St. Lucie takes pride in preserving and promoting the arts. History buffs will be delighted to learn how Fort Pierce became the birthplace of the Navy Frogmen (the first version of today’s Navy SEALs). Discover the story behind Fort Pierce’s famous artists such as A.E. Backus, Zora Neale Hurston and the Florida Highwaymen.
The Jazz Market
Every Saturday, the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society hosts a Jazz Market “featuring creative arts & crafts” in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce on the waterfront of the Indian River. Original hand made crafts, stained glass, Highwaymen paintings, hand-painted glassware and much, more are available for purchase. Funds raised support education programs and local scholarships.
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, a 5,000 sq. ft. public visual arts facility, was established in 1960 by A.E. Backus and a group of local art enthusiasts. Open five days a week from October through mid-June (summer hours by appointment) the museum features the Nation’s largest display of original paintings by Albert Ernest Backus (American 1906 – 1990).
The Sunrise Theatre
The pristine, beautifully restored, intimate 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre, located in Historic downtown Fort Pierce, presents national touring Broadway shows, musical and comedy acts, ballet and opera companies with full orchestras, country stars and classic rock icons.
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.
Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Home of the largest tropical bonsai collection in the United States, Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce features over 100 bonsai trees at the James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery. Visitors from all over the world have come to see this spectacular display of ancient Japanese art.
Endless Golf Courses
If golf is your game, you’ll love St. Lucie County. The area offers over 20 courses with prices ranging from upscale to very affordable, and the great weather allows for play all year round. The City of Port St. Lucie is home to the famous PGA Village (yes, it’s open to the public!) that boasts two Tom Fazio designed courses and a third course designed by Pete Dye. PGA Village also offers a 35-acre practice facility and the Center for Golf Learning & Performance where you can learn what you are doing right—or wrong. And be sure to stop by the PGA History Museum (admission is free!) and learn about the history of the game. Many other courses are located throughout the area to keep your golf game new and exciting.
St. Lucie County operates Tradition Field, the spring training home of the New York Mets, summer home of the St. Lucie Mets and the hub for all New York Mets minor league operations. When the players aren’t in town, the Sports Complex is used for a variety of events ranging from festivals,concerts, baseball tournaments, RV shows and religious services. The stadium’s seating capacity is 7,800.
Fun for the whole family! With our state of the art bowling lanes, laser tag arena, outdoor batting cages and indoor mini golf course, you are sure to find something everyone can enjoy! Superplay also offers private party rooms and great packages for corporate events & parties!
Beach Tours on Horseback
If you have been searching for a unique way to explore the beaches of South Florida, you have found it! Family Fun! Riders from beginners to advanced welcome! A beach tour on horseback is the only way to explore the scenic beaches of South Florida. Let our guides take you, your friends and family on an adventure you’re sure to remember and cherish!
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.
This roadside souvenir store was established even before the city it dwells in. Located on US Highway 1 in Port St. Lucie, Shell Bazaar has been providing unique and unusual Florida souvenirs since 1953. You can’t miss it, just look for the giant replica of a conch shell out front of the store. The shell, made from two-and-a-half tons of concrete and rebar has become a must-see attraction for tourists traveling down the East Coast of Florida.
Tradition Square is anchored by a Publix Supermarket and includes shops, restaurants, retail, offices, meeting space, parks, a performance pavilion and an interactive water feature. A planned full schedule of entertainment makes Tradition Square a welcoming environment for adults and children alike for a day of dining, shopping, entertainment and fun!
St. Lucie County Regional History Center
Overlooking the magnificent Indian River in Museum Point Park, the Regional History Center offers a glimpse at the foundation of our community. From our earliest known residents, the Ais Indians to the Creek and later the Seminoles, you can see their lifestyle in the artifacts and ancient worldly displays.
Navy Seal Museum
The Museum is situated in proximity of the historic beaches where the first volunteers for Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams, the forefathers of today’s SEALs, trained to assault the beaches of Normandy and Southern France in Europe and numerous islands throughout the Pacific; including preparations for the invasion of Japan.
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