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About Fort PierceBeef, citrus and vegetables from nearby ranching and farming areas find a market in Fort Pierce, which developed on the site of a U.S. Army post established in 1838 as a defense against the Seminoles. A Saturday farmers market is offered downtown, 101 Melody Ln., 8-noon; phone (772) 940-1145. Native trees, flowers and colorful birds can be seen along Indian River Drive, which follows the river's west shore toward Jensen Beach.

Several sporting activities and events are offered in nearby Port St. Lucie. Championship golf is played at PGA Village; phone (800) 800-4653. Ball games are played at First Data Field. In late February or early March this stadium becomes the spring training site for the New York Mets, and the St. Lucie Mets play minor league baseball here April to early September; for further information phone (772) 871-5476.

The Indian River State College McAlpin Fine Arts Center presents live performances throughout the year; phone (772) 462-4750. The historic Sunrise Theatre presents year-round performances including ballet productions, rock concerts and symphonies; phone (772) 461-4775.

East of Fort Pierce on SR A1A, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park includes Jack Island, a bird and wildlife refuge accessible by footbridge, as well as recreational facilities; phone (772) 468-3985.

Visitor Centers Visit St. Lucie

Things to Do Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Manatee Observation and Education Center

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium

St. Lucie County Regional History Center

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Fort Pierce, FL

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