Top 17 Things To Do In Nokomis, Florida

things to do in nokomis florida

If you’re after a chill kind of vacation but still want everything the Gulf Coast of Florida has to offer, then there’s no better place to be than in Nokomis. It is an unincorporated town that features beautiful beaches, great shopping options, developed residential areas, vibrant art scene, and small-town vibe. You’ll also find here the famous Nokomis Beach which is located at the south end of the exclusive Casey Key. In case you still don’t have anything lined up during your trip, then read on, and discover our list of the best things to do in Nokomis, Florida, and have the best holiday ahead.

1. Enjoy drumming and dancing shows on vibrant Nokomis Beach

Life's a beach — Nokomis beach from the north jetty
Source: Photo by user

Nokomis Beach is no ordinary beach, apart from its fine sands and blue waters, this beach offers numerous activities to its guests. You could go swimming, parasailing, snorkeling, and more. But, what separates it from the rest is the drumming and dancing that happen every Wednesdays and Saturdays during sunset. It is a bongo-like beach party where everyone is invited to dance the night away or listen to the rhythms of the drums.

Nokomis Beach

Address: 115 S Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Nokomis Beach

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

2. Reel in the day's catch at North Jetty Beach Park

Another great spot near Nokomis that you and you’re family will surely enjoy is the North Jetty Beach Park. Here, you’ll see boats passing from Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico. Also, this place is a great fishing spot, with a lifeguard on watch throughout the year. In case you don’t catch any fish during your fishing trip, there are lots of concessionaires around that offer the fresh catch of the day.

North Jetty Beach Park

Address: 1000 S Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: North Jetty Beach Park

3. Have fun shopping at the quaint boutiques of Historic Downtown Venice

Venice FL street01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ebyabe used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you’re the type of person for whom hearing the word “shopping” instantly lifts your mood, then you don’t have to miss visiting the Historic Downtown Venice with its avenues lined with individually owned quaint shops. Here, you’ll find gift shops, boutiques, souvenir stores, specialty art shops, and more. After shopping, when you get tired, you can always go under the shade by the fountain or grab something to eat at one of the five-star restaurants nearby.

Historic Downtown Venice

Address: 101 W Venice Ave #23, Venice, FL 34285, USA

Website: Historic Downtown Venice

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

4. Marvel at the diverse bird life at Oscar Scherer State Park

Source: Photo by Flickr user Homer Edward Price used under CC BY 2.0

If you want to experience old Florida, you better visit Oscar Scherer State Park with its scenic surroundings, beautiful camping space, hiking trails, and river sceneries. It is also a place where you’ll see amazing birdlife. It is home to one of the friendliest native birds of Florida which is the scrub jays, which population depleted to 20 from 160.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Address: 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Website: Oscar Scherer State Park

Opening Hours: 8am - sundown (daily)

Price: From 2 USD

5. Dine on classic seafood dishes at Pop's Sunset Grill

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

A waterfront restaurant located across Nokomis Beach and with an expansive view of the waters, Pop’s Sunset Grill is one of the original establishments in the area, serving the locals for over 30 years now. The restaurant has a laid-back ambiance with both indoor and outdoor seating and has a newly opened tiki bar with a gift shop. The menu here includes American comfort food like burgers and sandwiches, as well as fresh seafood dishes.

Pop's Sunset Grill

Address: 112 Circuit Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Pop’s Sunset Grill

Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (daily)

6. Get a sand volleyball game going at Nokomis Community Park

Poised on 17 acres (6.88 hectares) of space, Nokomis Community Park has many amenities which you can enjoy and use for gatherings like their three multi-purpose halls for weddings, parties, and more. It also comes with meeting rooms, arts and crafts rooms, a small kitchen, and more. Moreover, you can have a game of different sports here for it has numerous courts like a covered basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, two tennis courts, covered stage, cricket field, and many more.

Nokomis Community Park

Address: 234 Nippino Trail E, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Nokomis Community Park

Opening hours: 6am – 12am (daily)

7. Bike along the wildlife-rich Legacy Trail

Legacy Trail South Terminus at Venice
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This trail has a lot to offer for its expansive space. Also, what is good about this place is you can park anywhere and just start exploring. It is a great place for cycling and strolling with lots of wildlife to discover along the way. The animals you might encounter here include bald eagles, ospreys, bobcats, songbirds, butterflies, otters, and more.

Legacy Trail

Address: 234 Nippino Trl E, Nokomis, FL 34275-3143

8. Jet-ski around Florida's gorgeous Gulf Coast

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Cool Breeze Boats & Jet Ski Rentals on Sunday, July 18, 2021

One of the best ways to explore the area is through the waters. If you think the same, why not rent a jet ski at Cool Breeze Boat & Jet Ski Rentals and see Nokomis Beach, Casey Key, and more areas as you navigate the waters. Along the way, you may also encounter dolphins, many species of birds, and see beautiful homes and large estates, while feeling the cool water breeze whip your hair and the heat of the sun touch your skin.

Cool Breeze Boat & Jet Ski Rentals

Address: 100 Circuit Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Cool Breeze Boat & Jet Ski Rentals

Opening hours: 8am - 4:30pm (daily)

9. Enjoy fresh citrus ice cream from Nokomis Groves

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

If you’re looking for a cold refreshment or a sweet treat during your travel in Nokomis, then you’ll be in for a surprise when you visit Nokomis Groves. It is a farmer’s market that sells freshly picked oranges and other citrus fruits. Apart from selling fruits, they also have a year-round- ice cream parlor that serves soft-serve ice cream with classic flavors as well as unique ones. You can also ask for two flavors to be swirled in one cup or cone.

Nokomis Groves

Address: 111 Albee Farm Rd N, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Nokomis Groves

Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 11am – 6pm; Fri - Sat: 11am – 7pm

10. Golf at the friendly Mission Valley Golf & Country Club

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Just another great day for golf Mission Valley Country Club!

Posted by Mission Valley Country Club on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in playing golf, Mission Valley Golf & Country Club in Nokomis will give you a wonderful time playing here. It is a private golf course with six sets of tees that caters to different skill levels. This golf course is established was the year 1967 and has a size of 6,734 yards (6,157.57 meters).

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club

Address: 1851 Mission Valley Blvd, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Mission Valley Golf & Country Club

Opening hours: 7:30am - 8:30pm (daily)

11. Picnic beneath shady oaks at Venice Myakka River Park

If you’re looking for an adventure for the whole family that involves nature, outdoor activities, and relaxation, then you should visit Venice Myakka River Park. It is a great place to bond with the family without spending too much. This space is a 10-acre (4.05-hectare) waterfront area that offers kayaking and walking trails and has picnic areas and playground for the kids.

Venice Myakka River Park

Address: D7501 Laurel Rd E, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Venice Myakka River Park

12. Spot gators and wild boars at Pinelands Reserve

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

According to many locals, a lot of tourists visit the Pinelands Reserve out of curiosity of what lies ahead. To give you an overview of the place, it is a reserve with picnic facilities, walking trails, and many species of wildlife. You may come across lots of species of birds here like bald eagles as well as other animals like deer, wild boars, gators, and more.

Pinelands Reserve

Address: 4000 Knights Trail Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

13. Have a cocktail and some grub at the tropical tiki bar of Casey Key Fish House

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Located in Sarosa County, right on the waters, Casey Key Fish House is one local restaurants that you shouldn’t miss when you are in the area. It has one of the most spectacular views where you can see boats on docks or passing by the Intracoastal Waterway, wildlife, fishes, and more. It has both a main open-air dining room as well as patio seating. Another feature is its laid-back and tropical tiki bar, which serves varieties of cocktails and grubs.

Casey Key Fish House

Address: 801 Blackburn Point Rd, Osprey, FL 34229, USA

Website: Casey Key Fish House

Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 11:30am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 8:30pm

14. Parasail in the clear skies above Nokomis Beach

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Venice Parasailing on Sunday, December 17, 2017

Nokomis Beach is already spectacular when your feet are both in the sand, but what more when you’re up in the sky gliding? To know what it feels like to view everything from the top, you should rent parasailing equipment and facilities from the Venice Parasailing and Water Sports. They offer many parasailing services that will make your experience more thrilling and wonderful. Your journey will start at the clear waters of Venice Beach and culminate up in the blue skies.

Venice Parasailing and Water Sports

Address: 690 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Venice Parasailing and Water Sports

Opening hours: 9am – 9pm (daily)

15. Pick up adorable beach souvenirs at Casey Key Beach Shop

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Casey Key Beach Shop on Monday, November 25, 2019

If you are already saturated with everything Nokomis has to offer and are now ready to go back to your homeland, you still can’t head home without visiting the Casey Key Beach Shop. It has everything you need from beach apparels to souvenirs, up to sand toys, shark teeth, Christmas ornaments, hats, as well as rentals of paddle boards, kayaks, and umbrella table.

Casey Key Beach Shop

Address: 820 Albee Rd W #2, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Casey Key Beach Shop

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am – 6pm; Sat: 6:30am – 6:30pm; Sun: 6:30am – 5pm

16. Check out local art and crafts at the Cottage Art Gallery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Cottage in Nokomis on Friday, November 20, 2015

A hidden art gem in Nokomis, Cottage Art Gallery is a sweet little place for people for some unique items to take home. The artworks and crafts here are made by talented local artists. If you need help or more information about the item, don’t hesitate to ask one of the artists on duty. They have cool portraits of dogs here which any dog-lover will drool over.

Cottage Art Gallery

Address: 106 Pocono Trail E, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Cottage Art Gallery

Opening hours: Thur - Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 12pm – 3pm (closed on Mon - Wed)

17. Chill at the pool tables of Nokomis Pool Hall Pub

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

If you’re looking for something to do at night, and don’t want to go to any beach party anymore, then you have to visit this new pool hall in the area. Nokomis Pool Hall Pub offers numerous pool tables for you and your friends, plus a jukebox. They also have here a wide selection of beer and wines and bar grubs to keep you full and hydrated all night.

Nokomis Pool Hall Pub

Address: 625 N Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 34275, USA

Website: Nokomis Pool Hall Pub

Opening hours: Mon - Thur: 3pm – 11pm; Fri - Sun: 3pm – 12am

Chill Nokomis

Snorkeling the north Venice jetty on Casey Key, Florida
Source: Photo by user SNORKELINGDIVES.COM used under CC BY 2.0

Looking for a place to chill, one that is away from the stress of the big cities? Then Nokomis in Florida is a no-brainer choice. Have an amazing time swimming at their beautiful beaches, hiking at their many reserves, and having a picnic at their wildlife-rich parks. Check out our list of the best things to do in Nokomis, Florida for your guide.

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