Vero Beach is well known for its salubrious year round climate, an abundance of golf courses & water activities as well as its great real estate values. What many don’t realize though, is the Vero Beach area is literally steeped in culture & history. With so much culture and places of cultural & historical significance in Vero Beach and the surrounding area, it may be difficult to choose which one(s) to see first. We will highlight a few for you here.
Riverside Theatre is one of only eight theaters in Florida to be awarded the distinction of Cultural Institution. It also boasts being the one of the only free standing building’s dedicated entirely to children’s theatre in the entire state of Florida.
Riverside Theatre performs nearly three hundred shows every year. Each is produced entirely in house at this exquisite not for profit institution.
Situated in Riverside Park, the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s neo-classical building adds a nice dimensional touch to its surrounding landscape. Founded in 1986 as the Center for the Arts, the museum has expanded several times and changed its name in 2002.
With the addition of the Beckwith Sculpture Park, new entrance vestibule, a 20,000 square foot Exhibitions & Collections wing and a covered Atrium in 2011 and 2012, the museum continues to grow and serve the community with an unparalleled cultural venue. The diverse collections and cultural offerings attract some 75,000 residents and tourists annually.
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Founded in 1960 by a group of local artists and art aficionados including A.E. Backus; the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery provides 5000 square feet of public visual arts to the Vero Beach community.
The museum is located in one of Vero Beach’s historic downtown structures and offers the largest collection of Albert Ernest Backus paintings in the world. Many of which are available for sale. The museum also features works by other noteworthy Treasure Coast artists in its gallery and display wings.
The museum is open five days a week October through mid-June and offers summer hours by appointment.
Perhaps one of Vero Beach’s most visited attractions, and certainly its oldest survivor, the McKee Botanical Garden was founded in 1929 by Waldo Sexton and Arthur G. McKee. The McKee Botanical Garden opened its doors to the public in 1932. Originally an 80 acre tropical paradise designed by renowned Tropical Landscape Architect, William Lyman Phillips, the park was closed in 1976 and much of the land sold off for development. In 1995 the remaining area was purchased by the Indian River Land Trust. It was formally dedicated in 2001 under its original name, McKee Jungle Gardens. It was granted Florida Landmark status, and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vero Beach has so much to offer with its salubrious year round climate, many golf courses, a cornucopia of water activities and shopping and dining opportunities that offer so much diversity. When you finally decide to make the move to the “Gateway to the Tropics” an experienced Vero Beach Realtor® from the North Beach Realty Vero team is waiting to connect you with the best property for you anywhere in the beautiful Vero Beach area.