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Address: 303 East Venice Avenue, Seaboard Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
Phone Number: (941)412 0151
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A glimpse of Venice history

The old Depot is a wonderful way to learn the history of Venice and the circus as well as trains and train stations of the past.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Venice, Florida
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Venice, Florida
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The old Depot is a wonderful way to learn the history of Venice and the circus as well as trains and train stations of the past.

Thank SGWiener
Appleton, Wisconsin
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166 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Docents were in the caboose and also the depot and gave us a lot of interesting history. Too bad train travel in the US has dried up for the most part. It would be a fun way to travel at times. Being from Chicago it was interesting to learn the Mrs. Palmer ( the hotel heiress) connection, although I looked... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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153 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The history of the area is very interesting. Once home to Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters. The depot is now a transit stop for Sarasota Transit. Would hang around after dark - the homeless seem to take over the place.

1 Thank HappyNudistCouple
Safety Harbor, Florida
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54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The outside of the building and grounds look nice. But after going twice, I still have yet to see anything inside the building. On my second trip I found the sign with the hours; inside the building where I had to peep through the glass to read it. It is only open on Saturdays and from what I read, it's... More 

1 Thank Mike H
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180 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

we went with 2 bikes in the car and wanted to hire a 3rd for mother and to the cycle the Venetian Waterway but no cycles to rent. Went to nearby shop and they didn't rent but gave us telephone of someone who would drop off a bike. With fantastic cycle routes in 3 or 4 directions this was a... More 

Thank RandGP
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88 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We arrived on Tuesday lunch time expecting to see an historic train depot, well, in one sense, that is what we found, however, all the doors were locked, no one else was there, there was aprox 100 yards of track that didn't go anywhere with anything displayed. There was one red guard's van (caboose in American) set off to one... More 

2 Thank Lyn H
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I'm so glad the city saved this landmark. It's not big but an important piece of history. The circus used to winter here and you can just imagine the elephants and other animals unloading and walking over the bridges. There is a caboose in the back. This a great place for rail enthusiasts and children when you are tired of... More 

1 Thank 100oneida
Venice, Florida, United States
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58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. The old photographs and antique machinery are very cool to check out. Don't forget to check out the caboose and the bronze statue of the greatest animal gamers of all time, Gunther Gable Williams!

Thank Robin F
East Orleans, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Venice Train Depot has been lovingly and beautifully restored and it sits on the Intercoastal Waterway. As with so many buldings in Venice that have a history, The Train Depot is a lovely place to sit and just relax and let the world go by...

1 Thank LaBellissimaCinzia
Sebring, Florida
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Hard to find (under Venice Ave bridge), great picture and displays, even includes fully restored caboose!

1 Thank jimg33870

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