Birding

 

Indian River County is a birding paradise! Whether you’re an experienced birder or just a beginner our native birds are sure to delight. In addition to being part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Indian River is also home to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge – America’s first wildlife refuge. Over thirty species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area.

 


 

  Indian River County is a birding paradise! Whether you’re an experienced birder or just a beginner our native birds are sure to delight. In addition to being part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Indian River is also home to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge – America’s first wildlife refuge. Over thirty species of birds use Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground, or loafing area.  
 

Blue Cypress Lake

This magnificent lake is approximately seven miles long and three miles wide with 21miles of shoreline surrounded by 29,000 acres of marshes, swamps and cypress forests. It’s a place of complete surrender to Mother Nature as blue skies give way to blue-hued water which some say occur because of the reflection of the Blue Cypress trees on the lake as the morning sun rises into the sky. The lake is also a top Osprey nesting site reporting over 200 nests along the shoreline. Kayaking and canoeing up close to see Osprey nests in the wild and to marvel at the 130-foot tall cypress trees make this worth a trip. But when you can also spot American Alligators, bald eagles, and fish including largemouth bass crappie, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and more; Blue Cypress Lake becomes an outdoor Shangri-La. Middleton’s Fish Camp is the only one of its kind on the lake and they are happy to provide eco-tours and fishing.
 7400 Blue Cypress Lake Rd , Vero Beach , FL32966

Dale Wimbrow Park

The park lies along the Sebastian River and includes a large playground with new equipment, picnic pavilions, restrooms, boat launch, fitness trail, paved parking, fishing access and BBQ grills.
 11805 Roseland Rd , Sebastian , FL32958

Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center is an investigative, hands-on learning experience for adults and children alike. This non-profit sits on 61-acres on Wabasso Island offering eco-excursions, pontoon styled birding trips, canoe trips, touch tanks and more. The center offers a plethora of classes, special events, summer camps and school field trips.
 255 Live Oak Dr , Vero Beach , FL

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

Lush tropical hammocks, great birding, and a dash of history along the mangrove-edged waters of the Indian River Lagoon make Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area a diverse and interesting place to explore. Ferns and wild coffee grow to enormous sizes, bromeliads dangle like chandeliers in the forest canopy, and unusual fungi sprouts from rotting logs in the forest floor. Add trails and you have yourself an afternoon’s worth of adventure.
 Oslo Road, East of US Hwy 1 , Vero Beach , FL

Paddles By The Sea

There are so many things to do in Vero! Whether you are looking for Indian River kayaking and a paddleboarding tour or you want to spend a perfect day at the beach lounging under an umbrella, we have a growing number of options, so you can enjoy all that the Treasure Coast has to offer. Paddles By The Sea offers paddle sport rentals including kayaks and paddleboards from our river and beach locations. At the beach, you will find umbrellas, hammocks, chairs, and cabanas for rent. We also offer boogie boards and if you’re in Vero Beach snorkeling at the Breconshire Wreck you can rent stand up paddleboards or kayaks from the beach instead of swimming out. We keep a stock of beach essentials for purchase at our beach location such as sunblock, t-shirts, waterproof phone cases, and sunglasses. If you’d prefer an exclusive guided event we offer group tours, private tours, and the best private paddle and surf lessons in Vero Beach. Check out our rentals page for a current list of our offerings.
 3321 Bridge Plaza Dr (Behind Riverside Cafe) , Vero Beach , FL32963

Pelican Island Audubon Society

The birding resource for Indian River County.
 P.O. Box 1833 , Vero Beach , FL32961

Pelican Island National Wild Refuge

Pelican Island is listed as the first national wildlife refuge in the United States. Established by an executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903, it was created to protect egrets and other birds from extinction through plume hunting. The refuge consists of a 3-acre island that includes an additional 2.5 acres of surrounding water and is home to hundreds of species of animals including birds, fish, plants, and mammals. Guided and self-guided tours are available throughout the year.
 4055 Wildlife Way , Vero Beach , FL32963

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Don't Miss the Turtle Walks in June-July! Reservations: Turtle Walk programs are presented during the months of June and July. Reservations for the month of June begin on May 15 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Reservations for the month of July begin on June 15 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Contact the Sebastian Fishing Museum 772.388.2750 for reservations. Turtle Walks at the Sebastian Fishing Museum are limited to 20 guests and are conducted Friday through Tuesday at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.
 9700 S. Hwy A1A , Melbourne Beach , FL32951

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

The preserve has 60 miles of trails equally split between Brevard and Indian River Counties. Most of our trails are very long and are more suited for horseback riding, mountain biking and extended hikes. The State Park protects the West Indian manatee, red-cockaded woodpecker and Florida scrub jay by providing upland buffer to the river and limiting development in the area. The preserve is a mosaic of open pine flatwoods, seasonal wetlands, hardwood swamp, sand pine scrub and scrubby flatwood communities.
 1000 Buffer Preserve Dr , Fellsmere , FL32948

Vero Tackle & Watersports

Whether you’re vacationing near the beautiful Indian River Lagoon or have a passion for the great outdoors, look no further than Vero Tackle & Watersports for adventure and leisure in Vero Beach, Florida. Located right on the lagoon, we offer a wide range of activities for individuals and families. Those native to Vero Beach understand the incredible sights on the coast of Florida, so we offer our visitors everything they need for hours of relaxation on the water.
 3321 Bridge Plaza Dr. , Vero Beach , FL32963