by James Hurley | July 2, 2019

Indian River County: Things to do from Vero Beach to Sebastian Inlet

A visitor’s guide to the best things to do in Indian River County.


With 22 miles of beaches and nature reserves from Vero Beach to Sebastian Inlet, Indian River County has its share of things to do from the city to the sea. Escape the crowds and take to Florida’s Treasure Coast for aquatic adventures or immerse yourself in culture at one of Vero Beach’s nationally acclaimed museums or theaters. Situated conveniently between Central and South Florida, Indian River county offers the perfect summer getaway. These are some of our favorite things to do on your visit.

Current view at Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s oceanfront art deco hotel, Costa d’Este Beach Resort and Spa.

Feel the rhythm of the ocean and the music at Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s waterfront art deco hotel, Costa d’Este Beach Resort and Spa. Take a trip to Old Florida and unwind with luxurious amenities and a carefree beachside environment. Unwind with sunrise yoga on the beach, deluxe spa treatments or a meal at the locally sourced Wave Kitchen & Bar. 

Nothing like taking to the skies and the water at Sebastian Inlet with Treasure Coast Seaplanes! Seaplane over a coast.

Sebastian Inlet State Park is full of breathtaking coastal views, fishing, wildlife and waterfront adventures. If you’re looking for coastal-vistas of this natural paradise, there’s nothing like taking to the skies and the water at Sebastian Inlet with Treasure Coast Seaplanes. 

Read our feature story on visiting Indian River County.


Taking inspiration from Florida’s famous oranges, Orchid Island Brewery infuses fresh vitamin C into their craft beer creations. This homegrown microbrewery combines with notes of citrus, cutting edge brewing technology and water from Florida’s aquafers to create a superior beverage.

The Treasure Coast is notorious for its shipwrecks hidden beneath its glittering waters. While many of these historic sunken vessels are protected under law, adventures at the S.S. Breconshire shipwreck reveal some of the area’s best snorkeling and diving. Not sure where to start? Get up-close snorkeling tours of these sunken shipwrecks guided by Paddles By the Sea. 

Baby turtle Surfacing for air.

Because of its extraordinary reef formations and shipwrecks, the waters off the coast provide a beautiful and diverse biosphere for hundreds of species of thriving aquatic life and corals. With the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge nearby, these beaches provide a haven for nesting sea turtles.

Beach shot with palm trees and benches.

In addition to its 22 miles of gorgeous beaches, Indian River County offers great amenities at its ocean-front state parks, restaurants, art galleries, nature reserves, and to top it all off: free parking, making it the perfect place for a year-round beach getaway. 

Performers leap into the air performing a number from West Side Story.

Hailed as “Florida’s Largest Professional Theater,” Vero Beaches’ Riverside Theatre is a culture highlight. With seasonal show runs from West Side Story to La Cage aux Folles , comedy nights, classes, and special outdoor events, the Riverside Theatre has something for everyone.

Mossy Bridge over water, lush foliage all around.

Listed on the Nation Register of Historical Places and certified as a garden of National Significance, the McKee Botanical Garden stuns with tropical plants and more than 100 varieties of waterlilies. With new renovations and a constant cycle of events, the Gardens are a growing ground for local culture and flora. 

Photography courtesy of Visit Indian River County