Attractions . . .
Indian Hills Golf Course has been a cornerstone of Fort Pierce since 1938. The Par 72 course, designed by Herbert Strong, challenges and welcomes golfers of all levels of play. For those not up to par, Indian Hills offers a variety of quality instruction by PGA Professionals, which include private instructions, group lessons and junior golf instructions.
Seven Gables Visitors Information Center
(408 North Indian River Drive)
P.P. Cobb Building c. 1875 The Cobb building was one of the first trading posts on the Treasure Coast of Florida, located at the end of the Cracker Trail which crossed the state. Constructed with cypress siding and representative of Florida Cracker architecture, the building is used for retail on the first floor and businesses on the second.
Completed in 1923, the Sunrise was built as a vaudeville theatre. The interior features a full-size stage, orchestra pit and balcony. Closed in 1983, the theatre is being renovated to its original elegance as a 1200 seat performing arts theatre
Old City Hall
Old City Hall is one of the best-regarded and frequently used buildings on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Built at the height of the Florida boom in 1925, it was the first historic building to be restored in downtown Fort Pierce in 1995. Since then, historic preservation has been one of the principal successes of Fort Pierce’s redevelopment efforts and many beloved landmarks have found a new life in the contemporary world. To rent the second floor for a special event, please call (772) 466-3880.
Manatee Observation and Education Center
(406 North Indian River Drive)
The Manatee Observation and Education Center is open year-round and features a classroom, exhibit area and gift shop open six days a week. Manatees can be observed in Moore’s Creek all year long, although more are found frolicking in the Creek in the winter months.
The Backus Gallery
(500 North Indian River Drive) Backus Gallery is home of “Bean” Backus, Florida’s foremost landscape artist. Many of his Florida landscape paintings are displayed here. (772) 465-0630
The Backus Studio
122 A E Backus Avenue
Fort Pierce City Marina
(1 Avenue A)
Fort Pierce City Marina is the only downtown marina serving the Treasure Coast. Conveniently located along the beautiful Indian River Lagoon, the marina is one of Florida’s best all-weather inlets and offers 284 slips.
Heathcote Botanical Garden
(210 Savannah Road)
A live museum of tropical flowers and foliage, both from native and exotic, including an enchanting Japanese Garden. Educational programs year round.
St. Lucie County Regional History Center
(414 Seaway Drive) (772) 462-1795
The Smithsonian Institute once described the St. Lucie County Historical Museum as “an unusually fine historical museum.” Located along the Indian River Lagoon, the Historical Museum features silver and gold from a fleet of 11 Spanish ships that sank during a 1715 hurricane. That and other sunken treasure helped the area earn the reputation as Florida’s “Treasure Coast.” The museum also features equipment from turn-of-the-century industries that help shape St. Lucie County, such as fishing, pineapple, cattle and citrus, as well as artifacts from the 1838 Seminole War For more information visit – http://www.stlucieco.gov/history/index.htm.
(3300 North A1A) (772) 595-5845
*St. Lucie County Marine Center
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the Navy SEALs and their predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida – the birthplace of the Navy Frogman – the Museum promotes public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs in an atmosphere of respect and honor.
Smithsonian Marine Station
(701 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949 – 772-462-6220)
The Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) at Fort Pierce, Florida 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. Free public tours are available on the third Thurdsay of each month with a reservation, which can be made by calling Laura at 772-462-6216.
The Station, a facility of the National Museum of Natural History, is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and serves as a field station which draws scientists and students from the Smithsonian and collaborating institutions around the world to investigate the plants, animals and physical processes in the ocean and Indian River Lagoon.
St. Lucie County Aquarium, featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
Feeding frenzy tours are held each morning at 10:30am. Watch as the animals in the ecosystems are given breakfast, led by exhibit staff. On Saturdays at 2:00pm, lab staff conduct behind-the-scenes tours that highlight the systems that keep the ecosystems functioning properly. All tours are free with the price of admission. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm; Sundays noon-4pm, and closed Mondays.
Admission rates are adults:$4,
students and seniors: $3,
under 4: years of age free. Also, admission is free on the first Tuesday of the month. Group rates are available with advance notice.
The Aquarium is located at 420 Seaway Drive, South Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 462-FISH. For school/group bookings, please call (772) 465-3271 or visit http://www.sms.si.edu/SMEE.