By: Baylee Beninda
Martin County offers a wide range of things for the younger generation to partake in. Most of the activities here are centered on water, but also featured are the parks and downtown area of the Treasure Coast.
The main strip is Downtown Stuart, which is a trendy downtown area. It consists primarily of two streets, Osceola and East Ocean, which are lined with mostly non-corporate restaurants and boutiques. Many county festivals are held here and at the nearby Memorial Park. A local favorite is the green market, held Sunday mornings during season followed by a musical performance on the River Walk stage.
An eclectic coffee shop is located in Downtown Stuart, called Coffee Bar Blue Door. It features a beautifully lit outdoor terrace, where events are held. Some of the events held here are “Movies on the Patio,” trivia, thrift store bingo, and musicians. There is always something going on and if you are of drinking age, then alcohol is available here.
The final hot-spot on the outskirts of the downtown area is Terra Fermatta, a premier live music venue. Terra Fermattta is a laid back tiki bar, with hammocks and tables in the sand, slightly reminiscent of the Florida Keys. Live music can be heard every night and you can participate in a drum circle every Monday. After the drum circle is Open Mic, which is open to anyone. Many local and travelling musicians perform; Comedians and poets can also speak at this weekly event.
Located within just a few miles from historical Downtown Stuart are the beaches. There are scenic, private beaches and also more inhabited beaches, such as Stuart Beach which features a boardwalk, a snack shack, basketball and volleyball courts, a park, and pavilions.
At one of the more primitive beaches, you can view the House of Refuge. Walk through the beach access point and you will see many people snorkeling. This beach area known by locals as “the rocks” and is listed on the National Register of historic places. Here you can swim out and view the ship wreck of the George Valentine.
Inland, both amenity parks and ecological parks can be found. Indian River State Park is great for families, and Jonathan Dickinson State Park is suitable for someone trying to reconnect with nature and experience its beauty. At Jonathan Dickinson State Park hiking, camping, and kayaking are only a few of excursions available. Ranger- guided tours of Trapper Nelson’s pioneer homestead are also available here.
Whether it be in the water at one of our pristine beaches, reconnecting with nature at a park, or strolling the downtown strip, there is always something for the younger crowd to do here in Martin County.