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Built as a wartime project, the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice Florida is now for peaceful pleasure: boating, hiking, biking and picnicking. 




The Intracoastal Waterway that passes through Venice Florida was built to keep American shipping safe from ocean storms and from coastal attack during wartime.

The war is long over, but the waterway is maintained for the pleasure of boaters.

In recent years, bike paths for use by both hikers and bikers have been built along both banks of the waterway.

The paths are part of the Venetian Waterway Park originally managed by Venice Area Beautification, Inc. and now maintained by Sarasota County Parks & Recreation.

Access points equipped with information signs and maps, picnic tables, and parking lots, provide an easy way to get to the paths.

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Intracoastal Waterway, Venice Florida

The Intracoastal Waterway, which makes part of Venice Florida an island. Notice the bike paths on both banks.