— FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA — With over 22-miles of beautiful beaches, it is tempting to spend the days relaxing on the beach and catching the rays. Resist the temptation and plan some time to explore this diamond on the coast.
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Best Things to Do When You Aren’t On the Beach
1. Fort Pierce Resort
Located on the Indian River Lagoon, this resort is the perfect spot for exploring all that Fort Pierce offers.
The Dockside Inn features 35 units, two heated pools, an onsite restaurant, and a marina. The resort is pet-friendly. Be sure to bring along your favorite four-legged pal.
The Dockside Inn offers complimentary coffee in the lobby, two laundry facilities, and a picnic area with BBQ grills.
2. Fish the Gulf Stream
The Fort Pierce Inlet is only 13 miles from the Gulf Stream, where fishing enthusiasts can find some of the best sportfishing available. Last Mango sport fishing charters is one of the best fishing charters in the area.
Onboard the Mango, a custom-built 40′ Express Sportfishing boat, you’ll have the thrill of a lifetime hunting for dolphin, wahoo, cobia, kingfish, amberjack, and sailfish. Any day on the water when you hook a fish is a great day.
Last Mango is berthed at the Fort Pierce City Marina, right in the heart of historic downtown Fort Pierce. Each charter experience with the Last Mango crew is customized for you, whether you are a seasoned fisherman or a beginner.
3. Cross the Indian River
Strictly for the adrenaline junkies who live for the rush of speeding across the Indian River. These agile little catamaran boats will undoubtedly give you an adrenaline rush and fun but wet ride!
Sharkbait Tours offers a 75-minute tour of the Fort Pierce Inlet and surrounding waters, looking for dolphins, manatees, and other sea and wildlife you can only spot when exploring by water.
4. Explore the Heritage Trail
The trail celebrates Zora Neale Hurston’s life, the world-renowned Harlem Renaissance author, storyteller, and anthropologist who lived in Fort Pierce in the latter part of her life.
The Dust Tracks Heritage Trail includes eight trail markers and three large kiosks that tell Zora Neale Hurston’s story and celebrate the life of this fantastic storyteller.
Hurston was an influential figure in the African American culture, and her books are sought after. Along with Langston Hughes, Hurston was a pivotal figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater, and politics spanning the 1920s and 1930s.
5. Get Up Close to Nature
Paddle the Indian River Lagoon in a kayak with Get Up and Go Kayaking. This tour is unique because the kayaks are clear and offer a fantastic view of the water below you and the creatures that dwell on the seafloor.
The 2.5 hours guided tour weaves you through tunnels of mangroves as you search for manatees, rays, turtles, birds, and more.
You’ll also have an opportunity to get out and walk in the shallows depending on the tides. While exploring the shoals and sandbars, seek out the variety of sea life that call these places home.
For a truly unforgettable experience, book a glow-in-the-dark tour during the winter months as bioluminescent comb jellies light up the inlet waterways!
6. Search for Spanish Treasure
Fort Pierce is on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The coast is called the Treasure Coast due to the extensive number of shipwrecks that are just a short distance offshore, many of which are from the Spanish treasure fleet of 1715.
The seas during the winter months – December through March – are often wind-whipped and stirred up due to weather and tide conditions. These conditions will often wash treasure up onto the beaches, making it an ideal time to stroll the Atlantic coast beaches searching for treasure.
7. Downtown Fort Pierce & Peacock Arts District
Here you’ll find small, locally owned businesses, boutiques, and art galleries. A few of our favorites include Chic and Shore Things for all types of coastal-inspired decor and Notions and Potions Candles and More.
8. Dine At Pickled
If you are a fan of Southern-inspired cuisine, you’ll want to pop into Pickled. Owned by Jason and Hallie Alfonso, this dynamic hospitality team has created a fantastic gathering spot for locals and visitors alike.
The menu offers small plates and entrees. Favorites include their charcuterie platter, an artfully presented selection of delectable artisan cheeses and meats, accompanied by stout mustard and grilled bread. The duck confit pot pie is incredible and rich, and the homemade butter biscuits will melt in your mouth.
Pro Tip: Pickled offers one of the best wine selections we’ve found in the Fort Pierce area. With a knowledgeable staff of wine lovers and a Sommelier, you’re sure to find a wine that will please a discerning palate. You might want to purchase a bottle and have it corked to take home with you after your meal.
9. Surfing Lessons in Fort Pierce
The Fort Pierce Inlet is one of the top surf breaks along Florida’s east coast. This area attracts surfing enthusiasts from all over. Spunky’s Surf Shop is one of the top places to learn to surf in Fort Pierce. Surfing is one of those sports that requires the ability to laugh at yourself because few do it well the first several times.
It is more fun when you learn from the best, and the sport is easy to understand. Spunky’s takes surfing seriously, and the learning fun begins before you hit the water. The team will start with an introduction and talk about how to “read the water.” Once you learn the basics, you’ll be ready to hit the waves.
Pro Tip: If you aren’t the surfing type, you will enjoy the aerial acrobatics of the kite surfers. They live for windy days as they ride the currents and practice high-flying flips and turns before gracefully landing back on the water.
10. National Navy SEAL Museum
The Navy SEAL Museum seeks to preserve the history of the United States Navy SEALS. The museum is located on the grounds of the original Navy combat divers, the Frogmen.
Learn the story of the Frogmen, the Underwater Demolition Teams, the rigorous training that these men went through, and the theaters in which these men fought.
The museum traces the timeline of the Navy SEALS from the birth of the UDT Frogmen to the modern-day Navy SEALS while immersing you in the world of Naval special warfare.
Fort Pierce Conclusion
Visit Fort Pierce, Florida for beach fun, explore its history, and immerse yourself in nature while relaxing and enjoying the slower pace of life found in Fort Pierce.
Getting There – Fort Pierce is a popular destination for East Coast and Canadian snowbirds. They love our balmy and temperate winter.
It is conveniently located between three major airports, Orlando, about 2.5 hours’ drive South, Fort Lauderdale, approximately 2.5 hours’ drive North, and West Palm Beach, a short 45 to 60-minute drive South.