Fort Marghera is a place you get affectionate about! Having lived in Mestre for a few years, during summers I often found myself spending evenings with friends in the fortress.
The entire bay has recently been restored: many renovations have been made, although there is still much to do. The result for now is a large, well-organized area, with fields, canals, bars and exhibition areas that result in a mix of nature, history, culture and food and drink.
You can go there for a walk during a sunny day, immerse yourself in the green and sit next to the lagoon, or have a drink and eat at the restaurants there. There are bars and beer gardens, which are quite rustic and handy. During the summer, they organize exhibitions related to the Biennale, events and street food festivals.
The place is located 1km from the center of Mestre and is connected to both the center of Mestre and Venice by a 10-minute tram ride.
It is a place that I recommend to those who are staying in Mestre and want a wild and unusual view of the lagoon.
PS: if you love cats, this place is perfect for you! In fact, here lives a colony of a hundred cats, a real cat oasis.
My only recommendation is to bring mosquito repellent!