Adventure on Two Wheels: History & Culture in Venice, Florida

Immerse yourself in history as you bike through sunny Florida, discussing prehistoric Indian mounds, rare wildlife, railroad heritage and pioneer-era architecture with local experts.
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Program No. 21755RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Pedal back to “Old Florida” on the Legacy Trail along the former rail beds of Florida’s historic rail corridor, which famously carried the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. On an adventure blending the urban and the wild, bike through historic Venezia Park to study its characteristic Mediterranean revival architecture and its “umbrella-topped” Canary Island date palms, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on rides through the wetlands, prairies and hardwood hammocks of Myakka River State Park. Comb the beach for shark teeth to see why Venice is the shark tooth capital of the world and meet with experts to discuss area history from Indian shell mounds to pioneer homesteaders.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Intermediate to experienced cyclists. Daily bike rides of up to 27 miles at 10-15 miles per hour with stops.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore 5,000 years of Florida history through prehistoric Indian mounds, pioneer-era buildings and the colorful gardens of Mrs. Potter Palmer at the Historic Spanish Point.
  • Bike the Legacy Trail, and delve into Florida’s railroad heritage at the historic Venice Train Depot.
  • Ride an air boat to discover the ecology of Lake Myakka and watch for the American Alligator and Great Blue Heron.

General Notes

The bikes provided for Road scholar programs are all "urban comfort" bikes with wide tires and flat handle bars. These multi-speed bikes are suitable for riding on a variety of surfaces; pavement, gravel, dirt and sand. Helmets are also provided.
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Mary Grovemiller
Mary has been an educator for more than 40 years, working as a classroom teacher, a co-director of music and an adjunct instructor at Malone University and Ashland University. As an environmental enthusiast, Mary has also served at three national parks. Since 2009, she has been a member of the Interpretive Division at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, where she has helped design and produce waysides and other exhibits. Mary is a lifelong learner who loves biking, hiking, traveling, music and theater.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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