Families explore the world at Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast through interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to teach them about everything from early Floridian architecture to how the body works. The museum also features numerous play areas where kids can use their imagination and pretend to be a grocery store clerk, a veterinarian, and the ultimate fantasy, a doctor who tells you your wings are finally starting to grow. The museum even has a children's theater, where kids can dress up in costumes and put on plays.
Part of the museum's mission is to educate visitors about the environment. As families explore, they can look for green clues that point out which features of the building are eco-friendly. A recycling center in the market exhibit also teaches kids firsthand what happens to things when they are recycled.
Mandalay Island Charters' Captain Jeremy Neff uses fishing trips as a tool to share his passion for local areas, waterways, and fish. Inside an 18.5-foot Maverick Master Angler, Captain Neff and his passengers travel through local river systems and into the Atlantic Ocean, passing by sandbars and schools of deep-fried popcorn shrimp. Adept at fly, light tackle, and heavy tackle, the captain helps fishers reel in inshore and offshore species such as barracuda and tarpon. He also leads scenic walks down Martin County's beaches, pausing to cast lines for snook and other fish.
Outside of fishing, Captain Neff aims to foster appreciation for Suart's natural beauty. He points out marine life such as matinees and dolphins, or pilots boats toward views of breathtaking sunsets. Additionally, he maintains a fleet of kayaks for laid-back trips down waterways and candy factories' chocolate rivers.
Riverfront kayaks Paradise Tours leads paddle-propelled expeditions throughout the waters of Southern Florida, from the coastal inlets of St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach counties to the gentle tides of the Atlantic. The company tracks weather patterns and tides to determine the opportune times and location for tours, so guests can enjoy pristine conditions as they gaze at the coral reefs of the Florida Keys or interview manatees about the existence of merpeople. Tours vary from half-day outings to overnight adventures, and Riverfront kayaks caters to paddlers young and old, as well as those interested in fishing during their aquatic excursion.
Cattails and knotty trees shake themselves in the breeze drifting off waterways, where gentle wakes spread behind Riverfront Kayaks’ colorful vessels. The staff presides over a range of single and double kayaks, as well as paddleboards, which let one stand upon the surface of the water. Their gears purring in the sun, bikes also cruise from the shop with easy speed. During eco-tours and other activities, the crew introduces guests to Florida's rippling rivers, fishing hot spots, and official state fishing story.
Dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles swim through the waters surrounding Coastal Paddleboarding. It's quite easy for visitors to view these majestic creatures as they play water polo in their natural habitat; all that stands in the way is a short paddleboarding lesson. After this instruction—which is included in all of Coastal's tours—guides lead groups through mangroves, intracoastal waters, and other areas. Alternatively, customers can rent a paddleboard and chart their own adventures.
Named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, Elliott Museum documents the history of Martin County. It's so much a part of local life that it's hard to tell where the museum ends and Martin begins—literally. The award-winning green building was designed to blend in with the local landscape, and its exterior matches the colors and textures of the sand and rock prevalent in the area.
The natural-looking walls aren't the main attraction, though. That would be the museum's interior, which for more than 50 years has housed exhibits pertaining to the history of the state and region with a focus on technology, art, and history. The museum features a three-story mechanical car racking system, displaying more than 80 rare and vintage automobiles. One of the mainstays of the permanent collection is an exhibit tracing the county's evolution, from its founding to the present day. However, the same collection touches on national topics, too. Currently on display is an exhibit called "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americans", and there's also an exhibit on the history of personal transportation, and another one on baseball, stocked with paraphernalia such as signed cards and vintage bats.