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Fort Pierce Florida

Updated on June 26, 2014

The Sunrise City

Fort Pierce is one of the oldest cities along the "Treasure Coast" in Florida. It is located on the eastern coast of Florida on a strip of land that stretches from St. Lucie inlet to Sebastian inlet. The town was first incorporated in 1901.

I love to visit small town America. There are so many wonderful little towns just waiting to be explored. We were staying in Jupiter Florida in March of 2013 and decided to take a hour drive up the coast to check out the sites in Fort Pierce. I had read that it was an historic town that had done a lot of revitalization on their waterfront while maintaining the old Florida charm of the historic downtown buildings.

I was delighted with all that I found in Fort Pierce, which is also called the Sunrise City.On this page I will share with you my photos and information I found out about the places we visited.

photos by mbgphoto

Historic Buildings in Downtown - shops and cafes

Our first stop in Fort Pierce was in the downtown shopping district. The old buildings, brick sidewalks, and palm line street gave the area the Florida charm of a quaint old town. I wondered around the streets taking photos of the city and then we stopped at a local cafe to enjoy an ice cream on their sidewalk patio.

Camera for Travel Photography - lightweight and versatile

When I am traveling and trying to enjoy the scenery as I go, I don't want to be weighted down with a heavy camera, tripod and a variety of lenses. This is especially true when it is the middle of the day and low light is not an issue. When these circumstances occur, I reach for my Canon SX40 camera. This camera takes great photos in both the manual and automatic modes and it is very lightweight.

This is the camera that was used for all of the photos on this page.

Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle Wide LCD
Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle Wide LCD

This camera is lightweight and the lens has the capability of going from a wide angle to a 35x zoom lens.

 

Historic Fort Pierce - lots of little shops

The historic shopping district of Fort Pierce is full of lots of little shops. You can browse jewelry and clothes or stop by and look at some unique Florida gifts. In the photo below you see my husband and me stopping for an ice cream at a sidewalk cafe.

In this photo you see the old general store where there is a little bit of everything. You can also buy yourself a deli sandwich and eat it outside in the cozy little eating area.

Enjoying an Ice Cream

Enjoying an Ice Cream
Enjoying an Ice Cream

Fort Pierce City Marina - a gathering place

The historic waterfront of Fort Pierce is the home to several restaurants, a fishing marina and plenty of spaces to host events and activities throughout the year.

The area is particularly known for its great fishing and at the marina you can rent or charter a fishing boat.

Fishing in Florida - learn from foolproof guide

The natural and artifical reefs around Fort Pierce are great for fishing and diving. Perhaps this book will help you to reel in that big catch!

Manatee at the Marina

Manatee at the Marina
Manatee at the Marina

Read about Manatees - learn more about these interesting animals

Manatees are found all around the waterways in south Florida. They are large, fully aquatic animals. They are often called sea cows.

In the photo above I captured a shot of a Manatee as he stuck his head above the water at the marina.

Face to Face with Manatees (Face to Face with Animals)
Face to Face with Manatees (Face to Face with Animals)

Mantees are such interesting animals. This book will tell you more about them.

 

Waterfront Area

This photo shows a small part of the waterfront area. You will note the beautiful clean atmosphere with plenty of room for friends to meet and enjoy the area.

Restaurants at Waterfront - enjoy some good food

I noticed several restaurants at the waterfront. Two that looked especially inviting included Cobbs Landing and the Tikki Bar.

Cobbs Landing features a seafood menu in a casual tropical atmosphere. Meals are in the $30-$40 range.

The Tiki Bar has been a popular place to eat and drink in Ft. Pierce since 1990. It features a wide range of appetizer and meal choices along with good drinks and entertainment.

Manatee Observation and Education Center - look and learn

The Manatee Observation and Education center is located on Indian River drive on the waterfront area in Fort Pierce. It is an educational facility where adults and children can experience these sea animals in a touch tank experience. The center features aquariums, educational exhibits and a great gift shop.

You will note the painted statue of the Manatee that is in front of the center. I have put a closer shot of this statue in the introduction of this page. These clever painted Manatees are located in several spots along the waterfront. They give a nice whimsical touch to the area. In the photo below you see another statue of a manatee that is painting a picture. This one is located in front of an art gallery.

Statue of Manatee Painting-in front of Art Gallery

Statue of Manatee Painting-in front of Art Gallery
Statue of Manatee Painting-in front of Art Gallery

A E Backus Museum - famous Florida artist

On the waterfront you will also find the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery. Albert Ernest Backus was a mostly self-taught Florida artist who lived from 1906-1990. He was at first known for his beautiful still life paintings, especially of the Hibiscus plant. In later years he became known for his landscapes of Floridas backwoods. On the front of the building you see one of these landscape scenes.

Mr. Backus was also known to be a great humanitarian. The gallery website talks about the people that would hang out around his small studio and learn to paint. One of the most famous people that he mentored was Alfred Hair one of the original Florida Highwaymen. The highway men were a group of 26 African-American artists that made their living during the 1950's to 1960's by painting a certain style of Florida landscape photos. They would paint these on inexpensive materials and then sell them to offices, schools, and on stands along the highways. The original prices were about $25, but today these paintings from the past will garner much higher prices.

Bid on Highwaymen Paintings - a bit of Floridas past

Here are some examples of the Highwaymen paintings that are available for auction today.

Learn more about Highwaymen Paintings - Florida artists

I find the story of the Highwaymen artists to be very interesting. Perhaps you would like to learn more about them.

Ft Pierce Sculpture - artistic area

Behind the art gallery is a park and a boardwalk along the riverfront. The park has some interesting sculptures. I liked this rustic one of a Fort Pierce sign.

Beautiful Old Tree - gnarled limbs

I love the look of this old tree in the park.

Waterfront Walk

Waterfront Walk
Waterfront Walk

Best Photo - representative of Fort Pierce

As I take photos, I try to capture the essence of the area. Which of the photos on this page to you like best?

What photo best represents Fort Pierce?

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Where is Fort Pierce?

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Yes, I have visited Fort Pierce a few times but it was years ago. I love manatees!

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      higherstandards 4 years ago

      I grew up in Fort Pierce and you did a great job of describing our awesome downtown area...

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't been to Fort Pierce, but I really enjoyed this virtual tour!

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      marshall fleury 4 years ago

      We live in Lake Worth and we go to Ft Pierce quite often just for a ride it does not get the credit it should it si a hidden jewel

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      No I haven't been to Fort Pierce in Florida, but I feel as though I have been there with all these great photos, very nice, I enjoyed my stroll. Thanks.

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      Radcliff LM 4 years ago

      I've never been to Fort Pierce. It looks beautiful! I'm almost directly across the state on the other coast :)

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      I always feel transported into your world when I come to your pages :)

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Yes, I have been to Fort Pierce...some time ago. My favorite place in that area is Sebastian Inlet. Enjoyed your photos.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      I always enjoy reading travel pages. I don't think I've heard of Ft. Pierce. Thanks!