Natural resources have been so carefully protected in Indian River County that our extensive park system and special ecological wonders delight both young and old. With “water, water everywhere” and 26 miles of pristine ocean beaches, Indian River County is an eco-tourist's dream.
The Indian River Lagoon is the most environmentally diverse estuary in the nation. Exploring by kayak or canoe allows up-close views of the magnificent wildlife. The Sebastian River is another favored destination, with miles of lush jungle waterways. Other trips are offered by local organizations, both in Indian River County and around Florida.
INDIAN RIVER LAGOON - is home to over 4,000 species of animals and plants including dolphins, manatees, birds and fish. The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is an uncrowded, unspoiled subtropical intracoastal waterway which makes for a perfect day trip out on the water. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a great location to observe nesting waterfowl. The man-made spoil islands that dot the lagoon make perfect destinations for a shady picnic and some interesting fossil-hunting and shelling.
ST. SEBASTIAN RIVER - The southern prong of the Sebastian River is located in Sebastian and is a true tropical river and home to a variety of freshwater animals and some amazing views. Regularly seen are alligators, turtles, fish and birds of every description. Providing a fantastic opportunity for photographers to capture this totally unique habitat in an easy paddle that leaves from Dale Wimbrow Park in Sebastian off Roseland Road.
BLUE CYPRESS LAKE - Named for the huge cypress trees that thrive on the shore (and many times 200-300 yards offshore) of this large lake in western Indian River County. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vero, Blue Cypress scenery is unsurpassed in Florida for its unusual combination of large cypress and wildlife. Alligators, turtles, fish and more are among the many memorable sights you'll see.
STICK MARSH - Located in Fellsmere in the North West corner of the county, it is known world-wide as a great fishing spot. The waters are filled with all kinds of wildlife. You will see alligators, hundreds of osprey, egret, hawks, and many more birds.
TURKEY CREEK - Located just north of the county boarder, with incredible 20 feet high sand walls and wild scenery. As you head upstream you will be entering into the Turkey Creek Sanctuary, owned by the Florida Audubon Society. This 113 acre preserve is what Florida is like naturally. Some of the wildlife you may encounter on this trip are manatee, alligators, turtles, owls and otter.