Welcome to Indian River County
True to its "sunrises, not high rises" tagline, Indian River County has remained intentional in developing its residential communities, with each one uniquely complementing its coastal landscape. Whether you want to lounge on some secluded sand or spontaneously go on an offshore group adventure, you'll always find your very own sweet spot to fill here. Named "One of America's Happiest Seaside Areas" by Coastal Living, Indian River County puts an entirely new spin on paradise—now paradise is a place you can call home!
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At a Glance
Major roads: US-1, I-95, SR-60
Airport: Melbourne Orlando Int'l Airport
Port St. Lucie: 35 minutes
Fort Pierce: 25 minutes
Largest city: Fellsmere
County seat: Vero Beach
Median home value: $280,000
Communities of Indian River County
Located about 20 minutes from the banks of the Indian River, Fellsmere is Florida's version of scenic countryside. Most notably recognized as the first place in Florida where women were allowed to vote, Fellsmere is a historically significant city.
We know one thing for sure: the mesmerizing waterways in Sebastian can cure any bad day blues. Immerse yourself in the seaside Sebastian culture at Mel Fisher's Treasures, a locally famous museum displaying gold objects found at shipwrecks.
You can find Vero Beach where the sweet vibe of a small-town setting meets the upscale luxuries of a waterfront community. Vero Beach is truly unique in that it stretches across three distinct landscapes—the traditional mainland, the banks of the Indian River, and the oceanfront of the Atlantic.
With a modest population of just over 500 residents, Wabasso can be overlooked as just another beach community along the Treasure Coast. However, Wabasso's prime location at the base of Florida 510 provides its residents with a straight shot across the Indian River to the white sands of Wabasso Beach.
Things to Do in Indian River County
What You'll LOVE in Indian River County
There is an endless amount of things to do in Indian River County's diverse communities. From the winding streets of the mainland to the sprawling beaches across the bridge, we've compiled all our favorite destinations!
Shopping & dining
Located just one block from the Indian River Lagoon, The Village Square is a mixed bag of Sebastian's best retail and dining destinations. Cobblestone walkways will lead you from one brightly painted storefront to the next, with each building showing off its own coastal flair. A staple of its namesake beach town, Wabasso Beach Surf is the place to shop for everything from snorkel gear and surfboards to swimwear and souvenirs. As you travel down the coast, you'll come across many more top shopping spots, including Village Shops in Vero Beach, Indian River Mall, and 3 Avenues Shopping Center.
Take dinner with a view up a notch at Crab Stop of Sebastian, a casual seafood spot with live music and a riverfront deck. If you really want to fit in with Sebastian locals, then you can't miss the chance to have a meal at Mulligan's Beach House—you actually can't miss this restaurant's tropics-inspired exterior paint color. Mulligan's serves up freshly caught seafood all day long, with panoramic views of the lagoon on the side.
Want to be at the heart at all of Indian River County's most hair-raising adventures? The Environmental Learning Center is located on Wabasso Island, which is surrounded by the Indian River on all sides. This center allows you to delve deeper into Florida's nature scene, with guided kayak adventures, pontoon boat tours, and lengthy mangrove trails. Here, more than 60 acres of Florida's native flora and fauna, plus its stunning waterways, become your playground. Sebastian Inlet State Park draws in surfers from around the globe to ride its world-famous waves, "First Peak" and "Monster Hole." And for those who prefer nature walks and sunset strolls, the state park's placid beaches are perfect for seashell hunts!
Even if you don't have children, buying a home near top-rated schools can help increase your property values over time. Luckily, students living in the area are served by the School District of Indian River County. Located about halfway down the east coast of Florida, the district has 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools. In addition to its stellar academics, the school district boasts award winning performing arts and athletic programs that are both strongly backed by community support.
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