Stuart, Florida is dubbed “The Sailfish Capital of the World.” Landmarks include the historic Lyric Theatre, the Elliot Museum and the House of Refuge.
Stuart in Martin County, Florida offers something for everyone: a beachside coastal town, where outdoor activities and nature take center stage; historic towns with tree-lined streets, quaint sidewalk cafes, restaurants, art galleries, charming antique stores and brand name stores you’re familiar with; ‘Old Florida’ towns where rodeos and orange groves, as well as cowboys still exist; and an old fishing village where fisherman still bring their catch to market each day and where world-class sport fishing tournaments are hosted every year.
The ‘Sailfish Capital of the World’ —Stuart offers— a wide array of activities to visitors, including waterfront and sidewalk cafes, Fodor rated restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, working studio and art galleries, antique shops, museums, a weekly Green Market, monthly waterfront jazz concerts, antique car shows, juried art festivals, and arts and craft festivals providing color and fun throughout the year. The landmark Lyric Theatre, built in 1926 as a silent movie house, brings a full slate of concerts, shows and cultural events to Stuart. Downtown celebrations include Fourth of July and Christmas festivals, Fall Stuart Stroll, Dancing in the Streets, a variety of parades, and Pirate’s Day in the summer. The Stuart Boat show comes to town for three days every January. And, in November the Stuart Air Show turns all eyes to the sky for two days of aerial acrobats, static ground displays and vintage aircraft. Adventurers wanting to get back to nature, will find an array of outdoor options in the area, including paddling, hiking, biking and birding options at Halpatiokee Regional Park or discovering the pristine and often deserted beach at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. Stuart is located on the eastern point of the Okeechobee Waterway, a 54 mile long waterway and Florida’s only cross-state canal, which extends from the Atlantic Ocean in Stuart to the Gulf of Mexico in Ft. Myers.
Stuart Florida is one of the beaches of the “Treasure Coast” named after the treasures that sporadically wash up from ships just off the coast here. These Spanish ships lost the battle with a storm over 700 years ago and as they continue to disintegrate they slowly release their goodies.
Great activities to try and nearby attractions:
•View awesome ocean and wildlife dioramas as well as some local historical artifacts at the Elliott Museum which even has a notable car collection.
•Enjoy your own snorkeling excursion in the clear blue waters of Bathtub Reef or engage in some deep sea fishing aboard the Lady Stuart.
•Take an exciting boat tour aboard Sunshine Wildlife Eco Tours for a two hour sightseeing information filled tour.