Almost 70 years ago, the first U.S. Navy frogmen began underwater demolitions training in the waters around Fort Pierce. Commissioned through an act of Congress and the signature of the president, the National Navy UDT–SEAL Museum now stands where these first training sessions began and documents the evolution of the first volunteers into today's Navy SEALs. Exhibits honor the predecessors to the SEAL program and display artifacts and equipment from combat, including Apollo training vehicles, a Vietnam-era ”Huey” helicopter, and the SEALs' unique water vehicles powered by hardworking seahorses. Also on display are all 10,000 pounds of the fiberglass lifeboat from the 2009 hostage rescue of Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama following its hijacking by Somalian pirates. Visitors can also view WWII training obstacles rescued from the ocean floor or take in the names of fallen heroes as they walk on memorial bricks donated by the friends and family of former SEALs. In addition to documenting and honoring past soldiers, the National Navy UTD–SEAL Museum also reaches out to living veterans through their reunions and their partnership with the Wheelchairs for Warriors program.
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.