1. Ride a vaporetto down the Grand Canal
A great way to familiarize yourself with the feeling of this watery city is to take the number 1 vaporetto (water bus) and cruise down the Grand Canal, the main waterway of Venice shaped like and inverted S.
2. Go on a secret wine tour
3. Go to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
4. Go to Viva Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Mystery
5. Go up Saint Mark's Bell Tower
6. Take a ride in a gondola
7. Ride a traghetto
8. Cross the Rialto Bridge
9. Kayaking in Venice
Kayaking on the canals or on the lagoons in Venice can offer a unique view of the city in a way that gondola rides might not. Go and get a guided tour and you'll be as close to the water as possible without actually getting in.
10. Go to an opera
For a touch of music and culture, book tickets to go to an opera at Teatro la Fenice. Be in awe of the many music and performances on offer and immerse yourself in a bit of class and culture for the evening.
11. Learn how to make a Venetian mask
Experience this Venetian tradition up close and personal and learn how to make your very own mask! Classes at places like Ca' Macana offer the history of this well-known tradition, and give you the chance to make your own to take home.
12. Go and see how to blow glass
If you take a waterbus to the island of Murano, you can have the chance to see glass blowing workshops. The best way to do this is to just take the afternoon to wander around the island and see what different workshops have on offer.
13. Visit St. Mary of Miracles (Santa Maria dei Miracoli)
This beautiful little church tucked away from some of the more crowded areas is known for having an icon of the Virgin Mary that has been credited with several miracles.
14. Go to Lido di Venezia
Lido is a sandbar that lies just to the side of the central island of Venice. This is a great little day trip if you want to escape the confusing city center and chill out on the beach for a day.
15. Go to the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
Fun activities in Venice can be strolling and getting lost in the streets of Venice, making a bacaro tour (the tour of the bacari, as many as you want and where you want, drinking ombres 'shadows', chatting and eating cicheti).
Go to the beach
In the summer you can go to the beach to bathe, play football on the beach and sunbathe or rent a kayak, alone or with friends, to explore the canals.
Enjoy the wet weather
In some periods of the year, the tide rises and much of the city is submerged by water: this phenomenon is called Acqua Alta. It can be a lot of fun, if you have proper boots, walk through Venice with this scenario!