Day One | Arrive
Start your day by relaxing and getting comfortable at one of numerous lodging options. Whatever your budget or preference, you’ll rest easy in one of our many cozy bed & breakfasts, palatial resorts, or oceanfront hotels. When you’re in Martin County, where you stay is just as exciting as where you play! Find the perfect place.
Day One | Evening
Join Captain Fred and First mate Jamie on this beautiful sunset tour on the Schooner Lily. Step out of the hubbub onto our wooden ship and enjoy a boat charter on the serene waters that surround Martin County. Help raise the sails like people did in earlier days. On the Lily, interact with the informative captain and crew as much as you like. The St Lucie River holds a host of wildlife as well; you will often see pelican, osprey, eagles, and we always search for our local dolphins that live in the river all year! Feel the Lily glide along as the sun sets over the St. Lucie
River. Sail and experience.
Day Two | Good Morning!
Located just south of Stuart, this park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities, including sand pine, scrub pine, flatwoods, mangroves and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first, federally-designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Ranger-guided tours of the 1930’s pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson are available year-round. You can also enjoy hiking, biking, or kayaking while you are here. Have lunch at the park or head into Hobe Sound and enjoy one of the delicious dining options!
Day Two | Afternoon Fun
After five decades of protecting Florida’s great places, The Nature Conservancy considers Blowing Rocks Preserve one of our proudest achievements. This peaceful, barrier island sanctuary is a well-known model for large-scale, native coastal habitat restoration.
Blowing Rocks Preserve: This magnificently restored sanctuary offers a rare window into Florida’s natural history. The restored preserve is named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline (the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast) and reflects what South Florida barrier islands looked like more than 100 years ago. NOTE: Blowing Rocks Preserve closes at 4:30 pm, so plan accordingly
Day Two | Sunset Delight
Paddleboard Experience Our local outfitters offers a diverse range of aquatic experiences, ranging from SUP yoga expeditions to sunset paddle departures. A popular option is the Manatee Pocket Mangrove Exploration Tour, which covers approximately 3 miles through the waters of Manatee Pocket in Stuart and typically lasts 2-3 hours. It’s common to see wildlife including sea turtles, manatees, and even dolphins. Check out some of our outfitters here.
Day Two | Dinner Time!
Port Salerno is defined by the Manatee Pocket, a picturesque bay which extends from Port Salerno to the St. Lucie Inlet and is fed by several creeks including Salerno and Manatee.
This small community was originally the hub for the South Florida commercial fishing industry. Now a working waterfront and fishing fleet provides fresh seafood to local restaurants and markets.
Day Three | Hello Sunshine!
Every season is beach season in Martin County, but springtime is the perfect time to visit for beach bums who want to avoid the hottest months of the year. Whether you want to dig your toes in the sand at Hobe Sound Beach, build sandcastles at Bob Graham Beach or splash in the waves at Jensen Beach, you’ll find the perfect beach for you in Martin County.
Day Three | Surf’s Up
Martin County offers the first consistent surf as you travel north along Florida’s coast. Ever wanted a laid-back surf lesion? This is a fun memory-making activity, where you can learn about the ocean and beach safety while catching a wave here in Martin County. Ohana Surf Shop organizes the popular Annual Single Fin Showdown. Besides raising thousands of dollars annually for worthwhile causes, what makes the Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single-fin surfboards, selected at random minutes before each heat begins. After your lessons the Ohana Bus can bring you to downtown Jensen to grab a refreshing beverage and lunch.
Day Three | Afternoon Exploration
The House of Refuge is the last remaining of nearly a dozen shipwrecked, life-saving stations on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Built in 1876 to help stranded sailors, its long, colorful history spans nearly 70 years. Today it is owned by the Martin County government and leased to the Martin County Historical Society, which operates it as a museum exhibiting life-saving equipment used over the years, and showcasing the keeper’s quarters, c. 1904. On May 3, 1974, the House of Refuge was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Day Three | Dinner is served!
Charming Florida cottages lined with picket fences and carved pineapples showcase local artists and their works. Surrounded by historic porch-fronted homes, Jensen Beach offers five-star dining and family eateries sporting Caribbean colors and motifs which exude a Key West style.
The variety of small, locally owned shops provide a wide array of charming shopping experiences. Every Thursday, locals and visitors alike head downtown for Jammin’ Jensen — a streetside affair full of live entertainment, food, and fun.
Outside of downtown, you’ll find Indian Riverside Park the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast and the Treasure Coast Square Mall.
Day Four | Ready for Hands on Fun!
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57 acre nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL. Situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization. Florida Oceanographic Center offers educational programs to people of all ages, conducts research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. 10:30 am and 1:30pm Feed the Stingrays are a MUST!
The Children’s Museum offers children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on, interactive activities, when you enter the Museum, it is as if you have entered a child-sized Floridian town full of educational possibilities. The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast (TCM) is in the heart of Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach. Their mission is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on, and interactive activities. Special programs days offered by the Museum, are extremely popular with the adults and children who visit the Museum. Admission is free for members, $8.50 for ages 3yrs – Adults, $4.25 for ages 12 months to 2 years and Under 1 is Free.
Tour the Elliott Museum– The Elliott Museum’s mission is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast of Florida. Named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an impressive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast histories and stories sure to delight all ages. In addition, the museum is proud to display an array of traveling exhibits designed to challenge and inspire families and children.