Florida’s Beautiful East Coast Tour – Best Western Hotels

  

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Florida East Coast Tour

Explore Florida's Eastern Shore

Enjoy a trip along I-95 on Florida's east coast. Experience the beaches, parks, golf courses, and more as you visit cities like Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Sebastian.

Sebastian

The seaside city of Sebastian will be your starting destination on this Florida east coast drive tour. You’ll find Sebastian nestled along the coast, just under 100 miles southeast of Orlando.

Sebastian features a wealth of top attractions, and plenty of outdoor fun. You can check out the Sebastian Inlet, the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, or Orchid Island.

Must See
Plan your Florida east coast tour for the early spring and head for the Space Coast Stadium. Each year, the early spring yields fun-filled days of Spring Training Baseball. In Florida, it’s the Grapefruit League. The Space Coast Stadium is the spring home to the Washington Nationals.

Make the short drive into nearby Viera and enjoy a day of spring training baseball at the Space Coast Stadium.

Local Guide
Established in 1994, LaPorte Farms is a charming and family-friendly destination in Sebastian. You’ll find a wide range of unique and pleasant things to see and do at LaPorte Farms. They have a small zoo, host events like parties and weddings, and host the annual Little Cowpoke Day at the Ranch.

Outdoor
The Saint Sebastian River Preserve State Park is a premier destination for outdoor adventures near Sebastian. Amid the longleaf pine, grassy forests, and piney flatwoods, you’ll find a host of trails perfect for hiking, cycling, nature walks, and birding.

You’ll also find close to 60 miles of trails for horseback riding at Saint Sebastian River State Park.

Side Trip! Fort Pierce

You’ll be heading south from Sebastian into Port St. Lucie, but along the way, be sure to stop off in Fort Pierce. Take in a show at the Sunrise Theatre, or enjoy a tour of the National Navy Seal Museum.

One thing you won’t want to miss the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. With its half-mile stretch of beach, and an abundance of recreational opportunities, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a premier destination. Hike along Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, or fish at Jack Island Preserve.

Port St. Lucie

Continue on your way south and set up shop in Port St. Lucie. Another pleasant and charming city along the eastern coast of Florida, Port St. Lucie was largely uninhabited until the 1950s. Since then, it’s grown into a vacation destination, with a large variety of excellent attractions, and a close proximity to the beaches.

Must See
One of the can’t-miss destinations is the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. Just east of downtown, these botanic gardens offer a glimpse of southeast Florida foliage and wildlife. Be sure to check out the Bamboo Garden, the Butterfly Garden, and the Hibiscus Garden.

The PLS Botanic Gardens are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Local Guide
The spring training field of the New York Mets, Tradition Field yields fun-filled afternoons for families and all baseball fans. As you plan your stay in Port St. Lucie, make it a springtime visit and check out a Mets game.

The Grapefruit League usually lasts for the entirety of March.

Outdoor
Spread across 24 acres of coastline, the Walton Rocks Beach is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Especially great for those traveling with pets, this dog park doubles as a beach – surfs up!

Side Trip! Stuart

Just 10 miles to the south of Port St. Lucie is Stuart. Stop off and enjoy a side trip with visits to some of the local flair – don’t miss the Elliot Museum or the Maritime & Yachting Museum.

Must See
If you stop off in Stuart on a Sunday, be sure to check out the Stuart Green Market and Live Music event. It’s a weekly event held near City Hall. Find a selection of vendors, music, and food. The Stuart Green Market is a great precursor to your stay in Jupiter.

Jupiter

The 22-mile trip from Stuart to Jupiter will be a breeze along the Federal Highway. Enjoy the scenic ocean views and make your way into the pleasant city of Jupiter. You’ll find a wide range of exciting things to do and see – including more spring training baseball.

Must See
Roger Dean Stadium is the spring training home to both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins – the local favorites. Built in 1998, Roger Dean Stadium seats 6,871 eager fans, and is also the permanent home of four minor league baseball teams, the only stadium to do so in the USA.

You can catch the Jupiter Hammerheads play, along with the Palm Beach Cardinals, Gulf Coast Cardinals, and the Gulf Coast Marlins.

Local Guide
Enjoy a day on the water as you surf the waves and enjoy the windsurfing – all at the Blueline Surf & Paddle Company. As one of the premier outfitters of aquatic adventures, Blueline offers families and visitors a wide range of ocean fun. If the waves are breaking right, you’ll be able to get out there for a lesson.

Outdoor
If you visit to Jupiter is during the spring or summer, don’t miss an afternoon at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Open to the public Monday through Saturday, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary features an array of animals you can view from designated interactive trails.

You can view falcons, skunks, otters, crocs, panthers, and a slew of other critters.

Side Trip! Palm Beach Gardens

Just south of Jupiter is Palm Beach Gardens, another fun side trip you’ll want to try on this tour. Enjoy the short drive, less than 13 miles, and check out some of Palm Beach Gardens’ top attractions.

You’ll want to stroll through downtown Palm Beach Gardens where an open-air shopping center awaits. Top restaurants, exclusive boutiques, and a wealth of unique vendors can be found as you tour downtown. Nearby, you can also check out the indoor Gardens Mall.

Bring your golf clubs along for the ride and play 18 holes at the Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course.

West Palm Beach

With stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, and a convenient location, West Palm Beach is a sterling example of eastern Florida’s seaside charm. Make West Palm Beach the next stop on this drive tour. You can visit Lion Country Safari, the Flagler Museum, or the Palm Beach Zoo.

Must See
Home to more than 700 animals, and spread across nearly 23 acres, the Palm Beach Zoo is one of the premier attractions in the area. Ideal for families, the Palm Beach Zoo features a lush, tropical habitat.

Don’t miss exhibits like the Henry & Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Falls, the Lizard House, and the Koala Forest & Wallaby Station.

Local Guide
The SunFest Music & Arts Festival ranks as the largest music event held on the Florida waterfront. Established in 1982, the SunFest Music & Arts Festival has grown into one of the premier music and art events in the state.

When you visit West Palm Beach during the first week of May, you’ll be treated to a wide range of music from top recording acts, and the BB&T Juried Fine Art & Craft Show.

Outdoor
Located on a sprawling 1,702 acres, the Okeeheelee Park is one of the most exceptional outdoor spots in the West Palm Beach area. Open every day, sunrise to sunset, Okeeheelee has a BMX track, baseball fields, boat launching area, and a 27-hole golf course – Okeeheelee Public Golf Course.

Boca Raton

What’s the your next destination on this Florida east coast drive tour? Boca Raton. Drive south on I-95 less than 30 miles and you are there. Along with a close proximity to area beaches, Boca Raton is home to a wealth of exceptional attractions – from Sugar Sand Park, to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Must See
Any visit to Boca Raton, especially during spring and summer, should include a visit to the nearby South Inlet Park Beach. There are jetties which can navigate you to the best fishing holes around the area, and lots of space on the beach itself to set up shop. Relax under the sun, enjoy a picnic, or get out there on your surfboard.

Local Guide
Don’t miss your chance to explore the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Opened in 1977, Morikami is an excellent way to experience a bit of Japanese culture. The gardens are spread across 200 acres, and feature nature trails, and picnic areas.

Outdoor
Be sure to explore the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. Because of a vast connection of marshes and swamps, this wildlife management area is ideal for those with a boat – there are several boat lunching areas around the park, too.

Side Trip! Deerfield Beach

As you continue south on this Florida east coast tour, you’ll be heading for Fort Lauderdale. Along the way, be sure to make a pit stop in Deerfield Beach. You’ll find excellent accommodations, top attractions, and a wealth of coastal Florida fun.

When you’re exploring Deerfield Beach, make plans for a tour of the South Florida Railway Museum. Home of the South Florida Model Railroad Club, this museum is open to the public on Wednesdays. See a wide range of antique model trains, and unique exhibits.

Each Saturday, the South Florida Railway Museum hosts the Model Train Swap Meet and Flea Market. You can also visit Quiet Waters Park, host of the annual Deerfield Beach Renaissance Festival.

Fort Lauderdale

This Florida east coast drive tour is winding to a close, but not before you experience the brilliance of Fort Lauderdale. Known as a top destination for beach-goers, surfers, and spring break fanatics, Fort Lauderdale has a long list of exciting things to do and see.

Whether you visit the Port Everglades Cruise Terminal, the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Bonnet House, or the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, there’s something for everyone in Fort Lauderdale.

Must See
Opened in 1998, the BB&T Center is a multi-use venue located in Sunrise, a short drive west of Fort Lauderdale. The BB&T Center hosts a wide range of events, concerts, and productions throughout the year. It’s also the permanent home of the Florida Panthers of the NHL.

Local Guide
In downtown Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Opened in 1991, the Broward Center is the premier venue for ballet performances, operas, staged plays, and lectures.

Renovated in 2014, the Broward Center was originally designed by Benjamin C. Thompson. Broward is also the home for the annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Outdoor
Experience an outdoor Fort Lauderdale adventure at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Only minutes from downtown, this exceptional state park features a freshwater lagoon ideal for canoeing and kayaking, trails for hikes, and a beach you can access from a walking tunnel found under the A1A.

Side Trip! Dania Beach/Hallandale Beach

Your final stop on this drive tour will be the Dania Beach - Hallandale Beach area. From downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Dania Beach/Hallandale Beach area is less than a 10-mile drive. You’ll have access to some of the most exceptional attractions along the east coast of Florida.

Don’t miss the Anne Kolb Nature Center, West Lake Park, or the Gulfstream Park Casino.

Enjoy a stroll through The Village at Gulfstream Park. A premier open-air shopping center, this mall has it all. Find your favorite designers, department stores, and even a selection of exclusive boutiques.