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The Venice Area Audubon Rookery

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This is a small area for watching birds. There are a few benches around the pond and some picnic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Heather M
Saint James, Missouri
Wonderful place to view and photograph birds

The Rookery is a small island in a lake just behind the Municipal Building in Venice. There is a... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
Leesburg, Virginia
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Annex Road, Venice, FL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small area for watching birds. There are a few benches around the pond and some picnic tables under a pavilion. We were there in the evening when the birds were coming back for the night. They are quite vocal. Be on the...More

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 19 May 2018

The Rookery is a small island in a lake just behind the Municipal Building in Venice. There is a pavillion and picnic tables. There is a path around the lake so the island can be viewed from any angle. Large numbers of birds arrive in...More

Thank Wooby30
Reviewed 10 May 2018

This local and free site is a great spot to see many native birds in a quiet location. A must see while in Venice.

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 1 May 2018

We've been coming to this delightful rookery for a few years. No matter what season or time of day, you will find birds here. We've visited three times so far this year to watch the courtship behaviors and spectacular breeding plumage. The nests on the...More

Thank 88Tropicsfan
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Found this by chance when driving around with my sister on the way to Manasota Key. The anhingas were my favorite. The kindest volunteer, a long time birder, was a very knowledgeable source of lots of information about all the birds nesting there.

Thank GailMAnne
Reviewed 11 April 2018

An unexpected refuge behind the tax collector's. Bring your binoculars or just sit on a bench and watch all the birds from afar. A lovely place with respectful people, helpful volunteers, and amazing birds!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived just after sunrise in early April and it was perfect timing. Many birds were feeding their young and there was plenty of activity on the little island. Also saw two alligators lurking around. Very much worth the early morning and short drive.

Thank mltcjackson
Reviewed 23 March 2018

We got there at 5pm and the island was full of birds. It was a wonderful sight. We walked the perimeter and met a variety of winged bodies!

Thank kokopuffMichigan
Reviewed 27 February 2018

If you like birds/ bird photography- go here! This is a very small pond with a little island in the middle with more birds on it than I have ever seen in one place at one time. It was awesome. I went at about 9am...More

Thank JGBesch
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We had never before visited in the evening. Arriving about a half hour before sunset, we were entertained by a steady flow of birds coming in for a nighttime roost. Amazing.

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24 February 2018|
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Response from Margaret D | Reviewed this property |
yes this is open all the time. Just drive down the road and it's right there. Best time is early am and dusk to see birds.
28 February 2017|
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I would recommend you not bring your dog. The place is as quiet as a library while the (some professional) photographers do their work. The huge alligator in the pond should be avoided as well.