Our Favorite Parks, Trails, Playgrounds and More
Get outside and enjoy everything the Treasure Coast has to offer. Certainly, the Treasure Coast is home to perfect beaches but don’t miss out on more outdoor opportunities for the entire family, from nature trails to fishing to playgrounds, there are so many options for everyone.
Sebastian, Wabasso, Melbourne
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne
Nature Trails, Visitor’s Center
The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge stretches across 20.5 miles between Melbourne Beach and Wabasso Beach along Florida's east coast in Brevard and Indian River Counties. The refuge was established in 1991 and was named after the late Dr. Archie Carr, Jr., in honor of his extraordinary contribution to sea turtle conservation. The Refuge is a direct result of Dr. Carr bringing attention to the world's declining turtle populations due to exploitation and loss of safe habitat. The park has a visitors center offering a wealth of information and hands-on educational experiences for visitors through interactive exhibits, films and special programs. There is also a 1-mile long “dune-to-lagoon” nature trail and an accessible ocean view boardwalk with picnic tables. The center is open Tues-Sun from 9-5 and the Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
8385 South US Hwy A1A, Melbourne, FL • (321) 723-3556
Sebastian Inlet State Park in Sebastian
This is one of the Treasure Coasts coolest parks and hottest fishing spots attracting anglers from all over the country. Situated on both the north and south side of the Sebastian inlet, entrance to the park includes both areas. There is an enormous and very busy fishing pier on the north side which also provides a beautiful birds eye view of the clear ocean waters below where onlookers can often see manatees floating in the waves. Surfing is also a staple activity and several major competitions are held there annually. Two museums provide a history of the area including that of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet as well as the area’s fishing history. Three miles of gorgeous beaches provide plenty of opportunity for fun in the sun. The park has ample covered picnic areas, a restaurant and a bait and tackle shop.
9700 South Highway A.1.A, Melbourne Beach, FL • (321) 984-4852
Riverview Park in Sebastian
At the corner of US Highway 1 and CR512, Riverview Park is located along the shores of the Indian River and is the premier gathering point for the City of Sebastian. The park hosts major events and concerts such as the Annual Clam Bake Festival, Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Sebastian Fine Arts and Music Event, the 4th of July Celebrations and the seasonal Music in the Park Concert Series. Riverview Park offers panoramic views of the River and recreational opportunities for everyone. Amenities include sand volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, and the two fishing piers.
US Highway 1 & CR512, Sebastian, FL • (772) 228-7054
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Vero Beach
Nature Trails, Visitor’s Center
The nation’s first national wildlife refuge by proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, Pelican Island protects, as the name implies, wetland habitat for brown pelicans and shorebirds. Located just off Route A1A at the northern end of Orchid Island, it offers three easy self-guided trails that total 7 miles and include interpretive signs, a butterfly garden, and an observation deck and tower. The most recent trail, the boardwalk Centennial Trail, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the refuge and the refuge system in 2003. Admission is free.
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL • (772) 581-5557
Jaycee Beach Park in Vero Beach
The favorite local beach park for a good long walk. Jaycee Beach has the longest boardwalk in Vero Beach and plenty of parking. It also has numerous covered pavilions with grills, full restroom facilities, a sand volley ball court, large playground with plenty of equipment and even a casual beach grill restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The beach has lifeguards on duty from 9am to 5pm.
205 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach FL • (772) 231-0578
Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach
Nature Trails, Visitor’s Center, Touch Tank & Aquarium, Boat Tours
A 64-acre natural lagoon island preserve open to the public and great for all ages! Enjoy a nature stroll on raised boardwalks, trails, docks and lookout stations through mangrove forests and the lagoon. Experience native Florida in a peaceful lagoon setting with beautiful vistas and close-up encounters with wildlife and native plants in a setting that inspires wellness. Take a canoe or pontoon boat ride with their EcoVentures, Experience the 145 gallon touch tank at the Discovery Station and Aquariums to learn all about the lagoon.
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL • (772) 589-5050
Riverside Park in Vero Beach
Events, Fishing, Nature Trails
Situated at the island side foot of the Barber Bridge, Riverside Park is the central spot for all of Vero’s large events but is also enjoyed for so much more! The park spans for acres along the Indian River Lagoon and features multiple restroom facilities; boat and kayak launches; jogging, fitness and nature trails; and picnic pavilions galore, as well as the Grand Pavilion available for rent. A portion of the park features a large grove of magnificent live oaks. The North park is also a leashed, pet friendly area.
3200 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach FL • (772) 770-6517
Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in Vero Beach
While this island was created for quiet contemplation, and therefore general recreational activities are not permitted, it is a beautiful park to enjoy a quiet stroll along the lagoon.
100 Dahlia Lane, Vero Beach, FL
Humiston Beach Park in Vero Beach
Humiston Beach Park is centrally located in Vero Beach’s beach side shopping district. Impeccably maintained, this is a favorite family gather spot for locals and visitors. Enjoy a day perusing shops and restaurants, relaxing on the beach, and taking the kids to the recently rebuilt expansive playground that is a big hit with parents and children of all ages. Amenities include paved parking, restrooms, showers, playground, and picnic pavilions. Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:20 am to 4:40pm.
3000 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL • (772) 231-5790
Treasure Shores in Vero Beach
Treasure Shores Park is located three miles north of CR 510 (Wabasso Bridge). This beach is known by the locals for its stunning sand dunes and wide open views. Amenities include a pirate ship themed playground, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, ADA beach access, and walking trails. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. This is an unguarded beach.
11300 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL • (772) 581-4997
Royal Palm Pointe in Vero Beach
Splash Pad, Fishing
The park features a splash pad fountain for kids to cool off and plenty of picnic tables and benches. Beautifully located overlooking the Indian River Lagoon, this location offers a spectacular view of the Merrill P. Barber Bridge. There is a large dock for fishing or just enjoying the view. This is also a great place to spot dolphins. With a number of restaurants nearby, Royal Palm Pointe Park is a popular "after dinner walk" destination.
2 Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach • (772) 567-2144
Round Island Beach Park in Vero Beach
Round Island Oceanside Park is approximately 7.5 miles south of 17th street and A1A. Located next to the best manatee viewing spot in Indian River County, this park is best for those who love to experience nature. Enjoy a day kayaking in the Intracoastal then relaxing on the beach at Round Island Park. Amenities include restrooms, paved parking, ADA beach access, covered pavilions, and a children’s playground. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:10 am – 4:50 pm. Round Island Park West is directly across A1A from Round Island Beach Park on the lagoon side and offers a completely different experience. One of the most popular kayaking and paddling spots in the area, the park is surrounded by the serene waters of the lagoon and frequented by manatees.
2201 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL • (772) 492-2412
Vero Beach Dog Park
Green Space for Dogs
As much for people as it is for dogs! This wonderful piece of green space was developed and is maintained by community volunteers and is free of charge for anyone to visit. The park has separate areas for small and large dogs, dog drinking fountains and plenty of wide open space for your dog to run and play. So bring your best friend and enjoy the many benefits and events that this wonderful dog friendly park has to offer.
3449 Indian River Dr E, Vero Beach, Fl • (772) 231-5790
Fort Pierce, Hutchison Island
Pepper Park in Fort Pierce
Playground, Sports Courts
This 52-acre park, named for the late U. S. Senator from Florida, Claude Pepper, is located along the beautiful warm blue waters of North Hutchinson Island. It’s a popular spot for snorkelers and divers, as there are several shallow nearshore reefs located less than 100 yards off the beach. It’s also the site of the state’s first underwater archeological preserve, the Urca de Lima, which is located in about 20 feet of water. With beach access and free parking, Pepper Park also offers a baseball/softball field, basketball courts, picnic tables and pavilions with grills, a playground, volleyball, tennis courts and public restrooms. This is also the location of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.
3302 North SR A1A, Fort Pierce, FL • (772) 462-2110
Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce
Museum, Obstacle Course
While this museum is not a park or playground, it is worth noting the exciting outdoor obstacle course, a perfect opportunity for kids and adults to test their strength and agility, just like the Seals!
3300 N. Hwy. A1A, North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, FL •
Jensen Beach / Port St. Lucie
Jensen Beach Causeway State Park, Jensen Beach
Playground, Fishing, Picnic Pavillions
Jensen Beach Causeway State Park, located under the Frank A. Wacha Bridge, is a favorite for fishermen and community events. The park features picnic pavilions, a playground, restrooms, fishing piers, a public boat launch, and, of course, beaches.
NE Causeway Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL • (772) 288-5690
Savannas Preserve State Park in Port St Lucie
Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Picnic Pavilions, Kayaking
Savannas Preserve State Park is a natural haven for wildlife, a perfect place for spotting native wildlife and bird watching. The park, containing the largest intact stretch of freshwater marsh in southeast Florida, has plenty of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, freshwater fishing and paddling. Regular events include drum circles, workshops, festivals, and kayak and hiking tours.
2541 Southeast Walton Road, Port Saint Lucie, FL • (772) 398-2779
Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach
Picnic Pavilions, Interactive Play Fountain, Fishing
Indian Riverside Park, is Jensen Beach along he Indian River Lagoon, is the perfect spot for families. A beautiful mangrove walkway along the lagoon, a fishing pier, picnic pavilions and beautiful landscaping add to the charm of this park but the huge, interactive play fountain and open field are what draw kids of all ages. Plus, it sits right next to another of Jensen’s favorite kid-destinations, the Children's Museum.
1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL