We spent a weekend, well almost a weekend, at Sebastian Inlet State Park and these are my impressions of it.
The State Park
The park is located on the barrier islands, on the east side of the indian river Lagoon. It is one of many man-made inlets in the area. It encompasses both sides of the inlet. The south, where the campground is located in Indian River County. The more popular north side is located in Brevard County.
This park is great if you are into fishing, and there are two catwalks where you can fish from. The one on the north is the longer one, and the most popular. The north side also has a gift shop with a restaurant, and a lagoon which is great for snorkeling.
The south side is much more quiet. The campground is on this side. This side also has a boat ramp.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
I few miles south of the inlet we encounter this historic refuge. It was established back in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, making it the first ever national wildlife preserve. There is a short trail that takes you to a platform where you can see Pelican Island. According to Wikipedia, Pelican Island is home to many nesting birds including brown pelicans, great egrets, snowy egrets, reddish egrets, great blue heron, little blue heron, tricolored heron, black-crowned night heron, American white ibis, glossy ibis, double-crested cormorant, anhinga, and American oystercatcher.
McLarty Treasure Museum
The McLarty Treasure museum is one of two treasure museums in the ares, the other one being Mel Fisher’s Treasures in the town of Sebastian. This one illustrates the history of a Spanish fleet that got decimated by a hurricane in 1713. Eleven ship sank that day, of the fleet making its was from Havana to Spain, carrying a treasure of gold, solver, and jewels. The museum displays many of the artifacts rescued from the ships, as well as pictorials and graphics depicting what happened. There’s also a platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the general area where the shipwreck took place. There have been many shipwrecks in the this area, hence the name: Treasure Coast.
The city of Sebastian is located on the mainland side of the Indian River Lagoon. This is the closes city if you want to go shopping, or have a variety of dining options. There is a Walmart, and a very nice brewery called Pareidoila. The only negative is that the town is at least 20 minutes away, even though it is right across the lagoon. The closes bridge is almost eight miles south, by Wabasso Beach. You only other dining option is Coppola’s at the historic Sebastian Beach Inn, seven miles north.
Check out the video I made of our stay here.
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