Hutchinson Island is home to miles of pristine and uncrowded beaches. It is the perfect getaway for the beach lover and water enthusiast, where you can surf, boat, sail, kite-surf, dive, and snorkel. Beaches in Martin County offer free parking. Due to the county ordinance on building height, you are offered an unencumbered skyline with breathtaking views of the ocean. South Hutchinson Island extends from the Fort Pierce Inlet in St. Lucie County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County, with three causeways providing access to and from the island.
The St. Lucie Inlet ecosystem provides habitat for over 4,300 species of plants and animals, including more than 30 threatened and endangered species, such as manatees, wood storks, sand hill cranes, and peregrine falcons.
History and culture are abundant at the newly-renovated Elliott Museum. The mission of the Elliott Museum is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast.
The Elliott Museum also operates the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island, Martin County’s oldest building and the only life-saving station of its kind still in existence. Travel back in time as you imagine how difficult life was on this outpost and learn about the many dramatic sea rescues that have taken place over its 120-year history.
Another must-see attraction is the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, located on Hutchinson Island. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57-acre property houses the Florida Oceanographic Society’s headquarters, nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children’s Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitors Center