Smiling from Florida’s southeast coast, Stuart is the “Happiest Waterfront Town in the US!” Earlier in 2016, Coastal Living Magazine made this proclamation. The town abounds with amenities, and residents enjoy a low cost of living. Weather is idyllic, especially in winter, when the lowest average temperature is 68 degrees. Additionally, the air quality index exceeds the national average by 40 percent.
Breathtaking grandeur greets you at every turn, whether strolling the boardwalk or lushly landscaped streets. America in Bloom extols Stuart as the nation’s most beautiful small city. Residents are friendly and easygoing. Here’s an introduction to our quaint, engaging town.
A Little History About Stuart, Florida
In 1870, Spanish vessels bearing gold and silver were shipwrecked by a hurricane. Some of the bounties were recovered, yielding the region’s name, “Treasure Coast.”
Initially, the settlement was called Potsdam, named for the native town of its German landowner. Then in 1895, the town’s name was changed to Stuart, honoring the property owner who donated his land for a railway station. In 1925, Stuart was incorporated as the seat of Martin County.
Stuart Florida Attractions
Below are six of Stuart’s top points of interest:
Address – SW Saint Lucie Avenue and SW Seminole Street, Stuart FL 34994
Telephone – (772) 286-2848
Website – http://www.historicdowntownstuart.com
Riverwalk is a wooden promenade, hugging the banks of the St. Lucie River. Strolling the boardwalk, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Roosevelt Bridge. The span is especially enchanting when illumined at night. Stop for a meal at a riverside restaurant or relax in one of the parks. At the head of Riverwalk, a docking area is a home to bobbing boats.
On second and third Fridays, from 6pm-10pm, live music floats on the air from a waterfront stage. February through November features free Sunday concerts from 1pm-4pm. The music spans a range of genres, including rock, reggae, jazz, and blues. See the band schedule here. Consider prefacing a concert with a visit to the Sunday Green Market, near City Hall.
Stuart Heritage Museum
Address – 161 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone – (772) 220-4600
Website – http://www.stuartheritagemuseum.com
Entering this museum, you’ll time travel back to 1901! Within the veteran building, Stuart’s early life is preserved. You’ll learn about the pioneers who survived by harvesting pineapple and fish. Then, see the town as it evolved through the good years, “boom era,” and Depression. Artifacts are your window into 108 years of growth, along with photos, journals, newspapers, maps, and writings. Exhibits are in chronological order. You’ll be fascinated by the antique sewing machines, telephones, gas stoves, and refrigerators.
The building first served as a general store, then expanded to include a refinery and gas station. After a raging fire, the store was sold, and the building became a feed supplier. It now preserves the town’s historic treasures.
Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures
Address – 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone – (772) 267-7076
Website – http://treasurecoastsailingadventures.com
Cruise the St. Lucie aboard a historic schooner! The Lily is a two-masted vessel, hosting day sails, each two hours in length. “Morning Discovery” offers captivating wildlife sightings, such as dolphins and seabirds. “Adventure Discovery” features thrilling afternoon breezes. “Romantic Discovery” is a cozy sunset cruise.
Each trip offers the opportunity to confer with the captain, fire the cannon, and help hoist the sails. You can also charter the Lily for social events, such as weddings, parties, and business outings. The sailboat is certified by the US Coast Guard, outfitted with safety gear, and accommodates 42 passengers.
Adjacent to the boathouse, you’ll find shops, restaurants, and the Farmers Market. For walk-ins, there may not be vacant seating, so reservations are requested at least 24 hours in advance. You’re welcome to bring food and beverages. Don’t forget your sunscreen, binoculars, and hat!
Address – 825 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996
Telephone – (772) 225-1961
Website – http://www.elliottmuseum.org/
Just 12 minutes by car from downtown Stuart, this museum depicts the intriguing history of the Treasure Coast. Rotating exhibits ensure new discoveries each time you visit! Permanent displays include an art studio, sports galleries, and all types of bikes, boats, cars, and trucks. An electronic turntable showcases vehicles on-demand. You’ll also see one of the world’s largest collections of early model Fords.
Address – 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone – (772) 286-7827
Website – http://www.lyrictheatre.com/
If you’re a fan of classic plays, movies, and live performances, you’ll want to visit the Lyric Theater. Art cinema shows include documentaries, indies, international films, and rare footage. Opened in 1926, the architecture alone is enthralling, a mix of mission revival and classical French styles.
The theater first operated as a silent movie house. In 1987, a group of residents banded together to restore the deteriorating structure. Then in 2014, the building received a makeover, including a new lobby, orchestra seating, and sound system. Additionally, a 9-foot Steinway piano now graces the stage. Always an elegant venue, the splendor of the theater now rivals Carnegie Hall! See the interior here. For the upcoming event schedule, click here.
Address – 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994
Telephone – (772) 288-5340
Located adjacent to the courthouse in downtown Stuart, this park is pet-friendly. Exciting events are held year-round, including a weekend green market, nautical flea market, ArtsFest, Bike Fest, and the Stuart Seafood Festival. Monday nights from 5pm-9pm are reserved for the Food Truck Invasion. Vendors arrive from all over Florida, offering a variety of cuisines, cooked to order. Many trucks are operated by chefs. You’re welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets to picnic on the lawns.
Upon entering the park, you’ll be greeted by a majestic banyan tree. Pathways are inviting, broad and paved. The centerpiece of the lake is a fountain, its water dancing in a V-shaped spray. Memorials and plaques honor military members of the Marines, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard. Relax in the shade of the picnic shelter and gazebo. Enjoy an outdoor concert, staged on the colorful bandshell. The park also sports ball fields, a playground, and courts for tennis and shuffleboard.
Our seaside community continues to thrive, sustained by a flourishing economy. Major contributing industries are agriculture, construction, retail, medical, and marine. Thousands of companies run successful businesses. Among the top employers are the municipal government, Martin Memorial Hospital, and Vought Aircraft.
Treasure Coast Real Estate
If you’re seeking to relocate, Stuart Florida has numerous housing options from which to choose. Do you long to live near the shore? Waterfront homes feature private beaches and docks. Are you athletic? Gated communities provide quick access to tennis and golf. Pool homes are luxurious. Completing the spectrum are spacious townhouses and elegant condos. Whatever your housing preference, Stuart will exceed your expectations.
Small Town Charm
Stuart Florida is a seaside gem on the Treasure Coast. Among its many amenities are an ideal climate, affordable housing, and a wealth of leisure options. Its natural environment is pristine, enhanced by crystal water and clean air. The skyline is vast, unrivaled by skyscrapers. In fact, aside from the hospital, the tallest building is only four stories high.
Five miles east of town, the ocean beckons, offering fishing, swimming, and kayaking. In the central district, an array of restaurants and shops suits every taste. Peaceful and picturesque, Stuart is small town charm at its best.