Stuart Travel Guide

  • House of refuge with handicapped ramp
    House of refuge with handicapped ramp
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  • Beach with waves from the porch
    Beach with waves from the porch
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  • National Register of Historic Places plaques
    National Register of Historic Places...
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Stuart Things to Do

  • The House of Refuge Museum

    The museum today has been restored to showcase historical lifesaving equipment and the Keeper’s living quarters as they were in 1904. The keepers were not equipped to do actual life saving - just to provide food, water and shelter for victims that made it to shore. All the houses were built on the same plan with a wrap-around porch, living quarters...

  • House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar

    I decided that the thing to visit to day was the House of Refuge. We had been once before during the summer in the 60s and I wanted to go back. We did get to the Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge (which was a lifesaving station). and formerly a turtle nesting site. (It is too built up now for turtles) . It was no longer in such a wild area now - there...

  • gilbert's bar house of refuge

    gilbert's bar house of refuge was built in 1876 as a shipwreak life saving station. the gilbert's bar house of refuge is the only remaining house of refuge on the atlantic coast of florida. during WWII the house of refuge was a lookout post for spotting german submarines. today the house of refuge is owned by the martin county historical society...

  • lyric theatre

    the lyric theatre was built in 1925. this interesting building is a combination of beaux arts and spanish mission revival architectural styles. today the lyric theatre hosts stage plays and concerts. the lyric theatre is listed on the national register of historic places.

  • historic district

    stuart has a very nice downtown historic district. the historic district has an excellent collection of 1920's florida land boom era buildings a number of which are listed on the national register of historic places. flagler ave. downtown has a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. the stuart historic district is a fun place to visit when in...

  • old martin county courthouse

    pictured is the 1925 art deco martin county courthouse. the old martin county courthouse was built during the height of the 1920's florida land boom. today the old courthouse is home to the martin county cultural center. for those interested in architecture and art the cultural center is worth a visit when in downtown stuart.

  • sailfishing

    stuart is world famous for it's sailfishing. the best time to catch sailfish is late january through early march each year. other times of the year you can catch kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, and sharks. from the surf you can catch whiting, pompano, and bluefish. in the indian river you can catch seatrout, redfish, snook, and tarpon. pictured is a...

  • ross witham beach

    ross witham beach is located at the gilbert's bar house of refuge on hutchinson island. ross withham beach has an exposed section of the anastasia formation. the anastasia formation begins near st. augustine to the north along the atlantic coast to palm beach county to the south. the anastasia formation was created during the pleistocene period....

  • georges valentine state historic site

    the georges valentine was a iron italian bark built in 1859 in liverpool england. on october 16 th 1904 the georges valentine was sunk by a storm just off of gilbert's bar. five crewman drowned and twenty found shelter at the gilbert's bar house of refuge. today the wreak of the georges valentine is a state of florida underwater historic site. the...

  • jensen beach

    jensen beach park is a beautiful atlantic beach located east of downtown stuart. the park offers free parking and a restaurant and bar. in my opinion the nicest beach in the stuart area.

  • The Elliot Museum

    Sterling Elliott was an inventor born on a farm in Ortonville, Michigan in 1852. His son Harmon followed in his father’s footsteps. Between Sterling Elliott and his son they had 222 patents. They were granted patents at the rate of one every 1-1/2 months.Sterling Elliott gave the community both a collection valued at over a million dollars and a...

  • The Flowers Of Stuart

    Stuart, like much of Florida, is one of those blessed spots in the world where orchids can be cultivated outside, something that makes the heart of Alaskan vistors just ache. I found these beauties in a local park.

  • Bait Shop

    Nearby the walkway under the bridge was this cute baitshop, for your last stop before fishing in the Indian River, from the causeway under the bridge.

  • Fishing From The Causeway

    This popular fishing spot / causeway under the bridge was damaged by the hurricanes, but some people sneaked past the barricades to go out on it anyway.

  • "..These are NOT Sailfish!!!"

    Our trolley guide (see Transportation Tips) was quick to point out that the fish on top of this restaurant are NOT sailfish, they are MARLINS! Just go back & look at the fountain if you can’t tell the difference.

  • Sailfish Fountain

    The Sailfish Fountain is a local landmark. You'll pass by this if you take the Trolley ride (see Transportation Tips)

  • The Canals

    Stuart is a port harbor city, laced with lovely canals and liberally sprinkled with marinas. This canal flows right behind my aunt & uncle's home.

  • Older Homes

    I’m fortunate to have relatives in Stuart, which gives me an excuse to visit now & then, and I get to stay in their lovely renovated 1922 Mediterranean Revival home.It's fun walking around the residential streets of this pretty little town to see the lovely gardens, especially in the older areas where there are many of these 1920's vintage homes.


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    by doug48 Written Jan 31, 2011

    mulligan's beach house is a bar and restaurant located in the downtown historic district. mulligan's has a "key west" atmosphere and nice bar. mulligan's specializes in local seafood and typical american fare. a fun place to eat and drink in downtown stuart.

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Stuart Nightlife

  • sports bar

    duffy's is a south florida chain of sports bars with a location in the downtown historic district. this open air bar has an excellent selection of large screen televisions for sports watching. a great place to have a beer and watch sporting events in downtown stuart. casual.

  • Stuart Rocks!

    Just found out the new owners of the Stuart Lanes bowling center bought the old "Rockin' Horse" and renamed it "Hemingway's- and completely renovated the place. It's all Key West style now- with gorgeous hand painted murals and a huge dance floor. When I visited the other night-Juke box Band was playing and they were a lot of fun to listen to....

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Stuart Transportation

  • Trolley Tour Guide & Chauffer

    I don’t know where they found this trolley driver, but he was a true gem. He’s obviously lived here for most of his life, because he could tell you all the best stories about the entire town.

  • The Old Town Trolley

    Catch a trolley ride in Old Town (for the cost of a donation), and you’ll not only get free transportation around the vicinity, you’ll get a guided tour while you’re at it.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • Trader Burk's Exotic Foods & Spices

    Not just a venue for produce, at Trader Burk’s booth you can buy all sorts of hard-to-come-by spices, rubs, condiments, & other specialty items.

  • Where Do They Get Those Gorgeous...

    If you’ve just moved down here, and you’re wondering where to buy some of the exquisite orchids you see around the local parks & people’s homes, here you go - these babies are for sale!

  • Luscious Produce, Bargain Prices

    Just as you’d expect in a Treasure Coast town, even after the double hurricane whammy, there was beautiful fresh produce available, vine-ripened and luscious, at bargain prices.


Stuart Favorites

  • Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge Museum

    The House of Refuge was built in 1876 on a rock outcropping along the Florida Coast near Ft. Pierce. It is the last remaining shipwreck lifesaving station in the US and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built on a geological rock outcropping known as the St. Lucie rocks of the Anastasia Formation, one of the most...

  • What is it!?!

    Although convertibles are common here (of course, it’s the Sunshine State!!!), this one stood out despite its short stature. Have any of you ever seen one like this before? We thought we could ID it by reading the name on the hubs, but that just told us he uses Enkai racing tires.

  • Median Age

    The median age in Stuart is about 48.5 (as opposed to 32.4 in Anchorage Alaska), so clearly it’s one of Florida’s preferred retirement spots. But there is also a thriving business community, with a base that includes agriculture, custom boat & yacht building, fishing & tourism.


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