It is rare to find a single destination that suits every tournament’s needs. Organizers must take countless factors into consideration, whether it’s the landscape, spectator capacity or the time of year. Fortunately for them, the sporting venues nestled in Florida’s Treasure Coast cater to all of these needs and much more. This subtropical paradise, which runs along the Indian River, consists of over a dozen picturesque land and water facilities that will support every athlete, audience and sports competition. What’s more, you will almost never have to worry about insurmountable weather conditions, as the Treasure Coast is widely known for its combination of sunny and breezy temperatures.
The Treasure Coast offers athletes and coaches sports sanctuaries where they can participate in tournaments of every kind, from shooting competitions to international fishing and renowned PGA tournaments. The region has larger multi-sport arenas for those who wish to test their endurance in triathlons.
Fun and Games on the Treasure Coast
Want a chance to wind down from the usual hustle and bustle that comes with competing? The Treasure Coast is the perfect venue because it offers spectators and athletes top-of-the line resort choices such as the Prestige Hotel Vero Beach, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort. Treasure Coast also provides outstanding venues for horseback riding on the beach. You’ll find that Treasure Coast’s vast farms like Al’s Fruit Farm, where you can sample the best citrus produce. Another destination, the 11,500-acre Jonathan Dickinson State Park, is the perfect place for boating and biking. Whether you crave a hectic or lax schedule, you’re sure to leave Florida’s southern gem with memories that you’ll treasure forever.
Expose your youngsters to oceanic wonders at the Smithsonian Marine Station and Environmental Learning Center, or stroll through the majestic McKee Botanical Gardens and test your knowledge of nature. On hot days, families can go for a swim at Indian RiverSide Park. Then take a drive to Palm City, Fort Pierce or Stuart for over 1,300 opportunities to shop and dine like locals.
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- Perfect tropical climate
- World-class fishing and marinas
- State-of-the-art baseball and softball complexes
- Swimming and diving aquatic centers
- Tennis facilities
- World-class golf courses
- Venues for equestrian events
- Shooting ranges
- Open ocean water sports events
- Conveniently located along Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike
The Treasure Coast Sports Commission is truly a partner with the USSCMC helping us to promote sailing while bringing wonderful events to our community. These are events that generate much needed revenue for our area all the while generating customers for our local restaurants, hotels and retail stores.
– Alan Jenkinson, Executive Director, US Sailing Center of Martin County
Sports Facilities Fit for Land and Water Competitions
First Data Field
This gorgeous grass field is home to professionals and rookies alike, as the New York Mets train here during the spring. The High-A St. Lucie Mets and Gulf Coast Mets rookie teams take to the field during their respective seasons. First Data seats 7,160 people. Sterling Facility Services operates three full-service food and beverage stands. Free parking is available onsite.
Indian River State College
Sports: Basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming and diving
Searching for the best place to send your competitive student-athlete? Look no further than Indian River State College, the pioneer of sports in southern Florida. College rivals can be found on the hardwood indoor basketball court covered in Indian River State’s colors. Baseball and softball players have an outdoor grass field to serve their needs. Swimmers engage in water sports at the Olympic-sized Anne Wilder Aquatics Center.
US Sailing Center of Martin County
This seven-acre venue with 600 feet of beachfront on the Indian River is home to the Treasure Coast Youth Series at Jensen Beach, a prestigious sailing tournament. Veterans and novices can set sail after choosing from eight Flying Scots, six 12-foot Hartleys, 12 420 Class Dinghies, two Lasers, eight 16-inch Hobie Waves, two 16-inch Hobie Getaways, 37 Optimists and countless kayaks and windsurfers. Amenities include outdoor showers and parking spaces for boats and trailers.
Sports: Baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, crew/rowing, rugby
Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach has four full fields, one 100 x 130-yard sport field that is used for soccer, rugby, lacrosse and football, one half-field, four softball/youth baseball fields, eight indoor pitching tunnels, a 60-yard agility and warm-up area, mini-field for bunting practice and 32 mounds/home plates for individual practices. Almost all of these facilities are equipped with AAA/AA Musco lighting. Holman Stadium seats 6,000 guests.
PGA Golf Club
As you may have guessed given its notable reputation, PGA Golf Club is where you’ll find Florida’s best golf courses. PGA professionals from all over train and play on any one of the four 72-hole premier courses — Wanamaker (7,045 yards), Ryder (7,000 yards), Dye and St. Lucie Trail Golf Club Course (6,906 yards). Budding beginners can take their first swings at the PGA Village six-hole Family Short Course, while all levels can perfect their skills at the impressive 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Guests can attend social and golf events, participate in tennis programs on five lighted Har-Tru courts and lounge in a remodeled pool area with shades, new furniture and a heater.
Sailfish Splash Water Park
You and your family don’t want to miss out on this magnificent two-acre water park. Stuart’s Sailfish Splash Water Park is everyone’s dream, complete with a 1,000-foot lazy river, a zero-depth entry and a 7,326-square-foot interactive splash playground with slides, sprays, jets and a 317-gallon “Dump Bucket.” The water park also sports two four-story waterslides, including a 253-foot closed flume called the “Speed Slide,” a competitive lap pool and a Wiggly Waters cargo net walk-across. Guests can station themselves among 700 lounge and deck chairs, a shaded picnic area and private cabanas that can be rented. Families and friends can park, shop, dine — with access to the food pavilion for birthday parties — and use restrooms onsite with free Wi Fi access.
Lawnwood Regional Park
Sports: Baseball, tennis
There’s no better place to play ball than at this massive complex. Located in Fort Pierce, this training facility provides four full-sized professional baseball fields, eight practice pitching mounds, six batting cages and practice fields. All fields are lit. Visitors will have parking and restroom access in addition to the best buffet, barbecue and Italian dining options nearby in Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. Lawnwood Tennis Center adds to the fun with 12 full-sized tennis courts, three bocce courts, two racquetball courts and three pavilions with picnic tables.
Indian River County Shooting Range
Sports: Shooting, fishing
Practice target shooting at this five-stand outdoor shotgun range constructed for leisure and training purposes. Just east of Interstate 95, the five-star training facility offers a pistol range with 35 stations; a rifle range with 29 stations, including 200-yard target firing stations; a 65-yard archery range; walk-through archery and sporting clays courses; an air gun range; three combination skeet and trap fields; and a gun shop. The nearby lake offers fishing opportunities.
Intergenerational Recreation Center
Sports: Basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts/karate, swimming, pickleball, yoga/zumba/pilates, dance
This $6.9 million multipurpose indoor “gem of a gym,” which just opened in 2016, hosts athletic competitions, events, reunions, parties and classes in its hardwood 13,425-foot gymnasium or 45- and 82-square-foot activity rooms. The 37,000-square-foot recreation center hosts an array of outdoor sports at Dick Bird/South County Regional Park as well as aquatic events in the Gifford Aquatic Center, a 243-person, zero-depth-entry pool with two twisting slides. The North County Aquatic Center, a competition and party-friendly pool with eight long courses (50 meters) and 24 short ones (25 yards), is another prime location.
Sports: Softball, soccer
Located on Jensen Beach, Pineapple Park is best known for hosting the 2016 Babe Ruth Softball Series. After undergoing renovation in 2015, the park sports new fencing, drainage and field surfaces that are conducive to competing in top-notch softball and soccer tournaments. Treat the team to a picnic on the park’s grounds after a day of intense competition.
Halpatiokee Regional Park
Sports: Soccer, football, tennis, softball, baseball, hockey, biking, fishing
With 65 acres of beautiful parkland surrounded by 470 acres of wetland preserve and wildlife, Halpatiokee Regional Park prides itself in being the largest park in Martin County, Florida. Athletes have the dual pleasures of going head to head in all kinds of games and becoming one with nature. When you’re not playing on any of the natural grass fields, rent a canoe or kayak to see what lies in the South Fork of the Lucie River. Halpatiokee is the Seminole Indian word for “Alligator Water,” so keep your eyes and ears open! Or, you can bike along the 7.5-mile long mountain to see the native wildlife. Visitors are within walking distance of several restaurants and hotels.
Dick Bird/South County Regional Park
Sports: Soccer, lacrosse, football
Youth teams and their coaches who’ve been to the Treasure Coast can attest to Dick Bird/South County Regional Park’s high-quality fields during the soccer and lacrosse seasons. In 2014, the county constructed four new multi-sport fields to sustain its increasing population. The project included excellent drainage systems , parking, restrooms and concession. The Vero Beach park is home to the Intergenerational Recreation Center and accommodates many of the outdoor activities held there. This venue is less than 10 minutes away from Lakewood Regional Park, a venue that can host additional games for larger tournaments.
X Marks the Spot: How to Find the Treasure Coast
Take your next sporting tournament to the Treasure Coast, southern Florida’s sweet spot, for a warm and inviting stay. With several airports and major highways nearby, visitors can easily map out paths to a variety of attractions and lodging spaces.
By Car: The Treasure Coast is situated conveniently by Interstate 95. I-95 extends from Bridge Road in Hobe Sound to Fellsmere and the Treasure Coast. Other popular routes include the Florida Turnpike and U.S. Highway 1. Visitors can also take US A1A along Hutchinson Island, an island bordering the Atlantic, or Indian River Drive, which runs alongside the Indian River Lagoon.
By Air: Melbourne International Airport (53 miles), Palm Beach Airport (69 miles), Orlando International Airport (108 miles) and Miami International Airport (130 miles) are all options for accessing the Treasure Coast. Over 30 airlines service these airports. Private planes fly into Treasure Coast International Airport, Martin County at Witham Field, Vero Beach Municipal Airport and Sebastian Municipal Airport.