The circus train car described on this site arrived at the Historic Venice Depot on January 28, 2021. The interior displays will be installed over the next several months. We anticipate opening the train car to the public in Fall 2021. Thank you to all supporters!
Watch a 19-minute video of the Circus Train Car move to the Depot by clicking here.
Out of an abundance of caution regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Depot and Caboose Tours are canceled until further notice. Check this website for updates.
The Historic Venice Train Depot (303 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285), built in 1927 and renovated in 2002-2003, was central to the founding and development of Venice, Florida. Volunteer docents from VAHS provide free public tours of the Depot and surrounding campus. Panel displays and artifacts in the Depot's two waiting rooms illustrate key events in Venice's history and the history of the Depot itself. For more information about the history of the Depot and its role in the history of Venice, click Train Depot Brochure.
Tour the Historic Venice Train Depot
The Depot is open
Tours start in the main waiting room. The length of tours can be tailored to your needs. In addition to docent-led tours, self-guided tours are an option. Both the Depot and the caboose are accessible facilities. The caboose is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM. Donations are appreciated to help defray expenses.
How to Arrange a Tour for a Group of 10 or More
If you plan to bring a group of 10 or more people to the Depot, please call 941-412-0151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make special arrangements so that your group can be adequately accommodated. Between January and March, as a courtesy to all our visitors, large group tours will be scheduled outside of our normal hours of operation.
For Depot rentals, contact Sarasota County at email@example.com or call 941-861-1380.
Interested in Volunteering at the Historic Venice Train Depot?
VAHS relies on volunteers to greet visitors at the Historic Venice Train Depot and share historical information as a docent. If joining our team as either a greeter or docent interests you, please call 941-412-0151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll contact you.
Other Features of the Depot Campus
Refurbished and retired 1953 Pullman Standard built for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and formerly owned by the Ringling Bros. Circus. Now being used to tell the history of the Circus in Venice.
Louisville and Nashville 6445 caboose, built in 1974, donated by CSX Transportation, Inc. to Sarasota County
**To reserve a picnic shelter for a birthday party or other event, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.