The community where the Port St. Lucie rentals are located is surrounded by parks and preserves teeming with wildlife and natural wonders. Seize the opportunity to experience the following memorable activities:
1. Cruise through St. Lucie Inlet State Park
Situated a few minutes away from the Port St. Lucie vacation rentals is the gem of a barrier island at Port Salerno. The St. Lucie Inlet State Park is a preserve where the leatherback, green and loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs in a nest. Its mangrove forests and oaks are best viewed aboard the air-conditioned Island Princess on its Nature Cruise. For a few hours, you get to immerse yourself into the habitats and can even order food and drinks within the boat. The open-air deck is also a good viewing alternative. Book a trip at the Finest Kind Marina. Call them at (772) 225-2100.
2. Take a River Tour
River Lilly Cruises at River Park Marina can lure you into a wildlife appreciation tour with its Jungle Cruise to spot alligators and birds, and the Early Bird Sunset Cruise for viewing the oaks by the river at White City Park. With a US Coast Guard-licensed guide at the helm, you can tour aboard a pontoon. For reservations, contact them at (772) 489-8344. The Sunshine Wildlife Tours can also take you through the Indian River Lagoon daily.
3. Visit the Marine Centers
Introduce your family to a variety of sea creatures cared for in the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center. For less than $10, you can participate in their daily programs such as a 90-minute guided walk through the 57-acre site, feeding and interacting with stingrays in their "Rays on the Reef" tanks, and Gamefish Feeding. Call them at (772) 225-0505 for opening and closing schedules and other details. The St. Lucie County Marine Center with its collection of coral reefs and marine life, has free admission on the first Tuesday of the month.
4. Stroll through the Oxbow Eco-Center
Tucked at 5400 Northeast St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie, is a preserve dotted with forests, swamps and a nature adventure waiting for you to explore. Guided tours among the gardens and wildlife sanctuaries are offered but you can also hike along the boardwalks, trails and towers to appreciate its beauty. The Exhibit Hall and Discovery Room have fun, informative, and interactive displays about the species in the Center. You can also learn how the Center is sustained through their Eco-friendly system. You can contact them at (772) 785-5833.
5. Discover the Savannas State Preserve
Delve into the 10-mile Savannas Preserve State Park for its trails, species of birds and plants. The Environmental Education Center has plenty of information about the wetlands and its inhabitants. Guided tours aboard canoes are available at specific times but you can enjoy the park on your own as well. It is open Thursdays through Mondays.
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