Do you know what to do at 772 this summer?
Summer on the Treasure Coast is perfect for learning to surf at the beach, snorkeling around offshore wrecks, kayaking or paddleboarding in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucia River, playing bowling in the air conditioning, playing tennis or golf in the heat, and drinking a cold craft beer from a local brewery.
Here are the best things to do this summer in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties.
Florida is not a world famous surfing destination like Hawaii, Australia or California, but this is the perfect place for beginners. If you want to avoid crowded spots with experienced surfers at Sebastian Inlet and Fort Pierce Inlet State Parks, the Treasure Coast has at least six excellent spots for beginner surfers.
The sun is shining. The ocean is calm. The water is clear. It’s the perfect day for explore one of the best snorkeling spots on the Treasure Coast. Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties have great snorkeling spots to see sea life and learn history, especially about the sunken ships of the 1715 Treasure Fleet that gave its name to the region.
To the south, the only access St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Kayak Trail is at the water’s edge. There’s Anse Sainte-Lucie to the north, the lagoon to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the exclusive Jupiter Island to the south. North, Round Island Riverside Park is a popular spot for kayaking and paddleboarding. Manatees can often be seen in the coves around the small island, protected from the rest of the Indian River Lagoon.
Escape the Florida heat in one of the six local treasure coast bowling alleys. Did you know that bowling has been traced to items found in the tomb of an Egyptian child buried in 5200 BC.
The Treasure Coast is home to at least 25 public tennis courts where people can play for free. Private courts charge fees or require memberships.
Golf venues like BigShots and Popstroke are great gateways to golf on the Treasure Coast, but take your game to the next level at local public golf courses.
the Treasure Coast Wine and Beer Trail brings together 12 unique and local water points: nine breweries, a cellar, a cider house and a mead house. Other establishments are also in the pipeline, including two alcohol distilleries, both in Vero Beach. As well, more than 25 waterfront restaurants in Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties, guests can barhop by boat along the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River.
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Laurie K. Blandford is an entertainment journalist and TCPalm columnist dedicated to finding the best things to do on the Treasure Coast. Follow her on Twitter @TCPalmLaurie and Facebook @TCPalmLaurie. Email him at [email protected]. Subscribe to his weekly What To Do in 772 newsletter on profile.tcpalm.com/newsletters/manage.