Located in Martin County’s center, Stuart’s Historic Downtown is bustling to the brim with activities and fun. Whether you’re looking for a girls’ trip, a family getaway, or a cultural experience, downtown Stuart has something for everyone. We took a day to see it all. Here’s one of many reasons to plan your trip now:
As you walk around the beautiful walkways of downtown Stuart, views both natural and historic surround you.
Originally built in the 1880s and 1890s, the main streets of downtown Stuart are home to buildings of true old Florida character and charm. Built upon the remains of Stuart’s first railroad stop, the history and the determination of Florida’s pioneers shows through in the personality and style of the buildings. Cast through old Florida oaks and banyan trees, a walk down the main streets of Flagler Avenue and Osceola Street has the vibe of the small, quaint, and coastal town originally founded upon pineapple plantations and railroads. We took the opportunity for pictures and admiration of the architecture and history preserved in the beautiful buildings.
Extending behind all of downtown’s main area is a boardwalk over the St. Lucie River, where one can spot dolphins, fish, and oysters. After a meal of downtown’s delicacies and a day of shopping, the Riverwalk is the perfect place to wind down after a day of excitement. A wonderful spot for a stroll, we timed it perfectly to see the sunset over the water, a view that is unsurpassed in beauty. On Sundays from 1-4 in the afternoon, a local concert rocks the Riverwalk with a different band each week. Seating is free, and vendors provide quick snacks while meals at one of historic downtown’s restaurants is always only a step away. For a complete schedule of bands, see downtown’s website or like the event on Facebook for regular updates.
Lit up at night, the Roosevelt Bridge stands over historic downtown and the river as the moon stands over the sea. Glowing in a warm yellow, the bridge is the backdrop to gorgeous sunsets and dazzling photos. It is a place to simply admire, where the natural beauty meets architecture on one of what is said to be one of Florida’s most beautiful bridges.
For a full list of downtown’s amenities and activities, please visit their website: http://www.historicdowntownstuart.com/