Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Ft. Pierce is one fun town! From the adorable downtown area to the Saturday market, there’s a lot to see and do. A friend and I had the good fortune to head down there for a weekend sailing race. We thoroughly enjoyed poking around the area and plan to return sometime soon!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

The Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce, Inc.

From 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, the Downtown Farmers’ Market is a great destination. There’s everything from artwork and hats and clothing to jewelry and soaps to fruits and vegetables, and even ready-to-eat food.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Great Fruits and Veg

We had our pick of a great selection of fruits and vegetables. Stocking up on fresh local produce was a treat.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

This shopper was showing off her, well, I’m not sure what these fuzzy fruits are!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

We all had a good laugh, then realized it was great to see so much variety and produce we don’t normally see at our own local markets.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Hardest to resist were the flower vendors and their gorgeous wares.

Overflowing with flowers of all types; nearly everyone who walked by this booth smiled.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Since we were there for only the weekend, we didn’t dare indulge. Next time, I will!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Another item very difficult to resist on our short weekend was the plants. I have an obsession with orchids and succulents. The examples they featured were so incredibly healthy and colorful!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

However, we had no problem agreeing to sample and take with us plenty of freshly-baked goods.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Get there early – the favorites go fast!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Cuban Coffee!

Of course, what goes best with freshly-baked pastries? Cuban coffee, of course! Bam!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Gourmet dog biscuits sold right next to the Cuban coffee. Impulse item?

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

We treated ourselves to coconut cake from Gina’s Bake Shop. It was dense and rich and absolutely lovely!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

One vendor had “3-D” art that required special glasses to view.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Are you seeing what I’m seeing?

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Hat Opportunity!

In addition to dog collars and bowls, jewelry, and decorated license plates and mugs, the hat vendors were excellent!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

I chose a smart straw hat with a ribbon drawstring. The best part is it has no back, so a ponytail fits, and you can sit and read without the brim getting stuck on your chair.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Bright clothing of all types; here there were blousy pants that looked almost like skirts. Tropical colors abounded

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

There’s plenty of room to sit by the water and enjoy the breezes at the Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Live music is often playing, so it’s a great spot to people watch and meet up with friends.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

The Ft. Pierce Farmers’ Market grounds is full of fully-grown palms that provide a bit of shade and breezy feeling.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Shopping Downtown

With a goal of checking the local thrift and consignment shops, we walked the downtown area in search of fun places to browse.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

We found a cute shop with a mixture of antiques and modern items. Some pieces were consignment, some were sold by the shop owners.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Tropical-themed books seemed to be in great demand.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

We picked up a few necklaces, photo album, and cosmetics bag.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

African Art, Antiques, and Gifts

If you want to be treated to a huge selection of African clothing, sculptures, carvings, and even jewelry, this is the place.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

I’m a big fan of the African shea butter, so this display smelled great to me!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

You could spend hours in this shop browsing everything from antiques to new items.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town
Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Of course, the gourds intrigued me!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Impressive Historical Buildings

We toured a few of the buildings that were open in downtown. Many had plaques and photos of their history.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Fascinating glimpses of times gone by.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town
We absolutely loved viewing the photos of the waterfront in the 1800’s-1900’s. What a difference 120 years makes!
Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

The downtown area still has some historic wooden buildings.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Architecture was a delight to view in Ft. Pierce.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

These are blocks cut from coral. Luckily, you can’t do that anymore.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

The cutest U. S. Coast Guard outpost ever!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Zagster E-Scooter Share Program

We started spotting the scooters as we wound around through town.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Of course, we had to stop and see what it was all about!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Scooters were arranged in groups, ready to check out.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

There was a QR code to scan in order to process a rental payment for the scooters.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Wandering Around Town

Orange Avenue – perfect for Florida!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

The typical Florida bungalows intrigued me; their front yards often were mostly driveway and river rock. I especially like the large sun shutters.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

More sun shutters – they look like the Bahama shutters on my shed at home.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

This could the funniest of my photos from the weekend. Apparently this is a real “thing” – a gang of peacocks that has lived in this one area for decades.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Pre-Race Familiarization Time!

We were hosted by the Commodore of the Ft. Pierce Yacht Club for a Woman’s Race on her Freedom yacht “Deja Vu.”

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Our all-girl crew looking fierce, locating all the lines on the boat.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Rather glad I invested in a decent hat.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Starboard side of our ride. Isn’t she pretty!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Sails ready, tomorrow’s the big day!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Race Day, Heading Out the Inlet

Although flat calm inland, offshore was a bit bumpier.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

We had a chance to see Ft. Pierce from the water.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Crew shirts for Deja Vu in hot pink!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Plotting the course and race strategy.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Captain Diane heading to the starting line.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

They only look ahead of us – our handicap meant we beat most of them!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Foredeck crew had a lovely view.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

The captain took a rest, and I brought her back in post-race.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

It’s so interesting to see where the plotter says you are – and there are some shallow spots between Deja Vu’s home berth and the sea bouy!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Race Awards at the Yacht Club

We were so fortunate to be invited to the post-race lobster dinner!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Captain Diane and Captain Mitch donning full lobster-eating regalia.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Yacht Club all decorated – that’s our dive master Mitchell; Elise and I gave a talk about visiting Cuba.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Unbelieveable dinner!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Elise with Cuba souvenir and that huge lobster dinner.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Mitch versus bug. Mitch for the win!

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Awards dinner cake – the perfect finish to the evening.

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

Our second place stemless wineglass trophy. Every participant on a winning boat received a trophy instead of only the captain. How wonderful – and a special reminder of a fantastic weekend and lots of new friends

Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

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Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Florida // Fun Weekend on the Town

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