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10 Best Things to Do in Vero Beach, FL

Youngman and woman snorkeling Underwater

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, historic Vero Beach in Florida is an ideal beach community with a small-town feel and a big city’s worth of things to do.

Compact at 13.3 square miles, Vero Beach is the perfect blend of old and new, quiet and exciting, natural and cultured. From the historic buildings that stand proud until today to the vibrant art community to the charming outdoor wonders like hiking trails, kayaking spots and beaches, Vero Beach has something to delight everyone.

  1. Beaches and River

    Along with the riverfront of Sebastian, FL, Vero Beach has 26 miles of pristine, sandy beaches where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming. You can also kick back, relax, and enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Indian River lagoon also hosts 3,000 animal and plant species, making your kayaking adventures a one-of-a-kind glimpse of the beauty of nature.

  2. Vero Beach Museum of Art

    Home to stunning international, national, and regional art exhibits, the Vero Beach Museum of Art is a haven for lovers of art, culture, and the humanities. Aside from showcasing over 880 works of art including paintings, sculptures, and photographs, the museum also offers classes, tours, performances, lectures, workshops, seminars, and public programs.

  3. Wildlife Refuges

    Take a walk down the Centennial Trail boardwalk of the Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge and marvel at the beauty of nature. The refuge is home to 40 species of birds, 200 types of fish, and endangered species. You can also hit the beach at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a vital habitat for the conservation of sea turtles.

  4. McKee Botanical Garden

    Get transported to a flowering paradise at the McKee Botanical Gardens, which showcases 10, 000 native and exotic tropical plants as well as the largest collection of water lilies. Learn about history and botany while appreciating the beauty of the gardens. View world-class art exhibits and attend educational courses.

  5. Hallstrom Farmstead

    What began as a pineapple and citrus farm belonging to a Scandinavian immigrant family now offers guests a glimpse into the history of the Indian River area and how life was like in the early 1900s.

  6. McLarty Treasure Museum

    In 1715, a hurricane hit the Florida coast, sinking a Spanish treasure fleet. Indulge your inner adventurer and get a glimpse of the treasures and artifacts that was once lost at sea. An observation deck gives you sweeping vistas of the Atlantic.

  7. Treasure Coast Culinary Tours

    Experience the rich gastronomic traditions and food culture of the area on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Stop by five to six locales and enjoy the tastes of Vero Beach and Sebastian.

  8. Theaters

    If you prefer an intimate theater experience, catch the shows of the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018. The Riverside Theater features larger stages that are used for plays, stand-up comedy, off-Broadway productions, and the famous Distinguished Lecturer Series. On weekends, guests are treated to musicians performing on the driveway.

  9. Sandridge Golf Club

    Considered one of the best golf courses in Florida, Sandridge Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship layouts were designed by the renowned architect, Ron Gar and is a must-play for any golf enthusiast.

  10. Environmental Learning Center

    This 64-acre nature preserve spells fun for the whole family. Visit the interactive museum, butterfly garden, and picnic areas. You can also tour the lagoon on a pontoon boat or a kayak for a glimpse of the breathtaking surroundings.

If Vero Beach, FL is your kind of town, explore the website to view your property options. For inquiries, get in touch with Francine Kidder at 772-925-9587, or send her an email at Francine(at)francinekidder(dotted)com.