Most travelers living outside of Florida are unaware of the charming town of Vero Beach, nestled along the stunning Treasure Coast. With a long maritime history that begins with a citrus shipping port, the town is full of historic gems that are well worth exploring. However, it’s the fantastic beaches and refuges as well as the local activities that keep visitors coming back year after year. So whether you’re enjoying Disney’s Vero Beach Resort with the family or trekking through the endless green spaces, there’s an abundance discoveries in this charming town. Be sure you don’t miss these major attractions in Vero Beach.
Channel Your Inner Maritime Explorer at the Environmental Learning Center
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One of the most enjoyable aspects of Vero Beach is the staggering amount of wildlife refuges and nature preserves open to the public. From a guided canoe trip through the old Indian River Lagoon to an excursion to stunning and isolated Pelican Island, the Environmental Learning Center offers visitors a long list of nature outings to choose from. So pack a day bag and explore the impressive array of habitats nestled around Vero Beach.
Catch a Show at the Riverside Theatre
For outstanding musical and theatre performances rivaled only by Broadway itself, head just outside of town to the Riverside Theatre. Here you can treat yourself to first-rate performances like “West Side Story” or laugh until your sides ache during the weekly comedy acts. Don’t let the low prices fool you, though. Each show is put together from scratch and features a quality that is rarely seen beyond New York City.
Enjoy the Top-Notch Beaches of the Florida’s Atlantic Treasure Coast
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Most weekend getaways to Vero Beach include serious beach time, and for good reason. The Treasure Coast is made up of three white sand beaches: South Beach, Humiston Park, and Jaycee Park. Each beach is lifeguard-protected from 9:00 to 5:00 and features consistent surf, powdery-soft sand, and on occasion, the birth of thousands of sea turtles.
Peruse the Impressive Displays at Vero Beach Museum of Art
When you need a bit of culture in your life, head into town and visit the breathtaking Museum of Art. With five separate art galleries, a sculpture garden, and an outdoor studio spanning over 50,000 square feet of creative space, you’ll have plenty of visual delights to enjoy. Collections range from local historical pieces to folk art to interpretive sculptures. Be sure to check the website for upcoming events and information about current exhibitions.
Stop and Smell the Roses at McKee Botanical Garden
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For something a little different, head to the McKee Botanical Gardens where you’ll find a diverse collection of tropical plants. With 18 acres to explore, you can spend hours strolling among the lush canopies and sticky greenhouses. If you’re thorough, you’ll find architectural treasures nestled amongst the gardens that have been restored to their former glory.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway or a weekend full of nature exploration, Vero Beach has something to offer all types of visitors.