Fort Pierce

The main town area of Fort Pierce lies inland from the barrier islands, across the Intercoastal Waterway. The town itself is not a huge tourist attraction but the biggest draw is its barrier Islands which can be reached by the two causeways, giving access to State Road A1A. This runs mostly along the Atlantic Ocean, from Fernandina Beach in the north of the state all the way south to Key West and is the main road through most oceanfront towns. It is designated the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway, a National Scenic Byway.

From Fort Pierce, take the the northern causeway to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park on North Hutchinson Island. The park is 340 acres at the southern tip of the island. There is a community beach, dunes, picnic places and can be used as a launch for surfers. It is known as the towns best beach.

Follow the road left (north) and you will see the Navy UDT Seal Museum. Here you can explore the museum - tag line reads "If You Got Any Closer, You Would Have to Enlist". Between 1943 and 1946 more than 3,000 Us Navy frogmen of the Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) trained here and who the museum is dedicated to. The entrance is guarded by the statue of the Naked Warrior, which portrays the elite men who went in to battle equipped only with swim fins, face mask, and a slate board and lead pencil on which to record intelligence. Their only weapon was a K-Bar knife.

By the 1960s they became know as SEALS (Sea Air Land Commandos). The museum explains the frogmen's roles in World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait. They also played a key role in the Gemini and Apollo space missions. It was the job of the Navy frogmen to recover space capsules that had just ended a thousand mile an hour drop from space to make splashdown in the ocean. AS well as the training modules, the Museum also displays the wet suit of frogman worn on 24th July 1975 for the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) Recovery Mission in the Pacific, the first joint U.S.–Soviet space flight, and the last flight of an Apollo spacecraft. The outdoor exhibits include a Huey helicopter, Apollo training crafts and beach obstacles recovered from the ocean. In 2007 it was designated as a National Museum by act of Congress and 2012 saw the museum expansion complete. Open daily 10am to 4pm, 12pm to 4pm Sundays and closed Mondays.

Jack Island Preserve, located further north has trails for hiking, bicycling, and nature study. Towards the end of the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, visitors can climb an observation tower to get a bird's-eye view of Indian River and the island. Currently in 2014, this park remains closed indefinitely due to the structural integrity of the bridge which provides access to the park. Please check the Florida States Park website for an update.