Sport and Recreation Activities in Vero Beach, Sebastian and Indian River County
Swimming, fishing, boating, surfing, scuba or sky diving are only a few of the recreational opportunities available to you in Indian River County. There are 19 private and public golf courses convenient to every community. Like tennis? There are numerous public tennis courts through out the county as well as private tennis clubs and housing developments built around tennis. Need More? Try our hiking and biking trails, riverside camping and seaside picnic facilities all available to you year-round.
Ever wonder what the view is from a sea gulls perspective? Now you can find out! Treasure Coast Motorgliding offers glider rides with up to one hour of pure excitement. Soar like a bird along the beaches in a versatile glider capable of cruising like an airplane or soaring like a bird. Like to try your hand at flying a glider? The pilot, a Certified Flight Instructor, will show you how. Click the 'More Info' link to learn more.
Open 7 days a week. Everything for fun in the sun. Beach side quality at mainland prices. Sales and rentals of surfboards, stand up paddle boards, boogie boards, skim boards, wetsuits, beach chairs and umbrellas. Stop by, you'll Love our shop. VISIT OUR WEBSITE BY CLICKING THE LINKs ABOVE.
Historic Dodgertown is a multi-sport, 79-acre complex on Florida's Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O'Malley. O'Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as "Dodgertown" for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O'Malley Seidler, Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo. The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it is now an all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County. Teams of all ages train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. It's the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Experience all the mystery and beauty the Indian River has to offer. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour where you will discover river wild life and view the magnificent homes along the rivers edge. Relax on a sunset cruise or see the river in a whole different way with a moonlight cruise. Want to try your hand at fishing? We provide the equipment and the best spots. Learn more by clicking on the above links.
The Academy trains and equips young participants in leadership, community involvement, and personal responsibility. Van Der Becke's goal is to train future Olympic heroes and the next great leaders of our society. Please visit the links above to learn more.
The award winning Riverside Racquet Complex is affiliated with the Vero Beach/ Indian River County Recreation Department. The complex features ten hard court (six lighted), two enclosed, lighted racquetball courts, a lighted practice wall, and Pro Shop. Open to the public.
For over four decades the shared vision of founder J. Seward Johnson, Sr. and inventor Edwin Link to explore, protect and wisely use the oceans� resources shaped the work at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Today, articulated as Ocean Science for a Better World�, this same vision drives over 140 Harbor Branch Oceanographic scientists, engineers and support staff to be leaders in ocean-related innovation, exploration, research, education and conservation.
All of Riverside Theatre's events are produced in-house using The Acting Company's staff. Under the direction of Artistic Director Allen D. Cornell, sets, props, lights and costumes are designed and built on-site. Actors, designers and directors from New York and other areas of the country are brought in for two and a half weeks of rehearsals and up to four weeks of performances.
World class golf in a setting of casual elegance. Friendliest, finest, private club. A course both challenging and fair to players of any caliber. Plush tees and fairways with perfectly manicured greens surrounded with tall Carolina pines. Large canopying oaks, scrub jay preserves and rolling hills compliment this award winning private course. The third course in the world to be honored with Audubon International's coveted "Signature Sanctuary" designation.
The Indian River Symphonic Association has been bringing quality symphonic music to Vero Beach since 1993. In a typical season seven concerts are presented, including performances by such renowned orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the German State Philharmonic, the Buffalo Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony, to name just a few. All concerts are performed at the Community Church of Vero Beach and begin at 7:30 PM. For the concert schedule for the coming season, please click on our website link.
Riverside Children's Theatre is the youth oriented educational arm of the non-profit Riverside Theatre, Inc. The largest youth theatre in the state of Florida operating in its own facility, RCT provides after school and summer programming and performance opportunities for local youth. An active outreach and scholarship program seeks to involve all the children in Indian River County no matter their circumstances, assisting them in developing confidence, discipline and self esteem. Refer to the theatre website for a full listing of performances and classes.
If you hear someone say that you need a Florida Boating License or a Florida Boat License to operate your boat, what they really mean is that you need the Florida State Boater Education Card. You can get the Education Card by taking the course by clicking on the 'Visit Website' link above. This boating safety course has been approved by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and allows you to obtain your Official Florida Boater Card online. The course can be studied at any time, free of charge -- you only pay once you have passed the course and wish to get certified.
Whether you're visiting the Vero Beach area, live here seasonally or year round, Orchid Island Bikes & Kayaks is ready to help you enjoy this tropical paradise. Located just off US Hwy 1 behind Staple's they are the Premier Rental and Sales Center for Bicycles, Kayaks, paddle boards and more!
The City of Sebastian Skate Facility is owned and operated by the City of Sebastian. The street course skating area is 7,700 sq. ft. Only skateboards, in-line skates and quad skates, can be used at the facility. A signed, notorized or verified waiver must be on file. Proper identification is required.
Tropical Kayak Tours is the local expert for kayaking the Indian River Lagoon, Blue Cypress Lake and St. Sebastian River. Tours are offered daily. Enjoy the top notch service those "in the know" have come to appreciate from our knowledgeable and friendly guides. Experience the beautiful scenery and wide array of wildlife in and around our local waters. Reservation required.
Gifford Aquatics Center features a large 100� x 75� pool and a �Sprayground� for kids. The pool is �zero� entry, meaning you can walk in gradually from one end (just like an ocean beach only no waves or rip tides!). This makes it easy to introduce water to the kids, teach swimming, and accommodate those in wheelchairs, which can roll right into the water! The 178,000-gallon pool has a capacity for 149 swimmers.
Even though the IRL is an everyday sight for many of us, few have ever experienced the unsurpassed biological diversity that lies below these waters. The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located inside the St. Lucie County Marine Center, provides a window into this underwater world. Make no mistake, we are not a typical public aquarium. Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms interacting in their environment. At the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. With the help of our dynamic displays we strive to provide the public with a better understanding of the fragile marine ecosystems of the IRL and surrounding area and the impact humans are having on these fragile environments.
Voted "Best Eco Tour on the Treasure Coast for 2014", Stumpknocker Airboat Tours offers the most educational, exciting, humorous, and informative tour on the beautiful, pristine headwaters of the St. John's River. Capt. Steve Hayes is the only Certified Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida that provides these tours, established in 1988, and one of the most popular attractions on the Treasure Coast, hence "THE GRANDDADDY OF 'EM ALL". Bring a camera and let's create some memories. It is fun, entertaining, and educational for all ages.
IRSA was founded in 1986 by a small but dedicated group of soccer enthusiasts. Their mission was to create an entirely inclusive athletic association that offered any child the opportunity to play soccer for fun. That first season included 45 players of all ages and 4 coaches. Today, IRSA serves over 1000 children annually, with two 8-Week seasons, rostering over 80 teams for children aged 4-18.
Visit the Marshlands of Indian River County with Capt. Bob. The Original Talking Tour, Capt. Bob gives you more than a ride, he gives you a Tour. His informative explanation of birds, plants, fish, alligators and local area are unforgettable. Enjoy Capt. Bob's new 2010 custom Diamondback Airboat, with seating for 10 customers. With the tallest front seat of any tour boat, and 12' offset between rows everyone has a great stadium view. Give Capt. Bob a call for the most talked about tour on the water.
"The Difference is in the Tour"
The North County Aquatic Center is a family oriented public pool. The pool is heated and open year round. We feature an activity pool, a competition pool, with a diving well and changing facilities. Our activity pool is zero depth for easy entry for all ages. The activity pool has slides, water cannons, bubblers, a water tree and a huge water play structure. The competition pool has almost 1 million gallons of water. We have up to 24 lanes for lap swimming at 25 yards. Our diving well has one meter and three meter diving boards.
Our goal is to provide a Safe, Secure and Fun Environment with supervision. Camps offer opportunity for youth to make new friends and spend their summer participating in recreational and educational programs. Two camps will be offered at Leisure Square; Sports/Aquatics Camp & Aerial Antics Youth Circus Camp. Both camps are 9 weeks long.
Under the direction of Roman Ortega-Cowan, Artistic Director, the Vero Beach Opera will present three operatic concerts which include Metropolitan Opera Stars Deborah Voigt and Susan Neves, as well as a full opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY in cooperation with the Orlando Opera.
A primary mission is to preserve the 1910 homestead of Laura (Riding) Jackson both as an example of environmentally sensitive FLorida architecture and as a valued emblem of her significant contributions made in a life devoted to language and literature. The historic house is open for tours on Saturday from 9-12, from October to May.
The Indian River County Recreation Department provides and operates recreational programs and facilities for the use of County residents and visitors of all age groups. In addition, trained, certified water safety personnel are provided at County beaches.
The Manatee Observation and Education Center is a waterfront wildlife observation and nature education center located on Florida's east coast in downtown Fort Pierce. The endangered Florida manatee, also called sea cow, is the main attraction. Manatees can be viewed at the Center year-round! Stand along the covered observation walkway or climb the second story observation tower to see Florida's "Gentle Giants" resting or playing in Moore's Creek. These are wild, not captive manatees, so one never knows when they might swim by.