Tasty Treats, Sports Facilities and Special Events New for 2019 in Vero Beach, Fla.

There are always new treasures to uncover along
the Florida Treasure Coast

Return to Vero Beach this winter and you’ll be welcomed back by the 26 miles of waterfront unobstructed by high rises and thus noted for its sunrises. You’ll also enjoy the tried and true eateries, recreational areas, events and friendly locals.  But there are numerous new treasures to discover too.  Here’s just a sampling:

Smiley Riley’s Ice Cream Lounge taps into the national fad of creating alcohol-infused ice cream delights such as toasty sm’ores with rum and 13 other adult flavors, along with kiddie-approved flavors too.  It’s a new happy hour indulgence.  Newly opened in September, the mother-daughter owned shoppe is open Tuesday-Friday afternoons 4-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 2-11pm. Smiley Riley’s Ice Cream Lounge at the corner of U.S. 1 and Oslo Road, Vero Beach. (772) 226-0466.

Mash Monkeys Brewing Company, the ninth and latest brewery to open in the tri-county area and the second one in Sebastian. We’ll sample some of the brewery’s awesome craft beer creations and go on a tour with Derek Gerry, one of the brewery’s founders, owners and brewers. Pareidolia Brewing Company, the first brewery to open in Sebastian is within walking distance. Mash Monkeys Brewing Company, 920 U.S. 1, Sebastian; Pareidolia Brewing Company, 712 Cleveland St., Sebastian

BigShots Golf, a brand new two-story, state-of-the-art golf recreation facility on U.S. 1 is a family-friendly destination with driving ranges, golf activities, games and some of the best burgers and pizza around in their full service restaurant and bar. 3456 U.S. 1, Vero Beach (772) 979-4653. www.verobigshots.com

If frog legs and gator tails are your thing, then you’re in good company! Every January for the past 25 years, the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival puts Fellsmere, Florida, on the map. This festival has become a huge draw for visitors who want to experience homespun, Florida-fun, and of course locals who want to join their family and friends enjoying the best the sunshine state offers. Hop to the festival from January 17-20, 2019.

Feb. 9-May, 5 2019 the Vero Beach Museum of Fine Arts will unveil a new exhibit: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts MovementDrawn from the outstanding collection of the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Victorian Radicals will bring together an extensive array of 145 works by pioneering artists —many of which have never been exhibited outside the UK—to illuminate this dynamic period of British art. VBMA, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach (772) 231-0707. https://www.vbmuseum.org/

About Indian River County:  Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast on the Atlantic Ocean, the communities of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere are the geographical starting point for the Florida tropics, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 70° (21°C). The county is centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami. The destination resides at the intersection of green and glamorous, with 100,000 conservation acres, 26 miles of pristine beaches and a treasure trove of cultural attractions. Hotels and resorts with rooftops no higher than swaying palm trees support the destination’s motto “Sunrises, not High Rises.” Road trippers can easily access the destination via I-95, the Florida Turnpike or Route 60. It is also convenient to Orlando International; Orlando-Melbourne International, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Miami International airports. Vero Beach Regional Airport is served by Elite Airways with direct flights from Newark, N.J., and Asheville, N.C.  Finalist in Coastal Living Magazine’s “Happiest Seaside Town in 2018.” https://visitindianrivercounty.com/Follow, Share and join us on our never-ending journey via social media @VeroBeachCVB. Tag the town you’re visiting: #LoveVeroBeach #LoveFellsmere #LoveSebastian

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