Free delivery of rental bikes to the Legacy Trail at Legacy Park, and Oscar Scherer Park.

We offer free-delivery to the Legacy Park trailhead in Venice Florida, and to the Oscar Scherer Park trailhead in Osprey Florida. 

These rental packages are self-guided Day-Tours of The Legacy Trail. Bikes delivered to Legacy Park arrive by 9AM. Bikes delivered to Oscar Scherer Park arrive by 10:00 AM. Maps and more info below.

Legacy Park

Restroom facility at Legacy Park. Venice FL

395 East Venice Ave. Venice FL.

Legacy Park is is a customer-favorite for delivery along The Legacy Trail. It’s located on the mainland-side of the Venice Avenue bridge just behind the Historic Venice Train Depot. Use the roads beside, and “under” the Venice Avenue bridge to get to the park. From the park you can access both the Legacy Trail by pedalling north, and the Venice Trail by heading south.

Choose from our 7-speed Comfort Cruisers, or our 21-speed Hybrids. Bike lock, and helmets and baskets are included. 

**RESERVATIONS REQUIRED**

Womens Comfort Cruiser at Legacy Park

Book online by 9:00 PM the night before your ride, or by calling us by 6:00 PM the night before.

Note: For groups with young riders on bikes smaller than 24-inch wheels consider riding on the Venice Trail, instead.

Oscar Scherer Park

1843 Tamiami Trail South, Osprey FL.

This Florida State park is known for its rustic walking-trails and camping. You can access the park from the Legacy Trail on foot or by bike, and also from US Highway 41.

This is the preferred location for riders who are headed south from the direction of Sarasota/Tampa/St. Petersburg and who are looking to ride the trail system just for the day. (Self-guided Day-Tours)

From I-75 SOUTH take Exit 200, which is state road 681. Follow it to US Hiway 41 and head north a couple of miles. The entrance to the park is on your right. 

If you are coming from Sarasota and are closer to Hiway 41, head south on Tamiami Trail towards Osprey.

This is also an exchange point for our customers who want rent a bike in Venice, but take it back to Sarasota for longer rental periods. At the end of the rental period we meet you back at the park entrance.

Choose from our 7-speed Comfort Bikes, or our 21-speed Hybrid Bikes. Bike lock, and helmets and baskets are included. 

**RESERVATIONS REQUIRED**

Men's hybrid at Osprey Junction on The Legacy Trail
Fuji Hybrid Rental Bike at Oscar Scherer Park

Book online by 9:00 PM the night before your ride, or by calling us by 6:00 PM the night before. 

Note: For groups with young riders on bikes smaller than 24-inch wheels consider riding on the Venice Trail, instead.

Before choosing Oscar Scherer Park for your bike rental delivery have a look at the park website for updates, and information about amenities.

(Link to the Oscar Scherer Park Website)

General Info about The Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is an old railroad-bed that was re-purposed by Sarasota County in 2004. The county joined with The Trust for Public Land to purchase the first 12.5 mile section of the old Seaboard Airline Railway.

The tracks have now been removed and the rail bed paved with asphalt. The trail is open to pedestrians, skaters, and bicycles from 6:00 AM to sunset. The Legacy Trail is wide enough to allow four bikes to pass abreast, however, users of the trail, either on foot, or wheels, should never travel more than two-abreast in one direction.

From 1960 to 1992 the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Baily circus used this railway to bring the circus animals to stay in Venice for the winter.

The Legacy Trail officially begins at the Historic Venice Train Depot and runs north toward Sarasota, and ends just south of Clark road. The trail is not lighted. No travel after sunset is permitted.

Mens Hybrid on the Legacy Trail

Legacy Trail Improvements

Bridges across Dona Bay and Robert’s Bay
During the Summer of 2010 two key bridges over local waterways were added to the Legacy Trail. These low bridges are close to the water and allow trail-users to cross Dona Bay, and Robert’s Bay without leaving the safety of the Trail. Both bridges include scenic lookouts where you can stop and take in the view. Be sure to bring your camera as sunrises and sunsets are particularly spectacular viewed from either bridge. The trail officially opens at 6:00 AM and closes at sunset each day. This doesn’t mean that you are locked in. There aren’t any gates, in fact. But the trail is not lighted, and you could easily be injured attempting to ride in the dark.

The Hiway 41 Pedestrian Bridge
Perhaps the crown jewel in the construction of the Legacy Trail is the gorgeous pedestrian bridge across US 41 in Venice. The bridge was completed in 2012 and is just north of the Train Station on the Legacy Trail. Pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters can cross US Hi-way 41 Bypass without getting into road-traffic. Although improvements to facilities continue, the Venice Train Depot, Patriot’s Park, and Laurel Park are the only convenient stops along The Legacy Trail where restrooms and drinking-water is readily available. There are a number of covered rest-stops with park-benches, and one port-o-let in the northern section, but there are no other amenities along the trail’s length. Plan to bring water and any food that you may need. While the actual usage of the trail greatly exceeds the projected usage, it is still possible during some mid-day hours in the Summer to ride the length of the trail without seeing another soul.

Other Legacy Trail Access Points Near Venice Florida

Patriots Park

Delivery available to this location by special request. Call us at 941-412-3821 to get a delivery to Patriots Park.

While the park is not actually directly on the Legacy Trail, a defacto access next to the Hampton Inn has been established by trail users, and we can show you where it is.

The park contains a number of memorial monuments to our military, as you would expect, but is also contains an artifact that all Americans would be moved by. We won’t say what it is, but will let the mystery stand. You’ll know it when you see it.

Patriot’s Park has restrooms, and drinking fountains, and lots of parking space. Coming from Sarasota on I-75 take Highway 681 toward Venice. Bear right when you come to US 41 and the park is on your right. You are in the right place if you see the Hampton Inn Venice sign.

Laurel Road Crossing

Delivery to this trailhead location is by special request only. Call us at 941-412-3821 for delivery to this location.

Occasionally, people coming from I-75 looking to ride The Legacy Trail start out at this trailhead location. However, it bypasses the scenic aspect of the bridges that cross Donna Bay, and Robert’s Bay to the south. Of course, you could always start here with the intention of heading south toward Venice and not miss them.

The small parking lot is at the North-West corner of the intersection where the Legacy Trail crosses Laurel Road. Look for a small pavilion and a park bench under it. Bike rental customers driving South on I-75 Interstate should take Exit 195 and bear right and head East. Driving North on I-75 Interstate take exit 195 and turn left.

Travel approximately 1 and a half miles and look to your right immediately after crossing the Legacy Trail. The small parking lot is on your right hand side.

Wide-angle view of Laurel Road Crossing on The Legacy Trail