Sebastian is located on the Treasure Coast between Melbourne and Vero Beach. It is recognized as the home of Pelican Island, the first designated Wildlife Refuge in the United States, a Millennium City, and a Tree City USA. Its location along the Indian River Lagoon attracts eco-lovers, adventure seekers and relaxation enthusiasts. The diverse waterways, which also includes the St. Sebastian River, are perfect for kayaking, fishing, scenic boat tours, world-renowned surfing and skydiving, and abundant birding and wildlife viewing. Sebastian Inlet State Park is the premier surfing and fishing spot of the East Coast of Florida and also attracts sunbathers and families for its vast beaches and protected lagoon area. Sebastian’s picturesque riverfront is adorned with dockside restaurants serving fresh catches and marinas harboring fishing and sightseeing boats. There are numerous kitschy shops, art galleries, and treasure & historical museums located around town. The Sebastian River Area has over 20,000 acres of preserve ideal for hiking, birding and horseback riding. Sebastian also boasts one of the most spectacular skydiving views in the world!
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Living in Sebastian
Swimming, fishing, boating, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving are only a few of the recreational opportunities available to you around Sebastian.
KAYAKING & PADDLE BOARDING – numerous beach shops offer rentals, guided and self-guided tours.
SURFING – a great spot to perfect your surfing skills or watch fierce competitions is the Sebastian Inlet State Park. There are plenty of surf shops around town to get your gear or sign up for classes.
SCUBA DIVING – dive sites include coral and artificial reefs, the site of the 1715 wreck of the Urca de Lima and the 19th Century Paddle Wheeler Wreck. These are the most biodiverse areas on the Atlantic Coast where you’ll most likely encounter sea turtles, manatees, sharks, dolphin, stingrays and large deep ocean fish migrating in to use the lagoon as a nursery. You can even go diving for treasure! One of the local dive shops can provide you with equipment rentals, locations of great diving spots, many accessible right from the beach, as well as local guided dive tours.
BOATING – water is the main attraction and there are plenty public boat ramps and marinas with boat rentals available. Ocean access is easy from the Sebastian Inlet.
GUIDED SEA TURTLE WALKS – during nesting season you can explore the scenic beaches at Sebastian Inlet State Park to learn about and observe the nesting and egg-laying process of a sea turtle.
FISHING – there are various fishing piers throughout the area including the Sebastian Inlet. Deep sea charters are great for the sport fisherman looking to catch wahoo, marlin, dolphin, tuna and kingfish. Numerous sportfishing tournaments are held throughout the year.
GOLF – Golf year around! Who wouldn’t love that? Sebastian Municipal Golf Course is the city’s 18-Hole Championship Course that offers a clubhouse, driving range, golf lessons, practice greens and a pro shop.
SKY DIVING – Sebastian’s world class skydiving center caters to skydivers of all levels and is located in a beautiful park-like setting spread over 7 acres. Jumpers have an incredible view of the Sebastian Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean while in freefall and under canopy, as well as an enjoyable coastal environment after landing.
NORTH COUNTY AQUATIC CENTER – world class swimming and diving facility that caters to swimmers and divers of all ages and skill levels.
Concerts in the park and local festivals frequently liven up the local culture. Sebastian is well known for the rare antiquities that have washed upon its shores. The shipwreck from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet left many treasures along Sebastian’s coast.
MEL FISHER’S TREASURE MUSEUM– opened December 1992, the museum showcases collections of cultural artifacts and treasure recovered from the ocean depths by Mel Fisher and his team. The experience is both educa-tional and exciting – you can even lift an authentic Atocha gold bar!
MCCLARTY TREASURE MUSEUM – the museum displays artifacts salvaged from 1715 shipwreck of a Spanish fleet and shows video on the art of treasure hunting. It occupies part of the former site of the Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp – 1715 Fleet, and is part of Sebastian Inlet State Park.
LAPORTE FARMS – 5-acre petting farm is Sebastian’s best kept secret. LaPorte Farms hosts several events throughout the year. It is also a unique venue for parties, weddings, photo shoots, field trips, fundraisers, company picnics.
SEBASTIAN AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM – features exhibits on the Ais Indians, Pelican Island, Clothing, Family Life, Quilts, Fishing, Agriculture, Military, Transportation, Early Shops and Trades, book shop and research facilities.
RIVERVIEW PARK – Riverview Park is the primary event point for the community. The park hosts major events and concerts, such as the Annual Clam Bake Festival, Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Sebastian Fine Arts and Music Event, the 4th of July Celebrations and the seasonal Music in the Park Concert Series hosted by the Sebastian Chamber of Commerce. With its mix of open space and oak-covered walkways, Riverview Park offers panoramic views of the River and recreational opportunities for everyone. In addition to the major events held at Riverview Park, you will also find the Splash Pad, Veteran’s War Memorial, sand volley ball courts, picnic pavilions, and the twin piers for observation of the river or fishing.
The Sebastian dining experience offers something for everyone. Kitschy seafood joints along the river with live entertainment, to every flavor in between, Sebastian has no shortage of restaurants.
Sample the Local Flavor:
CAPTAIN HIRAM’S RESORT – Cuisine: American, Seafood, Happy Hour | Atmosphere: Beach-themed Casual, Waterfront Dining, Live Music Venue, Boaters Welcome | 1606 Indian River Drive
MULLIGANS BEACH HOUSE – Cuisine: American | Atmosphere: Casual, Live Music | 806 Indian River Drive
TIKI BAR & GRILL – Cuisine: American, Seafood | Atmosphere: Casual, Waterfront, Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Boaters Welcome | 1109 Indian River Drive
THE CRAB STOP – Cuisine: Seafood | Atmosphere: Casual, Outdoor Seating | 1550 Indian River Drive
MO-BAY GRILL – Cuisine: International Cuisine | Atmosphere: Casual, Tropical | 1401 Indian River Drive
CAPT’N BUTCHERS – Cuisine: Seafood, American | Atmosphere: Casual, Local Fresh Caught Seafood | 1730 Indian River Drive
VIC’S PIZZA – Cuisine: Italian American | Atmosphere: Casual Cafe | 1140 US 1
ZOO BAR CAFE – Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch, Coffee & Craft Beer | 400 W Airport Dr