Legacy Trail and Venice Waterway Trail Bike Rental
Access The Legacy Trail, and the Venice Waterway Trail from one convenient park.
Start at Legacy Park
The Legacy Trail, and the Venice Waterway Trail can both be accessed from one convenient park.
From Legacy Park you can ride north up The Legacy Trail, or head south down the Venice Waterway Trail alongside the Intracoastal Waterway.
The City of Venice constructed the park behind the Historic Venice Train Depot in order to improve safety, and access to the two trails. The park includes plenty of year-round parking, restrooms, and cold-water drinking-fountains.
Entrance to Legacy Park is at 395 East Venice Avenue Venice FL. MAP
Look for a right-hand turn onto Seaboard Avenue from Venice Avenue. The park sign is not well-placed, or readily visible until you make the turn into the park. If you arrive at the Train Depot you have gone one street too far.
Legacy Trail Trailhead
To pick up the The Legacy Trail start from the main restroom building in the middle of the park and head away from the entrance you used to enter the park. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot. From the park up to the end of the trail is about 12 miles.
A nice ride is to go north until you cross the two bay bridges (Donna Bay, and Robert’s Bay) and turn around. If you go all the way to the end near Clark Road visit the Culverhouse Nature Park. In many cases people tend to turn around at Oscar Scherer Park and head back to Venice.
Sarasota County continues to improve the Legacy Trail. In addition to several shaded rest-stop pavilions they have installed self-serve bike-maintenance stations.
In the highly unlikely event that you have any trouble when riding one of our rental bikes be sure to call us. We are pro-bike mechanics, and keep a well-maintained fleet. We are mobile we can usually reach you in under thirty minutes, sometimes in a lot less time.
Venice Waterway Trailhead
To ride the Venice Waterway Trail pickup your bikes in the rack near the main restroom building in the middle of Legacy Park. In fact, this is the same location where we deliver bike rentals for people wanting to ride The Legacy Trail.
Many people ride The Legacy Trail, and if time permits, pick up the Venice Trail entrance just under the Venice Avenue Bridge. and pedal to Shamrock park. Look for the trailhead across the street from the bridge-end of the Train Depot.
From there look over toward the Venice Avenue bridge and you will find the trailhead access. Use caution crossing the boat-launch road that is near the entrance to the Train Depot because Sarasota Country uses the old Depot as a bus-terminal.
You can ride about five miles down to Shamrock Park on the mainland side of the Intracoastal. Enter the park and visit the nature museum, and get drinking water, and find the restrooms.
The island-side is about the same length of trail, but use the southern-most (and safest) bridge (Circus Bridge) to cross over to the island-side of the trail. Once you get on the other side you can go north into downtown, or pedal down to Caspersen Park and Beach.
Two Ways to Reserve:
- Book online by 8:00 PM the day before (use the form above)
- Call us at 941-412-3821 by 3:00 PM the day before your ride
Bike Rental and Delivery Process
To book your Legacy Trail and Venice Waterway Trail Bike Rental use the button above, or call the reservation-line at 941-412-3821 between 9AM and 3PM to reserve your bikes for tomorrow, or future dates.
Get your bike rentals in Venice Florida for The Legacy Trail, and the Venice Waterway Trail.
Unattended Delivery method:
- Bikes are delivered to Legacy Park by 9:00 AM and locked in the bike-rack near the main restroom-building in the middle of the park. You do not need to be present. Arrive at a time that is convenient for you.
- After delivery we send you a text with picture showing your bikes, along with the combination to the lock. The bike-shop phone number will also be included.
- At the end of your ride lock you bikes in the rack and give us a call, or you can reply to the delivery-text that you have returned. No need to wait for pickup. Be back by 5PM. During the winter-season it is starting to get dark at that time of day, and our bikes do not have lights. Also, riding on the Legacy Trail after dark is not permitted by Sarasota County.
CANCELLATION POLICY: To receive a refund for a cancellation you must contact us at least 24 hours before your scheduled delivery. If you wish to cancel and receive a store credit for a future date you must contact us by 3PM the day before your ride. If your bikes are delivered and THEN you wish to cancel, there is no refund, nor any future credit.