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.
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. The organization also rents GoPro cameras to those who want a visual record of their watery fun.
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.
Nestled in the placid Manatee Pocket of the St. Lucie River, Premier Boat Club maintains a 15-strong stable of eminently pilotable watercraft for members and renters. Their deck boats, and dual-console vessels serve the needs of day-cruisers and fishers alike, granting easy access to the boundless ocean or inland waterways beneath boundless sunshine.
While Premier?s boats are available for full- or half-day hires for anyone, club members benefit from a sweetened seafaring experience. The club?s staff of expert boaters welcomes inductees with a personalized orientation before handing over the reins to the entire fleet. Experienced captains, meanwhile, are always on-hand for free training sessions, towing in the event of an emergency, or giving tips on siren avoidance.
Stuart Shooting Center's range doubles as a training ground, where certified instructors teach people at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The curriculum includes topics such as basic firearm operation and at-home firearm safety. Once confident in their skills, visitors to Stuart Shooting Center can compete in the Bullseye Pistol Shooting League.