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Venice Train Depot

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Address: 303 East Venice Avenue, Seaboard Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
Phone Number: (941)412 0151
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They were offering tours - so we stopped

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2014
HappyNudistCouple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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143 reviews 143 reviews
62 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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.

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 

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Beverley, England
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124 reviews 124 reviews
47 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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 

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England
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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 

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Denver
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

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Venice, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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!

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East Orleans, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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...

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Sebring, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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!

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Nothing spectacular but runs efficiently. No need to get to the station much before thirty minutes before departure. There are a couple of restaurants, a couple of pricey stores and an overcrowded bathroom that charges you 1 euro to go in.

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Casselberry, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

2 ramps that can get busy at times. There are a couple of old guys that hang out there and are always willing to lend a hand with ropes. Very friendly and knowledgeable. A plus for us novice boaters. LOTS of trailer parking!

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