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
- Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge - Stretching from Melbourne Beach to Sebastian, this refuge protects sea turtle nesting grounds along the Atlantic Ocean
- Barrier Island Sanctuary - Home to a gentle 1-mile loop hike through coastal habitats, Barrier Island Sanctuary is a gateway to Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, with an informative oceanfront coastal biology center.
- 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 - Cut in two by Interstate 95 south of Melbourne, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park spans 35 square miles across two counties, protecting a mosaic of habitats for wildlife, particularly the Florida scrub-jay.
- The Trans-Florida Central Railroad Trail - If you've seen the prominent Trans-Florida Central Railroad Trail over Interstate 95 at Fellsmere, you've probably wondered about it. Here's what we found when we stopped for a ride.
- 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.