The fall season conjures thoughts of pumpkin patches and colorful autumn leaves. While Florida may not boast the most vibrant foliage, getting outdoors is the best way to find that fall feeling, and a short road trip up Florida’s east coast will bring you to Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian for some seasonal fun in the sun. The water is still warm so you can enjoy the resort’s multitude of water adventures and local attractions near the resort offer autumn activities that are sure to spark those fall feelings. Here are eight ways to enjoy a fall getaway at Capt. Hiram’s Resort.
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Search for White Pelicans on a River King Cruise
Nature enthusiasts can witness spectacular wildlife this fall aboard a River King Cruise at Capt. Hiram’s Resort. White Pelicans migrate to Florida every autumn around October and stay south until February. The resort offers a cruise beginning Oct. 1 that takes visitors to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Reserve. Climb aboard the resort’s 45-foot sightseer pontoon and watch as pelicans and other birds return to the island at sunset. It’s the best eco-tour to take in the fall and there’s no better way to see the natural beauty of the Sebastian waterfront.
Get Festive at Countryside Family Farms
If you’re looking for some old-fashioned family fun, take a quick trip to Countryside Family Farms. The farm’s fall festival weekends in October and November have become a favorite activity among families in Vero Beach. While the farm will not plant a corn maze this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it hopes to resume fall festival activities when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, there’s still plenty to explore at this family farm like seasonal crops, a retail store and delicious farm-to-table cuisine at the farm’s El Sid Taqueria. Be sure to check out all the farm has to offer and any updates before you go.
Get Game Day Ready
Fall is all about pumpkin spice lattes and fuzzy sweaters, but fall also means football — and Capt. Hiram’s is the perfect game-day destination. Enjoy watching your favorite NFL teams face off on the gridiron at the resort’s Sandbar restaurant. This outdoor tiki-style eatery is surrounded by palm trees and offers a special NFL Game Day menu on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. Nosh on nachos, dynamite shrimp, jalapeno poppers and more as you watch the game and quench your thirst with a cold beer or bloody mary — or Fireball shooters for those feistier football fans.
Enjoy Exciting Water Activities
Take to the water this fall and add a spike of adrenaline to your getaway with Capt. Hiram’s plethora of water activities. Paddle the shallow waters of Indian River Lagoon on a stand up paddleboard and watch for marine animals and wildlife on North America’s most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem. Rent a kayak and paddle across the lagoon to Shipwreck Island to collect seashells and enjoy a beach picnic. Land lovers can rent a beach cruiser and pedal along Indian River Drive to discover local landmarks like Riverview Park. Whatever your pleasure, you can find a memorable activity at Capt. Hiram’s Adventure Center and Marina.
Feed the Critters at La Porte Farms
Just 8 minutes from Capt. Hiram’s Resort is one of Sebastian’s best-kept secrets. LaPorte Farms is a 5-acre petting farm that offers an up-close wildlife adventure perfect for kids and kids-at-heart. Visit a zebra, miniature horses, marmoset monkeys, llamas, goats, tortoises and more. The farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and hosts a fall festival each October with a pumpkin patch, pony rides and more — and it’s only a $1 donation for admission to this fun fall event.
Rent a Pontoon
Set sail from Capt. Hiram’s Adventure Center and Marina to explore the waterfront aboard a pontoon boat from Sebastian Waterfront Rentals. A pontoon boat is the perfect vessel for families with kids or a party on the water. Cruise the waterways of the Indian River Lagoon, go dolphin spotting, or reel in the memories with a bit of fishing. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back day or an exciting adventure, you can enjoy Florida’s fall weather on the water.
Learn to Surf
If you thought surfing was only synonymous with summer, think again! Summer is celebrated year-round at Capt. Hiram’s and many Florida surfers agree fall is the best time to catch some waves. You can learn to surf even during your fall getaway with surf lessons from Sebastian Inlet Surf Shop. It’s just 14 miles away from the resort and on the way to the beach! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, you’ll be stoked with the great instruction from this local surf shop.
Visit Al’s Family Farms Citrus
Nothing says old Florida quite like a visit to a citrus farm, and Al’s Family Farms Citrus in Fort Pierce is a can’t-miss destination this fall. Just 40 minutes south of Capt. Hiram’s Resort, Al’s Family Farms is well worth a visit during Florida’s citrus season, which runs October through June. While tours of its historic packinghouse aren’t available for the rest of 2020 due to COVID-19, visitors can still enjoy fresh-from-Florida finds including local citrus, fresh-squeezed juices, local honey, fresh jams and jellies, and hand-dipped ice cream and shakes. And don’t forget to take home some homemade fudge — because calories don’t count on vacation!
Work from the Beach
Out of office took on a whole new meaning in 2020, with so many people working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. And by now, you’re probably sick of sitting in your home office. Opt for a more scenic office setting and head to Capt. Hiram’s this fall to enjoy some sunshine and warmer temperatures. The resort is offering 25% off your room if you stay Sunday-Thursday and a $25 credit for food and beverage for those wanting a more picturesque workplace. The resort’s Bimini Beach offers a sandy private area with picnic benches, Adirondack chairs, and strong WiFi. And you are just steps away from ordering a drink or lunch with your credit. If the beach isn’t your style, you can find a serene setting at the pool or your room’s balcony.
Whether you’re looking for some fall fun in the sun or a place where summer never ends, Capt. Hiram’s resort has something for everyone this autumn. The resort is just a quick road trip along Florida’s east coast, making it a great destination for travelers hitting the highway for a fall getaway. This season, Florida residents can receive 25% off their room rate no matter what day of the week or time of year they book — just use promo code FLRE when booking online. Book your fall getaway and see how Capt. Hiram’s makes it easy to stay and play this autumn.