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.
We can’t think of an instance where a customer called for assistance. We are pro-bike mechanics, and keep a well-maintained fleet. But in the highly unlikely event that you have any trouble when riding one of our rental bikes be sure to call us. 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.
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
(Same-Day Service may be available for times later than 9:00 AM. Call the bike shop number to inquire.)
Bike Rental and Delivery Process
To book your self-guided day-tour on the Legacy Trail, or Venice Trail use the booking-widget on this page (or yellow booking-button if you are on a mobile device). You can also call between 9AM and 3PM to reserve your bikes for tomorrow, or future dates. 941-412-3821
Bikes are delivered to the park and locked in one of the bike racks near the restroom facility in the center of the park.
You will receive a text that includes a picture of your bikes, and some basic instructions.
Delivery may occur before your arrival. Feel free to arrive at a time that is convenient to you.
After your ride securely lock you bikes in one of the racks and give us a call (or reply to your delivery-text) to let us know that you have returned.