For family-friendly and socially distanced fun, take a dirt road adventure out to good ole’ Florida and visit Snook Haven. Located “smack dab” on the Myakka River in Venice, FL, this historic smokehouse features delicious BBQ, fantastic Florida eats, locally brewed craft beer, and tons of outdoor activities for all ages.
Explore the “wild and scenic” Myakka River with a canoe or kayak rental from the restaurant’s front counter. Bask in the sunshine, and float back in time, as you paddle through one of Florida’s most peaceful preserved settings. Keep your eyes peeled for incredible wildlife sightings—you might just spot a gator or two. Rentals are appropriately sanitized after each use and are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather-permitting. You can find more rental information here.
Unwind while you sit back, relax, and set sail with Logan River Tours, which dock right at Snook Haven. Climb aboard the Nan-Sea, a 40-foot commercial pontoon, for a unique, open-air, hourlong ride along the Myakka River. Experience Old Florida charm and learn about the area’s history while you soak in picturesque, undisturbed nature views. Tours are currently operating on a limited capacity, and masks are required. For additional information and to schedule your tour, visit loganrivertours.com or call 941-875-2070.
For a rockin’ and rollin’ good time, raise your glass to hand-clappin,’ boot-stompin’ entertainment coming to you live from Snook Haven’s large outdoor stage. Music plays daily during the busy season and features fan-favorite local bands like the Gulf Coast Banjo Society, Bandana, Gator Creek, Joey O, The Divebombers, and so many more. You can even hop up onstage and showcase your talents with musical personality Benjammin’ during Open Mic Night. The generous outdoor area provides you with plenty of space to kick back and listen or get up and groove to the music. View Snook Haven’s event and entertainment calendar online.
Don’t forget to fuel back up with a bite to eat. Snook Haven offers plenty of outdoor dining space, including full service on the screened-in patio or deck along the river and counter service at large picnic tables underneath majestic Spanish oaks. Order a platter, sample one, two, or three house-smoked meats, and douse them in lip-smackin’ homemade BBQ sauces. Make sure to start off your meal with an order of fried Gator Bites, a Florida specialty. Visit snookhaven.com/menu/lunch-dinner to view the menu.
There’s nothing like sipping an ice-cold beer in Old Florida paradise. Craft beer lovers must check out Snook Haven’s extensive draft list, which features unique drafts from well-loved Florida breweries like 3 Bridges Brewing (Venice), Calusa Brewing (Sarasota), Big Top Brewing Company (Sarasota), and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa), plus many more. The restaurant also offers the NaNaNa IPA, the Sunshine State’s first and only nonalcoholic craft beer, from Florida-based Non-Alcoholic Brewing Company. View the beer and wine list online.
5000 East Venice Avenue