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Cocoa Beach Attractions, Things to Do and Tours
Located in the Florida Coastal region known as the Space Coast, many Cocoa Beach attractions and tours revolve around space exploration. Two of the more popular attractions are the Brevard Zoo and the Kennedy Space Center. A visit to the Kennedy Space Center is a must during your Cocoa Beach vacation and is appealing to adults, teens and children. There are many, many tours to consider and things to do in Cocoa Beach including beach activities, water sports, deep sea fishing, parasailing, kayaking, golf, eco-tours, casino cruises, wildlife tours, shopping and just hanging out or walking the Cocoa Beach Pier.
Featured Cocoa Beach Things to Do
Featured Cocoa Beach Attractions
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center will delight everyone as it showcases America's exploration of space. The Space Center's Visitors Complex offers everything from hands on exhibits to IMAX theaters. In one of the newer exhibits, "Exploration in the New Millennium", visitors are taken on a journey from the Vikings' discovery of the New World to the Mars Viking Lander launched in the 1970's. Here you can also touch an actual piece of Mars, and submit your name to fly in space on a future mission. Face-to-face question and answer sessions with astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle missions are now offered daily, and you can tour a full-scale mock-up of components of the International Space Station. The 363-foot, 6.2 million pound Saturn V rocket in the Apollo/Saturn V Center will astound you with its sheer size, and all of the exhibits in the Center and on the bus tour are worth the visit.
Ace of Hearts Ranch
The Ace of Hearts Ranch invites you to unwind, forget about traffic and schedules and take in the beauty of a Florida trail. While riding horseback you can relax and enjoy unforgettable scenery while traveling through the many habitats and terrains this area has to offer. Beach rides along the pristine Canaveral National Seashore are available November through April 15th.
Cocoa Beach is located in Florida's Space Coast. The area gets its name from the history of NASA. Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center is also located in the Space Coast of Florida.
Andretti Thrill Park
Andretti Thrill Park is Melbourne's hottest new family action attraction. Featuring five challenging tracks to test your driving skills, Kart Racing Courses, Bumper Boats, The Wave Rave - a water thrill ride, 18-hole championship Mini Golf, Kiddie Rides, Rio Grande Express Railroad, Laser Tag, Slot-Car Racing and Arcade Area.
Hall of Fame
Excitement arises as visitors relive the daring exploits of the first twenty American astronauts. Personal mementos and historic artifacts illustrate the lives of these heroic men. Guests experience the rigors of astronaut training aboard unique simulators designed to allow adventure seekers to feel the forces of gravity and the thrill of aerial acrobatics.
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium
The Brevard Community College Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory (AMPO) was designed primarily as an educational facility to benefit students, teachers, researchers, and the public. The facility offers several unique ways to explore outer space. Underneath its signature 70-foot aluminum dome, the building houses a museum honoring space explorers from around the world, a planetarium featuring a first-of-its-kind dual projection system, a fully accessible observatory, a hands-on demonstration hall, an IWERKS movie theater, and a traveling portable planetarium. These features, each innovative on its own, work together to connect Earthbound visitors with the far reaches of our galaxy--and beyond. The result is a planetarium which is recognized as the best in the world.
Brevard Museum of History
Where history comes alive! The Brevard Museum is the official repository of Brevard County artifacts. Hands-on exhibits for adults and children, ongoing exhibits including an archaeological dig of the 7,000+-year-old Windover burial site, the customs of the Ais and Seminole Indian tribes, and the quaint village lifestyle of the early 19th Century. We offer guided tours and special programs for groups and a 22-acre Nature Preserve with several trails that are wheelchair accessible.
Welcome to the wildest neighborhood on the Space Coast where over 460 animals representing 126 species from around the world reside in naturalistic settings. Elevated boardwalks guide visitors through a lush tropical tree hammock past a wide variety of animals native to Latin America and Florida including llama, rhea, giant anteater, tapir, monkeys, exotic birds, alligators, crocodiles, river otter, bald eagle, red wolf and more. The Australia Exhibit features a free flight aviary with cockatoos, lorikeets, budgerigars and laughing kookaburras along with an outback habitat of red kangaroo, emu and wallaby. Recently opened Flying Fox Forest, featuring Giant Fruit Bats, many exotic species of birds, muntjac and a beautiful orchid garden.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Cocoa Beach Pier is one of the best places on The Space Coast to view a shuttle launch. More than 800 feet of Pier Pleasure awaits you. Eat at any one of the fine restaurants, shop from the specialty stores, play volleyball or reel in the big one. The Cocoa Beach Pier has it all. Enjoy beautiful Cocoa Beach from the Cocoa Beach Pier or catch a shuttle launch from one of the best viewing sites on The Space Coast. Experience Pier Pleasure, over 800 feet out over the ocean. At The Pier Restaurant you can enjoy elegant dining, fresh seafood and panoramic ocean views.
Forever Florida is a 3,200-acreCentral Florida nature preserve adjoining the Crescent J Ranch, a 1,300-acre working cattle ranch. A variety of guided nature tours are available as well as horse-drawn covered wagon tours and horseback tours. Enjoy a home-style meal in our beautiful cypress Visitor Center. Also features bike tours, a pony riding ring and ranch petting zoo.
Grasshopper Airboat Ecotours
Capt. Rick Thrift's Grasshopper Airboat Ecotours offer a unique and thrilling adventure. Glide across the grassy marshes of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett on personalized one-hour rides on an authentic custom-built airboat. Coast Guard licensed and insured Captain.
Tour the exciting Indian River Lagoon aboard the Inlet Explorer! Enjoy watching for dolphin, manatees and turtles and spotting various native and migrating birds. It is the only local tour where a knowledgeable Park Ranger accompanies you. Hear colorful and informative tales about the Lagoon, its unique and diverse ecosystem and local history and lore.
Jungle Adventures, a world of native animal wonders between Orlando and Kennedy Space Center, features a jungle cruise through alligator habitat, wildlife shows starring Florida panthers, walking tours of the Native American Village, exotic animal exhibits and "Gator Facts" during the alligator feast.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Cocoa Beach, Florida became home to the "One Of A Kind" Ron Jon Surf Shop in 1963. Beginning with only 3,000 square feet in a strip shopping mall, Ron Jon Surf Shop of Florida today is truly the most unique "One Of a Kind" surfing attraction in the world. Ron Jon Surf Shop has a total of 52,000 square feet, and the hours of operation are: 24-Hours a Day, 365-Days a year. The remodeled water sports store, which now matches the exterior and interior design of the surf shop, offers a complete line of water sports equipment including rentals of beach bikes, surfboards, body boards and surf gear.
Spring training home of the Florida Marlins, the state's first professional baseball team, the 7,600 seat stadium is swinging with batter's up in March - September 2, and a cluster of cultural affairs on the diamond throughout the year. The professional season is followed up with the Brevard City Manatees, the Marlins Class A franchise.
The Museum of Art and Science
The Museum of Art and Science is committed to the exhibition, collection, preservation and appreciation of the visual arts. The Art Museum offers a dynamic schedule of exhibitions by internationally and nationally known artists, as well as Florida artists representing a variety of styles, periods and media. The Museum has approximately 3,000 works in its permanent collection, primarily modernist and contemporary works on paper. The Ruth Cote Clemente Children's Science Center offers more than 35 hands-on interactive exhibits focusing on the physical sciences. The exhibitions are geared to elementary age learning.
Valiant Air Command War Bird Museum
More than 350 vintage war planes including Flying Tigers and C-47 Transports are maintained in top flight condition as tours breeze by eras of military aviation from Sop with Camel bi-plane days through the P-51 Mustang hardships of World War II. The Valiant Air Command is recognized as a historical "flying museum" formed to preserve America's warplanes and its facility is a unique place to visit.