There are always new gems to uncover along the Florida Treasure Coast

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – Return to Vero Beach this spring/summer and you’ll be welcomed back by the 26 miles of waterfront unobstructed by high rises and thus noted for its sunrises. You’ll also enjoy the tried and true eateries, recreational areas, events and friendly locals.  But there are numerous new treasures to discover too.  Here’s just a sampling:

Dodgertown First Sports Facility Added To U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It’s the first sports facility in the country to be added to the list joining other historic landmarks like Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthplace in Atlanta. In the late 1940s, a time when schools were still segregated, the Historic Dodgertown complex invited everyone sit together in its stadium seats. Here all players shared the same dormitory, dining room and the recreation facility. Both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers held their spring training camps and games here from 1948 to 2008. Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th St., Vero Beach.

Indian River Hauntings ghost tours in Fellsmere, Vero Beach and Sebastian. Hosted by former law enforcement detective Larry Lawson, these 2-hour walking tours are held once or twice monthly for groups of five or more to investigate active paranormal sites. www.paranormalfbi.com

Watch a Cape Canaveral rocket launch from Wabasso Beach Park, Fort Pierce Inlet,  Sebastian Inlet Park, Ambersands Beach Park, South Beach Park, the Alma Lee Loy Bridge or the Merrill Barber Bridge.  All afford great views for day or night launches.  For the latest on launch schedules visithttps://kennedyspacecenter.com/launches-and-events.

Snorkel the Breconshire Wreck. The SS Breconshire, a steamship built in England in 1833, was carrying cargo en route from New York to Tampa, Florida when it hit a reef and wrecked on April 30, 1894. The entire crew survived. Today it rests a quarter mile out from the popular Ocean Grill Restaurant. The wreck is located in only about 12 feet of water. At low tide, a watchful eye can still see the bow of the ship peeking out from below the surf. The Boiler may not contain a lot of actual treasure, but it’s certainly an Indian River County cultural treasure. For recommended dive operators visit here.

Experience the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere with a Treasure Coast Seaplane tour over the vast Indian River Lagoon, culminating in a splashtacular water landing on pristine Blue Cypress Lake. Once the aircraft comes to rest upon the water, you’ll step out onto the floats and behold the true Florida beauty very few get to witness up close. Abundant wildlife, from alligators to osprey, abounds at what is the birthplace of the St. John’s River. 3400 Cherokee Dr., Vero Beach. https://www.flytcs.com/.

Embark on a surfing safari at Sebastian Inlet State Park, one of the prime surfing spots in the eastern US. Sebastian Inlet also features three miles of beautiful beaches and is a favored spot for catching snook, redfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel, as fishing jetties extend from both its Atlantic and Indian River shores. Other activities include swimming, camping, bird watching, boating and diving. Wildlife is abundant in the park, and sea turtles nest there too. Visitors during the summer may make reservations for a nighttime tour to observe nesting turtles. The park also contains two museums: McLarty Treasure Museum and the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

After all this fun, cool down this summer at a real winner!  Sweet Kiss Ice Cream offers the very best in frozen treats, and that's no brag, it's a fact.  Sweet Kiss was named the 2018 Best Ice Cream Parlors in America in a competition of ice cream shops across the nation.  Besides ice creams, the shop features 100 different gelatos, dairy-free and vegan options, and specialty coffee drinks.

About Indian River County:  Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast on the Atlantic Ocean, the communities of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere are the geographical starting point for the Florida tropics, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 70° (21°C). The county is centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami. The destination resides at the intersection of green and glamorous, with 100,000 conservation acres, 26 miles of pristine beaches and a treasure trove of cultural attractions. Hotels and resorts with rooftops no higher than swaying palm trees support the destination’s motto “Sunrises, not High Rises.” Road trippers can easily access the destination via I-95, the Florida Turnpike or Route 60. It is also convenient to Orlando International; Orlando-Melbourne International, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Miami International airports. Vero Beach Regional Airport is served by Elite Airways with direct flights from Newark, N.J., and Asheville, N.C.  Finalist in Coastal Living Magazine’s “Happiest Seaside Town in 2018.”  https://visitindianrivercounty.com/   Follow, Share and join us on our never-ending journey via social media @VeroBeachCVB. Tag the town you’re visiting: #LoveVeroBeach #LoveFellsmere #LoveSebastian