10. Explore various habitats at the Brevard Zoo
The Brevard Zoo is a great place for learning about animals. In Cocoa Beach, this is one of the must-visit places for those traveling with families and kids. At the ‘Paws-on Play’ area, you can meet various creepy crawlies from all over the world. ‘Expedition Africa’will make you feel like you have landed in the middle of Africa. At the ‘Wild Florida’ section, you can see all the animals which are native to Florida. There is also ‘La Selva’, which is home to two-toed sloths. And there is even a new Australasia section, which features ziplining and kayaking, among other attractions.
9. Play some golf
Golfing is a very popular activity with tourists in Cocoa Beach. There are several golf courses offering a top-notch golfing experience. Each of them has their own unique features. The most popular golf course is the ‘Baytree National Golf Links’, which is home to several mounds and 74 sand bunkers. There is the newly opened ‘Viera East Golf Club’, which offers one of the most challenging golfing experiences in the state. There is also the ‘Savannahs at Merritt Island’ which needs you to be an expert navigator!
8. Swim with Manatees on a Cocoa Beach Kayaking Tour
Manatees or sea cows, as they are lovingly known in Florida, love to get up close and personal with humans. These creatures are mighty in size and weigh up to 2000 pounds! Their gentle nature is the exact opposite to their huge size. Take a kayaking tour through the Indian River Lagoon or the Thousand Islands and see these manatees swim right up to you, unafraid of humans. Other than the manatees, you will also get to see migratory birds and bottlenose dolphins. Don’t forget to take a camera along with you!
7. Feel inspired at Ron Jon Surf Shop
The Ron Jon Surf Shop cannot be left behind while we are talking about surfing. It is the world’s biggest surfing shop. If you want to buy anything related to any water sport, you will find it here. The shop is filled with over 52,000 square feet of goodies related to water sports alone! Even though Ron Jon has 12 branches in four more states, a visit to the original shop is certainly an experience to remember. Just wandering through the store will make you feel like going and hitting the water.
- Relax on a hammock at the Lori Wilson Park
Lori Wilson Park is known for its beautiful views and its sprawling beach. It is a place meant for total relaxation of the mind and the body. The park is also ideal for a casual stroll or connecting with nature. Located about half a mile away from Cocoa Beach, the park is scattered with several walking trails. There are hammocks for tourists where you can cradle yourself in the lap of nature. It is also a great spot for doing some fishing. There are lots of eateries located nearby. The park is often hired for beach weddings because of its vast natural beauty. The dunes on the beach are beautiful and make for some great photographs. The best thing about the park is that there are no buildings on it. The beach is guarded by lifeguards throughout the day.
- Go skating at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park
The Cocoa Beach Skate Park is a favorite with locals, especially teenagers. Along with the skating area, there is also a grassy area where you can simply sit and watch the skaters. You will like it even if you don’t like skating.
4. Walk over the Cocoa Beach Pier
A visit to Cocoa Beach is not complete without going to the Cocoa Beach Pier. It is a completely old-fashioned pier made out of wood and looks straight out of a history book. You can walk over the pier for about 800 yards. As you go on walking in that area, you will also get to see local bands playing. The pier is surrounded by several beach volleyball courts. The water around the pier is a favorite with surfers and fishermen alike. You can rent fishing equipment and try catching something of your own. Do not forget to watch the sun go down across the sea from the pier.
3. Become a space walker at the Planetarium – Eastern Florida State College
The Eastern Florida State College gives you the chance to explore space without even moving a finger. You get to explore the limits of the universe at the college’s own planetarium. The experience can be easily described as one of the best in the United States. The facility offers two shows offering you a glimpse into the stars. In fact, the projection is so state-of-the-art that you might feel like you are flying in it! Along with this, there is also a show with lasers and special effects.
2. Walk down memory lane at the Historic Cocoa Village
While many places are known as historic, the Historic Cocoa Village is actually a historical place. It is the core of Cocoa Beach and its origin goes back to the 19th century. In addition to being a historical attraction, it is also an entertainment and shopping district. At first glance, it looks like a time-bound, colorful village with beautiful walkways all around. The avenues are lined with tall trees with a community of artisans and merchants showing off their crafts. There are many restaurants in the neighborhood which specialize in serving authentic gourmet food. Top attractions at Historic Cocoa Village include the ‘Florida Historical Society’ and the ‘Cocoa Village Playhouse’.
- Visit the Kennedy Space Center
Cocoa Beach is home to the Kennedy Space Center, which can be easily described as exhilarating. The first Americans to step on the moon started their journey from this site. The Kennedy Space Center tells the story of man’s march to the moon in the best way possible – through various images and video presentations. The center not only allows you to relive those moments again, but you also get to experience conditions similar to the expedition. The glorious sights and sounds, the sensations and the movements felt by the explorers are embedded in some very realistic attractions.
Originally posted 2017-06-07 07:06:15.