St Lucie County History Center, Fort Pierce
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Don't miss a visit to the St Lucie County Regional History Center! This large and attractive history center is packed with excellent exhibits where you will learn a lot and be inspired! The friendly staff also take you on a tour of the historic Gardner house as well as garages full of interesting equipment. The best part is that we got to hear a real gramophone! Most people have never had a chance to do this! We also heard the real hand-cranked siren on an historic firetruck. It was fascinating to see the kitchen of the historic house, with old-fashioned refrigerator that had to be filled by an ice delivery man. The house was built for maximum breezes to blow through.
Inside the museum, through beautiful displays and some hands-on exhibits too, you will learn about the seminole indians, the town portrait photographers, orange and pineapple farming, lagoon fishing, naval amphibious training, battles, barbed wire, Spanish ships, pine needle weaving (quite amazing), and more! School-aged kids really enjoy a visit here, especially if they do the treasure hunt (ask for it at the entrance).
In front of the history museum is the Smithsonian Aquarium, a small but well-cared-for aquarium.
Both these centers are in a gorgeous area fronting the lagoon, with a white sand beach, playground, and walking path past the bright turquoise waters filled with arching dolphins.
While in Fort Pierce, you must go to the Heathcote Botanical Gardens, a tropical paradise with themed gardens and lovely flowers everywhere!
For a pretty beach, check out Pepper Park Beach.
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St Lucie County Regional History Center is located at 414 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce FL 34949, call (772) 462-1795.
Open Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4.
Entry is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors aged 55 and up, and $3 for children aged 4-17.
There is free parking with a waterfront view!
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.