Here is a guide of somethings to do in Vero Beach and the surronding area
1916 Grant Historical House & Fisherman’s Park
The Grant Historical House is a restored cracker home that was moved to the Indian River in 1916. This scenic 7.48-acre community river park, located off U.S. Hwy 1 adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon, is a perfect wayside park for travelers and a convenient site for community events. The shaded pavilion and grill with restrooms nearby, the 2,000′ walking path, and the 630′ riverfront boardwalk invite picnics and leisurely strolls. While a 200′ fishing dock accommodates fishing, and although boat launching is not allowed, boaters may tie up to the dock to access the restrooms and picnic area. The Grant Historical House is open 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday; the park is open from sunrise to sunset. 5795 US Hwy 1, Grant, FL 32949 (321) 723-8543.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
HarborBranch Oceanographic Institution, Inc. (HBOI) is one of the world’s leading not-for-profit oceanographic research organizations dedicated to exploring the earth’s oceans, estuaries and coastal regions, for the benefit of mankind. (772) 465-2400. They are located at: 5600 N. US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946.
Wilderness Airboat Rides
Join us on Wilderness Airboat Rides for some great family fun! We will take you on an exciting journey gliding through swamps and canals to observe Alligators, Turtles, Exotic Birds and Tropical Plants in their natural habitat. Airboat Wilderness Rides is the longest established airboat tour business on the Treasure Coast!
Indian River Citrus Museum
The museum traces the history of the local citrus industry from its beginnings, from Spanish explorers through today’s high-tech processing and marketing techniques. See historical photographs, old farm tools, tools, antique citrus labels, industry archives, original harvesting equipment and gift shop. There are also guided citrus tours. Inside the Heritage Center at 2140 14th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. ( 772) 770-2263.
McKee Botanical Garden
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McKee Botanical Garden is an 18-acre subtropical garden. Its unique hammock supports a dense and diverse botanical collection as well as several restored architectural treasures. The Gardens are located at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL 32962 (772) 794-0601. Closed Mondays. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. Admission: $6 adults; Seniors (65+) $5; Children (5-12) $3.50. Under 5 free. Members: free. Visit the McKee Botanical Gardens.
Manatee Observation & Education Center
A waterfront wildlife observation and nature education center located on Florida’s east coast in downtown Fort Pierce. The Center lies just west of the Atlantic ocean and overlooks the nationally recognized Indian River Lagoon, a saltwater estuary and Moore’s Creek, a freshwater creek and historical resting spot for the Florida manatee. The Manatee Center is located at 480 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Phone (772) 466-1600 ext. 3333, Admission: $ 1.00 per person; Children under 6 free with an Adult
The McLarty Museum offers displays of items taken from the shipwrecked Spanish Plate Fleet of 1715. Through audio presentations and dioramas, museum visitors learn about Spanish ships and their cargos: gold, jewelry, silver, pewter, dyes, spices, silks, and minerals. An observation deck built like a Spanish galleon was recently added. A 45-minute movie, “Treasure: What Dreams Are Made Of,” chronicles modern salvaging efforts. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $1. Children under 6 are free. The McLarty Museum is located at 13180 N. SR A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963 (772) 589-2147.
Mel Fisher Treasure Museum
Shipwreck artifacts and treasure from both the Atocha which sank off Key West in 1622 and the 1715 Fleet which sank off the Treasure Coast between Sebastian Inlet and Fort Pierce. Admission: $5 adults; $4 seniors; $1.50 children. Under 6 are free. Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Phone (772) 589-9875. 1322 U.S 1, Sebastian, FL 32958.
A 298-acre park located east of US 1 on Oslo Road. The rustic trails, observation towers and platform and canoe dock at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area are open to the public from dawn to dusk each day. Trained nature guides share their knowledge of history, flora and fauna during special guided walks which begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the park entrance on the north side of Oslo Road, east of U.S.1 behind the Vero South Shopping Plaza.
Sebastian Fishing Museum
The museum is devoted to educating the public on the rich cultural history of Sebastian’s fishing industry. Inside the museum are replicas of a fish house and dock, the traditional heart of the industry. A 24-minute video presentation explores the history and vast diversity of the wildlife within the Indian River. The Museum is located at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, south side of the Sebastian Inlet Bridge off SR A1A. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is free. Park admission fee of $3.25 per car applies.
Sebastian Fishing Museum Talks
Come to the Sebastian Fishing Museum for an interpretive program. You might learn about sea turtles, land crabs, seabeans, or wildlife rescue from a park ranger. You might learn how to fish for snook or flounder, how to smoke your catch, or how to make a castnet. You might take a walk with a ranger along the beach or through the hammock. Programs are free with normal park entrance fee. Call (321) 984-4852, (772) 589-9659, or (772) 388-2750 to find out about this week’s program! Day of the week and times vary. Call park for information.
Smithsonian Marine Station
The Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) is a research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida. Research focuses on the Indian River Lagoon and the offshore waters of Florida’s east central coast, with comparative studies throughout coastal Florida. The Station is a facility of the National Museum of Natural History and is a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. For more information call (772) 465-6630 or visit the SMS Web site. Address: 701 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.
St. Lucie County Marine Center
The St. Lucie County Marine Center houses the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit and cares for their maintenance and management. The exhibit shows that a marine ecosystem is a complex community of plants and animals interacting with each other and their environment, and that humans can think of themselves as an integral part of the larger ecosystem known as earth. Address: 401 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 (772) 462-3474.
Navy SEAL Museum
On the original training site of the first U.S. Navy Frogmen is a showcase that honors Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs), Scouts and Raiders, Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs), and Sea, Air, Land Teams (SEALs). Many outdoor displays from a Vietnam era Huey helicopter to SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) and even Apollo training space capsules are available for visitors for an up-close view. Inside the unique museum is a theater that runs films of the very tough SEAL training and other frogman operations. History and world geography comes alive in the context of the wars and conflicts in which America’s most extraordinary fighting men were involved. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6 – 12, free under 6. Open 10 to 4 Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 4 Sunday. 3300 N. A1A, N. Hutchinson Island, Ft. Pierce, FL 34949 (772)595-5845 http://www.navysealmuseum.com/ The Navy SEAL Museum is next to Pepper Park which has a lovely ocean beach. Bring the family and spend the whole day!
Vero Beach Museum of Art
This renovated and expanded 55,412 sq. ft. arts facility features five art galleries, sculpture garden, and education wing that includes seven studio classrooms, an art library, seminar rooms, and a 3,800 sq. ft. outdoor studio and foundry, a 250-seat state-of-the-art auditorium, museum store, and exceptional public spaces for art installations and public programs. The CFTA is located at 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 (772) 231-0707. For more information, visit Vero Beach Museum of Art.
Vero Beach Railroad Station Exhibit Center
The museum has a permanent model railroad display depicting a journey through Indian River County and other changing displays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. No admission fee. 2336 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 778-3435.
Within an Hour
Andretti Thrill Park
Offers Go Kart Tracks, Water Rides, Children’s Rides, Miniature Golf, Inside Games – Arcade, Laser Runner and Slot Cars. Activities are priced individually or as a package. Open 7 days a week. Weekdays until 10pm, weekends until midnight. 3960 South Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901 (321) 956-6706.
Brevard Museum of Art & Science
The Brevard Museum of Art and Science features exhibitions by internationally and nationally known artists as well as Florida artists representing a variety of styles, periods, and media. The Museum complex includes the Harris Auditorium, two Museum Shops, the Foosaner Educational Wing, Science Center and Art Museum. Located in Old Eau Gallie, one of Brevard County’s historic districts and one block from the Indian River. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901 (321) 242-0737. Visit their web site for exhibitions and calendar of events. Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Situated on 56+ acres, the Zoo has over 460 animals representing 119 different species from Latin America, Native Florida, Asia and Australia. Open 10:00 am-5:00 pm daily. 8225 N. Wickham Road (Wickham Road exit off I-95. For more information call (321) 254-9453 or visit the Brevard Zoo website.
Florida Ranch Tours
Tours of a 60-year old, 20,000 acre, working cattle ranch and citrus grove. Located 12 miles west of I-95 off Orange Ave (SR 68), Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Call for reservations. (772) 467-2001.
Forever Florida Ranch
The Crescent J. Ranch, a working cattle ranch and nature preserve, offers wilderness tours, hose riding, overnight trail rides and petting zoo. Tours are 9am, 12p, 3p, and 6p seven days a week. The Ranch is located on 441, Kenansville, FL 34739. Just south of route 192. Call 888-957-9794. Or visit their website at Forever Florida Ranch.
Less than Two Hours From Vero Beach
Central Florida Zoological Park
21-acre Zoo nestled in a lush forest of palms, tall pines and stately live oak. View elephants, hippos, mandrills, lemurs, leopards, cougars, reptiles, and many more exotic animals from an elevated boardwalk. 3755 N.W. Highway 17-92, at I-4 (exit 52) at Sanford, FL 32771 (407) 323-4450.
Sea World of Florida
When you arrive at Sea World, what you discover is a world class theme park that is a stunning tribute to the wonders of marine life. Unlike other theme parks, Sea World is not broken up into lands or themed areas. The park itself is one big, focused theme. No matter who you are, you would be hard pressed not to be impressed by Sea World. Some of the “don’t miss” events are: Journey to Atlantis; Terrors of the Deep; Manatee’s — the Last Generation?; Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island; and Shamu Stadium. For details visit the Sea World website. 7007 Sea World Dr., Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 351-3600; Florida (800) 432-1178; U.S. (800) 327-2424.
Two enormous theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Islands of Adventure); plus shopping, dining and live entertainment. 1000 Universal Studios Plaza Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 363-8000.
|Walt Disney World Resort
The World’s #1 Vacation Destination. Explore. Visit Mickey and friends and all the theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Water Parks, Downtown Disney and more! Make reservations online using the above connection. Lake Buena Vista, west of I-4, (407) 824-4321.