Family Activities:

ELC Environmental Learning Center


ELC Environmental Learning Center

255 Live Oak Dr., Vero Beach, FL

On 64 acres of mangroves in the Indian River, just off the Wabasso Bridge, kids of all ages learn about nature by living it. The campus encompasses a Discovery Station with aquariums and hands-on exhibits, native plant/butterfly gardens, picnic facilities, a canoe launch, boardwalks, and nature trails, including one that leads to the historic Laura Riding Jackson home.

The Visitor’s Center sells two different discovery guides ($1 each) with fun field activities for kids younger or older than 8 years. Special programs throughout the week require advanced reservations and include canoe excursions, a pontoon ride to Pelican Island story time, guided walks, and touch tank encounters. Admission is $5, but is free the first Saturday.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday (until 4 p.m. during winter season)