Vero Beach- the dream destination of almost all beach lovers, is one of the prime attractions of Indian River County. A place with recreational activities like fishing, hiking, sun-bathing, and plenty of beach fun- Vero Beach is a visual treat. These are the top 15 things to do in Vero Beach-
Watch some birds at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Not only is the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge a huge hit among tourists and locals, but it also happens to be quite historically significant. For this very reason, we have chosen Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge to be our first place of attraction. When you land in Vero beach- no matter whom you ask, they will always take the name of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge first.
Let us tell you a bit about the place now. It happens to be among the first wildlife refuges to be ever built in the States which makes it more iconic. The Indian River Lagoon is the home to this charming huge mass of land of almost 5400 acres that houses a lot of birds. The ecosystem is marshy which is extremely suitable for all the endangered species that stay there. You can find over 150 bird species as well as over 700 bird species. For this reason, it attracts a lot of birds as well as nature lovers.
Have a picnic in Round Island Beach Park
Round Island Beach Park is quite a charming tourist spot in Vero Beach. So, next on our list- Round Island Beach Park being situated in A1A, is quite accessible to the tourists and locals as well.
Also, it is a huge space and is of two parts inside. The Oceanside Park and The Riverside Park are the two parts of the Round Island Beach Park. Are you looking for some fun picnic time? Round Island Beach Park has been looking out for you. Here there are plenty of options for grilling, BBQ, and even setting down a picnic basket and having the time of your lives.
There are even kayaking options if you’d like that. But, if you want to venture out to Oceanside Park- you might as well get to see some sea-turtles and pet them while basking on the white sandy beach.
Learn about the plants at McKee Botanical Gardens
Let us take you to see some beautiful flora and fauna of the area, McKee is not known for being the biggest, but it sure has a wide range of plant species. This botanical garden of Vero Beach is considered to be one of the biggest escapades and is truly a slice of heaven for nature lovers.
There are many themes within this garden, and the paths connecting them are paved and well-maintained. You can learn about the various species here. There are over 10,000 species packed within this small garden. And, the water lily collection is truly large and impressive. There is now a children’s garden inside where kids can nature in the vicinity of nature. Also, you will find the place beautifully decorated with various waterfalls and ponds which adds more to the beauty of the McKee Botanical Garden. The place is known to get a lot of crowds and can be found by driving just a bit to Highway 1.
Explore the Vero Beach Museum of Art
Vero Beach Museum of Art is for all my art lovers who are planning to make a trip to Vero Beach. After all, it is one of the main attractions and receives a lot of crowds every day. You can expect this much from the main museum of a town!
Now, we are going to talk a bit about its diverse collection of almost 880 displays.
The object of focus of the Vero Beach Museum of Art is the art from the 20th century! It represents the works of upcoming national artists and locals as well. Though it mainly displays comparatively new pieces of art, art aficionados can find some old and contemporary art pieces too. So, keep looking!
Watch some turtles Seagrape Trail
Vero Beach is home to some of the best beaches in all of Florida, but they are extremely crowded. If you are looking for something a little more isolated, then let’s head over to our next destination.
The Seagrape Trail is one of the hidden gems of Vero Beach that is yet to be discovered by a large number of tourists. We urge you to make use of this and find yourself a silent enjoyable beach day if you’d like it. The shoreline is rugged here, and the best part is that you can find a lot of sea turtles nesting around.
Catch a show at Riverside Theater
The star of Riverside Park Drive- Riverside Theater is a must when you visit Vero Beach. It is one of the most enjoyable places in Vero Beach as this one is a professional theater. No matter when you visit- you will get to see some unique plays as there are more than 300 shows that go on per year.
This was a private theater once that was solely built on the money collected by a few locals, but now it is one of the jewels of Vero Beach. It also teaches classes. If you are into acting, you can sign up for one of the classes or a special lecture that takes place! There is even a restaurant accompanied by a bar inside the theater.
Learn about the history of Hallstrom Farmstead
Vero Beach has some of the most famous pieces of history. No matter where you go, you are bound to find some scenic places along with some history attached to them. The same is the case with our next tourist attraction- Hallstrom Farmstead.
Scandanavians who settled down in Vero Beach started a pineapple plantation in this piece of land which is now known as the Hallstrom Farmstead in the late 1800s. Once you visit this place, you can learn a lot about how they lived their life, and what other ways did they manage to earn their livelihood.
The place is now under the Indian River County Historical Society and is filled with many interesting historical photographs and documents.
Make a trip to the Environmental Learning Center
Vero Beach is filled with family-friendly activities. This is one of those tourist places where you can visit with your entire family, and not be bored for a moment. Moreover, there is a lot of stuff to learn here, and the tourist attractions are designed in a way that you get to know new things.
Similarly, the Environmental Learning Center provides a lot of options. It is a huge area of land of almost 60 acres on Live Oak Drive. Tourists head over to this place to easily spend 3-4 hours. The inside is well decorated with different natural ornaments. The main attractions remain the different wildlife species that you can find here. Did you know that there is even a lagoon inside these 60 acres of land? You can even go boating there!
Dig something up at McLarty Treasure Museum
Most of you might know Vero Beach as the land of perfection. The ocean seems good along with the sparkling sun that falls on the beach. Overall, beauty is appreciated. But, the ocean is known to have quite a cruel side too that causes a lot of turmoils.
Such an incident stating the cruelty of the ocean occurred with the infamous Spanish fleet back in the 18th century. It is said that the ship was carrying a lot of valuable gems and stones. To search for those, people even try to dig up today. And, McLarty Treasure Museum is one of the best places to carry out your investigations.
Enjoy at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area
Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area is the epitome of beauty in the Vero Beach Area. Located in the prime location of the exotic Indian River County, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area is built on a massive area of land of almost 400 acres.
There are lagoons and forested land inside that will provide you with a lot of options for adventures.
Shop a bit at the Farmers Market Oceanside
Farmers Market Oceanside is not as old as the other tourist spots of Vero Beach. It is what you call the latest addition to the many feathers of Vero Beach, but since its start- it has gained immense popularity. Locals and tourists do their shopping here at the Farmer’s market.
The market is set up every Saturday and is filled with some delicious goodies. Many vendors sell different art and craft pieces. You can easily buy souvenirs or gifts for your family and friends at an inexpensive rate from this market. Also, the home-made goods that are sold here are both organic and fresh. You can even bring your pets to the market.
Take a small tour to Piper Aircraft factory
For anyone interested in aircraft and airplanes, the Piper Aircraft factory is a must-visit. Passionate or not, we still insist that you must visit the Piper Aircraft factory for it is one of the most interesting locations in all of Vero Beach.
The owner dreamt similar dreams like that of Henry Ford. He wanted to be the creator of these marvelous flying machines which led to the creation of this huge company. The company that was once just a vision, has now ended up producing almost 120,000 aircraft. Different guides will willingly give you a tour of what’s the inside like. It is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Check out Sebastian Inlet State Park
If you thought we are out of beautiful places to show you, then you are wrong., for we have another one of the most scenic places in all of Vero Beach. The thing with Vero Beach is that there are plenty of spots to check out, but the tourists don’t have enough time at all to check out all of them. And, for people who love the beach especially- Vero Beach is one of the ideal places.
With all that being said, we are going to take you to the next big destination- Sebastian Inlet State Park. The spot might not be right in the heart of the city, but a short drive covering 6 miles will take you there. It is quite accessible to everyone. The fishing game is fantastic here which makes it a haven for fishers. Mackerels are the specialty of this place. There is also a museum located inside depicting events of the dinking Spanish fleet.
Go on a shopping spree in Vero Beach Outlets
Are the days too hot for going to the beach? Or, are the waves too strong? In Vero Beach, when the ocean is inaccessible there is only one thing to do, and that is going on a shopping spree in the iconic Vero Beach Outlets.
Placed on 94th Drive, Vero Beach Outlet is just an excuse for all shopaholics to go on a spree. Being the best one in Vero Beach, tourists flock to the mall on their vacation. The best part about this mall is that it got some of the best deals and discounts if you compare the prices with anywhere else. Also, there are a large number of branded as well as normal shops.
Enjoy Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival
Beaches need some dazzling sun and some good wine. But, you can pair the two of them along with some award-winning movies, if you want! Are you interested in now? We knew you would be. So, if you want to enjoy a magical combo of these three, do check out Vero Beach in the initial weeks of June.
The festival is among the few best of Vero Beach. Also, the best part of it all is that the food that is available are all from the lip-smacking local restaurants. The movies belong to different genres. You can find a lot of performances here. The ending is done by declaring a huge concert!
Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye now to our lovely destination. Do visit this paradise to get a real taste of beach life.