ST. LUCIE, Fla. – It should be no surprise this hidden gem located on the East Coast of Florida has unique ways to explore the beauty St. Lucie—home to the city of Fort Pierce, the city of Port St. Lucie, and the beautiful beaches of Hutchinson Island.
There are many ways to experience the outdoors untapped part of Florida. Below are just a few unique excursions to consider.
Tours on Horseback
There is no better way to see the beaches of St. Lucie than on the back of a horse. This is the only place in south Florida where visitors can ride a horse on the beach.
This guided tour is a slow-paced, gentle ride down a Fort Pierce’s natural, isolated sandy shoreline and will stay in the vacation memory banks forever. Visitors can spot wildlife, take photos, or just sit back and relax on this peaceful ride down the beach. For more information, visit stlucie.com/horseback-riding/
Take an adventurous tour down the St. Lucie River on this six-seat airboat. Captain Rick with Southern Style Airboat Tours will be sure to introduce patrons to the alligators, turtles, birds, and otters he meets daily. Kids and adults alike will have fun on this exciting and entertaining river tour. For more information, visit airboatrides.tours.
Climb aboard this 40-foot catamaran and enjoy a peaceful sail on the picturesque Indian River Lagoon. Observe native wildlife and take in the natural beauty of this world renowned waterway. The hospitality of Captain Kyle and Hannah, complimentary beverages, a choice of music, and the sunrise or sunset will make this tour one to remember. For more information, visit www.sailaiki.com.
The Indian River Lagoon, the nation’s most biologically diverse estuary, is a haven for Florida wildlife and nature observation. Drift through mangrove tunnels, spot manatees, sea turtles, or dolphin, view ospreys feeding their young along with pelicans, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and more species of birds. Rent or reserve a guided tour to kayak or stand up paddle board, or sit back, relax, and enjoy a chartered wildlife boat cruise. The St. Lucie River is a brackish body of water which winds through the heart of Port St. Lucie—visitors would never know this quiet, majestic scenic river canopied by century old oaks, Spanish moss, and palms is flowing through the middle of Florida’s eighth largest city. Spot alligators sunning themselves on tree stumps and turtles diving below the surface. The birds that inhabit here are stunning. Guided paddling tours, equipment rentals, or chartered wildlife boat tours are available.