Explore The Area

Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum

Learn all about our local fishing industry.

Piper Aircraft

Considered one of the “Big Three” in the field of general aviation manufacturing, Piper Aircraft has been building aircraft since 1927 and offers factory tours by appointment. Gift shop for aviation enthusiasts.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

More than 5 miles of foot trails and a boardwalk and observation tower are available for viewing wildlife, photography and interpretive programs.

Oceanside Farmer’s Market

Oceanside Business Association’s weekly market, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. features produce, citrus, seafood, fresh breads, pastries, botanicals, locally grown plants, honey, spices and more.

Mel Fisher Treasure Museum

This museum displays the legacy of America’s most famous treasure hunter, Mel Fisher. Inside, discover the Atocha and other shipwrecks.

McLarty Treasure Museum

Located on the National Historical Landmark Site of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet Survivors’ & Salvaging Camp, the McLarty Museum houses the diaries of current treasure divers, a display of recovered artifacts from the 1715 shipwrecks and a film that tells the story of the doomed ships.

McKee Botanical Garden

Historic McKee Botanical Garden is an 18-acre subtropical hammock filled with a diverse collection of plants and restored architectural treasures, trails surrounded with native vegetation, ornamental plants, water lilies and orchids, ponds and streams.

Manatee Observation Center

This facility is a waterfront wildlife observation center where manatees are the main attraction, along with dolphin, mullet, brown pelicans and butterflies. Inside, explore the hands-on exhibits.

Main Street Vero Beach Farmer’s Market

The weekly farmer’s market features organic plants and flowers, fresh foods, salsas, jams and jellies and more. In downtown Vero Beach Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Laura Riding Jackson Home

Re-located to the Environmental Learning Center campus, poet Laura Riding Jackson’s 1910 Wabasso home is an example of Florida’s historic Cracker style of vernacular architecture. Open by appointment.

Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s launch headquarters features exhibits and hands-on experiences, including guided tours of the launch area and facility and IMAX movies. Meet veteran astronauts, train in spaceflight simulators and visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Indian River County Historical Society

The Historical Society facility is located in the original Vero Beach railroad station. On display are county memorabilia, historic artifacts and a miniature railroad.

Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center

Located at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, the Center houses interactive exhibits, small aquaria, a video theater and other displays exploring the marine environment and research efforts of the Institute.

Indian River Citrus Museum

The Indian River Citrus Museum tells the story of the area’s grove culture and displays the artifacts, photographs and memorabilia of the pioneers who established the most distinguished citrus fruit in the world, Indian River grapefruit.

Hallstrom Farmstead

This historic home was built by Axel Hallstrom, a Swedish horticulturist who emigrated to the United States in 1898. In 2000, his daughter willed the main house and the surrounding five acres to the county. Open by appointment.

Fort Drum Crystal Mine

Also known as Ruck’s Fossil Pit, the Fort Drum Crystal Mine is a site where enthusiasts can search for fossils and minerals, including ancient calcified marine clam shells with large amber crystals. Bring your own bucket, hand shovel and rock hammer. Open by appointment.

Environmental Learning Center (ELC)

The ELC is located on a 51-acre campus of natural surroundings, from hammocks to salt marshes and mangrove forests. Multiple species of birds, fish, crustaceans and mammals are on display, as well as various indigenous plants. There are also boardwalks, paths, pavilions and indoor labs. The Center offers special programs, classes and workshops.

Brevard Zoo

This 50-acre community zoo features animals from Florida and around the world. Zoo staff demonstrate feeding of alligators and crocodiles at 3PM on Wed., Fri. and Sun; river otter demos are at 2PM on Tues. and Sat. The “Cape to Cairo Express” train ride is perfect for young children, while teens and older guests may prefer the new zipline, paddle boats or kayaking.

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

The Visitor Center features exhibits on sea turtles and the barrier island; environmental education programs and tours; an auditorium with orientation movies, and a ¾-mile foot trail and lagoon kayak launch. Closed on Mondays.

Go Wild!

We all think Vero Beach is the center of the Universe and in a way we’re right. While there is plenty to do to keep residents and visitors happy right here, a short drive in any direction expands your possibilities.

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