Diverse recreational opportunities abound in St. Lucie County, whether you want to enjoy quiet moments with nature or experience the exhilaration of sports and other activities. Our abundant natural gifts begin at the Atlantic Ocean, sweep across the mangroves of the Indian River Lagoon, flow through the abundant St. Lucie River and stretch across thousands of acres of marshes, savannas and wooded preserves, home to a glorious array of native plants and wildlife.
Choose the perfect setting for boating, fishing, hiking or just relaxing. If you have something more dynamic in mind, try out the challenges of our amazing skate park, dive one of our many artificial reefs or sign up for our softball, basketball or soccer teams.
Sports fanatics can catch professional baseball at Digital Domain Field – Spring Training Home of the New York Mets or play a round of golf at the award-winning Fairwinds Golf Course. Complementing this mosaic of outdoor fun, you can discover the past at St. Lucie County’s Regional History Center, peek into the underwater world of the Indian River Lagoon at the St. Lucie County Aquarium or journey down the St. Lucie River at the Oxbow Eco-Center.
If golf is your game, you’ll love St. Lucie County. The area offers over 20 courses with prices ranging from upscale to very affordable, and the great weather allows for play all year round. The City of Port St. Lucie is home to the famous PGA Village (yes, it’s open to the public!) that boasts two Tom Fazio designed courses and a third course designed by Pete Dye. PGA Village also offers a 35-acre practice facility and the Center for Golf Learning & Performance where you can learn what you are doing right—or wrong. And be sure to stop by the PGA History Museum (admission is free!) and learn about the history of the game. Many other courses are located throughout the area to keep your golf game new and exciting.
St. Lucie, most notably Fort Pierce, is a fisherman’s paradise. Fort Pierce is a small town that still retains its Old Florida fishing village vibe. As a matter of fact, fishing served as one of the major industries for the area’s initial economy and was a catalyst of the area’s early development.
Today, fishing is still as popular as ever and is regarded as a “way of life” here in St. Lucie. The area’s diverse fishing opportunities are endless. Indian River Lagoon, the nation’s most biologically diverse estuary and home to over 4,000 plants and animals. It is here where the world record sea trout was caught weighing in at a whopping 17+lbs! You can also hook some impressive tarpon, redfish, snook and more. Looking to get your big game on? Head offshore through Fort Pierce Inlet to the nearby Gulf Stream and snag trophy catches such as sailfish, tuna, swordfish, dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, cobia and more. And our natural and artificial reefs serve as excellent gathering spots for many of the great tasting bottom fish such as snapper and grouper. You can dive for lobster, too! Our many public marinas and boat ramps are here for your convenience to help make your fishing excursion an enjoyable one.
Boating & Water Recreation
Our pristine waterways, the Indian River Lagoon and convenient and safe access to the Atlantic Ocean through Fort Pierce Inlet are some of our most valued and celebrated assets. It’s all about life on the water here. Whether you prefer cruising on your luxury yacht, sailing the seas, gearing up for a day of sport fishing, diving natural and artificial reefs, kayaking through mangrove tunnels or hanging ten on a surfboard, we have it all.
Nature, Science & Eco
Experience the untamed nature and pristine preservation in St. Lucie County with its cities of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and the coastal lands of Hutchinson Island. The area is truly blessed with a variety of natural resources and habitats and the local governments along with its citizens take paramount steps to keep it that way. Outdoor and nature lovers of all ages will be enthralled with all that there is to do in the area.
Activities include guided tours horseback riding on the beach, interpretive boat tours, motorized kayak explorations of the Indian River Lagoon (which also happens to be the most biologically diverse estuary in the United States) two botanical gardens and much more. Learn about the area’s exotic and plentiful wildlife such as reptiles, dolphins, manatees, other marine life and an astounding number of beautiful birds at our many environmental educational centers.