6 Places To Have A Picnic Lunch in Venice, FL

Venice, Fl is a quaint spot just south of Sarasota. It really is a unique little bubble with a wealth of great restaurants, arts, entertainment, recreation, water activities, white-sand beaches, and amazing Mediterranean architecture; hence the name Venice. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Venice is an ideal location to find your favorite foods and go picnic with family and friends. Now all you need to know is where the best are spots to have a perfect picnic lunch.

Where is the best place to have a Picnic in Venice?

There are so many parks around Venice that you can enjoy a picnic lunch. These are just 6 of our favorites with suggestions on where to grab your food from!

Centennial Park

200 W. Venice Ave Venice, FL 34285

This park often has events going on such as a local farmers market, jazz and blues music, seafood festival, etc. You can pair your picnic with upcoming events or watch the schedule to avoid a busier day and enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park.

Centennial Park has picnic tables ideal for taking it easy or set up a blanket on one of the open grassy areas. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, you can choose from several restaurants to pick up a picnic lunch, check out Bodrum on Miami Ave for eastern Mediterranean food that will dazzle your tastebuds. There are several fabulous restaurants up and down Venice Ave to grab a bite to eat!

Centennial Park has benches, an interactive splash pad (fun for the kids!), ADA accessible gazebo, a veterans memorial, free parking, beautiful nature, and shady trees to relax under. There is definitely a lot to explore.

Shamrock Park & Nature Center

3900 Shamrock Drive Venice, FL 34293

Shamrock Park is great for picnics with its scenic nature and bountiful wildlife. Choose from picnic tables complete with grills, rent a pavilion, or lay your blanket down. If you are going during the week, stop by the food truck in front of the Lowe’s on 41, Sausage Express for a sandwich or a wrap to bring with you!

Relax and have your picnic lunch in this 80-acre park. Bask in the beauty of the butterfly gardens while enjoying your favorite fare. Check out the pet-friendly areas, playground fields, sports courts, and hiking trails which are perfect for a nice day out in nature.

Service Club Park

1190 Harbor Dr. S, Venice, FL 34285

This beautiful beachfront park is a flawless spot for a romantic sunset picnic on the sand with a little vino and a wood fired pizza from Made In Italy. If you want to see a picturesque sunset, this location is matchless. There is a nice boardwalk with decks and picnic tables (some covered) if you prefer; either way, you will still enjoy the amazing view of the Gulf. Other cool things you’ll find at Service Club Park are volleyball courts, barbeque grills, walking trails and wildlife.

Maxine Barritt Park

1800 S Harbor Dr. Venice, FL 34285

Spend some time walking on the beach at Maxine Barritt Park. Then come under the shelter of one of their beautiful large gazebos. Take a walk around the park and see the fenced pond looking for birds and possibly an alligator! Then choose your favorite spot for a picnic. You can sit at one of the picnic tables with charcoal barbeques or find another hidden spot to set up your blanket and have some fresh sushi. Who said sushi isn’t a picnic food? Pick up a delicious sushi lunch from Baiyoke Thai Bistro! Being located right off the Gulf makes this park a great location for picnicking and enjoying the cool breeze. Maybe take a swim after your lunch settles!

Brohard Paw Park

1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, FL 34285

This unique park is perfect for dog lovers. Some people may not want to leave their dogs at home so, at Brohard Paw Park, you can have the best of both worlds. It’s actually a fenced dog park with a beach, picnic tables, showers & drinking fountains for you and your furry friends. Enjoy your tasty deli sandwiches from Shark Bites Deli and Fido can play in the park after!

Nokomis Community Park

While technically not in Venice, this beautiful park is just north of Venice at Located at 234 Nippino Trail E. There are so many amenities at this park, including picnic pavilions, a community garden and a kayak launch, that I simply had to include it for picnics! We love to stop by and see Sofrito, a food truck that parks right at the corner of Nippino and 41. With Latin inspired dishes that will leave you craving another bite. I recommend the Cuban egg rolls or any of their specials!

Tell Us Where You Would Have Your Picnic Lunch in Venice, FL in the Comments Below!

Guest Post Written by Stefanie Resciniti. Stefanie is a graphic designer and marketing professional with a passion for learning, traveling and trying new things. She is excited about any opportunity to inspire creative content.

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3 thoughts on “6 Places To Have A Picnic Lunch in Venice, FL

  1. Linda Underwood says:

    We picnic at Blalock Park in the Arboretum. Lots of picnic tables.

  2. The Young family says:

    We would like more restaurants use their outdoor area to add tables to eat outside. Covid is not to fool around with, our family refuse to eat inside of restaurants. Please think about putting tables outside your restaurants – many more customers will come your way. Please The need for even two or three tables is important. Please add a few tables to your outdoor storefronts please.

    1. Alyssa Reinbolt says:

      I think that’s why it’s so great these places offer takeout to do picnic lunches around town!

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