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by Soraya Alcalá
St. Lucie’s EM

Unique Ways To Experience St. Lucie’s Great Outdoors

It should be no surprise that this hidden gem located on the East Coast of Florida has unique ways to explore the beauty St. Lucie – home to the city of Fort Pierce, the city of Port St. Lucie & the beautiful beaches of Hutchinson Island. There are many ways to experience the outdoors untapped part of Florida. Below are just a few unique excursions to consider!

Tours on Horseback

There is no better way to see the beaches of St. Lucie – than on the back of a horse. This is the only place in south Florida where visitors can ride a horse on the beach. This guided tour is a slow-paced, gentle ride down a Fort Pierce’s natural, isolated sandy shoreline and will stay in the vacation memory banks forever. Visitors can spot wildlife, take photos, or just sit back & relax on this peaceful ride down the beach. visitstlucie.com/horseback-riding/

Airboat Tours

Take an adventurous tour down the St. Lucie River on this 6-seat airboat. Captain Rick with Southern Style Airboat Tours will be sure to introduce you to the alligators, turtles, birds and otters he meets daily. Kids and adults alike will have fun on this exciting and entertaining river tour! airboatrides.tours


Climb aboard this 40-foot catamaran and enjoy a peaceful sail on the picturesque Indian River Lagoon. Observe native wildlife and take in the natural beauty of this world renowned waterway. The hospitality of Captain Kyle & Hannah, complimentary beverages, your choice of music & the sunrise or sunset will make this tour one to remember. www.sailaiki.com


The Indian River Lagoon, the nation’s most biologically diverse estuary is a haven for Florida wildlife and nature observation. Drift through mangrove tunnels, spot manatees, sea turtles or dolphin, view ospreys feeding their young along with pelicans, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and more species of birds. Rent or reserve a guided tour to kayak or stand up paddle board. Or sit back, relax and enjoy a chartered wildlife boat cruise.
The St. Lucie River is a brackish body of water that winds through the heart of Port St. Lucie – visitors would never know that this quiet, majestic scenic river canopied by century old oaks, Spanish moss and palms is flowing through the middle of Florida’s 8th largest city. Spot alligators sunning themselves on tree stumps and turtles diving below the surface. The birds that inhabit here are stunning. Guided paddling tours, equipment rentals or chartered wildlife boat tours are available.

About Visit St. Lucie: 
St. Lucie – home to the historic city of Fort Pierce, the vibrant city of Port St. Lucie & beautiful beaches of Hutchinson Island is located on the Atlantic Ocean along the east coast of Florida, 120 miles southeast of Orlando and 115 miles north of Miami with direct access from Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 95 and State Road 70. The area offers an array of visitor activities including beautiful beaches, championship golf, excellent outdoor and nature adventures, a thriving arts and cultural scene, world class fishing and dozens of unique attractions. A variety of affordable accommodations such as hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, vacation condos/homes and an all-inclusive resort are available. 

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