Our Favorite Parks, Trails, Playgrounds and More

Get outside and enjoy everything the Treasure Coast has to offer. Sure, there are our perfect beaches but don’t miss out on all outdoor opportunities for the entire family, from nature trails, to fishing to playgrounds, there are so many options for everyone.

Sebastian, Wabasso, Melbourne

The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge stretches across 20.5 miles between Melbourne Beach and Wabasso Beach along Florida's east coast in Brevard and Indian River Counties. The refuge was established in 1991 and was named after the late Dr. Archie Carr, Jr., in honor of his extraordinary contribution to sea turtle conservation. The Refuge is a direct result of Dr. Carr bringing attention to the world's declining turtle populations due to exploitation and loss of safe habitat. The park has a visitors center offering a wealth of information and hands-on educational experiences for visitors through interactive exhibits, films and special programs.  There is also a 1-mile long “dune-to-lagoon” nature trail and an accessible ocean view boardwalk with picnic tables. The center is open Tues-Sun from 9-5 and the Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

8385 South US Hwy A1A, Melbourne, FL 32951 • (321) 723-3556

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne

Nature Trails, Visitor’s Center

This is one of the Treasure Coasts coolest parks and hottest fishing spots attracting anglers from all over the country. Situated on both the north and south side of the Sebastian inlet, entrance to the park includes both areas.  There is an enormous and very busy fishing pier on the north side which also provides a beautiful birds eye view of the clear ocean waters below where onlookers can often see manatees floating in the waves. Surfing is also a staple activity and several major competitions are held there annually. Two museums provide a history of the area including that of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet as well as the area’s fishing history.  Three miles of gorgeous beaches provide plenty of opportunity for fun in the sun. The park has ample covered picnic areas, a restaurant and a bait and tackle shop.

9700 South Highway A.1.A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

(321) 984-4852

Sebastian Inlet State Park in Sebastian

Fishing, Museums

At the corner of US Highway 1 and CR512, Riverview Park is located along the shores of the Indian River and is the premier gathering point for the City of Sebastian. The park hosts major events and concerts such as the Annual Clam Bake Festival, Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Sebastian Fine Arts and Music Event, the 4th of July Celebrations and the seasonal Music in the Park Concert Series. Riverview Park offers panoramic views of the River and recreational opportunities for everyone. Amenities include sand volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, and the two fishing piers.

US Highway 1 & CR512, Sebastian, FL, 32958 • (772) 228-7054

Riverview Park in Sebastian

Events, Fishing

 

Vero Beach

​The nation’s first national wildlife refuge by proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, Pelican Island protects, as the name implies, wetland habitat for brown pelicans and shorebirds. Located just off Route A1A at the northern end of Orchid Island, it offers three easy self-guided trails that total 7 miles and include interpretive signs, a butterfly garden, and an observation deck and tower. The most recent trail, the boardwalk Centennial Trail, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the refuge and the refuge system in 2003. Admission is free.

 

4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963 • (772) 581-5557

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Vero Beach

Nature Trails, Visitor’s Center

The favorite local beach park for a good long walk. Jaycee Beach has the longest boardwalk in Vero Beach and plenty of parking. It also has numerous covered pavilions with grills, full restroom facilities, a sand volley ball court, large playground with plenty of equipment and even a casual beach grill restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.  The beach has lifeguards on duty from 9am to 5pm.

205 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach FL 32963 • (772) 231-0578

Jaycee Beach Park in Vero Beach

Park, Playground

A 64-acre natural lagoon island preserve open to the public and great for all ages! Enjoy a nature stroll on raised boardwalks, trails, docks and lookout stations through mangrove forests and the lagoon. Experience native Florida in a peaceful lagoon setting with beautiful vistas and close-up encounters with wildlife and native plants in a setting that inspires wellness. Take a canoe or pontoon boat ride with their EcoVentures, Experience the 145 gallon touch tank at the Discovery Station and Aquariums to learn all about the lagoon.

255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 • (772) 589-5050

Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach

Nature Trails, Visitor’s Center, Touch Tank & Aquarium, Boat Tours

Situated at the island side foot of the Barber Bridge, Riverside Park is the central spot for all of Vero’s large events but is also enjoyed for so much more! The park spans for acres along the Indian River Lagoon and features multiple restroom facilities; boat and kayak launches; jogging, fitness and nature trails; and picnic pavilions galore, as well as the Grand Pavilion available for rent. A portion of the park features a large grove of magnificent live oaks. The North park is also a leashed, pet friendly area.

3200 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach FL 32963

(772) 770-6517

Riverside Park in Vero Beach

Events, Fishing, Nature Trails

While this island was created for quiet contemplation, and therefore general recreational activities are not permitted, it is a beautiful park to enjoy a quiet stroll along the lagoon.

100 Dahlia Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in Vero Beach

Nature Trails

Humiston Beach Park is centrally located in Vero Beach’s beach side shopping district. Impeccably maintained, this is a favorite family gather spot for locals and visitors. Enjoy a day perusing shops and restaurants, relaxing on the beach, and taking the kids to the recently rebuilt expansive playground that is a big hit with parents and children of all ages.  Amenities include paved parking, restrooms, showers, playground, and picnic pavilions. Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:20 am to 4:40pm.

3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL, 32963 • (772) 231-5790

Humiston Beach Park in Vero Beach

Park, Playground

Treasure Shores Park is located three miles north of CR 510 (Wabasso Bridge). This beach is known by the locals for its stunning sand dunes and wide open views. Amenities include a pirate ship themed playground, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, ADA beach access, and walking trails. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. This is an unguarded beach.

11300 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963 • (772) 581-4997

Treasure Shores in Vero Beach

Playground

The park features a splash pad fountain for kids to cool off and plenty of picnic tables and benches. Beautifully located overlooking the Indian River Lagoon, this location offers a spectacular view of the Merrill P. Barber Bridge.  There is a large dock for fishing or just enjoying the view. This is also a great place to spot dolphins. With a number of restaurants nearby, Royal Palm Pointe Park is a popular "after dinner walk" destination.

2 Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach 32960 • (772) 567-2144

Royal Palm Pointe in Vero Beach

Splash Pad, Fishing

Round Island Oceanside Park is approximately 7.5 miles south of 17th street and A1A. Located next to the best manatee viewing spot in Indian River County, this park is best for those who love to experience nature. Enjoy a day kayaking in the Intracoastal then relaxing on the beach at Round Island Park.  Amenities include restrooms, paved parking, ADA beach access, covered pavilions, and a children’s playground. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:10 am – 4:50 pm. Round Island Park West is directly across A1A from Round Island Beach Park on the lagoon side and offers a completely different experience. One of the most popular kayaking and paddling spots in the area, the park is surrounded by the serene waters of the lagoon and frequented by manatees.

2201 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL, 32963 • (772) 492-2412

Round Island Beach Park  in Vero Beach

Playground

As much for people as it is for dogs! This wonderful piece of green space was developed and is maintained by community volunteers and is free of charge for anyone to visit. The park has separate areas for small and large dogs, dog drinking fountains and plenty of wide open space for your dog to run and play. So bring your best friend and enjoy the many benefits and events that this wonderful dog friendly park has to offer.

 

3449 Indian River Dr E, Vero Beach, Fl 32963 • (772) 231-5790

Vero Beach Dog Park

Green Space for Dogs

 

Fort Pierce, Hutchison Island

This 52-acre park, named for the late U. S. Senator from Florida, Claude Pepper, is located along the beautiful warm blue waters of North Hutchinson Island. It’s a popular spot for snorkelers and divers, as there are several shallow nearshore reefs located less than 100 yards off the beach. It’s also the site of the state’s first underwater archeological preserve, the Urca de Lima, which is located in about 20 feet of water. With beach access and free parking, Pepper Park also offers a baseball/softball field, basketball courts, picnic tables and pavilions with grills, a playground, volleyball, tennis courts and public restrooms. This is also the location of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

3302 North SR A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949 • (772) 462-2110

Pepper Park in Fort Pierce

Playground, Sports Courts

While this museum is not a park or playground, it is worth noting the exciting outdoor obstacle course, a perfect opportunity for kids and adults to test their strength and agility, just like the Seals!

3300 N. Hwy. A1A, North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

(772) 595-5845

Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce

Museum, Obstacle Course

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