Just a quick 73-mile shot east of Ridge Landing, you’ll find Vero Beach – a small seaside town that touts just as many interesting activities on land as those on the water. Many Floridians don’t get the chance to visit Vero Beach, but mostly only because they don’t know much about it. This surf-friendly destination is a well-kept sanctuary for leisure-lovers. Next time you’ve got a free day and want to explore somewhere new, take the plane over to Vero Beach Municipal Airport and prepare for a day either on land or out at sea. We’ve got some great tips to get you started.

Waterside Rides

With Vero Beach located on Florida’s east coast, there is certainly no shortage of seaworthy activities. For the adventurous type, consider renting a kayak or paddle board. Shark Bait is a kayak rental company rated highly on TripAdvisor, and they lead kayak tours on the lesser-known Indian River. Kayakers get an inside look at “hidden waterways” through a “mangrove canopy,” spotting manatees, as one reviewer described. Shark Bait offers many more aquatic activities; call 561-248-5695 to learn more.

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Shark Bait / Image via TripAdvisor.com

If you’re looking to cruise aboard a different kind of boat, maybe you’d like to try an airboat. As an aviator, you’ll appreciate Florida Cracker’s boats, as these custom-built vessels use airplane engines! You’ll tour with local guides as they provide all kinds of knowledge about the unspoiled wonders of the natural landscape, and you’ll likely even see some alligators. Call (772) 563-0001 with any questions.

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Florida Cracker Airboats / Image via TripAdvisor.com

Grab a quick bite at Dagwood’s Deli and Subs, where native New Yorkers rave about the sandwiches, and fresh salads are served daily. The only day you won’t be able to enjoy a sub at Dagwood’s is on Sunday, so plan accordingly.

Look On Land

Trying to stay dry for your trip to Vero Beach? Not a problem; there are plenty of things to do on land as well. For your wildlife fix without the water, visit a couple of the wildlife refuges to see the Treasure Coast’s gems. Just a short ways away from Vero Beach is the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is another option providing a private look at protected land.

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Pelican Island / Image via wikipedia.com

Theatre buffs will enjoy the Riverside Theatre, as they have all sorts of professional shows playing ‘round the clock. Check the calendar on their website to see what’s playing while you’re in town; performances range from musical to comical, so you’re sure to find your fare.

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Riverside Theatre / Image via insidevero.com

If you stick around for nightfall, test your ghost-hunting skills and embark on a spooktastic Vero Beach Historical and Ghost Walking Tour on either a Friday or Saturday. And of course, a day spent in a new place would be nothing without trying the local eats. Before the Ghost Tour, snag a table at dining hotspot serving up fresh seafood and locally grown bites, The Tides, but be sure to call ahead (772-234-3966) because reservations are “highly recommended.” The restaurant also appreciates appropriate attire.

Fly In For A Hometown Feel

Sometimes you just need a change of scenery or a break from reality. Vero Beach is a great day destination for those times you just want to get away but don’t need flashy lights or crazy nights. It’s got a small town vibe with friendly faces and an interesting culture. Home to many surfers and nature lovers alike, Vero Beach is an underrated Florida destination just waiting for you to touch down.

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