Top Choice Museum in Vero Beach

Vero Beach Museum of Art

With changing fine-art exhibitions and regular outdoor jazz concerts, this sleek, white museum in Riverside Park could easily hold its own against any big-city heavy hitter. Look for signs on Hwy A1A.
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Juno Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

View recovering sea turtle patients in specially designed outdoor tanks and watch through the window while surgeons treat the animals. Volunteers stand by turtle tanks with information on their charges: how they sus…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Sebastian Inlet

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1903 as a refuge for the endangered brown pelican, Pelican Island was America's first federal bird reservation, the forerunner of today's national wildlife-refuge system. The preserve now encompasses …
Top Choice State Park in Treasure Coast

John D MacArthur Beach State Park

While this state park is one of the smallest in the region (438 acres), it has some of the best turtle-watching programs around. Loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles nest along the beach between May and August.…
State Park in Jupiter & Jupiter Island

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

With almost 11,500 acres to explore, this is an excellent state park between US Hwy 1 and the Loxahatchee River. There's no ocean access in the park, but its attraction lies in its several habitats: pine flatwoods, …
Museum in Stuart

Elliott Museum

The eccentric Elliott collection has a focus on early 20th-century technology, and for good reason – the museum was founded by Harmon Elliott, the son of Sterling Elliott, who invented the kingpin and steering knuck…
Wildlife Reserve in Jupiter & Jupiter Island

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

A 1091-acre federally protected nature sanctuary, Hobe Sound has two sections: a small slice on the mainland, opposite the Jonathan Dickinson State Park; and the refuge grounds at the northern end of Jupiter Island.…
State Park in Sebastian Inlet

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Stretching along a narrow strip of the barrier island, this busy park, popular with fishers, surfers, boaters and families, is divided into two sections by the inlet bridge. On the north side swimming is safe for ch…
Gardens in Vero Beach

McKee Botanical Gardens

In Vero's early-1920s tourist heyday, Waldo Sexton (of the eponymous Waldo's) and Arthur McKee joined forces to open the 80-acre McKee Jungle Gardens, which delighted visitors for decades until Disney stole the show…
Lighthouse in Jupiter & Jupiter Island

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Built in 1860, this historic lighthouse hasn't missed a night of work in more than 100 years and is among the oldest lighthouses on the Atlantic coast. Visitors can climb the 105 steps to view the surrounding area a…