The City of Fort Pierce is a small town with excellent opportunities for people who love the sea. The Atlantic Ocean tides produce some of the best competitive surfing on the US East Coast. The Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River offer great fishing and plenty of space for water sports. Beach horseback riding is a popular activity as well. In Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, cultural events and other activities are ongoing. Visitors enjoy Friday Fest, Jazz Jams, Bike Nite, Farmer's Market, and the Saturday Art Show. In addition to festivals throughout the year, the Port of Fort Pierce is home to a multitude of golf tournaments and fishing tournaments.
The Port of Fort Pierce enjoys a true tropical climate with hot humid summers and mild relatively dryer winters. During summer afternoons, thunderstorms and sea breezes cool the normally hot climate. Temperatures range from an average high of 33°C (90°F) In July and August to an average low of 14°C (57°F) in January.
The Port of Fort Pierce City Marina is on one of Florida's best all-weather inlets, the beautiful Indian River Lagoon. Offering 284 slips, the marina offers all the amenities for visiting boaters. Within each reach of the Atlantic Ocean, the marina offers many opportunities for both recreational and commercial fishermen, and it is a short trip from the Bahamas. Marine services are provided by local businesses and include boat cleaning and detailing service, bottom cleaning, yacht auctions, and a variety of services to keep boats in top shape.
The Port of Fort Pierce's Heathcote Botanical Garden is a live museum featuring tropical foliage and flowers, both native and international. This 1.4-hectare garden preserves and displays plants from warm subtropic and tropic regions. Visitors will enjoy the collections of cycads, palms, bonsai, bromeliads, flowering trees, vines, and shrubs. There are also several themed gardens that include a Japanese Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, and beautiful walkways.
The Manatee Observation and Education Center in the Port of Fort Pierce is open throughout the year. The wild (not captured) Manatees can be observed in Moore's Creek, and they are more active in the winter months. The Center is a non-profit wildlife observation and education facility overlooking the Indian River Lagoon and Moore's Creek.