Local Museums, Outdoor Activities, and Fun in & around Nokomis & Venice, Florida
Mote Marine Aquarium
Experience individual animal exhibits that are up-close, hands-on, all-in amazement. From the open water Shark Zone exhibit, to the touchable rays and reef animals exhibits and more, the Mote Marine Aquarium offers a blend of entertainment and education only a working marine laboratory could deliver.
The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium is the perfect destination for the whole family. Start with Wetlands under the impressive glass dome, then enter Bays & Beaches where colorful fish and stingrays live in the shallow coastal waters.
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Oscar Scherer State Park
Oscar Scherer State Park is a large acreage of scrubby flatwoods. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing, swimming, grilling and camping are also available.
The Legacy Trail
South Florida Museum
South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Fossil and artifact exhibits, ecology and biodiversity displays, and Spanish exploration of the New World are all showcased in the museum. The Bishop Planetarium, featuring one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world, presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to the oldest known living manatee.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Originally the home of William and Marie Selby, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens today is an urban, bayfront oasis showcasing a living collection of rare and beautiful tropical plants. Visitors come to relax, learn, explore and experience the tropical plants and programs available 364 days a year.
The Dali Museum Collection