On the rise
Known as "the Sunrise City", Fort Pierce is home to the most beautiful beaches and is very yacht friendly. In the early 1990s the city was in a decline losing its population and bits of its historic self. But now Fort Pierce is getting back on track and redeveloping its historic waterfront that it once used to be.
Fort Pierce has many distinctive things to do. The restored downtown is home to many shops, restaurants, and galleries. Also in the area there is the historic Sunrise Theater which was reopened in the spring of 2006 after it closed down in 1923 for years.
What to Do
If you want your kids to learn, and check on some really come sea creatures during the process, check out St. Lucie County Aquarium--Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit (772-462-3474). Here visitors can explore six different Florida Marine habitat, and learn about the importance of marine ecosystems. Displays include live models of seagrass, mangrove, estuarine, and nearshore habitats. There is also a touch tank where you can meet some of our local sea creatures.
If you want to have a fun day at sea come aboard the Lady Stuart II (Deep Sea Fishing, 772-466-4848). A 70 foot, air conditioned boat located at the Fort Pierce Inlet. With this great location, it is the closest boat to the fishing grounds. Trips are available year round.
Enjoy a breath taking tour of part of Florida's Indian River Lagoon, with Motorized Kayak Adventures(772-380-5324). Its a three hour guided tour on a motorized kayak. The kayaks have a simple steering system that will let you relax and enjoy the beauty of the lagoons wildlife. With over 4,000 species of plants and animals it is the most diverse estuary in North America.
Check out the 300 active musicians in the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society (www.jazzsociety.org) promote jazz through live performances on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every Saturday the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blue Society host a Jazz Market in the historic downtown Fort Pierce. There you can purchase handmade crafts, stained glass, high painted glassware , and much more is available. All the proceeds support education programs, and local scholarships.
To get a better understanding of why Fort Pierce was founded, visit the St. Lucie County Historical Museum (772-462-1795) on Seaway Drive (the official name of A1A on South Causeway). For kids they have a big playground, captivating exhibits, or maybe they'll even want to laern about spanish treasure. This historical museum is open 10 a.m to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday.
Looking to find out more about the history of the Navy SEALS? Visit the SEAL Museum (772-595-5845) in Ft. Pierce, the birthday city of the Navy Frogman. This museum is dedicated to perserving the history of the Navy SEALS and their predecessors. Currently the museum has on display the 10,000 pound fiberglass lifeboat that was hijacked by Somalian pirates on Easter Sunday 2009.
What to Eat
Come and enjoy the good food, and surf at the Bluewater Beach Grill( (772-466-0023, www.bluewaterbeachgrill.com/index.html). If you want good food, drinks, or just talk about surfing this is the right place to go. With its good service and beachy decor you wont be dissapointed going here!
For great seafood and dining check out 12A Buoy (772-672-5424), sitting right on the water. This restaurant is good for families with children, great quisine, and outdoor seating. The staff is great and will make you feel right at home.
Cobbs Landing Restaurant(772-460-9014,http://cobbs-landing.com/) overlooks the marina and has a very casual atmosphere. The staff will treat you with supurb food and service, and theres always fresh local seafood. Stop by, relax, and enjoy the view, service, and food.