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12 Things To Do in Indian River County

Indian River County is a gorgeous, lesser known, area of Florida boasting many fun and family friendly activities. Until recently I had never visited this area of central eastern Florida, which is located about one hour south of Palm Beach International Airport. But this month I had the chance to tour Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere area to do some exploring and I wanted to share some of the many reasons your family should visit.


The Indian River County area is one of the most biodiverse environments in all of North America. That means there’s no shortage of great outdoor learning experiences for the entire family.

So What is There to Do in Indian River County?

Twelve Things to Do In Indian River County

1. Go Dolphin Spotting

The Indian River Lagoon and estuary in this county is one of the most biodiverse environments in North America. That means there’s no shortage of species to be spotted. Both dolphins and manatees can be seen, as well as turtles of course. 

2. Visit the Vero Beach Art Museum

Here you will find stunning exhibits and beautiful grounds too.

3. Go Paddle-boarding: 

I have always wanted to paddle board but haven’t had the chance to do so…at least until Vero Beach. Paddles By The Sea is near the Riverfront Cafe just across from the Vero Beach Art Museum and I can honestly say I loved trying this sport. If you are 6 and older you can do this. While paddle boarding is a lot of fun, it does test your core and your balance.

If you want to book ahead you could choose this: Orlando Paddle Boarding tour option from Viator which also goes on Indian River too.

 4. Go Kayaking:

Also Paddles by the Sea, on Indian River. So amazing. You won’t want to miss this. This was one of my favourite experiences while staying in the area.

Here’s another great option for ethical Indian River Dolphin and Manatee kayaking tours. This area is amazing for these tours.

 5. Do A Sea Turtle Nesting Walk:

There are many options in the area. Google the topic before you visit and set one up immediately, because they are extremely popular and also very educational. The sea turtle nesting walk in Martin County or Indian River County, Florida is something everyone should experience. These tours are also available near Vero Beach. These often occur only 2 or 3 nights a week so be sure to check what nights they run before you visit and you can schedule accordingly.

     6. Take a River Cruise:

Jungle River Cruise leaves from Captain Hiram’s Resort. Relax, shoot some pictures and spot the wildlife on the river.


 7. Ride an Airboat

I used to think (I am Canadian, remember?) that these were only found in the Everglades area of south Florida. In the Everglades last year I did an airboat tour which was a hoot. Since then I have realized these outdoor swamp tours can be found many places.

While visiting Indian River County I didn’t have time to do an airboat tour, but if you are in the area and googling what is there to do in Indian River County, you might consider booking an airboat tour of Blue Cypress Recreation area.

Here are a couple of options: Gator Bait Airboat Adventures: and Marsh Beast . These are quite an adventure and entertaining for sure!


 8. Visit Treasure Island Museum –  

Learn the reason why this area is called the Treasure Coast. McLarty Treasure Museum is on Sebastian Inlet and it is very affordable, educational too.

9. Pelican Island Nature Reserve

Go birdwatching or just hike the trails for hours on a nice day. On Sebastian Inlet and the A1A.

10. McKee Botanical Garden –

Located in Vero Beach. Such a lovely spot. Visit this McKee site for more details. This is an 18 acre subtropical hammock off US Highway 1.

11. Go Fishing – 

Sebastian and Indian River County make for some of the best fishing in this area of Florida. Whether you are learning, or a diehard angler, this is one of the best reasons to visit. The fish are jumping all the time.

12. Visit the Environmental Learning Centre:

The Environmental Learning Centre is located on Wabasso Island. This is such a gorgeous space and it is wheelchair accessible. Actually there are so many spaces in Vero Beach that are accessible. There are day camps and corporate retreats and a gift shop here too. Bring your yoga mat to the screened in area and practice in this serene space.


Indian River County has much to offer for Families:

In fact, Indian River County is a diverse destination on the Treasure Coast of Florida. From paddle boating to eco tourism and fun interactive experiences with nature, families will find something that appeals to every age here.

For more of my travel articles visit: Thrifty Momma’s Tips travel posts.

I was a guest of Martin County and Indian River County while in Florida and have been working with them to tell these stories. I have received perks, accommodations, tours, flights, meals and compensation. My opinion is all my own and it is truthful.

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.