9050 Americana Way
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 257-3400
Fax: (772) 257-3410
The coastal city of Vero Beach is known for its exquisite beaches that offer plenty of opportunities for sunbathing. Boating, fishing and water-skiing are other activities that one can engage in. Plenty of good restaurants and shopping areas are also found in the city. Vero Beach is also archaeologically important owing to the discovery of vertebrate fossils dating back to prehistoric times.
The Environmental Learning Center is a study and research center for everything related to the Indian River. Although it has ‘river’ in its name, the Indian River is actually a brackish lagoon that is thriving with wildlife. The lagoon has innumerable species of animals and plants, including birds and fish. It has been recorded that over 35 of the species are endangered. Visitors can walk through the 50 plus acres with the help of a walk way that meanders through the entire estate. You can observe the surroundings extremely closely, so it’s a great learning experience for children as well as adults. The entry fee is minimal. Do check the website for more details.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution was the brainchild of J. Seward Johnson, Sr. and Edwin Link. It is a marine study and research facility that is dedicated to the Indian River. The Indian River is a brackish lagoon that is teeming with life. The institution brings to the public the magic of the wildlife that thrives here. With high end technology and knowledge of the lagoon, the institution takes visitors out to experience it. Full-service tours are organized and visitors are taken on a journey to explore and learn about the conservation and protection of the lagoon. The facility also studies the properties and benefits the lagoon can bestow up on its surroundings and what we can take from it without harming it. Call ahead to know more.
One of the four such structures found in Florida, St Lucie County Hurricane House serves a key purpose for the weather department. The house provides important information associated with wind resistance and how to curb damage caused by destructive windstorms.