We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Day Trips

Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
661 posts
34 reviews
10 helpful votes
Day Trips

What are some good day trips from Vero Beach? We are staying at Disney.

Vero Beach, Florida
Destination Expert
for Vero Beach
Level Contributor
9,552 posts
184 reviews
95 helpful votes
1. Re: Day Trips

Depends on interests, how far you want to drive, and time of year.

Once in a while, the reefs off the Resort have good visibility for snorkeling. Lifeguards at the park next door are very likely to know if that's the case.

The Environmental Learning Center near the Resort has quite a few programs, and is worth visiting just to tour the boardwalks through the mangroves.

If you drive inland, Orlando is 2 hours away. A number of smaller-town attractions like Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales are about the same distance.

http://boktowergardens.org

The Lake Wales area has a bunch of conservation lands, ranging from The Nature Conservancy's beautiful Tiger Creek Preserve to Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, David Broussard Catfish Creek State Park, and a number of smaller ones. Here's an overview of the Ridge:

www.archbold-station.org/fai/index.html

Somewhat closer, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a landscape so flat and treeless, you can almost see the curvature of the Earth.

www.floridastateparks.org/kissimmeeprairie/

Closer in, Blue Cypress Lake is a beauty with, I think, a couple of hundred resident ospreys.

http://www.middletonsfishcamp.com

Close to the hotel is Jungle Trail, the original sand road that was there before State Road A1A. You can get directions at the Resort. The Captain Forster Preserve on its southern leg is an impressive live oak forest. It's a safe place to visit--the risk of encountering nasty wildlife (other than mosquitos) is minimal. Same goes for the scrubbier nature trail at Sebastian Inlet State Park. The northern terminus of Jungle Trail is at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, which mostly doesn't look like much. The main visitor area has an elevated walkway memorializing the Refuge as the first of about 550 such Refuges in the US.

South of the Resort, Round Island Park on A1A at the county line is a nice beach and a good place to see manatees. The Navy Seals Museum farther south is small but interesting. The area was used for amphibious warfare training during World War II. At Fort Pierce, there's a small but lively downtown and a branch of the Smithsonian:

http://www.sms.si.edu

Of course Palm Beach County is within day-trip range, with everything from exclusive Worth Avenue to some good snorkeling/scuba reefs.

Going north past Sebastian Inlet State Park (which includes a museum on the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet disaster), there's the Barrier Island Sanctuary, which explains the extraordinary turtle-nesting beaches.

brevardcounty.us/EELProgram/Areas/BarrierIsl…

And of course there's the Kennedy Space Center farther north.

This is just a sampling. People at the Resort will no doubt have lots of additional ideas, especially for activities.

Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
661 posts
34 reviews
10 helpful votes
2. Re: Day Trips

Thanks for the info. We are going the first full week of June at Disney. The air boat rides in the other post sounds fun. I have 2 other questions, the restaurant guide in the side bar is from 2006, is it still good? And are there any turtle tours available? I saw a post earlier with some threads, but did not see anything on a naturalist walk or anything. I think Disney may have one in season.

Vero Beach, Florida
Destination Expert
for Vero Beach
Level Contributor
9,552 posts
184 reviews
95 helpful votes
3. Re: Day Trips

June is into turtle season. I suspect the Resort may arrange turtle walks. Otherwise check with the Environmental Learning Center or the Barrier Island Sanctuary, and possibly Sebastian Inlet State Park. Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (whose primary mission is to protect turtles) is likely to provide personnel for walks, but I don't know that they organize more than a few walks themselves.

There will be nesting turtles at or near the Resort. Get out and walk at dawn, provided the tide is favorable.

There's been huge restaurant turnover since 2006. The staple places are still operating (Ocean Grill, Waldo's, Riverside Grill, Tango's, Casey'd lunch counter, etc) but startups are always coming and going.

Airboats, especially small ones, are great fun.

4. Re: Day Trips

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 2:18 am, February 06, 2014