Introduction to Fort Pierce, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida, in St Lucie county, is 10 miles N of Port St. Lucie, Florida (center to center) and 116 miles N of Miami, Florida. The city is located in Florida's Treasure Coast and is one of the oldest communities situated along Florida's East Coast. Fort Pierce was damaged by Hurricane Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
The city has an ethnically diverse population. The beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean are nearby. Ranching and citrus are significant factors for the economy. Fort Pierce has a rural ambiance.
Fort Pierce History
During the second Seminole War which began in 1835 the United States Army constructed military posts all over Florida. Lt. Col. Kendrick Pierce and his troops constructed a fort which was named in tribute to Pierce. They abandoned the fort when the war was over in 1842. Later, Dr. Weeden was the proprietor of the structures and they served as temporary residences for new settlers. However, a fire destroyed all of the structures.
Fort Pierce Attractions
- Heathcote Botanical Gardens has a wide variety of garden settings.
- Historic Main Street.
- Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.
- St. Lucie County Historical Museum showcases Spanish Treasures.
- Old Fort Pierce Park is situated along the Indian River and features an ancient Ais Indian burial mound.
- Fort Pierce is home to a Jai-Alai center.
- The Cobb Building is a noteworthy historic structure.
- Old City Hall is an impressive building.
- Backus Gallery.
Fort Pierce Activities
The Fort Pierce Inlet State Recreation Area incldudes sand dunes and is a notable location for swimming, fishing, picnicking, bicycle riding and hiking. Savannahs State Park has campsites, a petting zoo and botanical gardens. The Gulf Stream and the Indian River Lagoon are well known for fishing. The Oxbow Eco-Center, located in the county, offers visitors educational hiking and canoe tours. The nearby Manatee Observation & Education Center provides opportunities to see the Florida Manatee.
The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit is nearby. North and South Hutchinson Island features some of the excellent beaches located on the Treasure Coast. Horseback riding is allowed on these beaches. The Indian Hills Golf Course is enjoyed by golfing enthusiasts. The area features numerous quality golf courses. The popular tourist destinations in Orlando are about two hours away.
Fort Pierce Transportation
Air travel is available at the close by Palm Beach International Airport.
Fort Pierce Higher Education
Residents have opportunities for higher education at the Indian River Community College.