As I have mentioned in previous columns, 10 guys from around the U.S. and Canada are coming to Sebastian later this month for our “fantasy” football league’s annual draft.
Previous locations for the draft include Minneapolis and Charleston.
The guys will be staying at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian.
Because I’m in charge of entertaining them, I asked readers for suggestions.
Below is the email I sent to the guys. The list is based on suggestions of readers. Thanks to those who sent emails!
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 7:20 PM
Subject: Ranking some possible extracurricular activities
Just wanted to give you guys some food for thought for things to do during your upcoming stay in Sebastian.
I publish a local newsletter and asked readers for suggestions. The list below is a consensus of their favorite activities.
I know some of you previously expressed an interest in taking a tour of Dodgertown. I guess I’m looking for you guys to give me some direction as to what you want to do. Once I know that, I can try to make some arrangements.
1) Visit the Navy SEAL Museum (it’s in Fort Pierce, which is about a 45-minute drive of Sebastian).
My take: I’ve never been to it, but every review I’ve heard has been positive. If you’re interested in the military, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy it.
2) Take an airboat ride (you would board the ride west of Sebastian; depending on which one you choose, it would be a 15- to 40-minute drive).
My take: You can’t come to Florida without seeing an alligator. This will be your best opportunity to see one.
Capt. Bob’s Airboat Adventure Tours: http://www.airboatadventuretours.com/
Stumpknocker Tours: http://www.stumpknocker.com/
3) Visit the Sebastian Inlet (it would be about a 30-minute drive to get there).
My take: It’s a nice state park with an admission fee. A beautiful area to relax by the water. You would pass a couple of free beaches to get there.
4) Take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center (it’s in Titusville, which is about an hour north of Sebastian)
My take: Those who love space exploration will absolutely love the tour of the NASA complex. My wife took the tour a few years ago and raved about it.
5) Visit Mel Fisher’s Museum (it’s within walking distance of Capt. Hiram’s).
My take: This area is known as the “Treasure Coast” because 300 years ago a Spanish ship carrying treasures sank in nearby waters. Mel Fisher is a famous treasure hunter, who led diving expeditions to recover the treasures.
6) Visit “Historic Dodgertown” (it would be about a 30-minute drive to get there)
My take: The name was changed to Dodgertown to Historic Dodgertown a few years ago. The facility’s focus now is amateur baseball. It’s interesting to walk around the complex, but you have to be an “old” baseball fan to appreciate the history.
7) Go deep-sea fishing (you could board a boat at Capt. Hiram’s)
My take: If you love to fish, no doubt this would be a memorable experience.
8) Go fishing on the Indian River (I think you’d be able to board a boat at Capt. Hiram’s)
My take: Less adventurous than deep-sea fishing, but no doubt you’d have a good time.
9) Go on the River King Eco Tour (you’d depart from Capt. Hiram’s)
My take: If you’re not into fishing, you can still cruise the water on a group tour.
10) Play a round of golf (courses near and far … for every price range)
My take: For golfers, this is paradise.
Website (one of the public courses): http://www.sandridgegc.com/
11) Visit the Elliott Museum (located in Stuart, which is about a 75-minute drive from Sebastian)
My take: I’ve never been to this museum, but I always hear good things about it. The distance from Sebastian is why it’s so far down on the list.