Here are seven ways to celebrate Mother’s Day on the Treasure Coast.
Hike a park or preserve
One of the prettiest — and easiest — hikes is nestled just behind homes in the Southbend Lakes neighborhood of Port St. Lucie.
Spruce Bluff Preserve, 611 S.E. Dar Lane, is 97 acres of marsh and scrub, and there are two self-guided, interpretive trails that teach hikers how the land was previously occupied by the Ais tribe and a pioneer settlement.
Highlights include a Native American mound and a monument at the old pioneer cemetery from two different historical time periods.
Walk the beach
Beaches in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties reopened this week, and even though some are open with restrictions, strolls along the beach are allowed. (Only Martin County residents, however, can visit Martin County beaches.)
Collect shells, get some Vitamin D and splash in the surf, with Mom right by your side.
Self-guided mural tour
Paint the town with Mom during a self-guided mural tour in Hobe Sound.
Twenty-four murals dot buildings throughout tiny community in southern Martin County. The works of art are part of the Hobe Sound Mural Project.
Pick up a map at the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce — call to make an appointment because its doors are closed to the public — and walk, drive or bike the route, and take a Mother’s Day selfie in front of each mural.
Ride a bike
Business is booming at local bike shops as residents hop on two wheels to fend off cabin fever.
And it doesn’t matter if you head off to the trails, the road or just pedal through the neighborhood. Spending quality time outdoors with Mom is what we’re striving for here.
Several local shops rent bikes — or, keeping in mind you’ll be having lots of fun with Mom — think about purchasing a new or used one so you can keep the memories rolling, long after the coronavirus is gone.
Go to the drive-in
Instead of settling in at home with Mom and a movie, drive to Causeway Cove Marina, 601 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce, for a film on the big screen at Treasure Coast Park and Watch.
The 19-by-11-foot screen is double-sided, which means about 500 vehicles are able to park at the site at one time.
Treat Mom to popcorn and a soda; orders will be delivered to the vehicle.
“Grease” is Friday’s movie, and “Finding Nemo” plays Saturday.
Kayak mangroves, spoil islands
There’s nothing better than a day on the water. Well, there is: a day on the water with Mom.
Launch a kayak into the Indian River Lagoon and a get a real feel of Old Florida with these suggestions from TCPalm’s entertainment reporter and columnist Laurie K. Blandford:
Indian River County: Round Island Riverside Park, 2200 State Road A1A, south of Vero Beach. Hopefully, Mom will catch a glimpse of a manatee. The gentle sea cows are known for frolicking in the coves throughout the Indian River Lagoon.
St. Lucie County: Wildcat Cove Preserve, 3375 N. A1A in Fort Pierce. The preserve is best known for its fishing access to the Indian River Lagoon, but there are hiking trails and kayak launches into the lagoon.
Martin County: St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park kayaking trail at Cove Road Park, near the east end of Cove Road where it meets Intracoastal Waterway. The boat and kayak launch is available, however groups can be no more than than 10 people, and visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances.
After a day of outdoor fun, Netflix and chill with Mom at night.
Many of her favorite Treasure Coast restaurants offer carryout and delivery, so place an order and settle in on the sofa to watch Mom’s favorite movie.
Whoops! No beer or wine in the fridge? Don’t worry. Local breweries can delivery beer and wine to your home.
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