunting” and not quite sure what it is, where to find them, and what equipment you need, check out our full blog post here about how to go shark tooth hunting! Venice is the “Shark Tooth Capital” and you’ll see people all over looking for them. 

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Venice Community Resources:

Sarasota County Government Building

Where do I get my new driver’s license in Venice? Where do I register my cars? Venice is in Sarasota County, and many things such as driver’s licenses and car registration are handled down at the County Building. The Robert L Anderson Administration building is located on 4000 S. Tamiami Trail. It’s much more convenient to go here rather than anywhere up in Sarasota to handle county business, utilities, etc. 

Venice City Hall

Located in downtown Venice at 401 W. Venice Avenue (between downtown and the beach) is Venice City Hall. This is where official town business is attended to and their website has a ton of really helpful local resources for you if you are new to town. 

Socializing & Fun

For many of us, getting outdoors and being active can be fun. Or just going out to one of our favorite tiki bars and restaurants around town (definitely bookmark this blog post)! But if you are looking to make some new friends and get involved in the community, below are some great options you may like.

Venice Community Center

The Venice Community Center is a 45,000 square foot facility that regularly hosts events and activities for the public as well as rentable space for private events. In particular, check out their concert series and holiday events during certain times of the year. They also offer plenty of recreational, educational, and social activities as well. 

Venice Newcomers Club

If you are new to the area and really want to meet other people and go out and do fun things together, then you definitely want to check out the Venice Newcomers Club! This is a wonderful club to join where you can meet people from all over who have recently moved to Venice (within the last couple years). They regularly get together for events and activities, such as dinners and even kayaking adventures! There is a fee for membership, but it’s nominal and you’ll have access right away to a great network of people just like you! 

Click here to visit their website and learn more about becoming a member!

Recreation Resources

Some of you who are getting to know the area might be interested in our massive blog post about all our favorite things to do in Venice! If you haven’t already read it, be sure to check it out so you can find more fun things to do.

But of course, you already know about the awesome beaches in Venice! But for a full list of some new ones you might not have visited yet, check out the blog post about our favorite beaches in Venice. And if you want to enjoy the beach while getting a bit of gentle exercise, then definitely check out one of the free yoga on Venice Beach classes that are held regularly (they’re targeted to beginners, and a lot of fun for socializing too!).

READ MORE: Best Restaurants in Venice (According to Locals)

Marinas in Venice

If you have a boat and are looking to park it for longer periods of time around town, below are a few marina options within town and closeby that you might be interested in. 

Parks & Recreation in Venice

There are a number of wonderful parks in Venice that can be enjoyed by residents year-round. Depending on your interest, below is a quick summary of popular parks and amenities they have available.

  • Shamrock Park: Nature Center, Nature Trails (along the Intracoastal Waterway), Playground, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts
  • Pinebrook Park: Croquet (yes, Sarasota Croquet Club is here), tennis courts, basketball courts, nature trail (and exercise trail), 
  • Hecksher Park: Tennis courts, basketball courts
  • Legacy Park: Canoe & Kayak launch, walking trails, biking trails
  • Dog Parks & Dog Beach: Woodmere dog park (fenced, shaded and grassy), Brohard Paw Park and Beach (fenced grassy area + walkway to off-leash dog beach on the Gulf of Mexico)

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Activities, Sports Recreation & Leagues in Venice

It’s amazing just how many opportunities there are to be active here in Venice. From pickleball, bird watching, rowing, fishing, shooting, swimming, tennis, BMX, equestrian, cycling, golfing…and so much more! There are also a number of sports leagues you can join, for both children as well as adults. 

There are a number of facilities in and around town and to locate each one, visit the Venice government website below. They do a GREAT job at listing everything out and where you can find these facilities to suit whatever your interest is.

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Home Maintenance & Repair in Venice Area

One of the most difficult things about moving to a new city is that you might not be familiar with who to call when you need help with home maintenance and repair. While everyone’s experience is different and there are definitely opinions out there, we have done our best to sort through the reviews and recommendations from people we know (and our own experience) to provide you with a list of who you can contact. 

This is really just a starting point for you. We can’t guarantee they will be a perfect match for you, but hopefully this can give you a good starting point to find someone to help you with what you need. 

Plumbers in Venice FL

Electricians in Venice FL

HVAC in Venice FL

Pest Control Services in Venice FL

Handyman Services in Venice FL

Licensed Contractors in Venice FL

Septic Service & Inspection in Venice, Florida

Landscaping Services in Venice FL

Property Management – Venice FL

Home Watch Services in Venice FL

House Cleaning in Venice Florida

Movers – Venice FL

Dealerships & Car Repair

Another challenging aspect of moving to a new town is finding help when it comes to your vehicle. Car maintenance and repair is something that we are all familiar with, and it can be difficult to know who is reputable in the area. Again, we have used our own experience as well as reviews and recommendations from friends and neighbors to come up with a list of those who might be able to help you out. 

Car Dealerships in the Venice Area

Car Maintenance & Repair in Venice 


Looking for Something Else? Let Us Know!

This is an ongoing guide that we will continuously update for all of our community. If you have a recommendation or see something that needs to be added, please reach out to us and let us know! We are always looking to keep this guide fresh with helpful information.



Travel blogger, entrepreneur, consultant, and "parrot-head" who always knew she was destined to live the beach life. Loves being able to share this lifestyle with others and help them live their dream too.

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