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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 24, 2015
Venice, Florida
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Ohio, USA
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a beautiful day so we parked in the free parking in town, walked to the beach and on it for a while, then back through town to the train depot and back to our car. About 5 miles total. The bridge has stairs that go down to near the train depot but only on the south side of... More 

Thank Sue L
Venice, Florida
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's sort of a hidden gem. It's not just a train depot but also has a caboose, a picnic area and a tribute to Ringling circus. The whole campus overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway which is beautiful and relaxing. The tour guide was very personable and knowledgable. I have lived here for many years and had no idea about most of... More 

Thank Jasmine N
Madison, Wisconsin
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200 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a Tuesday and it was closed. Looked through windows and into caboose. Nice to see statue of Guenter Goebel-Williams, which reminded me of seeing him in performance.

Thank MadisonGrog
United States
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice docents and interesting displays of the history of rails as they relate to Venice if you are interested in history or history of Barnum and Bailey Circus or Kentucky Military Institute. Not a long stop but it's free and signing the visitors book helps their status as a museum.

Thank Deana S
Venice, Florida
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

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 56 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 

Thank Mark C
Sarasota, Florida
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153 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 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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65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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181 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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90 reviews
41 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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