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Local Attractions

Fun Spots to Visit Around Town

What makes Jensen Beach unique is our small town charm with plenty of things to do. Our attractions create vacation memories that last and inspire our visitors to return year after year. Here are just a few ways to spend the day in Jensen Beach:

Historic Downtown Jensen Beach
Charming art cottages lined with picket fences and carved pineapples showcase local artists and their works. Surrounded by historic, porch-fronted homes, Jensen Beach offers five-star dining and local eateries sporting Caribbean colors and motifs which exude a Key West style. A variety of small, locally owned shops provide a wide array of shopping experiences. Every Thursday, locals and visitors alike head downtown for Jammin’ Jensen – a streetwide affair full of live entertainment, food, and fun.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
Located directly across from the Elliott Museum and Stuart Beach, the Hutchinson Island attraction offers 57 acres of marine and nature adventures. The nature center contains coastal reef aquariums, sea star touch tank, and a 10,000 gallon interactive stingray touch tank where you can feed the rays! There is also, a 750,000 gallon game fish lagoon, native plant butterfly garden, children’s activity pavilion, guided nature walks, Ocean EcoCenter, and Water Works Exploration Zone. 772.225.0505, www.floridaocean.org, 890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart

The Elliott Museum
The Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island is fun and impressive. The rebuilt $20 million museum replaced a 53-year-old Martin County fixture. This museum showcases revolving exhibits in addition to permanent exhibits including Baseball memorabilia , history of Stuart, maritime and classic boat collection and the finest display of vintage motor vehicles. At the “Wheels of Change” exhibit, 55 classic cars and trucks are parked in a three-story structure. You decide which one you want to see. With the touch of a finger on a screen, a volunteer docent summons the vehicle. You watch it moved from its storage spot to a turntable that is front and center. The museum is named after inventor Sterling Elliott. The theme of the new Elliott Museum is “let your mind soar.” 772.225.1961, www.elliottmuseum.org, 825 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart.

House of Refuge
The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the last remaining of the original 10 houses of refuge located along Florida’s Atlantic coast. Built in 1875 to aid and house shipwreck survivors, its long and colorful history spans 140 years. The House of Refuge Museum exhibits a collection of vintage lifesaving equipment and showcases what life was like for the Keeper and his family in turn-of-the-century Florida as well as local history. 772.225.1875, www.houseofrefugefl.org, 301 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart

U.S. Sailing Center
Located in Indian Riverside Park, this sailing center is one of only two in the United States and sanctioned by the U.S. Sailing Association. This community center offers recreational, competitive, and learn to sail opportunities for youth and adults. 772.334.8085, www.usscmc.org, 1955 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

Environmental Studies Center
Operated by the Martin County School District, this educational attraction is one of Jensen Beach’s most beloved attractions. The center provides hands-on learning experiences that include exploring the Indian River Lagoon, beaches and more. Students (kindergarten through the 7th grade) and visitors get to examine specimens under microscopes, visit with the resident sea turtle, baby alligator and touch the creatures that live in the touch tanks. The center is open to the public on school days from 9AM – 3 PM. 772.219.1887, www.martinschools.org/esc, 2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
Located in Indian Riverside Park, the museum offers children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on interactive activities, educational programs and cultural experiences that reflect Florida’s unique characteristics. 772.225.7575, www.childrensmuseumtc.org, 1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

Road To Victory Military Museum
An outpost of military history and artifacts, the museum is housed in a historic WWII barracks building from Camp Murphy. The museum collection extends beyond the building to a yard that displays military vehicles, missiles and much more. 772.210.4283, facebook.com/roadtovictory, 319 Stypman Blvd, Stuart

National Navy UDT-Seal Museum
Built on the birthplace of the U.S. Navy Frogmen in Fort Pierce, Florida is where from 1943 to 1946, the first brave volunteers trained as members of Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams. This collection of rare and unusual artifacts from some of the SEALs’ most renowned and dangerous missions is your window into the secret world of Naval Special Warfare. 772.595.5845, navySEALmuseum.org, 3300 N Highway A1A, Ft. Pierce

History Museum of Jensen Beach
The museum is housed in the Jensen Beach Community Center located in historic downtown Jensen Beach, Jensen Beach Community Center. It contains early Jensen Beach artifacts, photos and documents preserved, and displayed for all to enjoy. 772.334.3444, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach