Here are the best things to do in and around Vero Beach, Florida.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Area
The Pelican Island National Wildlife Area is one of the oldest sanctuaries of its kind. It is home to dozens of bird species in addition to its pelicans of the same name.
Pelican Island is a major attraction for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Many knowledgeable birders compare their visits to the ones they would like to see.
The entrance to the Sanctuary is via Wildlife Way at Vero Beach. Various programs run by staff are offered periodically. Check their website for details.
Vero Beach Art Museum
With five separate galleries spread over more than 50,000 square feet, the Vero Beach Art Museum is one of the most important art museums on the Central Atlantic coast. It is one of the must-see attractions for art lovers in the region.
The museum focuses on leading and national artists. Although most of the exhibits are contemporary, there are also older pieces on display.
The works include:
- Art glass
There is also a wing dedicated to successful community education and outreach programs.
The Environmental Learning Centre
Located on Live Oak Drive in Vero Beach, the Environmental Learning Center is on a site of over 60 acres. It includes both indoor space and preserved natural habitats.
The center’s interactive exhibits include:
- Live animals
- A visitor center
- A gift shop
- Several areas dedicated to educational and instructional classes offered by staff
There is also an idyllic lagoon on-site. Pontoon boat excursions are regularly offered. Most guests choose to see the center partly on their own and partly by taking part in a regular visit. Expect to spend a few hours on site.
McKee Botanical Garden
The McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach is not the largest in the state, but it has a lot of natural punch in its 45 acres.
The garden is really several distinct cultivated areas with unique themes. They are connected by well-marked, easy to walk trails. All of them include many informative plaques. This way you can also learn more about them in addition to enjoying the beauty of the flora.
The grounds feature:
- Quiet lounge areas
- Community enrichment programs
The entrance is located on Highway 1 just outside of town and can be congested during rush hour.