Downtown Stuart is pretty cool! Instead of the modern, faux-Mediterranean "mixed use" shopping areas that are spreading through South Florida like a virus, we witnessed a fully-functional downtown with restored architecture from the early 1900s. A well thought-out boardwalk follows the edge of the St. Lucie River starting at the city anchorage and ending in the historic downtown area. Unlike West Palm Beach's struggling Clematis and Cityplace districts, Stuart's downtown area has a pleasant mix of approximately 60 shops and restaurants. The shops were good ones, too - we saw a small toy and hobby shop, several clothing stores, some home furnishing stores, and a hardware store. The restaurants were bustling on a Saturday afternoon, a sure sign of quality cuisine and service. We were not dressed for inside dining, so we ordered a pizza from a small outdoor cafe, it was very good. The downtown area is condensed enough to be easily walkable and signs with maps indicate the location of the different business clusters.
We really cannot say enough good things about downtown Stuart. The city has free day-use municipal docking, for starters, so you can pull your boat right up to the downtown area. We'll never see anything like that in Palm Beach County. Then there's a free museum, the historic Stuart Feed Store / Stuart Heritage Museum, housed in an old wood-framed general store that was built in 1901. The diverse stores and restaurants occupy historic architecture with the Indian River as a backdrop. It's just all really well done and we applaud the community and its leaders.
Downtown Stuart offers many concerts, shows, and other events, you can check the web site below for up to date information.
Comments: One of the best in South Florida, highly recommended
61 SW Osceola St
Stuart FL 34994