Located in St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce is a part of the Treasure Coast region of Atlantic Coast Florida. It sits roughly 14.5 miles south of Vero Beach and 16.6 miles north of Port St. Lucie.
Why Fort Pierce?
Often called the Sunrise City – sister to San Francisco, California, the Sunset City – Fort Pierce has been the hub of St. Lucie County for 100+ years, making it one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida. The city is named after the famed sinking of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715. This diverse, small-town boasts fascinating research centers and museums, excellent community services, and a wealth of cultural and recreational attractions with great historical significance.
Fort Pierce is home to plentiful education and research facilities such as the top-ranked Indian River State College, Smithsonian Marine Station, Manatee Observation and Education Center, and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution of Florida Atlantic University. Indian River State College also resides here, offering over 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates, and Applied Technology Diplomas.
Although famous for being a quaint fishing village, with its diversity and endless recreational activities, Fort Pierce has cultural excitement to rival any big city atmosphere. Some of the most popular attractions are:
1. Navy Seal Museum
The Navy Seal Museum in St. Lucie County opened in 1985 as one of the US’ premiere Naval history museums. Spend an afternoon here, learning about rare SEAL-related artifacts, including WWII-era demolition training obstacles, Vietnam-era Patrol Boat Rivers, and training devices related to UDT involvement in Apollo spacecraft recovery. Special events are also held year-round at the museum.
2. Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park boasts 340-acres and is home to a lovely beachfront, sand dune, and coastal hammock habitats. It is one of the region’s best spots for outdoor recreational activities such as surfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing. There is also an observation tower towards the end of the park’s trail, which offers panoramic bird’s-eye views of the island’s terrain.
3. Main Street Fort Pierce
After a considerable revitalization of the city’s gorgeous historic buildings in 1988, Fort Pierce’s downtown main street was named #1 on “50 Best Small Town Main Streets” in America in 2015! Enjoy a plethora of unique shopping and dining opportunities here, as well as historic landmarks. Special events happen throughout the year on Main Street: Friday Fest events, Jazz Markets, Bike Nights, and more. You can also find The Sunrise Theatre, a historical landmark of 1,200 seat restoration on Main Street.
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