Indian Riverside Park offers something for everyone



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The Mansion at Tuckahoe was built in 1936 and is now an events center that has been fully renovated .

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of The Mansion at Tuckahoe

Jensen Beach’s Indian Riverside Park offers fun for all.

Let me introduce you to a great one-day exploration of nearby Jensen Beach that will delight and educate your family.

This day trip will take you to the premier family destination park in Martin County — Indian Riverside Park on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon. At one time, this county park was the Jensen Beach campus of Melbourne’s Florida Institute of Technology that taught oceanographic technology.

This FIT campus was closed in 1986 and a portion was sold to developers, while the remainder was acquired by Martin County and developed as Indian Riverside Park.

Indian Riverside Park has an interactive play fountain, a butterfly garden, four picnic pavilions and a fishing pier. This 700-foot pier, once a mooring place for Florida Tech research vessels, now is a community fishing spot extending above the western waters of the Indian River Lagoon.

Attractions include the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. This contemporary children’s museum has hands-on displays about nature, health, history and recycling. There is a modest admission price for adults and children. It is open Tuesday through Sunday. For information, call 772-225-7575.

The Jensen Beach U.S. Sailing Center is located at the north end of the park. A sailing center offers recreational and competitive sailing. Sailing lessons also are offered on both weekdays and weekends. For information, call 772-334-8085.

The Mansion at Tuckahoe was built in 1936 and, during the time that FIT occupied the property, the school used it as its administration center and also for student activities.

Today, the Mansion has been completely renovated and turned into an event center.

This very impressive building sits atop the Mount Elizabeth archeological site and it will be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2022. For information, call 772-288-5745.

The Capt. Henry E. Sewall House is a historic Florida style wooden house built in 1899. The building has been completely restored and it is open to the public. For information, call 772-463-3201.

The Francis Langford Dockside Pavilion is a lavish and popular banquet hall event center overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. It has more than 3,800 square feet of space. For information, call 772-463-3201.

Francis Langford was a resident of Jensen Beach. During the latter part of the 20th century, she was a popular singer and entertainer for more than two decades. She also made films.

Part of her home, just south of the park, is now the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House. This charming café overhangs the Indian River Lagoon’s water edge. For information, call 772-781-5136.

Traveling to Jensen Beach from Brevard, take U.S. 1 South to Fort Pierce. At Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce, take Route 707 South. This is South Indian River Drive. It is a very scenic ride. Continue to the Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach. It is a two-hour drive.