Your Guide to the Sebastian Inlet
Florida is known for outdoor adventures and one of the Space Coast’s famous spots is Sebastian Inlet. The Sebastian Inlet State Park is located within a gorgeous barrier island along the coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian River Lagoon. This provides the perfect setting for anyone, of any age, no matter what outdoor interest they prefer, to have a great time. And if you prefer to be inside, there are indoor activities that you can experience as well.
So why is this place a great spot to visit? Here are some of the many reasons why you must plan a trip here.
Things to Do
Trying to figure out how to make everyone happy when planning a trip somewhere is often what causes delays in taking a trip sooner. However, Sebastian Inlet has so many activities to choose from, it would be hard not to find something for everyone to enjoy.
For one, surfing the Inlet, a favorite activity found here, has been a world-renown spot to hang 10 or get barreled. Having seen pro-surfers Kelly Slater, C.J. Hobgood, and Lisa Anderson, to name a few, all cut their teeth here, you can add your name to the list of those who’ve surfed this infamous spot. Check out the surf cams and reports in order to know when the swell is just right for you.
Fishing, another favorite activity along the coast, has its roots dug deep here. The diversity offered here in what kind of fishing you’re after is what makes this a fantastic spot to cast a line. Whether you stay on the jetties or take it offshore, you’re sure to have a nice catch after a spending the day here. Make sure you have a fishing license before you go.
Maybe you prefer to be out on the water, but want to have a guided tour or create your own adventure, then bring your kayak (or you can rent one here), so you can take part in another one of our favorite activities. Should you decide to do a guided tour, there are several choices ranging from full moon, eco, and sunset kayak tours that will leave you with memories you’ll be talking about long after you return home.
If you want to stay dry and on land, there’s more activities that will have you exploring some of the natural habitat and wildlife all while having a fun outdoor experience.
Take a stroll down Hammock Trail, a mile-long nature trail that takes you under the shade of a coastal, sub-tropical, palm/oak hammock and fringe of the mangroves. This is perfect for those looking for something relaxing besides lying in your beach chair.
Bring your bike with you so you can use the paved paths that run through the park. A 40-mile long path that has numerous beach access points so you can stop and take a breather, but for those of you that want a “Florida mountain biking experience,” then take a stab at the three designated trails that are a combination of sandy and swampy flatlands with paved courses.
Experience the rich cultural history of the area by checking out the two museums located in the park. The McLarty Treasure Museum takes you back in time with tales of the fleets attempted return to Spain but was thwarted when a hurricane hit the Florida coast over 300 years ago. Situated on a survivor’s camp of the ill-fated 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet, the museum features artifacts, displays, and an observation deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t be surprised if you see salvagers still looking for lost gold, silver, and the “Queen’s jewels” that were lost to the sea and the sandy shores.
Once you’re done stepping into the distant past, come back to the future and stop by the Sebastian Fishing Museum, where you can learn about the history of the fishing industry here and the early families that set up fish houses. Pictures and video presentations showcasing the lagoon fishing industry, fishing gear, and replicas of the commercial fish house and dock will be a cultural treat for anyone.
There are plenty of activities and things to do besides the few we mentioned. You can even plan for reunions, weddings, parties, and meetings if you want to. Check out the full list here.
Places to Eat
Now you can’t forget to think about food and who would want to anyways. Pack a few coolers and enjoy a picnic at the beach under one of the pavilions available. Not wanting to do all the work or plan for meals? There’s a restaurant right in the park. BG’s Surfside Grill, the park’s official concessionaire, will take care of those hunger pangs with their easy-to-choose from menu.
Where to Sleep
If you want to make your time spent at Sebastian Inlet done right, then plan for a real outdoor adventure and go camping. There are over 50 sites to choose from, whether you are going all primitive or more of a glamping RV experience. If camping is totally not for you, there are places to rest your head located just north of the area in Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.
The iconic Sebastian Inlet is something we could easily go on and on about, but come see for yourself as to why it’s one of our favorite spots here along the Space Coast. We’re waiting for you so stop now and plan your trip now!