Situated between Palm Beach and Vero Beach, the historic coastal town of Stuart, Florida, offers plenty of recreational activities around town. Whether you’re interested in shopping the farmers market, hiking around the nearest state park, or exploring historical sites, Stuart has something that everyone can enjoy. Here are a few of our local favorites on the Treasure Coast:
Every Sunday morning, the local residents of Stuart flock to the Stuart Green Market for fresh produce, baked goods, and local artists. Located in front of City Hall, the market has been serving the Stuart community since the 1990s. You’ll find an array of vendors and products available, from seasonal flowers to handcrafted lotions and soaps to gourmet and exotic foods like goat cheese and spice blends. Stop by the market on your next open Sunday morning, meet the vendors, and enjoy the local food, artists, and more!
When it comes to history, Stuart has plenty to share with its residents. In 1876, the US Treasury Department built 10 refuge houses as havens for shipwrecked sailors along Florida’s coastline. Now, the Stuart House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining one out of the original 10 and is also the oldest structure in Martin County. These days, you can tour the house-turned-museum and view the lifesaving equipment used from the early 1900s. You can also snorkel or scuba dive around the Georges Valentine wreck, which is located about 100 yards south of the House of Refuge.
Located just 10 miles south of Stuart, the Seabranch Preserve State Park is home to a large range of flora and fauna including the gopher tortoise, the Florida sandhill crane, and the Eastern indigo snake. The Seabranch Preserve features many unique habitats that resulted from ancient oceans across Florida. Nature lovers can enjoy these remarkable natural communities through the 8 miles of hiking trails and wildlife viewing available at the park. While exploring the park, you’ll notice several changes in natural habitats in a relatively short space, adding to the unique experience of the park. You can find more information about South Florida’s state parks here.
Down here on the Treasure Coast, you’ll find a number of amazing recreational attractions. If you liked this post, you can find more community highlights and recreational attractions in South Florida on our blog. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for tips and information about living in South Florida.