From Port Charlotte, take US 41 north. In the Venice area, where US 41 splits into US41 (bypass) and US41 (business), turn left onto the business portion. After crossing the Intercoastal Waterway, turn left onto Avenida del Circa, then right onto Airport Avenue, then left onto Harbor Drive. Look for the Service Club Park signs and turn right into the Park. Restroom facilities are available in the Park. Take the path to the beach. Be sure to look for Scrub Jays along the path. You can also follow Harbor Drive south, which parallels the beach.
The Celery Fields were previously used for agriculture, with celery being the primary crop. In 1995, Sarasota County purchased a 300-
There are picnic tables in the gazebo and at Ackerman Park for eating lunch. There are restrooms at the Fruitville library on Coburn Road just off of Fruitville Road.
The Laurel Landfill is a Sarasota County solid waste disposal landfill facility. The landfill is open Monday through Saturday, 8-
After registering, you may drive around the perimeter road of the Complex. Look in the center fields for Meadowlarks and Killdeer. There are seven small ponds situated on the perimeter road of the Complex. You may see various species of water birds on the ponds, including a variety of Ducks, Egrets, Gulls, Herons, Ibises, Sandpipers, and Wood Storks. Other birds you may see as you drive around the perimeter road include: Bald Eagles (adult and immature), Hawks, Grackles, Sparrows, and Woodpeckers. Taking photos may be a challenge, because most of the area on the right side of the road is fenced off with six-
Oscar Scherer State Park
This Park is located south of Sarasota and north of Venice, in historic Osprey. This Park is about 1400 acres in size and has a small creek, called South Creek running through it. There are also two small lakes, Lake Osprey and Big Lake. It contains many acres of pine flatwoods and scrubby flatwoods that are populated with the threatened Florida Scrub Jay. There are 15 miles of well-
From Punta Gorda, take I-