Fort Pierce, originally an Army post established in 1838, has grown to a city of over 36,000 residents. Fort Pierce is located near the junction of I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike, which makes it an ideal “milepost” to stop and spend the day.
Places to Stay
There are a number of hotels along US Route A1A (Seaway Drive) but most of the areas lodging can be found right off I-95, exit 65 (FL 70). Days Inn, Hanpton Inn, Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson, Scottish Inn and Treasure Coast Inn are all located here.
Places to Eat
US Route A1A (Seaway Drive) has several excellent restaurants. Mangrove Matties is a casual, family restaurant specializing in seafood. Toucan’s and Top of the Dock Restaurant (201 Fisherman’s Wharf) is another nice, casual restaurant.
I-95 exit 65 has a good mix of restaurants too… from McDonalds and Burger King to Shoney’s and the Bel-Air Diner.
Places to Go
Heathcoat Botanical Gardens (Savannah Road) and the St. Lucie County Historical Museum (US Route A1A) are two attractions that I recommend you visit while you’re in the Fort Prerce area.
I-95 exits 66 (FL 68) and 65 (FL 70) will take you into Fort Pierce. US Route 1 and A1A are the two principal north-south routes that run through the Fort Pierce area.