Vero Beach is located on the Treasure Coast of Florida, and is a beautiful town with lots to see and do, making it a perfect place for a family vacation. For the nature lover, there are quite a few places to observe some of Florida’s wildlife in their natural habitat.
There is the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge for starters. This was established in 1991 as a haven for the sea turtle. This refuge provides a vast nesting area for the loggerhead and green sea turtles, as well as a smaller nesting area for the rare leatherback sea turtle, which is also one of the world’s largest.
Then there is the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, which as the name implies, is a sanctuary for the pelican, in this case the brown pelican, as well as other birds such as the wood stork, various types of egrets and herons, the white ibis and the double-crested cormorant to name a few. There are Beginning Bird Watching Tours that are offered at this refuge from October to March, so if visiting Vero Beach at that time of year, that is something not to be missed.
The Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area is home to all kinds of ducks and teal, and this location has a great nature trail for hiking. There is also fishing, boating, and canoeing available for the water lover.
The Mckee Botanical Garden, which is a historic Florida landmark, is on 18-acres of land, and is a tropical paradise with all types of flora. It is well-known for its extensive collection of water lilies and orchids.
A visit to the Royal Palm Pointe Park is a must, especially in the summer. This park features great views of the Indian River, a fishing dock and picnic tables. There is an “Interactive” fountain for the kids or the kids at heart, so make sure to take along a change of clothes.
The Vero Beach Museum of Art has a diverse collection of exhibits throughout the year and is a good way to learn about the history and culture of the area. There are many programs offered, in both humanities and education, if inclined, to learn about something new.
The McLarty Treasure Museum, located in the Sebastian Inlet State Park, which is a National Historic Landmark, offers a Survivors’ and Salvaging Camp. This site is the location of the 1715 wreckage of the Spanish Plate Fleet and visitors can salvage for treasures from that ruin. There is also an Arts & Entertainment program that tells the story of how that fleet came to be shipwrecked, that plays several times per day.
There are quite a few golf clubs that are open to the public for the golf fanatic. The Bent Pine Golf Club, Vero Beach Country Club and Sandridge Golf Club are all available to the public and are perfect places to indulge your passion.