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Indian River County- one of the best places to live

Indian River County has had the treat of being given several titles. By Sperling Indian River County was ranked “The 7th Best Place to live in the United States”. It had been deemed Florida’s 6th most prosperous county and one of the Top 100 Wealthiest Counties in the Nation. Finally from the U.S. EPA department the Indian River Lagoon has been designated as an “Estuary of National Significance”.

Warmed by the beautiful Gulf Stream the county enjoys temperatures from 63 to 81 degrees all year round. The Indian River Lagoon divides the islands from the mainland and stretches along 156 miles of Florida’s east coast.  The lagoon is home to over 3,500 species of lush tropical flora and fauna. Come catch a glimpse of playful dolphins, gentle manatees, and a fisherman’s paradise with redfish, trout, snook and tarpon.

The county has a bouquet of actives for the whole family to enjoy. From cultural arts & museums to theaters & historical attractions covering every subject imaginable. Outdoor adventures include: Jet Ski & kayak rentals, surfing, skydiving, airboat rides, shooting ranges, wildlife refuges and parks. For indoor activities come enjoy: bowling, skating, movies and the playhouse.

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Find it all here in “your” county

Make Indian River County your home. Come indulge in sports, equestrian life, polo, the lagoon and ocean. You can even come shop until you drop with art & antique shops, consignment and high end boutiques. Don’t forget the malls, chains, fashion outlets and even fruit and vegetable stands. 

You have your choice of 5 incredible cities:

  • Vero Beach: as the largest city and the center of the commercial and culture of the county, Vero Beach is the Seat of the County. 

  • Sebastian: emerged from a fishing industry today Sebastian is the spot for surfing, fishing, swimming and boating.

  • Fellsmere: the rural city, Fellsmere’s economy is based on citrus crops and cattle.

  • Indian River Shores: beautiful and exclusive, Indian River Shores is a residential community.

  • Orchid: new and luxurious, Orchid is a barrier island community.

 

Indian River County Specs

This prosperous county is made up of 503 Square Miles of land. To the west side of the mainland you will find it is encompassed with orange and grapefruit groves. There is a sea of both pastoral cattle ranches and residential homes. You will even find a nice group of Golf communities and a variety of lush business investment properties. To the east side of the county you will find yourself swimming in the brilliance of 26 miles of unsullied white sandy beaches secured along the barrier islands. Here you have your choice. Be it the beautiful oceanfront, riverfront, or canal front view of residential estates and condominiums or the vacation spot of your dreams with year-round or seasonal rentals and resorts.

We understand finding a new home can be difficult, but with a county such as this, that has so much to offer it seems impossible to say no.

 

Events:

Concert in the Park: every third Saturday of the month, the City of Palm Bay host the Concert in the Park. It is a series of concerts featuring various musical genres, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for free. Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Dr NE., FL 32903

BWS Presents 'SPLASH of Watercolor: the Brevard Watercolor Society is pleased to announce the 20th Annual “Splash of Watercolor”. This is a free art show that showcases the best work of all the BWS members. There will be judged and non-judged art exhibits, painting demos, silent auctions, raffles, delicious foods and more. For sale will be original paintings, matted prints, greeting cards and other mementos from the Artist Marketplace area. Reoccurring daily, from February 21 through Sunday, February 22, 2015. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the AZAN Shrine Temple 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935

Skate Jam: every second Saturday of the month, the City of Palm Bay host this Public Skate Jam. This family friendly event is open to people of all ages to come enjoy a safe and fun night. This is a free event but remember to bring your own skates, the Park’s supply is limited. Join us from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Liberty Park, 895 Carlyle Ave, Palm Bay, FL 32903

Friday Fest: every first Friday of the month the Cape Canaveral Leisure Service Department host “Friday Fest”.  Come out and enjoy the wide variety of food vendors, an array of novelty and craft vendors, a kid’s zone and live music topped with beer & wine. From 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Taylor and Poinsett Avenue, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

 

Outdoors, Tours & Expeditions:

Full Listing of Beaches & Parks Visit: http://www.indianriverchamber.com/index.cfm?method=Tourism.BeachesParks

Gator Bait Airboat Adventures: come out and enjoy Vero Beach’s “premier airboat ride” and Eco-Tour Company.  Experience the marvel of stunning landscapes and wildlife as you gently glide over the marsh.  This is one airboat ride you won’t want to miss. Enjoy an informative narrative from your Captain a Florida Native, who knows exactly where the gators lay their eggs. He’ll make sure to point out all the wildlife for you to enjoy and you will even get introduced to a few alligators like Fat Willy, Big Bubba and Wally Gator. Every tour is different but there are all always filled with exciting fun.  So come and check out the thousands of birds and turtles lined up logs. Blue Cypress Conservation Area, CR 512, Vero Beach FL, 32966

Paleo Discoveries, LLC: come out and enjoy a genuine Florida Eco-Tour of fossil hunting. You can snorkel through shallow rivers and streams or simply screen sift, you decide. Have the experience of a life time finding remains of ancient sharks, whales, dolphins, fish, saber-tooth cats, jaguars, mammoths, mastodons, camels, tapirs, horses, sloths, giant armadillos and much more. Get to discover your own piece of history, a piece that you can actually hold in your hand! Most importantly remember this is unlike a fishing trip, here your guaranteed to always go home with something. 6540 36th Lane Vero Beach, FL 32966

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge: one of the Nation’s most significant land achieving efforts to protect marine turtles, located on 20.5 miles of the barrier island between Melbourne & Wabasso Beach. The refuge makes extraordinary efforts to bring attention to the world’s declining turtle population due to over-exploitation and loss of safe habitat. The refuge is designed to protect the habitats for loggerheads, green turtles & leatherbacks. The Archie Carr Working Group has protected over 900 acres and educates thousands of residents & visitors about the unique characteristics of the barrier island ecosystem.

McKee Botanical Garden: 18 acres of natural landscape that is preserved and restored to the original vision of its founders. This diverse collection is host to both native and exotic plants sealed in with “Old Florida Charm”. Aside from just the beautiful vegetation come see the several amazingly restored historical treasures including the library and gift shop, or even join in on one of the varies programs including: art exhibits, educational and special programs. The garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of “National Significance”. Come discover along the pathways of majestic palms, tranquil streams and accents of water lilies, waterfalls and historic structures.

ORCA: the Oslo Road Conservation Area is 350 acres of canopying live oaks, orchids, mangroves and wetlands. Enjoy 298 acres of undeveloped mature coastal hammocks, Flatwoods and wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon. You can experience wild coffee bushes and wildlife, or find yourself climbing to the top of the observation tower, strolling along the board walk, canoeing, and treading 1 mile of educational and informative trails. On the south end (SORCA) there is 66 acres of maritime hammocks, uplands and wetlands. So come out and join us for a weekly Nature Walk or for one of our other amazing adventures: "Canoeing the ORCA Backcountry," "Controlling Mosquitos: What you Can Do," and "Birdwatching Basics”.

 

Culture, Arts & Theaters: http://www.indianriverchamber.com/index.cfm?method=Tourism.Theaters

The Children’s Theater (at Riverside Theater): here at the accredited professional theater company they offer activities all year round for the kids, include classes, camps and even training opportunities for all ages all year.

www.riversidetheatre.com

  • Agnes Wahlstrom Youth Playhouse: this is a multi-functional space. It can be used as a black box performance, receptions or rehearsal hall and finally as a class room.
  • Anne Morton Theatre: this flexible space that has as a proscenium theatre seats 300. It can also be configured as a 3/4 thrust or as a black box.

Vero Beach Museum of Art – 5 galleries of exhibitions of international, national and state importance. There is also a museum store and gift shop.  www.vbmuseum.org.

The following is only a sample of the cultural facilities, programs and activities:

Atlantic Classical Orchestra: this main goals of the ACO is to present musical performances of the highest artistic level possible. Also to encourage and cultivate the masses appreciation of the world of classical symphonic music.  The do this by offering educational and accessible musical experiences to the Treasure Coast. The ACO will at all times be operated for the soul purposes of exclusively for educational, cultural and charitable purposes. www.atlanticclassicalorchestra.org

Treasure Coast Jazz Society (TCJS): don’t miss out on the exquisite sessions of combined swing & classical melodies with a romantic setting. Our artist include a wide variety of styles and instrumentation.  From mainstream jazz as represented by the music of the great songwriters (Berlin, Porter, Rogers, Mercer - to name a few) to jazz classics and originals. Members are lovers of melodic, swinging jazz and good music. http://www.tcjazzsociety.org/AboutConcerts.html

Sebastian River Art Club: this friendly group of artist share a common love of art and their encouragement for others to pursue art. They hold public art shows, exhibits and their annual Rosalee Taylor Hume Art Scholarship. http://www.sebastianriverartclub.org/

Vero Beach Opera, Inc.: the VBO promotes opera education by offering a series of “Opera Studies Programs” in partnership with the Vero Beach Museum of Art, and by offering “Master Classes” conducted by world class opera singers. VBO also sponsors professional singers, from the community, of both classical and semi-classical music. They provide talented, accomplished local artist the opportunity to perform through their “Resident Artist Program”. Finally they award vocal scholarship to college-bond Indian River County students majoring in Vocal/Music Performance or Education and Piano Scholarships to you students who show great promise and commitment but have a financial need. www.verobeachopera.org

 

Historical Attractions

Vero Beach Historical Society and Train Station: the train station house was built in 1903 and currently house Indian River County Historical Society. They are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic sites. The exhibit center is where the history and cultural heritage of Florida is highlighted. Visitors are encouraged to go out and explore the hisotyr of the small communities and byways of Indian River County: 2336 14thAvenue in downtown Vero Beach. 

 •Heritage Center/Citrus Museum: built in 1935 and saved from demolition in 1991 the center continues to serve as a meeting place for both public and private events. Come out and visit the museum, it preserves the artifacts, photographs and memorabilia of the citrus pioneers of Indian River County. Discover how citrus seeds made their way to Florida and the story of how area pioneers established the most distinguished citrus fruit in the world.  2140 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach.

Jungle Trail Greenway: this was the first county road constructed on the island in the 1920’s come out and enjoy this scenic drive along the Indian River. The Historic trails winds for nearly 8 miles of a sandy road through the hammock. The road is on the National Register of Historic Places, it was originally made for the citrus growers to haul their produce now it is mainly used for cyclist, walkers and joggers. The spectacular scenery features lookouts and spotting scopes, to give you an up-close view of storks, pelicans, ospreys and several other species. Come and indulge in the beautiful nature. 

McKee Botanical Gardens: these beautiful 18 acres of tropical gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens support a diverse collection of several restored architectural treasures. Come enjoy a self-guided tour and see the 1st permitted structurally engineered bamboo building to stand in the United States. Don’t forget to check out the library, gift shop and café. www.mckeegarden.org  

 

Golf Courses and County Clubs:

Public Golf Courses

Sandridge Municipal Golf Course: this 36-hole golf course features not one but two Vero Beach Golf Layouts. First is Dunes Course, a classic layout that winds around and old ridge. Second is the Lakes Course a wonderful layout that features on of the toughest holes in all of South Florida. Players have been known to visit from all around the world just to take a shot at the Par 4 14th and they particularly love the island green. Rated 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest, the course maintains a regular spot on the magazine’s “Places to Play List”.

Sebastian Municipal Golf Course:  this 18-hold course is dedicated to promoting the games of golf, with the City of Sebastian though customer service, golf events and junior golf activites.

Miniature Golf                                                                                            

Safari Putting Golf ‘n Games: there’s more than just 36-holes of miniature golf here. Come let loose with: •Extra Large Indoor Arcade •Xbox KINECT •Billiards •Ping-Pong •Foosball •Air Hockey •Arcade Basketball •Massive Japanese Koi Feeding •Private Party Rooms Available for Any Occasion •16 Flavors of Blue Bell Ice Cream

Private Golf Courses

Hawk's Nest Golf Club: architect by Jim Fazio the golf course was designed to look natural with a landscape of tall pines and oak trees. This is one of the few “Green Course” left in Florida a true golfer’s golf club. Members have the exclusivity of choosing where they live and the privacy at home and at play. 6005 Old Dixie Hwy, Vero Beach, FL 32967

 •The Moorings Yacht & Country Club: this championship course is immaculately carved out of 400 pristine acres of Indian River’s lakes and hammock land. The land is exquisitely molded by tall pines, oaks, palms and challenging designs. These rolling fairways are strategically placed bunkers and challenging “TifEagle” greens, making this 6,900 yard masterpiece a true gem for even the most experienced golfers. The Bent Pine has been the home to U. S. Open qualifiers, U.S. Seniors Tournaments. 100 Harbour Dr., Vero Beach, FL 32963

 

Medical

American Cancer Society: 3375 20th Street #100 Vero Beach, FL 32960

Urgent Care West: 2050 40th Avenue #6 Vero Beach, FL 32960

Indian River Emergency Medical Services: 1900 27th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960

Education:

Indian River County has 21 public schools from elementary to high school, and 28 private schools form Pre-K to high school.  

Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay Campus 250 Community College Parkway Southeast Palm Bay, FL 32909

Aviator College 3800 Saint Lucie Boulevard Fort Pierce, FL 34946

Florida Institute of Technology 150 West University Boulevard Melbourne, FL 32901

Travel

Melbourne International Airport (MLB/KMLB): 1 Air Terminal Parkway, Melbourne, FL 32901

The Orlando International Airport (MCO/KMCO): 1 Airport Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32827

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB/KSFB): 1200 Red Cleveland Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

Palm Beach International (PBI): 1000 James L Turnage Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Sebastian Municipal Airport: 202 Airport Drive East Sebastian, FL 32958

Vero Beach Municipal Airport: 3400 Cherokee Drive Vero Beach, FL 32960

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