The legacy of old Florida lives on in Martin County, where the arts and cultural attractions embody the natural beauty of original Florida. Dance, music, theater, visual arts and historical preservation are an integral part of the community with exciting, dynamic arts, and cultural events held year-round. A great place to start is by catching a show at downtown Stuart’s historic Lyric Theatre, once a silent movie house in the 1920s.
Admire the creativity of local artists at one of the many galleries or arts festivals throughout the county. Don’t forget to visit one of the various historical landmarks which make Martin County a truly one of a kind destination!
The Elliot Museum
The Elliott Museum’s mission is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast of Florida. Named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an impressive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast histories and stories sure to delight all ages. In addition, the museum is proud to display an array of traveling exhibits designed to challenge and inspire families and children.
Court House Cultural Center & Gallery
Managed by the Arts Council serving Stuart and Martin County, the Court House Cultural Center Gallery hosts fine art exhibitions. Designed in the art deco style and built in 1937, as a federal Public Works Administration project, the building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1997.
The Lyric Theater, located in historic downtown Stuart, is host to plays, musicals, and also showcases big name talent. Built in 1926 as a silent movie house, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This grand old theatre represents a colorful history in the community as a central gathering place for young and old alike. The Lyric Theatre seats 500 and has a 22’X30′ stage and features whisper-perfect acoustics. It is host to a variety of events, ranging from classical theatre to rock and country bands, orchestra and jazz concerts, dance recital and school programs, as well as movies.
Children’s Museum Of The Treasure Coast
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast (TCM) is located in the heart of Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach. Their mission is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on, interactive activities. Special program days are offered by the Museum and are extremely popular with the adults and children who visit the Museum.
Come Discover Nature
For hikers and bikers alike, our natural Florida terrain teems with ocean side and lakeside trails as well as preserved woodlands and wildlife parks.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline, the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast, this magnificently restored sanctuary offers a rare window into Florida’s natural history. The restored preserve reflects what South Florida barrier islands looked like a century ago. Visitors can get a glimpse one of our state’s rarest surviving landscapes – an intact Florida dune habitat with beach sunflower, bay cedar, sea grape and sea oats.
Visitors may enjoy a restful, native plant demonstration garden. Interpretative signs are featured along three hiking trails and boardwalks, each up to 1/3 mile long. A photo-worthy sea grape path winds from hardwood hammock, through coastal strands, and into the beach dune before arriving at the “Blowing Rocks.” Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are allowed from the beach during listed hours.
Sailfish Splash Waterpark
Imagine floating down a lazy river or launching yourself down two four-story water slides. Children of all ages will enjoy the interactive water playground, where little ones can splash around in sprays and slides. For those with athletic interests, the competitive pool is host to numerous swimming and diving meets, as well as water polo competitions.
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
Whether you’re 2 or 92, there’s something extraordinary about touching a stingray, seeing a sea turtle up close, or witnessing a feeding frenzy in a 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. Visit Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for a family-friendly day of fun and learning – with aquariums, nature trails, butterfly garden, children’s pavilion, visitor center, gift shop and more! Open daily: Mon-Sat 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sun from noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children between 3-12 years.
Hobe Sound Nature Center
Hobe Sound Nature Center offers both on and off-site native wildlife presentations and field experiences to local natural areas. Nature trails on-site allow for hikes on estuaries, barrier islands, and sand pine scrub. A highly popular event is the sea turtle walk program, held on warm, summer nights from the end of May through mid-July. The center is one of only a few organizations in the state specially permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct these nighttime walks. Reservations are required, and the center begins taking them as early as April.
Martin County is home to dozens of golf courses, some designed by legends like Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Tom Fazio. One course even offers the opportunity to perfect your swing on replicas of golf’s most famous holes. Enjoy the ultimate golf vacation as a novice or a pro, and you’ll fall in love with the game all over again. Offering a variety of golf packages, you can experience the close proximity to the sunny sands of the best beaches and the roar of the ocean waves or travel a bit farther inland for holes set among the palms and rich foliage of this tropical paradise. Best of all, our sun-filled lifestyle allows for play all year long!
A Shoppers Paradise
You are sure to have unique and full-filled shopping experience when you visit. With something for everyone: delightful shops, charming antique stores, art galleries, quaint sidewalk cafes and restaurants, plus major brand name stores.
Downtown Stuart is the setting of the city’s historic district, the original village settled by the first visitors to Martin County. Shops range from antiques and collectibles, objects d’art, and wearable art, to fine eating establishments and gift items. A nearby waterfront walkway allow visitors to “Enjoy our Good Nature” while enjoying the hospitality of our shopkeepers.
B&A Flea Market
B&A Flea Market, the Treasure Coast’s oldest and largest flea market has attracted vendors and customers for over 35 years. Over 400 vendors inside and out where you can find hundreds of bargains and unique gift ideas. Located just north of Indian St, the flea market is open year-round, rain or shine and offers free admission and ample parking. Every Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Great weekend fun and super shopping!
House Of Refuge Museum
Step back in time to the turn of the century with a visit to the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar. The House of Refuge, Martin County’s oldest building, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge.
Stuart Heritage Museum
The Stuart Heritage Museum is located in the oldest commercial building in Martin County. Step back in time to learn about the some of the fascinating people, events and places from Martin County’s history. The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities.
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