the downtown fort pierce historic district has a number of architectually significant homes and buildings several of which are listed on the national register of historic places. the historic district has a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. pictured is the historic p. p. cobb trading post in the downtown historic district.
fort pierce jetty park offers a two mile streach of the fort pierce inlet for fishing and wildlife viewing. jetty park offers a large parking lot and parking is free. fishing is allowed on the jetty and the park has a public beach. a great place to fish at fort pierce beachside.
pictured is the fort pierce coast guard station. this historic building is now home to the indian river state college marine science center. for those interested in history and architecture the old coast guard station is worth a look when in fort pierce.
the fort pierce old city hall was built in 1925 during the height of the 1920's florida land boom. the old city hall was designed by architect william hatcher. the old city hall is a combination of mediterranean revival and italian renaissance revival architectural styles. the old city hall is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in florida 1920's architecture the old city hall is worth a look when in downtown fort pierce.
the st. lucie county historical museum is located just east of the causeway on US A1A beachside. the museum has an interesting collection of turn of the 20 th century buildings, 1838 seminole war artifacts, and gold and silver from spanish ship wreaks of the hurricane of 1715. the st. lucie county historical museum is well worth a stop for those interested in architecture and florida history. for more infomation see the attached wed site.
a. e. "beanie" backus is one of florida's most famous landscape painters. backus painted landscapes in the south pacific during WWII, the fort pierce area, and in jamaca. backus established the "indian river school" and taught many local african-americans how to paint. his impressionistic paintings are now in high demand by art collectors around the world. my grand aunt was a friend of backus and my family is fortunate to own a number of his works. the a. e. backus gallery has a large collection of his works and a video about his life in fort pierce. for those interested in american art the a.e. backus gallery is a must see stop when in fort pierce. see the attached web site for more information.
located near the backus museum is the backus studio. a. e. backus lived and worked here when he lived in fort pierce. at this studio he taught many african-american students how to paint. backus is credited to be the inspiration for a group of artists known as the "florida highway men". the "highway men" painted and sold their works to tourists along south florida roads in the 1950's and 1960's.
fort pierce is known for its excellent salt water fishing. depending on the time of year you can catch sailfish, marlin, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin, and sharks. pictured is the fort pierce city marina, one of several marinas in downtown fort pierce.
a good first stop on a visit to fort pierce is the seven gables visitor center. the visitor center is located in the historic 1905 seven gables house. here you can get information on the historical attractions, fishing, beaches, and museums in the fort pierce area.
Fort Pierce is on the Atlantic, so it's a little chillier than similar Gulf beaches. But if you are hearty Great Lakes person, the Ocean waters still feel mighty warm.
If you go into the water, watch for dangerous tides, and be aware that the waters may be inhabited by critters that regard humans as tasty treats. Some parts of the Fort Pierce beaches have lifeguards, others do not. Be sensible.
john brooks park is one of several accesses to the beach on hutchinson island. parking at all of the st. lucie county public beach accesses on hutchinson island are free.
There are numerous small parking lots up and down the beach, each providing free access. The boardwalks make it easy to carry your beachchairs right up to the water.