Tucked between Orlando and West Palm Beach, family travelers might overlook Indian River County when making their way to some of Florida’s larger cities and attractions, but this county boasts Vero Beach, beautiful nature trails and, for the adults, trending breweries. Instead of going to one of the more crowded South Florida destinations, opt for a weekend in Indian River County.
Beaches and Water Adventures Await
Home to Vero Beach, Indian River County welcomes locals and visitors to explore the barrier island and miles of sand and warm waters. Also in the county is S.S. Breconshire, where visitors can tour with Paddles by the sea. This 300-foot-long ship sits 150 yards off the coast after wrecking in 1894, and now is a home to a variety of treasures and marine life.
Be sure to head over to the Environmental Learning Center to explore the Indian River Lagoon with kayaks, paddle boards or rented pontoon excursions. Guided tours are also available for visitors wanting to learn about the history of the lagoon, as well as spot manatees, dolphins, river otters and more.
Trails, Trails and More Trails
No trail is the same in this county, and picking just one trail to walk can be a challenge. The Historic Jungle Trail starts in Pelican Island Natural Wildlife Refuge, the first wildlife refuge established in 1903 by Teddy Roosevelt to protect birds from feather hunters. Look for egrets, pelicans, herons and ospreys on this trail. Over at Lagoon Greenway Trail, visitors can walk either the mile-long, 2.5-mile long or mini-adventure trail. Each trail offers beautiful scenery of the Floridian coastal landscape.
After a day of exploring and hiking, adults can enjoy a refreshing beer or cider at one of several breweries. The best way to experience all breweries is through the Wine & Ale Trail, in which guests stop at American Icon Brewery, Pareidolia Brewing Company, Walking Tree Brewery and Mash Monkeys Brewing Company.
Sky’s the Limit
The ultimate thrillseeker can enjoy the most scenic skydiving experience at Skydive Sebastian. There’s no better way to take in the scenery than going skydiving and, once landed, guests can visit the nearby Zoo Bar Café for food and drinks.
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