Port St. Lucie is located in the wider St. Lucie County in Florida and is a great place to visit if you want to see some of the iconic scenery for which this part of the United States is famous.
To that end, there are a huge number of ways to take in the amazing Florida wetlands and mangroves in Port St. Lucie, and you can of course take to the water and cruise along the Indian River, especially if you want to see some alligators and maybe even some wild dolphins.
As well as its famous waterways, Port St. Lucie is also home to a huge number of parks and nature preserves, and anyone who likes communing with nature will love the chance to check out the local flora and fauna here firsthand.
Lets explore the best things to do in Port St. Lucie:
1. Tradition Field
Tradition Field located in Port St. Lucie is famous for being the training ground of the New York Mets and if you happen to be in town from February to March then you can see them in action as they train.
During the summer months you can also catch minor league baseball games at Tradition Field and locals will tell you that the best way to experience a game is with a drink from the tiki bar and a blanket spread out in the grassy picnic area.
2. Treasure Coast Boat Rental
Spend the afternoon on a pontoon boat with Treasure Coast Boat Rental where you can cruise around the famous Indian River Lagoon.
You can also explore the islands and coves that dot this area of Fort Pierce and you can pull up to an array of beautiful beaches that are found all along this dramatic and beautiful coastline.
Swimming is a common pastime in this part of Florida as is fishing or simply sunning yourself as you relax on the deck of the boat.
3. Woodstork Trail and Hillmoor Lake Park
Spread out across 56 acres is the idyllic Hillmoor Lake Park in Port St. Lucie and you will find an amazing trail system here including a sidewalk trail that stretches for over a mile.
If you want to take in the local wildlife then you can visit one of two observation decks in the park and there are also fishing decks available so that you can enjoy some shore line fishing.
You can also hike or bike around the park depending on your preferences.
4. Superplay USA
Superplay USA is a great place to come in Port St. Lucie if you are looking for some family fun, as this entertainment center has everything you need for an exciting day out.
There are 48 bowling lanes here where you can enjoy a game or a tournament and there is also a miniature golf course available.
There are batting cages for those who want to practice their swing as well as an arcade that has a wide range of old fashioned games.
You can also get some food at the Premium Sports Grill of South Florida that is located on site.
5. Veterans Park
Veterans Park is by no means the largest in the city but it can be one of the most moving to visit.
As the name suggests, the park is dedicated to veterans of the Vietnam and Korean wars.
There is also a World War Two memorial here and a Purple Heart memorial, and there is a 24 visitation area here so that people can come and pay their respects to those who gave their life in service.
There is also a Ceremonial Pentagon in the park that has 12 benches situated in formation.
6. Oxbow Eco-Center
The Oxbow Eco-Center is an environmental learning facility that aims to teach visitors all about the importance of preserving nature in this part of the United States.
The center sits on 225 acres of preserve and you can learn all about the river and the forest lands in Florida here as well as visit a living laboratory and a wild sanctuary where you can get up close to the flora and fauna in this region.
You can take a guided tour of the center with a naturalist who will fill you in on all of the plant and wildlife found here and enjoy the gorgeous floodplain forests as well as the lush canopies and swamplands.
7. Carmike Cinemas
Carmike Cinemas makes the perfect place to catch a movie in Port St. Lucie and you will find a huge range of films to choose from thanks to the 14 stadium seating theater here.
As well as films and all the usual movie snacks there is also a full bar here so you can have a bottle of beer or a decadent glass of wine as you watch.
8. Oak Hammocks Park
Oak Hammocks Park is one of the premium green spaces in the city and has two fishing piers which will appeal to any keen anglers visiting.
There are bike and hiking trails that stretch along the C-24 Canal and there is also a Butterfly Garden when you can see some of the local flora and fauna in action.
The walking trails spans 3 miles through the park and pass by the famous oak and palm hammocks from which the park gets its name.
9. River Lilly Cruises
River Lilly Cruises run the River Lilly boat which is a pontoon style boat that can hold up to 34 passengers at a time.
The River Lilly will take you out on the water to check out the beautiful sites in this part of Florida and you will even get to cruise past the spot where the part of the James Bond film Moonraker was filmed.
Just some of the local wildlife that you can hope to see on a trip includes alligators, turtles, and even some otters and manatees if you are lucky.
For birdwatchers there are also a huge number of species here so make sure you bring your binoculars.
10. Jessica Clinton Park
The Jessica Clinton Park is a park in Port St. Lucie that is dedicated to one of its former residents, cheerleader Jessica Clinton.
After Jessica died suddenly at the age of 17, the park was established as a memorial space, and there is also a program in which people can dedicate stones in the park to loved ones.
There is also a special memorial area that celebrates Jessica’s life and this is a moving visit for anyone looking for some peace and serenity in Port St. Lucie.
11. Dolphin Watch Boat Tours
If you want to get out on the water then consider signing up for a tour with Captain Adam Pozniak who has lived in this part of the United States for over 40 years and knows everything there is to know about the region.
When you take a tour of the Indian River you will learn all about the history of the Fort Pierce area and you will take in as much as 15 miles of waterway during a boat ride.
Some animals to look out for along the way include manatees, dolphins, birds, sea turtles, and fish.
12. Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens
The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens are located in the center of the city and span 20 acres close to the St. Lucie River.
The gardens are known for their beautiful lake as well as a grand fountain and there are paved trails that you can follow to take in all the local flora and fauna.
The gardens are grouped into different sections for your enjoyment such as a butterfly garden and an orchid garden.
You can also either sign up for a guided tour here to hear all about the plants and flowers on show, or you can simply wander around at your leisure.
13. Civic Center Art Gallery
The Civic Center in the heart of Port St. Lucie is also the location of an art gallery which spans 2,000 square feet and has some of the best artwork in the entire Port St.
Come here for a taste of the local arts scene, as the gallery has a mission statement to showcase the best of the rising talent in the area and you will find a wonderful exhibition space complete with columns and carved wood.
There are different exhibitions held every eight weeks in order to keep the collections fresh and interesting and you can expect to find all kinds of art work on display.
14. RiverWalk Boardwalk
The RiverWalk Boardwalk runs along the banks of the dynamic St. Lucie River and is the place to come if you want to see some of Florida’s famous wetlands up close.
The boardwalk spans over 2,000 feet and ends with a pavilion at the Veterans Park at Rivergate.
The RiverWalk actually splits into two paths that will take you through mangrove swamps and there is an observation deck where you can take in the landscape in more detail.
15. Spruce Bluff Preserve
If you want to know a little more about the history of the Port St. Lucie area then you really need to come to the Spruce Bluff Preserve that is located in the Southbend Lakes district of the city.
Here you will find the remains of a pioneer settlement that dates from the 1800s and you can still see an Indian mound that measures up to 18 feet tall and is said to date back 2,000 years.
Around the mound you can also take in the local wildlife and you may even see animals such as squirrels, alligators, and raccoons.