You'll find eclectic fun in this Atlantic Coast getaway
In central Florida you'll find a county that's home to golfers, Navy SEALs and a well-known baseball team. And it can be your home away from home for a week or months on end. Located on the Treasure Coast, St. Lucie County is an eclectic destination that is uniquely Florida.
If golf is your game, then St. Lucie County is your destination. With temperatures rarely dipping below the 60-degree mark in the depths of winter and never going much above 80 in the heart of the summer, St. Lucie County is perfect for golf.
St. Lucie County has 20 golf courses, most of which are open to the public. The famous golf complex PGA Village boasts trio of public courses, two of which were designed by world famous golf course architect Tom Fazio. Fazio has built over 120 courses in the United States and has more courses ranked in the top 100 than any other designer.
Pete Dye, named Golf World magazine's Architect of the Year, designed the PGA Village's third course. Dye has been designing award-winning golf courses for over 50 years. Rest assured that when you tee up at the PGA Village, you'll be in some pretty good company.
Do you think your game isn't worthy for such a famous course? Don't sweat it, because the PGA Village has a state-of-the-art teaching facility. The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is a 35-acre facility with over 100 full-swing practice stations, 7,000-square-foot USGA putting greens and, of course, private instruction.
While you're perfecting your stroke, you might consider something else to do when you put the clubs away. You and the family will want to make a stop at the PGA Village Museum of Golf. Here, you'll see big-time golfing names like Ryder, Wannamaker and Ross. You'll hear about the first golf course, see some of the first clubs and learn why the PGA was created.
Navy SEALs Museum
In times of war, there's a special breed of men who are willing to commit unparalleled acts of bravery to keep their country free from danger. These men will stand with their fellow soldiers and defend their country to the death, if necessary. This special breed of individual is a part of America's elite Naval Special Warfare Team—the U.S. Navy SEALs.
A museum dedicated solely to this warrior class is located at the birthplace of the Navy Frogmen, Fort Pierce, Florida. The U.S. Navy SEAL's Museum boasts exhibits that explore the training, tactics and sacrifices of these warriors. The museum will lead you through a history of this elite force, which traces its origins to World War II and continues to operate through today's War on Terrorism.
Baseball Spring Training
If you happen to visit Port St. Lucie around the middle of February until about the first of April, then you need to dig out your baseball glove and head to the St. Lucie County Sports Complex to catch a game and maybe even a fly ball. The New York Mets hold spring training here annually.
Just off shore lies a barrier island that is filled with wildlife, white sand and amazing sunrises. You'll want to pack plenty of sunscreen, because it will be hard to tear yourself away from this beach paradise. Hutchinson Island boasts 21 miles of pristine beaches, sure to make any beach bum happy.
Diving for Sunken Treasure
St. Lucie County lies on the Treasure Coast, so named because several Spanish ships laden with treasure sank a couple hundred feet off shore in 1715. Divers have been combing the ocean floor for years, but there is still lots to see from the Spanish shipwrecks to natural and artificial reefs that are home to hundreds of species of beautiful fish. You can even dive for lobster! No matter what you're looking for, when you dive in the waters off Hutchinson Island, you'll definitely find a treasure.
For More Information:
St. Lucie County
Florida Department of Tourism