Journey to an Urban Oasis

Enjoy a leisurely Ranger-led bike ride along the Legacy Trail to Oscar Scherer State Park, where you’ll hike to explore unusual flora and fauna.

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Summary:  This easy going bike tour will have you cruising down the Legacy Trail, a converted rail line and important regional recreational corridor. The paved trail connects the urban parks and waterways of Venice and Osprey and brings you surprisingly close to wildlife and diverse habitats.  Enjoy a leisurely 5-mile ride to Oscar Scherer State Park, where you’ll take a ranger-led hike to explore the park’s unusual flora and fauna, including the imperiled Florida Scrub Jay, found only in Florida. Learn the challenges of maintaining a healthy habitat for the scrub jay in the middle of a highly urbanized area. Cool off in the park’s swimming lake and air-conditioned Visitor Center before pedaling the Legacy Trail back to Venice. This experience best suited for ages 8 and up.

Duration: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (3 hrs)

Included: bicycle, helmet, expert guide, snack

What to wear: wear clothing that is both quick to dry and provides protection from the sun and shoes that are comfortable for biking and walking. In the winter months, you’ll be happy to have a fleece to layer on and off. In the summer months, a cooling towel or handkerchief feels nice.

What to bring: personal water bottle, hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent, pocket-sized binoculars, breathable rain poncho.