7 SENSATIONAL THINGS TO EXPERIENCE THIS WINTER
Looking to warm up for the winter? In search of something fun & new for vacation with your family? Check out some of our most popular activities you can experience this winter in St. Lucie.
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Escape the cold with a beach day! In the wintertime, every day can be a beach day – so take advantage of the un-sweater weather. Enjoy uncrowded beaches, free parking (with exception of the State Park Beaches) and the warm sunshine with your friends, loved ones, or family. Bring your beach chair and a good book and enjoy the peace and quiet along the shores at our more isolated beaches such as John Brooks Beach, Coconut Drive Beach Access, or Normandy Beach.
3. It’s Florida Citrus Season
Sip on fresh-squeezed OJ! In the winter, Florida citrus is ripe and ready for picking. Try a fresh glass of orange juice (like Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice – made in Fort Pierce!) from a local grocery store or Nelson’s Family Farms. Looking for an activity for the whole family? Visit Al’s Family Farms where you can take a tour of the wet-line and the packinghouse where you will see for yourselves how Florida citrus is processed, packed and shipped. At Al’s, visitors will also learn fun Florida Citrus Facts, taste fresh picked fruit and sample fresh-squeezed orange juice on site. The kids will love the “The O.J. Corral” and racing their oranges down the chute with the ole’ fashioned farm style pumps!
2. Marvel at Manatees
Winter in St. Lucie is the best time of year to spot a manatee as they seek warmer waters. Visit the Manatee Observation & Education Center to learn about these adorable sea cows and, if the opportunity is perfect, visitors may see one from the observation deck. Visitors also often spot manatees from public marinas in Fort Pierce, on guided wildlife boat tours, and from waterfront establishments and restaurants – so keep your eyes peeled!
4. Camp Out Under the Stars
Whether you’re a new explorer or trail expert St. Lucie has miles of beautiful nature preserves and natural areas waiting to be discovered. After immersing yourself in these “Old Florida” landscapes, camp out for the night under stars. At McCarty Ranch in Port St. Lucie, you can tent or RV camp on this pristine nature preserve where amenities like canoeing, fishing & horseback riding are available. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent or bring your own boat to any of the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon for a private-island camping experience like no other.
5. Taste the Local Seafood
Take advantage of our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and try out some of the best seafood restaurants in St. Lucie. Whether it’s deep-fried, grilled, breaded, buttered or steamed, you’re bound to find something you enjoy that’s fresh and local. And even better? Catch a sunset or watch boats go by as you have a delicious meal outdoors at one of our great waterfront restaurants. Some seafood favorites include 12A Buoy, Chuck’s Seafood, Crabby’s Dockside, Cobb’s Landing, On the Edge, Harborcove, and Kyle G’s Oyster & Wine Bar and more.
6. Try or see something totally NEW
St. Lucie offers the ONLY place in South Florida to ride a horse on the beach! Ride down a pristine beach with gorgeous blue water and enjoy the adventure. When you’re done, visit the one and only National Navy UDT SEAL Museum. Here you’ll learn about the history of these great heroes, explore real artifacts that were used in combat, and put your skills to the test on the SEAL challenge course.
7. Unwind Along the Water
Not only is it beautiful here, but it’s AFFORDABLE, too! Book your stay at our many waterfront accommodations. Sandpiper Bay Resort in Port St. Lucie and the Courtyard Marriott on Hutchinson Island are perfect stays for the whole family or couples just looking to get away. At Sandpiper Bay, take advantage of all the amazing family friendly programming for kids – from infant ages all the way up to teenagers! This all-inclusive resort (the only one in the country!) is worth the getaway. At Courtyard Marriott on Hutchinson Island, wake up to the waves and walk to them too. Some of the dozens of activities include snorkeling, games by the pool or simply relaxing under the sun while enjoying lunch from Latitudes Tiki Bar & Grill.
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