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The Venice Area Audubon Rookery

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Wow, nature at its fullest and most beautiful

I suggest you go around 5 PM as all the birds come 'home' for the night. Area is well kept and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Burna P
Saskatoon, Canada
Love birds? Please don’t miss this spot!

We took our teenage grandchildren to the Venice Audubon Rookery and they loved it. We did also and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Patricia P
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Annex Road, Venice, FL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I suggest you go around 5 PM as all the birds come 'home' for the night. Area is well kept and everyone is friendly and knows so much about the birds and foliage.

Thank Burna P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our teenage grandchildren to the Venice Audubon Rookery and they loved it. We did also and would definitely return with visitors of all ages. Not sure if we just got lucky, but we saw so many birds. The kids took pictures as we...More

Thank Patricia P
Reviewed August 19, 2018

I've been a couple of times to the rookery and possibly there are more birds to be seen at different times of the year and time of day, but other than egrets and herons there wasn't a lot of variety. It was a pleasant walk...More

Thank bebesmom
Reviewed August 15, 2018

The variety of bird species is amazing. If you appreciate birds you'll love it. Lots to see, very secluded and peaceful.

Thank franksnake71
Reviewed June 19, 2018

This is a small area for watching birds. There are a few benches around the pond and some picnic tables under a pavilion. We were there in the evening when the birds were coming back for the night. They are quite vocal. Be on the...More

Thank Heather M
Reviewed May 18, 2018

The Rookery is a small island in a lake just behind the Municipal Building in Venice. There is a pavillion and picnic tables. There is a path around the lake so the island can be viewed from any angle. Large numbers of birds arrive in...More

Thank Wooby30
Reviewed May 10, 2018

This local and free site is a great spot to see many native birds in a quiet location. A must see while in Venice.

Thank F9656PNmiked
Reviewed May 1, 2018

We've been coming to this delightful rookery for a few years. No matter what season or time of day, you will find birds here. We've visited three times so far this year to watch the courtship behaviors and spectacular breeding plumage. The nests on the...More

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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Found this by chance when driving around with my sister on the way to Manasota Key. The anhingas were my favorite. The kindest volunteer, a long time birder, was a very knowledgeable source of lots of information about all the birds nesting there.

Thank GailMAnne
Reviewed April 10, 2018

An unexpected refuge behind the tax collector's. Bring your binoculars or just sit on a bench and watch all the birds from afar. A lovely place with respectful people, helpful volunteers, and amazing birds!

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February 23, 2018|
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Response from Margaret D | Reviewed this property |
yes this is open all the time. Just drive down the road and it's right there. Best time is early am and dusk to see birds.
February 27, 2017|
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I would recommend you not bring your dog. The place is as quiet as a library while the (some professional) photographers do their work. The huge alligator in the pond should be avoided as well.