The city of Fort Pierce has a dynamic, historic district tucked away from the traffic of US Highway 1. Nestled between the future site of an Amtrak railway station and the Indian River waterfront, historic downtown Fort Pierce provides guests a scenic area that includes a library, marina, shopping area, art museum and a beautifully restored 1923 Sunrise Theatre. Children love the Manatee Center, an educational facility that includes an observation deck to watch the gentle manatees swim along the adjacent channel and a gift shop. Next door, to the north along Indian River Drive, is the A. E. Backus Museum and the Seven Gables House which is the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center.
The Marina offers daily charters for fishing adventures and the causeway bridge has many fine restaurants for lunch or casual dining. Within minutes are the Smithsonian Marine Center, the St. Lucie Aquarium, the county Regional History Museum and the UDT Navy Seal Museum.
There are activities for everyone: Thursdays are Bike Night, first Friday is FridayFest sponsored by Main Street Fort Pierce and the last Friday is the Classic Car Cruise-In. Art lovers can take lessons at the Treasure Coast Art Association storefront on Avenue A and purchase original art at the ArtBank in the former SunTrust bank building on Orange Avenue. The second Wednesday is Art Walk at the ArtBank from 5-8 p.m. where you can mingle and meet over 40 artists in their studios.
A trip to historic downtown Fort Pierce isn't complete without visiting the P.P. Cobb Building and getting an old-time soda in the circa 1800's building. Rain or shine, there is a Farmer's Market every Saturday morning from 8 a.m - 1 p.m. with music from the Jazz & Blues Society.
Set on the Treasure Coast of Florida, downtown Fort Pierce is a friendly spot to bring the whole family.
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