“My love for you is like a Florida sunset. Orange, coral, pink, and lavender, it exists to warm your heart through the inevitable darkness.”- Jarod Kintz
They say that the best of things come in small packages, and we couldn’t agree more. After all, that’s why small towns tend to entice people more than their larger counterparts. And suburban areas with long coastlines are particularly popular among a certain group of people. Yes, you are right – the elderly (55+) especially love these kind of places. Just imagine being retired and looking for a place where you can spend the rest of your life with your significant other. Something on your mind? Maybe a small, nice and quiet place where you can enjoy regular day-to-day activities with a dose of fun? One of those heavenly places is Stuart, located in Martin County, Florida.
The best of the best
Do you fancy reading those “the best” lists? Have you ever seen a list of top 10 small towns in the United States? If you have, then you must know that Stuart, Florida, proudly takes first place on a regular basis. Stuart is considered to be extremely popular because of its proximity to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.
St. Lucie River is one of those ecological treasures – it represents a 7 mile long estuary linked to a coastal river system spread across two Florida’s counties – Martin and St. Lucie. In Stuart, a smaller river conjoins with South Fork (once called the Halpatiokee River) forms the main St. Lucie River under the Old Dixie Highway bridge.
When it comes to the Indian River Lagoon, you should know that it represents the most bio diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere. More than 3,000 plant and animal species can be found here. There’s no city, big or small, that boasts such treasures, right?
Things to do in Stuart, Florida
Although it may seem that only a handful activities can be found here, Stuart has lots to offer, starting with its gorgeous coastline. Many fun things can be done in the water, especially in a place blessed by the warm Gulf Stream. Nice weather throughout the year enables Stuart to take the title of “Sailfish capital of the world.” Long and clean beaches attract locals as well as tourists, who can be seen during the whole year, thanks to warm winters. One of the beaches that shouldn’t be missed is Jensen Beach, where a pineapple festival is held every year. Boating, skiing, surfing, fishing, scuba diving or sailing lovers will adore this place.
When you get tired from so much fun on the water (if that’s possible), you can stop by one of many excellent restaurants and try local specialties. Fish meals are extremely popular and many restaurants here specialize in fish dishes.
What not to miss in Stuart
You may not believe this, but sometimes people simply don’t get to see everything Stuart has to offer. Numerous fun activities on the water attract too much attention, so buildings like museums, theaters and galleries are often forgotten. Stuart has two theaters you should definitely check out – Lyric Theatre and the Barn Theatre. The first one was built to serve as a movie house, but is now used as a stage and music venue.
When it comes to museums, there are two significant ones in Stuart – the Elliott Museum and the Stuart Heritage Museum. The first one focuses mainly on art, history and technology while the other contains more than 10,000 artifacts representing Stuart’s legacy.
And for the end, we should mention two more places. First one is Tropical Ranch Botanical Garden, a haven for all nature lovers. Entrance is free and that’s great considering the fact that it’s the only botanical garden in Martin County. There are a total of nine themed garden areas, each one with distinctive, rare and unusual plant specimens and landscaping style. As for the second place, it goes to Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries. Geoffrey was a very famous sculptor who made the iconic Stuart Sailfish, the symbol of the city of Stuart, and his remarkable work is something you should definitely check out.
…if you’re still not convinced you should visit this marvelous town, we have only one thing to say – read the article again! It may be a small town, but it has so much to offer. Of course, we are limited by space, so it’s normal not to mention all of the things you can do in Stuart, but that’s the thing, right? If we reveal everything, you won’t be interested anymore! But, when we just tickle your imagination, there’s only one thing you can do – go and explore Stuart’s little secrets on your own!