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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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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
SGWiener
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Venice, Florida
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Bradenton, Florida
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Absolutely one of the best local tours we have had. Our Docent, Ann Thompson was very articulate and knowledgeable of the history of Venice, FL, the railroad, circus and Kentucky Military Institutes contribution to the creation and growth of Venice. We salute the Venice Historical Society, City Government and County Government for their contribution to the historical preservation of history... More 

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anthompson, Historic Venice Train Depot Docent at Venice Train Depot, responded to this review

Dan and Barbara Thorpe, from the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, FL, visited the Historic Venice Train Depot on Friday. As the Docent that morning, I enjoyed swapping stories with the Thorpes and discussing the importance of preserving history. Their museum actually offers train rides, while our train tracks are simply "decorative." More 

Ridgeway
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

They stand mostly abandoned and forgotten all over our vest country, build by RR system. The Train Depot in Venice is one of lucky ones that received TLC from the local train enthusiasts and people who care about our history and heritage. One doesn't have to travel far to see it. Like most of RR stations it's located just across... More 

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

History and or train enthusiasts will love this place. Excellent and knowledgeable docents make for an enjoyable experience. Location is great for walkers/runners or bikers. Free -but do leave a donation.

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Ohio, USA
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

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 

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Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

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 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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.

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United States
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 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.

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Venice, Florida
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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170 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 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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161 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 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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