Comb the sand for sharks' teeth on Caspersen Beach. The longest beach in Sarasota County stretches for almost 10 miles south of the pier. Canines even have their own area at Paw Park, where the amenities include dog showers, fire hydrants, and fountains.
Check out the sharks' teeth that sell from $1 up into the thousands at Sea Pleasures & Treasures downtown. It's also a good place to find Florida snow shovels (starting at $11.99), a guide to fossil teeth ($6.99), inexpensive shells, and gifts for children. 255 West Venice Avenue; (941) 488-3510.
Cool off with one of the best cherry milk shakes you've ever tasted at The Soda Fountain. You get the whole mixer for $4.55. It's enough to fill two tall glasses. Raise a toast to one of the sweetest little beach destinations in Florida. 349 West Venice Avenue; www.the-soda-fountain.com or (941) 412-9860.
For more information: Contact the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, 597 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 at www.venicechamber.com or (941) 488-2236.
"Fun at the Beach" is from the June 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.