EXPLORE FORT PIERCE
SITUATED on the “Treasure Coast” (named after the famed sinking of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715) and nicknamed the Sunrise City, Fort Pierce is one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida. The historic waterfront downtown offers wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment options and has been awarded the City of Excellence Award and received the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Whether you want to spend your day at the beach, hanging out at Jetty Park, windsurfing, wreck diving, golfing, strolling the lush botanical gardens, shopping, visiting the Navy Seal or Backus Museums, there’s always a list of upcoming events sure to keep you busy.
Want more? Try the Farmers Market, Bike Night, or for the performing arts enthusiast take in a show at the Sunrise Theatre, experience Florida in an environmentally-friendly way or do absolutely nothing at all – because you’re likely to find this fantastic seaside community the perfect getaway.
Craving pizza, burgers, seafood, American, International, BBQ, raw bar, or tapas? Fort Pierce has got you covered; from casual to fine dining, when your day is done head out for some terrific dining options.
And at the end of the day whether you choose a beachfront, dockside, campground, or pet friendly place to call home during your stay, you’ll discover why visitors from around the corner and around the world return again and again to Fort Pierce. If you’re interested in reading more about the recent happenings, here’s a link to our Fort Pierce Journal (blog) page.
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Recipient of the City of Excellence and Great American Main Street Awards, Fort Pierce’s nickname is the Sunrise City (sister to the Sunset City – San Francisco). In addition to the spectacular sunrises and extraordinary beaches you’ll find here, the Downtown area is home to the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, the historic Sunrise Theatre, and the Original Tiki Bar & Restaurant. This pic of the harbor was taken from A1A/North Causeway and in the distant background you’ll see A1A/Seaway Drive; both cross over the Indian River and bring you to Fort Pierce’s historic Downtown or take them east and head toward the beaches! Either way, you may just find this charming A1A destination worth exploring.
Modern-day Fort Pierce derived its name from the military installation constructed during the second Seminole War (1835-42) during which time the United States Army constructed military posts all over Florida including Fort Pierce. Named for Lt. Colonel Benjamin Kendrick Pierce (brother to the future 14th US President Franklin Pierce); Pierce and his troops constructed the Fort for the purpose of being a main supply depot during the War then abandoned it in 1842 when the war ended; the Fort burned down the following year. This pic was taken at legendary Archie’s Seabreeze; a wonderful old Florida style beach bar which has several bars and seating areas throughout and if you decide to come here and explore it, the address is 401 S Ocean Drive/A1A, 34949.
The Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and according to SunriseTheatre.com, the Sunrise opened its doors on August 1, 1923 as the largest theatre on Florida’s East Coast between Jacksonville and Miami. It quickly became the center of all St. Lucie County’s cultural activities. The theatre closed its doors on September 8, 1983, due to the decline of the downtown area and a refusal to convert to multi-screen operation. In 1988, Main Street Fort Pierce was established and soon realized the need for the Sunrise Theatre as a center for local, national and international world class performing arts presentations. We shot this pic in front of the theatre and if you decide to come here and explore this historic site, make your way to 117 South Second Street, 34950.
Following are few links you made find helpful (we certainly have). If you use the links, you’ll be leaving this website and will be redirected to another. Although we’ve found the links quite useful, we’re not making endorsements or claims about the accuracy or content of the information you’ll find there. About Fort Pierce; SCUBA | Wreck Dive (Video); Indian Hills Golf Course; Heathcote Botanical Gardens; Backus and Navy Seal Museums; Bike Night; Sunrise Theatre; and here’s one more thing we just couldn’t resist sharing – enjoy this Fort Pierce Surf’n in the 70’s blast from the past (video)!