Riverwalk Family Park

pict1716Riverwalk Family Park located at 5355 US Highway 1 in Rockledge. The nature center, nature themed playground, and boardwalk comprise the park. Bring a picnic lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables.

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Aquarium tanks throughout the nature center house a Diamondback Terrapin that swims in the ocean and walks on land. A touch tank, and a quarantine tank that holds small turtles. An Oyster Toadfish, a Banded Tulip Snail in one tank and Crabs in another. The bones of a Bottlenose Dolphin and the West Indian Manatee in the display case.

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pict1751Join in the fun with your children in the Nature Themed Playground equipped with different activity zones. Explore an Aqua Zone, Organic Engineering, and Play Art.

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Walk along the boardwalk to the Indian River Lagoon and admire the native plants of Riverwalk Park. Sit on a bench, relax, and listen to the songbirds. Stop at each plaque and read a description of the different birds found in the lagoon. Feel the breeze as you reach the lagoon, stop and watch the waves as they break on the shore. Watch a speedboat racing across the lagoon or a sailboat slowing sailing across the lagoon. I recommend the park admission is free. An informative and relaxing way to spend the day.

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Grant Historical House

pict1707Grant Historical House often referred to as the Benson House a Florida Heritage Site located at 5795 U.S. 1 in Grant. The docent took us on a tour of the house explaining the history and the inhabitants. Atley Benson built the 1,200 square foot Sears Catalog Home in 1916 that comprised the kitchen, living room, dining room and two bedrooms that cost $1,200 to build. The bathroom added in the 1940s included a claw foot bathtub, a pedestal sink and built-in shelves. Family photographs and keepsakes throughout the house.

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The Grant House converted to a museum in the late 1980s included original furniture pieces, some donated or bought. The bed and cedar chest both original pieces. The cedar chest belonged to the Jorgensen family from Denmark early settlers to Grant in the late 1800s. The docent told us that when the Jorgensen family came to America all the belongings that they brought were in the chest.

pict1656pict1661Walk along the engraved boardwalk that surrounds the house stopping to read the inscriptions. Bring a picnic lunch and watch people launch their canoes on the Indian River Lagoon or walk out to the edge of the pier, sit on a bench and watch boats go by on the lagoon enjoying a lazy afternoon.

I recommend the Grant House, an early twentieth-century pre-fabricated house. Free entrance to the house, donations accepted.