Attractions Around Stuart, Florida

Attractions Around Stuart, Florida
Stuart, on Florida's Atlantic Coast, was first incorporated in 1924 and has since become one of Florida's most desirable vacation destinations. Stuart is known as the sailfish capital of the world because of the abundance of sailfish in the ocean surrounding it. The beautiful beaches and Florida sunshine make Stuart a favorite place to enjoy year-round activity. If you visit Stuart, you'll find plenty to do.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is near Stuart on Hutchinson's Island. It lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon. On your visit you'll have the opportunity to pet sting rays and feed game fish. There are guided nature walks and activities especially for children. This is an activity that pleases all age groups. Admission is $8 per adult and $4 for children over the age of three. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 4 p.m Sunday. The center is closed on major holidays.

890 NE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 225-0505
www.floridaoceanographic.org/index.html

Mariner Sands Country Club, The Gold Course

The Mariner Sands Country Club contains two 18-hole courses. The Gold Course is unique to Florida because of its changes in elevation. Green fees are about $75 and there are practice facilities on the property. There also is a restaurant with a full bar available.

6490 SE Mariner Sands Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
(561) 283 0202
www.thegolfcourses.net/golfcourses/FL/745820-1.htm

St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve

State parks always provide a fun outing. The St. Lucie State Park is accessible only by boat, but guests think it's worth the effort. The park offers a quiet beach setting for a picnic or sunbathing. This beach also is a nesting ground for several types of sea turtles. They come ashore at night to lay their eggs. Their nests are protected, so be careful. Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities at the beach as well. Florida state parks open at 8 a.m. and close at sunset every day of the year. Admission fees are $3 per boat or $2 per canoe, as of 2009.

4810 SE Cove Road
Stuart, FL 34997
(772) 219-1880
floridastateparks.org/stlucieinlet

Article Written By Jennifer Gibbons

Jennifer Gibbons is a freelance writer in Florida. Her work appears in Florida's largest network of senior publications. Her experience is in magazine publishing. Her degree in mass communications was obtained from South College of Florida.

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