Fort Pierce

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Fort Pierce is a city on the Treasure Coast of Florida.

Understand[edit]

Fort Pierce is the oldest incorporated city in St. Lucie County, with a bustling and historic downtown area, close location to beaches on the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean by its extension to Hutchinson Island. Ft. Pierce has a population of 43,074 by the 2013 US Census Estimate; Fort Pierce is also a part of the Port St. Lucie metropolitan area, or the Treasure Coast, an area populated at almost 600,000.

Fort Pierce is a small railroad city along Florida's east coast, being the location of a mid-sized rail yard with track rights owned the Florida East Coast Railroad, with track all the way to Miami and Jacksonville, and South Central Florida Express, with track from FP to Clewiston and Sebring. FP is becoming more and more modernized, but slowly and steadily.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Fort Pierce, like many cities has many major highways running through the city. Major highways include I-95, US-1, and Florida's Turnpike.

By Interstate 95, you can access Fort Pierce by:

  • Exit 126 at Midway Road. Going west will take you to Okeechobee Road, which is what the locals call State Road 70. Going east will take you to the beach.
  • Exit 129 at Okeechobee Road. There are many hotels and fast food restaurants near by. Going west will take you to Okeechobee and further to Bradenton. Going east will put you closer into the heart of downtown.
  • Exit 131 at Orange Avenue. Going west will take you out to the "country" area of the city with many ranches. Going east will take you into downtown.
  • Exit 138 at Indrio Road. Not much is available at this exit, but it is a major county road.

By Florida's Turnpike, you can access Fort Pierce by:

  • Exit 152 at SR 70, or Okeechobee Road.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

In Fort Pierce, car is the easiest way to get around. Major roads lead to the highways, and Downtown Fort Pierce can tend to get crowded at any time of day, but you can take in the view of the Spanish-colonial style buildings as you drive through Downtown.

By bus[edit]

The cities of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and Jensen Beach are served by bus through the Treasure Coast Connector. Service extends from Avenue D in Fort Pierce to the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach.

  • Route 1 takes you from the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach at the SOUTH END through Port St. Lucie at the city hospital, the civic center, and the Prima Vista Crossings shopping center, ending in Fort Pierce at the Intermodal Transit Facility at the NORTH END.
  • Route 2 takes you into North Fort Pierce from the Intermodal Facility along the historic Avenue D.
  • Route 3 takes you through southern Fort Pierce along Okeechobee Road to the Intermodal Facility.

By light rail?[edit]

Yes, it may be hard to believe, but there was a study taken in 2010 to see if St. Lucie County would get a light rail system. County commissioners met and talked it over, and within the next 15 or so years, a light rail system may make getting around Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and all of St. Lucie County.

See[edit]

The Sunrise Theatre
  • Arcade Building - At one time, the largest commercial building in the city, and was a big part of the redevelopment and renovation of the city and its downtown
  • Boston House
  • Heathcote Botanical Gardens
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Historic Main Street
  • Manatee Centre
  • Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
  • Old Fort Park
  • Old Fort Pierce City Hall
  • St. Lucie County Marine Centre
  • Sunrise Theatre117 South Second Street (772) 461-4884. This Mediterranean Revival building has hosted many big celebrities, such as Bill Cosby and Ringo Starr.

Do[edit]

  • St. Lucie County Aquarium featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit420 Seaway DR +1 772-462-3474. Tues-Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 12 pm-4 pm. Visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats and learn about the complexity and importance of marine ecosystems. The largest aquarium is a model of a Caribbean coral reef. Other displays include living models of seagrass, mangrove, estuarine and nearshore habitats, as well as a deepwater Oculina coral reef. There are several smaller aquarium displays and a touch tank for you to meet local sea creatures. Feeding Frenzy tours daily at 10:30am and Snack Time tours daily at 2:30pm. Behind-the-Scenes tour Saturday at 2:00pm. $3-4.
  • Skatetown USA4301 Orange AVE (772) 461-0266. Skating rink located on Florida State Road 68. Best skating rink in the county. As well as skating, you can play at the on site arcade or hold your birthday there.
  • A. E. Backus Gallery and Museum500 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 (772) 465-0630. Wed-Sat: 10 to 4; Sun: 12 to 4. This museum houses the greatest paintings of AE Backus and the Florida Highwaymen.
  • Pineapple Playhouse700 W. Weatherbee Road Fort Pierce, FL 34982 (772) 465-0366. Thu-Sat: 8 pm evenings, 2 pm Sun. matinee. Founded in 1973, the St. Lucie Community Theatre performed all across the county until settling down at the Pineapple Playhouse. Many plays are put on from September to May each year, so grab a ticket while you have a chance! $18 for adults, $10 for students, $15 per group ticket.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites6502 Metal Drive +1 772-462-2900. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 12pm. Rooms and suites with microwave, work desk, free internet, flat screen TV. Guests have access to free parking, free breakfast, pool and fitness center. $65.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Port St. Lucie - Bordering city much larger than Fort Pierce, spring training home of the New York Mets.
  • Vero Beach - Original spring training home of the Dodgers before moving to Arizona.
  • Jensen Beach - Charming small town with many places to go boating and fishing.
  • Melbourne - Home to some great surfing spots along the Atlantic; one of the closest cities to Kennedy Space Center.
Routes through Fort Pierce
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Daytona BeachVero Beach  N Florida A1A.svg S  Jensen BeachWest Palm Beach
BradentonOkeechobee  W Florida 70.svg E  END


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