Port St. Lucie Kids: Things to Do

by David Harris

Port St. Lucie is a town located on Florida's Atlantic Coast. Incorporated in 1961, the town has a population of more than 150,000 people. It is located about 90 miles north of Ft. Lauderdale. You can take your kids to the beach in Port St. Lucie but there are numerous other options available as well.

Cruises

Take your kids on a cruise on the St. Lucie River (stlucierivercruise.com). The St. Lucie River Princess is a 35-foot pontoon boat that provides shaded comfort for you and your family as you take in the surroundings and wildlife common to the area. Headed by a boat captain, the St. Lucie River Princess offers three different tours: an early eco-history tour for school groups and camps, a mid-afternoon scenic and historical tour for the general public and a late afternoon Bird Island and sunset cruise.

Baseball

If your kids are baseball fans, the New York Mets hold spring training in Port St. Lucie at Digital Domain Park (no website; 525 N.W. Peacock Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL; 772-871-2100). This gives kids a chance to see Mets players practice in a less formal environment than a regular season game. Spring training typically begins in late February and runs through March. The St. Lucie Mets minor league team plays from April to September.

Beaches

Located just off the coast of Port St. Lucie and accessible by two causeways, Hutchinson Island offers 23 miles of beaches, varying from stretches of pristine sand to dramatic rocky banks. If your kids are adventurous, take them diving off the island's shores. For a scenic evening, stop at one of the island's beach-side restaurants for dinner.

Outdoor Recreation

If you want your kids to enjoy some active, outdoor recreation, take them to Savannas Preserve State Park (floridastateparks.org). About 10 miles long, the park is Florida's largest example of savannas or freshwater marshes. There are more than eight miles of hiking, bike and horseback-riding trails or you and your kids could explore the marshes in a kayak or canoe. If you want to turn it into an educational excursion, you can hire a guide to go out with you. Finish up your trip with a picnic.

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