Attention all sun-seekers and water-lovers! If you’re looking for a fantastic way to beat the heat and have a splash-tastic good time this summer, Martin County is the place to be.
Sure it can get a little steamy in the summertime, but there’s no shortage of ways to cool off and have fun in the sun. With our uncrowded beaches, serene waters, and a ton of family-friendly activities, you’ll find yourself in the lap of aquatic luxury. So grab some sunscreen and your softest beach towels as we dive into the best places to cool off by the water in Martin County!
Embark on an Aquatic Adventure
From snorkeling through the waves to paddle boarding through serene mangroves, Martin County is bursting at the seams with water-based adventures. Take a surfing lesson, rent a waterbike, or join a sailing tour! For something even more heart-pounding, go for a jet ski joy ride, learn how to hydrofoil, or go on a diving excursion along the coast. Take a look at our water-based outfitters to plan your perfect day in paradise. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled – you may even spot some locals, including sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees.
Soak Up the Sun on Uncrowded Shores
Have any beach bums in your life? If so, you’re in luck. Martin County boasts more than 22 miles of beautiful beaches. Thanks to a county-wide, four-story building height restriction, our beaches retain an authentic sense of “Old Florida,” unspoiled by towering condo buildings or soaring hotels and resorts. Some of our more popular guarded beaches include Hobe Sound Beach, Jensen Beach, and Stuart Beach, while other unguarded hidden gems include Tiger Shores Beach, Santa Lucea Beach, and Blowing Rocks Preserve. Read more here!
Splash the Day Away at Sailfish Splash
Experience the ultimate aquatic adventure at Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart! This awesome attraction features two four-story water slides, a relaxing 1,000-foot lazy river, and an interactive water playground. You can even book a private cabana for a luxurious aquatic experience or rent one of the “funbrellas” for a stylish way to stay cool in the sun. From high-speed thrills to family-friendly fun, Sailfish Splash is the perfect destination to keep your cool this summer.
Visit Nature’s Water Park
For those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience, the St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is a lesser-known gem waiting to be discovered. Picture this: lush mangroves, pristine beaches, and tranquil waters stretching as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re into snorkeling, swimming, or simply soaking up the sun, this secluded paradise offers a little slice of heaven. Don’t forget – this state park is only accessible by boat!
Plan an Educational Aquatic Experience at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
Discover the countless wonders of marine life at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, tucked away on Hutchinson Island. This unique facility offers interactive exhibits, touch tanks, and guided tours that allow visitors to get up close and personal with fascinating sea creatures. Explore on-site nature trails, meander through butterfly gardens, and don’t miss the chance to spot stingrays, sea turtles, and colorful fish in the 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. There’s an even an octopus that lives in the Ocean EcoCenter! It’s a fantastic way to combine fun and learning for the whole family.
Waterfront Entertainment at the Riverwalk Stage
Located in Historic Downtown Stuart, the Riverwalk Stage and Boardwalk is the place to be for live waterside entertainment. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque boardwalk, marvel at stunning waterfront views, and catch a live Rock’n Riverwalk performance every Sunday starting at 1 pm (right after Market on Main wraps up). From open-air concerts to art exhibits and festivals, this vibrant hub offers a delightful combination of culture, relaxation, and cool breezes from the St. Lucie River.
Take a Dip at a Hotel Pool
There’s nothing like treating yourself to a lavish getaway, and Martin County features a wide array of lodging options suited to every taste and budget. When looking for the perfect property, check to see which ones offer swimming pools. Popular options like Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, the Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort, Golf & Marina, Caribbean Shores Waterfront Resort, the Hampton Inn & Suites Stuart, Pirate’s Cove Resort & Marina, the Comfort Suites Stuart, and the Jupiter Waterfront Inn all feature fabulous pools!
Hit the Splash Pad at Indian Riverside Park
If you’re visiting Martin County this summer, you must add Indian Riverside Park to your itinerary. Overlooking the Indian River Lagoon, this spacious park features a phenomenal play fountain that shoots streams of water into the air. Kids can often be found giggling with glee as they run around the colorful splash pad. While you’re there, check out the new fishing exhibit at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, or go for a swim at the park’s very own beach.
So, there you have it! Martin County offers an unbeatable lineup of refreshing and exciting destinations to cool off this summer. From family-friendly lagoons to adrenaline-fueled water sports, you’ll find endless ways to make a splash. So pack your swimsuit, grab your travel buddies, and head on over to Martin County for a memorable summer adventure. Stay cool, stay safe, and have a splashing good time!