On the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian is well-known for its excellent saltwater fishing, particularly on the jetties at Sebastian Inlet. The barrier islands host the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island, and an array of public beaches and natural lands offering places to paddle and wander.
Trails and Parks in Sebastian
- Centennial Trail - Designed the first National Wildlife Refuge in 1903, Pelican Island NWR celebrated its century mark by creating this short, scenic, accessible boardwalk for birding.
- Sebastian Inlet State Park - One of few places where the Indian River Lagoon mingles with the Atlantic Ocean, Sebastian Inlet is the central feature of Sebastian Inlet State Park, which protects the tips of both barrier islands.
- St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park - Bisected by Interstate 95 south of Melbourne, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park spans across two counties, protecting a mosaic of pine flatwoods, cypress domes, palmetto prairies, and strand swamp surrounding the St. Sebastian River and its tributaries.
- Viera Wetlands - One of the best destinations on the Space Coast for birding and wildlife photography, Viera Wetlands is both a man-made habitat and a modern facility for wastewater treatment.