Things to Do in Martin County
Explore Hobe Sound
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Unique in so many ways, Hobe Sound sits in the most environmentally sensitive area of southeastern Martin County. Here you can discover an understated elegance. With its collection of antique shops, funky eateries, art galleries and nature parks, Hobe Sound embodies the definition of small, beach town charm.
Take a drive along iconic Bridge Road, this beautiful scenic drive in Hobe Sound is often photographed and painted. Beautiful banyan trees line Bridge Road leading to Hobe Sound Beach, Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge and Blowing Rocks Preserve.
Blowing Rocks is a magnificently restored sanctuary that offers a rare window into Florida’s natural history, and is named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline, the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast. The restored preserve reflects what South Florida barrier islands looked like a century ago. Visitors get a glimpse of one of our state’s rarest surviving landscapes, an intact Florida dune habitat with beach sunflower, bay cedar, sea grape, and sea oats. Conde Nast listed Blowing Rock Preserve Beach as #3 in their March 2016 Top Ten beaches in Florida- Why we love it: An ethereal, 100,000-year-old limestone shelf and crystalline waters underscore the natural grandeur of this Nature Conservancy–protected beach on Jupiter Island. No wonder it’s a favorite nesting ground for loggerhead sea turtles.
Located just south of Stuart, this park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities including sand pine, scrub pine, flatwoods, mangroves and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida's first, federally-designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park. Ranger-guided tours of the 1930's pioneer homestead of Trapper Nelson are available year-round. You can also enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and freshwater fishing.
Hobe Sound Nature Center
The Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to environmental awareness and education. The Center is a cooperating association with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, in southern Martin County. The center offers a glimpse into the delicate Florida environment. There are also easy walking trails that lead to a hidden beach. In the spring the Nature Center offers sanctioned sea turtle walks.
The historic, downtown Hobe Sound business district is experiencing a resurgence of new and eclectic, locally owned businesses moving in. The new shops and galleries are a breath of fresh air bringing life, color and art back into historic Hobe Sound.
Hobe Sound Murals
Take a tour of the beautiful Hobe Sound Murals. Artist Nadia Utto spearheaded the creation of 21 beautiful murals throughout Hobe Sound. Award winning artists have all gathered to paint murals on walls throughout the area. It takes about a month to complete one mural, which can involve up to 75 artistic volunteers who help create a work of art. There are secrets hidden within each mural, a new take on a scavenger hunt when you look for these secrets.
Take a step back in time for 1,000 years, this rare piece of old growth cypress forest has thrived in this wetland near Indiantown. The highlight of the walk are several huge and ancient cypress trees — among the largest in the United States — but the entire walk traverses a lovely landscape thick with ferns and draped with epiphytes. Along the way, you also see a mound built by ancient Indians.
Kai- Kai Farm Tour
Want to know more about local South Florida produce? FREE guided tours of our beautiful 40 acre working farm. Operating as a local food distributor and offering different produce throughout the year including bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, beans and peas among others as they work towards organic certification. Kai-Kai Farm is a recipient of the Snail of Approval Award given to local food suppliers like farms, restaurants and markets whose food is judged as good, clean and fair. The food is assessed by taste, healthiness, production, distribution, and if it is in season and free of additives.
Watch Thoroughbred Horses Train
The slogan of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., is “Happy horses win,” and it's a philosophy its management takes seriously. It's even their web address. Originally begun in the 1950s as St. Lucie Training Center, Payson spans 400 acres and includes one-mile turf and dirt tracks, European galloping and hacking trails and lots of turnout space.
“What we offer here is very different from the normal training center, in that it is truly a training center,” said facility owner Virginia Kraft Payson. “It is not an approximation of a backstretch, as some of our competition which deals in numbers. You won't find an inch of concrete anywhere here.”
Payson is proud to say that the facility has played host to the same group of top-class trainers since she took over the training center in 1980.
Award Winning Stuart
Explore shop and Shop in Historic Downtown Stuart
Stuart is the first town in Florida to be awarded Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town in America. Stuart was also listed as the #3 Small Town to Visit in 2105 by Smithsonian Magazine, and the #9 Most Beautiful Small Town in America by both House Beautiful and Country Living Magazines. Historic Downtown Stuart, Florida boasts quaint shops, delectable dining, the grand Lyric Theatre, free music events and strolls along the Riverwalk. Embrace the history and soak up the charm!!
The Stuart Heritage Museum is located in the oldest commercial building in Stuart and Martin County. Step back in time to learn about the unusual, the forgotten, and some of the fascinating people, events, and places from Martin County's history. The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts, and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities. The countless relics housed by the museum define the history of the people, businesses, agriculture and community spirit of the City of Stuart and Martin County. The Green Market operates next door at City Hall. Admission to the Museum is always free.
Stuart Green Market
Featuring top quality fresh produce, cut flowers (seasonal), honey, freshly-baked breads and pastries, hot sauces, handcrafted soaps and lotions, grass fed/local beef, poultry, and eggs, goat milk and cheeses, organic spice blends, artisan crafts and handmade jewelry, as well as a myriad of freshly prepared gourmet foods for breakfast and lunch. The Stuart Green Market is the area's premier destination for the finest local goods our community has to offer.
Rockin' RiverWalk Music Series takes place in a beautiful outdoor setting along the St. Lucie River. Fans can come to listen to great Rock & Roll by car and boat and enjoy the show from either the decked amphitheater or from the river in their boat. The RiverWalk Stage is located along the St. Lucie River boardwalk at the end of St. Lucie Ave in Historic Downtown Stuart.
Tickle a Stingray.. or maybe feed a Stingray lunch Florida Oceanographic Center
Florida Oceanographic Center is a 57 acre nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL. Situated between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization. Florida Oceanographic Center offers educational programs to people of all ages, conducts research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. 1:30 Take part in the interactive “Feed the Stingray” program.
The Elliott Museum’s mission is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast of Florida. Named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an impressive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast histories and stories sure to delight all ages. In addition, the museum is proud to display an array of traveling exhibits designed to challenge and inspire families and children
House of Refuge
The House of Refuge is the last remaining of nearly a dozen shipwreck life-saving stations on Florida's Atlantic Coast. Built in 1876 to help stranded sailors, its long colorful history spans nearly 70 years. Today it is owned by the Martin County government and leased to the Martin County Historical Society, which operates it as a museum exhibiting life-saving equipment used over the years and showcasing the keeper's quarters, c. 1904. On May 3, 1974, the House of Refuge was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Indian Riverside Park (IRSP) is the premier family destination park in Martin County. Located in Jensen Beach, IRSP sits beach side on the Indian River Lagoon, with a walking path, fishing pier, play fountain, beach, pavilions, banquet space, and much more. Make sure you call for availability of tours on the Mansion at Tuckahoe or Captain Henry Sewall's Home. IRSP is also home to the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County and The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast.
Jammin Jensen in downtown Jensen Beach
6pm-10 p.m. every Thursday in Downtown Jensen Beach on Jensen Beach Boulevard. Local artists displays, crafts, music, vendors and family entertainment.
Stuart Surf Lesson
Martin County offers the first consistent surf as you travel north along Florida's coast. No coastal experience is really complete without the sun and surf. Here in Martin County individual surf, skim and paddle-board lessons are always a must-do!
The Ohana Surf Shop is the organizers for the popular Annual Single Fin Showdown. Aside from raising thousands of dollars annually for worthwhile causes, what makes the Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single-fin surfboards, selected at random minutes before each heat begins.
Conservation is king here, evident through individual community efforts like Stuart’s large oys-ter preserve and the St. Lucie Inlet, where the ecosystem provides habitat for over 4,300 spe-cies of plants and animals, including more than 30 threatened and endangered species such as manatees, wood storks, sand hill cranes and peregrine falcons. Explore conservation and the connection to the environment. Take a walk with on the Delaplane Preserve.
Stand Up Paddleboard lesson - weather permitting
The Manatee Pocket Mini Tour is a roundtrip tour from dock, to mangroves & back, and is the perfect tour if you are a beginner or a seasoned paddler looking for a nice leisurely paddle!
This tour is complete as we bring a cooler to make sure you are hydrated along the tour and the tour guide will not only take photos (available for download within 24hrs after the completion of the tour) but he/she will help you learn a thing or two along the way.
The Manatee Pocket is a waterway off the St. Lucie River. You will paddle along residential areas with hidden mangrove islands. We regularly see manatees, dolphins, the occasional sea turtle, as well as a variety of fish & birds. The great thing is that it is a no wake zone the entire length of the waterway, making it a great place to paddle. Then after you have built up an appetite, you have 3 waterfront restaurants to choose from that are all situated right at our launch dock!
Zekes Surf and Paddle meet owner Florida Girl Leisa (Lisa) for a balance lesson if weather doesn’t allow for a SUP Tour.
An avid paddle boarder, she still works closely with setting up tours with another one of our other paddle board companies Coastal Paddle boarding, just goes to show you community comes first. Zekes has you covered with everything from clothing, to sunglasses to jewelry to skin care to boards you can surf, paddle and roll! Lisa will get you set up to test your balance on a “INDO” board. You will find out why we love the #BoardLife.
Tour of the beautiful Lyric Theatre
The historic Lyric Theatre offers a wide-array of first class talent nearly 300 days a year. This acoustically amazing theatre features concerts from classical to rock and roll, and theatrical performances by local and national talent.
Martin County offers an abundance of boating and fishing excursions and the opportunity to pursue 800 species of fish within a 10-mile radius of the St. Lucie Inlet, which connects the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean.