It’s always a glorious day at the beach in Vero, Fellsmere and Sebastian, Florida - especially when entertaining the kiddos!
To do more for less, check out these kiddie-approved activities that are the perfect complement to a day in the surf and sand:
Humiston Park is a wonderful place for children to play. The park features a great set of slides and swings alongside a picnic grove where Mom and Dad can relax in the shade and the entire family can enjoy a packed lunch. When the kids are finished playing, take them across the street for a sweet treat at Kilwin’s Ice Cream shop. No admission fee. 3000 Ocean Dr., Vero Beach.
The Environmental Learning Center gives children the opportunity to get their hands wet with fun touch tank encounters. Volunteers are on hand to show visitors how to gently and safely interact with small sea creatures such as hermit, horseshoe and spider crabs, brittle stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins, in the Center’s 145-gallon touch tank. The campus also features a learn and play “Imagination Station,” an outdoor “Tipi” and little Fairy Houses. Admission: $5 adults & children 12+. $3 for children 11-2. Free for Children under 2. 255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach.
McKee Botanical Garden recently opened a Children’s Garden in December 2018 that includes a fairy forest, pirate ship tree house, a splash garden and lily pad lawn so kids can have fun while learning with hands-on opportunities. The Garden also offers a Garden Discovery Backpack program where they fill the pack with items and the kids explore the gardens to find. For children ages 3-12, these Garden Discovery Backpacks are perfect for charting your own garden adventure. Each backpack contains an educational guide and a variety of tools to encourage exploration. Choose from five themes: Garden Explorer, Things With Wings, It’s a Bug’s World, Plantastic and Survival: Lost in the Jungle. Please note – the backpacks are not available during exhibits or peak periods, including the weekends. Price: included in the cost of admission. A parent’s driver’s license or ID needed as deposit. 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach.
Riverside Children’s Theatre is home to a variety of fun summer shows for kids, such as “The Lion King.” The theatre has also created exciting summer camp programs that help children ages 5 and up develop musical theatre skills, learn to collaborate with others as an ensemble and perform in a showcase. Price: show tickets (TBA), summer camps ($100-250). 3280 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.
The Vero Beach Museum of Art Kids Art Zone features ten different play areas with hands-on activities including magnetic and chalkboard walls, floor puzzle and a puppet theatre. An interactive sketch aquarium allows kids to sketch their own sea life and have it scanned and projected on the aquarium wall. On select dates, the museum hosts a Museum Studios program for kids ages 4-11 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (best for kids ages 4-11) that starts with a guided gallery tour and ends in the studio, where kids can make their own art inspired by what they saw. Price: Museum Studios ($2 studio fee, free for members). 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach.
View manatees at: The Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant on Indian River Boulevard just north of 17th Street; also from the C-54 spill way at the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park in the northwest part of the county, and atRound Island Park West at the south county line off A-1-A.
Wabasso Causeway Beach is an ideal spot to set up a family picnic or launch kayaks, jet skis and fishing boats. Families can cool off in the refreshing water, search for purple crabs among the rocks, surf fish or simply relax in the shade of tall Australian pines. Free. 1820 Wabasso Beach Rd, Vero Beach
The Turtle Tracks Program at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort uses fun, interactive games and activities to teach children ages 6-17 about the challenges facing sea turtles, as well as simple ways for humans to help protect these gentle creatures. If your children are older, reserve a special Sea Turtle Night Walk Experience on select dates in June and July. The walk begins at 9:00 PM and lasts 2-4 hours, depending on how quickly a nesting turtle can be found. Price: Turtle Tracks (free), Sea Turtle Night Walk ($35/person + tax). 9250 Island Grove Terrace, Vero Beach
Sebastian Inlet State Park is a beautiful park and campground beside the Atlantic Ocean. On the inland side of the causeway, you will find a little cove with picnic tables – perfect for a family lunch – and several shallow rock pools. These rock pools are a fun, safe way for kids to get a closer look at starfish, tiny fish and other marine life. Free. 9700 South Highway A.1.A., Melbourne Beach
Historic Dodgertown is a Florida Heritage Landmark site where the Brooklyn Dodgers played spring training games from 1948-2008. The site is currently being refurbished and is still actively used for sports tournaments (youth, college, senior). Visitors staying in one of Dodgertown’s 89 hotel-style villas are free to use any of its on-site amenities, including a competition-sized swimming pool, lighted basketball and tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and more. Entrance fee $5. 3901 26th St, Vero Beach
Family-style resorts – The Reef Ocean Resort is a contemporary oceanfront hotel with spacious condos, located just one mile from the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is also an excellent family-friendly option, with its traditional rooms and villas, whimsical pool and children’s play area. The local Holiday Inn and Hampton Inns offer free breakfasts for additional cost savings.
Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival – From June 6-9, 2019, legendary film critic Jeffrey Lyons will host the third installment of this dynamic festival touted as “The New Summer Sundance” by The Huffington Post. This event features top wineries from around the globe, Vero Beach’s swankiest venues and of course, some of the Sunshine State’s finest filmmakers.
Taste lionfish deliciously prepared while learning about the lionfish invasion and how to prepare the fish safely at home during the Sebastian Lionfish Fest onJune 23, 2019 (Raindate June 30). Lionfish Tourney and Lionfish cookoff take place at Capt. Hiram’s in Sebastian. Proceeds benefit coastal programs.
McKee Waterlily Celebration – On June 15, 2019, The McKee Botanical Gardens will host its annual waterlily festival and enchant travelers with colorful blooms and sweet perfumes. The lilies also provide ecological benefits for ponds, creating a natural sunshade for fish and minimizing algae growth. With more than 500 blooms, this waterlily collection is the largest in the Sunshine state.
JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS IN VERO BEACH & SEBASTIAN:
Vero Beach Independence Day at Riverside Park from 4:00pm to 10pm with food trucks, beer & wine, 3 bands, childrens’ area with bounce house, fireworks at dusk
Sebastian Freedom Festival begins with a parade starting at 8:30am along Indian River Drive to Riverview Park; all day festivities in the park with crafts, food, music and fireworks at dusk
About Indian River County: Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast on the Atlantic Ocean, the communities of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere are the geographical starting point for the Florida tropics, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 70° (21°C). The county is centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami. The destination resides at the intersection of green and glamorous, with 100,000 conservation acres, 26 miles of pristine beaches and a treasure trove of cultural attractions. Hotels and resorts with rooftops no higher than swaying palm trees support the destination’s motto “Sunrises, not High Rises,” contributing to it earning such rankings in 2018 among: The Cutest Beach Towns in Florida/Oyster.com, and America’s Happiest Seaside Towns/Coastal Living. Road trippers can easily access the destination via I-95, the Florida Turnpike or Route 60. It is also convenient to Orlando International; Orlando-Melbourne International, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Miami International airports. Vero Beach Regional Airport is served by Elite Airways with direct flights from Newark, N.J., and Asheville, N.C. https://visitindianrivercounty.com/.Follow, Share and join us on our never-ending journey via social media @VeroBeachCVB. Tag the town you’re visiting: #LoveVeroBeach #LoveFellsmere #LoveSebastian
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