Best Things to do in Fort Pierce, Florida


Fort Pierce is a beach town tucked neatly between Vero Beach and bustling West Palm. If you’re searching for a small town feel with some low key activities, this is the place for you. Here are our favorite things to do in Fort Pierce.

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Navy Seal Museum

The Navy SEAL Museum is a must-see if you’re visiting this area. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the museum offers tours and events that tell the story of the SEALs and their training. It’s very detailed and will capture the attention of even your little ones. Inside are various exhibits detailing the history of the Navy SEALs and the roles which they have played in various conflicts throughout the nation’s history since their inception. Outside, you will find giant military vehicle many of which you can actually climb aboard and explore. There’s also an obstacle course, which requires the singing of some documents prior to attempting, which you may want to inquire about at the front desk.

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Pepper Park Beach

Pepper Park Beach is the park which surrounds the Navy SEAL Museum. Pepper Park Beach is located on the South Fork of the Saint Lucie River. It has a playground, picnic pavilions, restrooms and a fishing pier. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and the parking is free. This is one of our favorite places to go to the beach together when we are in the Fort Pierce area. Another great Fort Pierce beach location is South Beach on South Hutchinson Island.

Fort Pierce Jetty Park

Fort Pierce Jetty Park is a popular Fort Pierce attraction for visitors and locals alike. The jetty stretches for about 2 miles, and it’s breathtaking to walk out towards the water and experience the gorgeous views. You can usually spot wildlife from the jetty including different birds, dolphins, and even manatees if you come at the right time! Picnic tables and grills are available if you plan to stay a while, and of course the beach is just a short walk away. There are park benches and swings lining the walkway overlooking the water. Additionally in the Jetty Park area, there are numerous restaurants to choose from.

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Al’s Family Farms

A visit to Al’s Family Farms is a 3rd generation family-owned farm located in Fort Pierce. It features the one thing you need to try if you’re visiting Florida – citrus! This is the place to load up on different oranges, lemons, and fresh juices. You can also grab lunch at the little restaurant on the property!

Saint Lucie County Regional History Center

The Saint Lucie County Regional History Center is located at Museum Point Park. It is the perfect place to learn more about the entire region and how the Treasure Coast came to be called “The Treasure Coast.” There is a collection of artifacts including fossils, Native American artifacts, Civil War artifacts, and World War II-era items. Of course it also has a large collection of local history artifacts as well. There’s even a small scale model of what was formerly known as Fort Pierce.

Saint Lucie County Aquarium

Also located at Museum Point park is the Saint Lucie County Aquarium. The Saint Lucie County Aquarium is small, but it makes for an enjoyable trip with the children! Vivian loves all aquariums, and this one was no exception. Of course there are different tanks inside and many variety of fish; but there are also many different fish native to Florida. Vivian’s favorite is the small touch tank close to the entrance.

You’ll learn all about Florida’s marine life while enjoying views of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, eels and much more up close in their tanks. There are also exhibits on conservation efforts being made around the world so you can learn how they can help protect our oceans!

Downtown Fort Pierce

Downtown Fort Pierce is the heart of this city. It is a great place to visit and you will have no problem finding things to do while you are there. For a long time, the downtown area of Fort Pierce had been falling into disrepair, but great effort has been made in recent years to revitalize the area. Presently, there are some great restaurants and places to shop, stay, and relax. A few projects are currently underway for the continued expansion and development of this quaint downtown area.

There is also a lot of history in downtown Fort Pierce. One of our favorite places is the Sunrise Cafe – the perfect place to grab brunch. Afterwards, take a stroll down by the waterfront or head over to the Melody Lane Fishing Pier to take a walk or go fishing, and on Saturday morning, be sure to stop by the Farmers Market.

Peacock Arts District

The Peacock Arts District also known as PAD is located on the west side of US 1 in the downtown area. This area is so named because of the peacocks which freely roam the streets here and the numerous art displays and murals. It’s worth taking a drive over to this area and capturing some photos of the beautiful peacocks if you can locate them.

Manatee Observation and Education Center

Just a brief drive north from downtown, you will find the Manatee Observation and Education Center. This center is a waterfront environmental education and wildlife observation location. As you explore the center you will have the opportunity to learn more about manatees and other wild animals. There is a gift shop, and on the second level, there is an observation deck. While the center is only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you can typically go up to the observation deck and explore the exterior of the center at any time. The best time of year to view the manatees is usually December through March.

A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery

Within the same complex as the Manatee Observation and Education Center, the A.E. Backus Museum and gallery houses the nation’s largest public collection of famed painter, and Fort Pierce native, A.E. “Bean” Backus. Throughout Backus’ nearly 70-year career, he became on of the most prominent and respected painters of Florida landscapes. His paintings are proudly displayed in businesses, homes, and institutions throughout Florida to this day. Backus mentored a group of entrepreneurial black men who came to be known as the Highway Men. Along with this captivating historical legacy, this particular gallery has won awards for being one of the best attractions on the Treasure Coast.

Seven Gables House Visitor and Information Center

Nestled between the Manatee Observation and Education Center and the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery is the Seven Gables House. This visitor center is filled with local area guides for attractions, restaurants, upcoming events, and more.

There are many fun things to do in Fort Pierce, Florida

Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for some family-friendly activities, there are many fun things to do in Fort Pierce, Florida. We hope you have a wonderful trip!

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