Updated: July 8, 2013
Port St. Lucie and the surrounding area offer a variety of things to do for people of all ages, interests and incomes. There are museums and learning centers, frequent sporting events, fitness activities, musical performances, outdoor activities, art shows, theater performances, and a diversity of shopping and dining opportunities.
The beautiful environment of the Port St. Lucie area can be observed from many places:
Port St. Lucie is close to several popular beaches where swimming, surfing and sea shell hunting continue all year.
Other boat ramps into the St. Lucie River and the Intracoastal Waterway (which leads directly to the ocean) are a short drive away in the nearby cities of Stuart and Fort Pierce. Local waters are popular for sail boats, power boats, canoes and water skiers.
For people who enjoy fishing, there are many freshwater and saltwater fishing spots. The St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon, Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Okeechobee and offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean are popular destinations for amateurs and professionals. Local catches include marlin, sailfish, swordfish, dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, cobia, grouper, snapper, tarpon, snook, pompano, red fish, trout and flounder.
The city-owned Saints Golf Course and a Club Med-owned golf course are at the center of town, and several others are nearby. The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance here is one of the most prestigious training facilities in the country, and the PGA Museum of Golf features artifacts that would intrigue not only golfers, but anyone interested in historical documents and paraphernalia.
The New York Mets hold their spring training in Port St. Lucie at Tradition Field, which also is home to Minor League Baseball’s St. Lucie Mets.
The Elliott Museum Baseball Gallery may have the most comprehensive signed collection of baseball-related items outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The Tennis Center at Whispering Pines Park has 14 courts, with a court for tournament play. The tennis center has been recognized by the United States Tennis Association with an Outstanding Facility Award, and is available for every level of ability from beginners to professional players.
In addition to the Whispering Pines Tennis Center, city-run tennis courts can be found at:
Special events are common in Port St. Lucie, where several annual festivals and parades regularly draw large crowds to the Civic Center and the amphitheater at the Martin Health System Village Square. These include celebrations for Martin Luther King Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, Oktoberfest, the Fall Festival, the Annual Bonfire and Hayride and the Holiday Festival of Lights.
The city also hosts a weekly Green Market, a weekly Latin Dance Night, a comedy forum, several Botanical Garden festivals and plant sales, and a variety of music and art shows for all tastes.
Port St. Lucie’s 100,000 square-foot Civic Center is the region’s premiere location for festivals, conventions, banquets and live performances. With basketball and racquetball courts, the Humana Fitness and Wellness Center, a game room and daily classes, the 100,000 square-foot multi-purpose Civic Center is the community’s favorite venue for fitness and physical activities.
Port St. Lucie is a 2-hour drive to major attractions such as Disney World, Sea World and the Kennedy Space Center. West Palm Beach area attractions, such as Lion Country Safari and the elegant Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, are a 50-minute drive south, and the Brevard Zoo is a 50-minute drive to the north.
Miami area attractions are a 2-hour drive from Port St. Lucie and include the Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle, Vizcaya, the Miami Science Museum and Planetarium, Coconut Grove and South Beach. Major Miami area athletic teams include the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat, the Florida Marlins, the Florida Panthers and the University of Miami Hurricanes.