Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Indian River County

Indian River County offers a variety of budget-friendly attractions and activities that cater to different interests. Whether you’re looking to explore the history and art of the area, relax on nature walks, stroll around local farmers markets, spend time with animals, or practice your putting skills, there’s something for everyone. Here are some great options to explore without breaking the bank!

Explore LaPorte Farms

Visiting Laporte Farms is a great way to relax and meet farm animals while staying on a budget. LaPorte Farms is a nonprofit organization open to the public with admission based on donations. While you’re there, say hi to all the critters including, “Baby Girl” the zebra, “Roscoe” the Donkey, and “Skippy” the Kangaroo. Pony rides are available for $5, and food and drinks can be purchased on the property. To add to the fun, the farm is handicap accessible, with staff ready to assist if and when needed. The farm is open Monday to Friday from 8-2 and on weekends from 8-4. So, take an adventure and explore one of Sebastian’s best-kept secrets!

Practice Your Putting

For some family fun, head to Safari Golf & Games, where adventure awaits on their two themed mini-golf courses. The Safari Course takes you through lush, tropical landscapes filled with life-sized animal statues and jungle sounds, making you feel like you’re on a real safari. The Adventure Course features winding paths, waterfalls, and challenging obstacles that promise fun for all ages. You can play 18 holes for $12 plus tax or both courses for $16 plus tax per person. Prices are lower for children and seniors, making it an affordable outing for everyone.

Visit Blue Star Museums

This summer, the Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach Museum of Art, and McKee Botanical Garden are participating in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families. If this deal doesn’t apply to you, each of these locations is still budget-friendly. The Environmental Learning Center is free for children under 2, $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 2-11. At the Vero Beach Museum of Art, children (17 and under), first responders, and healthcare workers enjoy free admission. Adults pay $12, seniors (65+) $11, and students with ID $5. The McKee Botanical Garden charges $15 per adult.

Walk Nature Trails

Indian River County is rich in natural beauty with several free nature trails. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, located off U.S. Highway A1A, offers public use areas, refuge trails, boardwalks, and wildlife viewing areas. The trails are family-friendly and easy to navigate, providing an excellent opportunity for a leisurely walk amidst nature. Nearby, the Historic Jungle Trail offers a scenic route for exploration. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1991 and named in honor of Dr. Archie Carr Jr. for his contributions to sea turtle conservation, offers a unique opportunity to see various birds, reptiles, and mammals. The refuge includes the Sebastian Inlet State Park hammock trail and features a ¾-mile foot trail and lagoon kayak launch, along with environmental education programs and tours. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is located in both Indian River County and into Brevard County, make sure to explore both!

Relax at the Beach

For a relaxing day out, visit the beautiful beach parks in Indian River County. Sebastian Inlet State Park and Golden Sands Beach are just two of the twelve stunning beaches that offer pristine beach experiences and are free to the public. All 12 of our beaches are uncrowded and well-kept, making for a truly peaceful, sun-soaked, and sandy adventure. So, get ready to enjoy the sun, surf, and sand without spending a dime, not even on parking!

Stroll the Market

Attending the Vero Beach Farmers Market is a great way to experience the community vibe and buy fresh local produce. This event runs every Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm! These markets are free to attend and provide an excellent opportunity to explore local culture, try unique foods, and purchase handmade crafts to remember your experiences. Plus, it’s dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along—as long as they are on a leash!

Find the Perfect Hotel

To find hotels within your budget, consider booking in advance and doing your research! Indian River County boasts plenty of options to stay within budget, especially during summer with summer deals. For a comprehensive list of hotels in Indian River County, click here!

In Indian River County, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a fun and memorable budget-friendly vacation. Start with beach time, golf games, a trip or two to the farm, exploring Blue Star Museums, or just taking casual strolls through the abundance of nature trails and preserves. No matter what you choose, you’re bound to enjoy your stay in our hidden gem! When you decide to go out and explore these budget-friendly places, make sure to share your favorite pictures on our social media using our hashtag #VisitIndianRiver!

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