Car Hire at Venice Municipal Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
As the ‘Gateway to the Gulf Coast’, visit the Venice in the U.S. state of Florida through Venice Municipal Airport. From here, continue on to your journey with hassle-free car rental services available near the airport. Use Skyscanner to find all the available car rental providers here, and compare and choose the one that suits best your travel needs.
Where to hire a car at Venice Municipal Airport
Being an airport mainly operating as a general aviation facility, Venice Municipal Airport currently does not receive commercial flights, and also does not have any relevant travel services and facilities within its vicinity, such as a car rental office. There is, however, the Suncoast Air Center, an FBO facility in the airport, which offers Enterprise and Hertz car rentals on-site. Furthermore, there are also many reliable car rental companies spread throughout the city of Venice in Florida. Some of the well-known car rental providers serving the city include Hertz, Auto Europe, Holiday Autos, Argus Car Hire, rentalcars.com, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, and Enterprise, along with a number of local providers. Most of the offices are found along the US Highway 41 Bypass in South Venice, and there are also some in the downtown area and the city centre.
What to expect when hiring a car from Venice Municipal Airport
Venice Municipal Airport is only two miles or three kilometres south of the central business district of Venice in Sarasota County in Florida. The airport is served by the Airport Avenue, which is then connected to Avenue Del Circo and S Tamiami Trail that lead to I-75. Other roads surrounding Venice Municipal Airport also include Beach Rd, Harbor Dr, the US-41 Bypass, and more. The Venetian Waterway Park is also nearby. To get to Venice city proper from the airport, there are three routes you can take: via Harbor Dr S and Armada Rd, via Nokomis Ave S and Armada Rd, or via The Rialto and Armada Rd. Driving from the airport to the city centre only takes about seven to ten minutes. All routes ultimately lead to W Venice Avenue.
Most car rental providers require you to return the vehicle with a full fuel tank; otherwise, additional fees may apply. Conveniently, though, many gas stations are located along the city’s major roads such as the US-41 Bypass and S Tamiami Trail. These gas stations include Sunoco Gas Station, Shell, Circle K, Mobil, Pure Service, RaceTrac, Inline Filling Systems, Speedway, Hess Express, Murphy USA, and Venice Citgo, among others.
Driving around Venice Municipal Airport
Driving within Sarasota County is fairly easy, as its cities such as Venice are served by roads oriented east/west and north/south. Venice is served by the US Highway 41, running north to south in western Florida; and Interstate 75 east of Venice.
Within Florida, in general, the legal driving age is 15 with a learner’s permit, 16 on a restricted licence, and 18 on an unrestricted licence. However, most car rental providers will most likely only allow renters who are at least 21 years old, and will ask for a you driver surcharge for renters below 25 years old. Moreover, anyone 16 years old and below are not allowed to drive in Florida from 11:00PM to 6:00AM and 17-year-olds from 1:00AM to 5:00AM for one year, unless accompanied by a 21-year-old and above driver.
In the USA, driving is on the right hand side of the road. Take extra caution when turning at intersections (junctions) as finding yourself on the wrong side of the road can happen when turning left or right. When turning, you can turn right on red light as long as your car comes to a complete stop before turning. Some intersections that do not allow right turn on red will be signposted. Moreover, make sure to only park in designated areas; otherwise, your car will be towed away. It is also not allowed to park in front of a fire hydrant.
Getting to your destination
Starting from Venice, take a scenic drive and explore the rest of Sarasota County in Florida with your rental car.
The Ringling Estate
The Ringling Estate is a 66-acre complex consisting of wonderful lush grounds and landscaping, as well as notable establishments such as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, Ca d’Zan Mansion, the Tibbals Learning Center, and the Historic Asolo Theater. Located on Bay Shore Road, drive to The Ringling Estate in just approximately 40 minutes via I-75 N, via US-41 N, or via I-75 N and Fruitville Rd.
Casey Key is a narrow, one-lane road situated on a thin barrier island. Driving along the road will offer views of the attractive, chateau-like houses. Also towards the south are a public beach and a fishing jetty.
Casey Key is located off Blackburn Point Rd west of S Tamiami Trail in Osprey. About 5.5 miles from Venice, it will take you about 16-20 minutes to get to Casey Key by heading east on W Venice Avenue toward Park Blvd S, the turning left onto N Tamiami Trail. Turn left onto S Tamiami Trail and another left onto Albee Rd W. Turn right onto Casey Key Rd.
Myakka River State Park
One of the largest and oldest state parks in Florida, many recreational activities can be enjoyed in Myakka River State Park. The park features hiking and horse trails, as well as a canopy walk through a 100-foot tree cover. You can also climb a 74’ observation tower. Other activities in here also include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and an airboat tour.
Myakka River State Park east of I-75 exit 205 is located on State Rd 72. Continue to S Tamiami Trail then take FL-681, I-75, and FL-72 to Myakka State Park Rd.