75 Fun Things to Do in Cocoa Beach ?2018 with Photos and Video

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Your complete guide to 75 Fun Things to Do in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Check out Adventure spots with photos and video of Cocoa Beach attractions you can visit today or anytime in May! Reviews of the top-rated places to visit in Cocoa Beach along with hidden local favorite places to shop and eat!
Kayak with Dolphin, book a Charter Fishing trip, Hangout at the Cocoa Beach Pier, cool off at Cafe Surfinista, enjoy family fun with Golf and Gator, visit World Famous Surf Shops, learn to surf and more!
There’s no way you’ll be bored in Cocoa Beach, home to 11 time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater, Florida’s most famous beach offers the very best in shopping, attractions, dining, nature and chill.

Yes, we take “chill” seriously here on the East Coast, so kick off your flip flops, kick back and explore!

Let’s kick our list off with the Top 10 List of Things to Do in Cocoa Beach:

  1. Ron Jon Surf Shop. Visit Cocoa Beach’s Surf shops! It’s no secret Cocoa Beach is home to world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cocoa Beach Surf Company, Catalyst Surf Shop and many more!
  2.  Florida Air Tours: Biplane and helicopter rides
  3. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures  Climb through the trees with Cocoa Beach’s newest attraction!
  4. Golf-N-Gator Yes, Golf with LIVE Gators
  5. Kayak Tours: with Dolphin and Manatee
  6. Play in the surf at the beach!
  7. Explore the Exploration Tower
  8. Kids love the Dinosaur Store
  9. Book a Cocoa Beach Fishing Tour/Charter Fishing Trip
  10. Cocoa Beach Pier

7 FREE Things to do in Cocoa Beach ?

  1. Lori Wilson Park
  2. Sea Turtle Preservation Society Turtle Walks
  3. Liberty Bell Museum
  4. Manatee Sanctuary Park
  5. Cocoa Beach Pier
  6. Get a photo with Kelly Slater
  7. Walk around Downtown Cocoa Beach

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Cocoa Beach, near Orlando, as well as somewhere to places to stay while on Florida’s Space Coast, take a few minutes to visit some of our friends in the Cocoa Beach area!
Of course, Cocoa Beach is home to the world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop, but we don’t stop there. When you dig a little deeper, you will find some local favorites such as Catalyst Flight Surf Shop and Cocoa Beach Surf Company. Surfing is not the only game in town when it comes to shopping in Cocoa Beach. Boutiques line the A1A Causeway, and nearby in Merritt Island, the Merritt Square Mall offers Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Rack Room Shoes, Zumies, Sears, Lids, Journeys, Kay Jewelers, Radio Shack, a Food Court and more!
Hungry? Visit our growing list of Cocoa Beach Restaurants.

When visiting Cocoa Beach Florida, you might want to check out what the locals do. Some of the favorite local restaurants in the Cocoa Beach area are Cafe Surfinista for Acai bowls and delicious coffee, Rusty’s Seafood, Grill’s seafood and Fishlips in Cape Canaveral out at the Port. Thai Thai 3 in Cape Canveral has yummy sushi and Thai food and just across the street is Preacher Bar, another local hangout! 

Shopping in Cocoa Beach

Cocoa beach surf company

Cocoa Beach Surf Company
4001 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Cocoa Beach Surf Company is right across the street from Ron Jon’s and is owned by Cocoa Beach locals. Feature a Four-Points Sheraton hotel and Starbucks Cafe.
Read Dan B.‘s review of Cocoa Beach Surf Company on Yelp

Ron Jon Surf Shop 4151 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 321-799-8820 Ron Jon Surf Shop is a Cocoa Beach landmark and the city’s oldest surf shop.

Catalyst Surf Shop Cocoa Beach

Quiet Flight Surf Shop (Now Catalyst) 109 N. Orlando Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 321-783-1530 Located in downtown Cocoa Beach, Quiet Flight surf shop has a large assortment of Surfboards, paddleboards, gear and apparel.

sunseed natural foods cocoa beach

Sunseed Co-op 6615 N. Atlantic Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32931 321-784-0930 Natural food co-op in Cocoa Beach. Organic, Raw, healthy grocery store since 1974.

back Water paddle co

Backwater Paddle Company Small lightweight custom designed hand paddles developed right here in Brevard County, FL

village Outfitters kayak sales

Village Outfitters 229 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, FL 32931 321-633-7245 One stop shop near Cocoa Beach for Kayaks, Paddle and outdoor adventure gear.

matts Bicycle shop cocoa beach

Matt’s Bicycle Shop 166 N. Atlantic Ave. Cape Canaveral, FL 32931 321-783-1196 Bike shop in Cocoa Beach with great customer service. Located in the heart of downtown Cocoa Beach on A1A, just across the street from the beach!


Historic Cocoa Village 1 Oleander Street Cocoa, FL 32922 Phone: 321-631-9075 FREE!  One of the most popular destinations near Cocoa Beach, historic Cocoa Village offers quant shopping and dining along tree-lined streets. Original art galleries, boutique shopping, antiques, gifts and decor, local dining, bars, entertainment and live events.

avenue viera

The Avenue in Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, FL 32940 Phone: 321-634-5390 – FREE!  Outdoor shopping center in Viera near Cocoa Beach. Stores include: Panera Bread, Charlotte Russe, The Melting Pot, Chico’s, Chili’s, Ethan Allen, Famous Footwear, Old Navy, Kohl’s  & More!

merritt Square mall

Merritt Square Mall 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway Merritt Island, FL 32952 Phone: 321-452-3270 – FREE!  Traditional Indoor Mall just east of Cocoa Beach. Shops include: Aeropostale, JC Penney, Sears, Dillard’s, Chick-fil-A, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy Mobile, large food court & more! Nearby restaurants include: Outback Steakhouse, Applebees, Chili’s, Bonefish Grill & more!

melbourne square mall florida

Melbourne Square Mall 1700 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, FL 32904 321-727-2700 Mall shopping in Melbourne, east of Indialantic near Cocoa Beach. Shops in the Melbourne Mall include: 5-7-9, AT&T, Auntie Ann’s, Bath & Body Works, Coach, Dillards, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gap, H&M, Hollister, HotTopic, Food Court & More!


Map of Things to Do in Cocoa Beach



If attractions are your thing, Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center is just a few miles away from Cocoa Beach in Merritt Island. Check out the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close, and maybe even catch a space launch! Brevard Zoo is also nearby with a 75 acres of adventure with the new tree top trek zip-lining adventure. Of course, you can always enjoy Orlando Kayaking Tours with Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach. There’s no shortage of food and great dining along Cocoa Beach. Whether you are looking for a lavish or casual dining experience, you can have it all! As the Florida sun sets, Cocoa Beach comes alive with it’s peaceful, easy feeling nightlife found along A1A. When it’s finally time for bed, you’ll find a variety of ocean front accommodations in Cocoa Beach. Rest easy, because the morning sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean is going to knock your socks off! Cocoa Beach is Orlando’s closest beach and is 5 minutes from the premier port of Florida, Port Canaveral. Home to Disney Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. For more details on the cruises, check our blog post on Cruise ships near Cocoa Beach. For a high speed adventurous things to do in Cocoa Beach, visitors can thrive at Andretti Thrill Park with 4 Go-Kart tracks, Laser tag, Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, Wild West Train, and the largest arcade in the Space Coast. The arcade provides combat games, virtual reality, racing, shooting, redemption games & more! If HIGH FLYING things to do in Cocoa Beach are more your speed, Florida Biplanes will take you on the ride of your life! Take a tour from Merritt Island over to Cocoa Beach in the open cock-pit of an authentic WW2-era Biplane, or take a helicopter tour and enjoy the scenery along Florida’s Space Coast. Tours leave daily from the Merritt Island Airport at 475 Manor Drive, Merritt Island. Helicopter tours take off from Port Canaveral as well! You can call 321-392-4125 or toll free at 888-FOR-RIDE.

Cocoa Beach Attractions

kayak with rockets

Kayak with Rockets in Cocoa Beach Check out the Launch Schedule to plan your kayak tour around a rocket launch!

cocoa riverfront park

Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village FREE!  Family park features a boardwalk along the river’s edge, water fountain play area for kids, and regular events throughout the year: Movies in the Park, 4th of July, art and music festivals and more!

indian river queen dinner cruise

The Indian River Queen – Dinner Cruise Delannoy Ave, Cocoa Village, FL 321-454-7414

pineapple river front park

Pineapple Park River Front 1521 Pineapple Avenue Melbourne, FL 32935

cocoa beach aerial adventure

Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures – NEW! N Atlantic Ave (A1A) 321-613-0047 Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Photo from Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventure Facebook Page Read Ryan W.‘s review of Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures on Yelp

turkey creek sanctuary

Turkey Creek Sanctuary Park
1518 Port Malabar Blvd.

NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
Photo courtesy of Flickr/John Krupsky

wildside tours

Wildside Tours 499 Ramp RoadCocoa Beach, FL 321-799-5495

Cocoa Beach Florida Surf Museum

Cocoa Beach Surf Museum
4275 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Located in the north annex of Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Studios of Cocoa Beach

Studios of Cocoa Beach
165 Minutemen Cswy.
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
(321) 613-3480
The Studios is proud to offer a creative place for residents & visitors to enjoy. Stop by the Studios to see this diverse presentation of creativity from both our Studio artists and our Guest Artists.
(Photo from Studios of Cocoa Beach Facebook Page)

Putt Putt Golf and gator Cocoa Beach

Golf N Gator
6355 N Atlantic Ave

Cape Canaveral, Florida

(321) 799-4545
Miniature Golf (Putt-Putt) near Cocoa Beach
Read Veronica P.‘s review of Golf N Gator on Yelp

sams House History Merritt Island

Sam’s House at Pine Island – Historical Landmark on North Merritt Island 6195 N. Tropical Trail Merritt Island, FL 32953 321-449-4720

pine Island Conservation Area

Pine Island Conservation Area Pine Island Road Merritt Island, FL 32953 321-501-3870

brevard nature Alliance

Brevard Nature Alliance Titusville, FL 32931 321-268-5224

NASA Kennedy Space Center

NASA’S Kennedy Space Center 866-737-5235 Visit the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. Home of the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit.

Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo 321-254-9453 8225 North Wickham Road Melbourne, Fl 32940 New Meerkat exhibit, Tree Top trek Zip-lining adventure

Andretti Thrill Park Melbourne, FL

Andretti Thrill Park 3960 South Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901 321-956-6706 Go Carts, games and more!

liberty bell museum

Liberty Bell Museum 1601 Oak Street Melbourne, FL. 32901 321-727-1776 Free admission

Florida Biplane and Helicopter Rides

Florida Biplanes/Helicopter Rides Merritt Island, FL 321-392-4125 Enjoy a biplane ride or helicopter ride over Cocoa Beach and surrounding areas.

airboat Rides

Grasshopper Airboat Eco-Tours 5665 Lake Poinsett Road Cocoa, Florida 32926-2304 877-794-4991

School Of Surf

School of Surf 200 North A1A Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 321-406-0433

Victory Casino Cruise Port Canaveral

Victory Casino Cruises 180 Christopher Columbus Dr. Cruise Terminal B-2 Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 321-799-0021

Hammock Nature Trail_cocoaBeach

Hammock Nature Trail, Lori Wilson Park Scenic coastline park featuring beach access, pavilions, grills, dunes, a boardwalk & bird-watching

1500 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 (321) 455-1380
cocoa Beach Skate Park

Cocoa Beach Skate Park 1450 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 (321) 868-3238 Photo: Cocoa Beach Skate Park FB Page feat. Killian Horne

National Police Museum

American Police Hall of Fame – Gun Range 6350 Horizon Dr. Titusville, FL 32780 321-264-0911 The country’s first National Police Museum and memorial dedicated to the United States law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Featuring 24 lane gun range. Photo: American Police Hall of Fame website


Veterans Memorial Center 400 Sykes Creek Parkway Merritt Island, FL (321) 453-1776 Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Council

indoor Gun Range Merritt Island

Indoor Gun Range (The Gun Site Range) 125 S Banana River Dr, Merritt Island, FL 32952 (321) 453-2071 Full-service indoor shooting range on the premises for handguns

Cocoa Planetarium

Eastern Florida State College Planetarium 1519 Clearlake Road Cocoa FL, 32922 321-453-7372 Photo: EFSC Planetarium Facebook Page

Shore Lanes Bowling Alley Merritt Island

Shore Lanes Bowling Alley 600 N. Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island FL, 32953 321-452-8880 Photo: Shore Lane’s Facebook Page

321 Kiteboarding Cocoa Beach

321 Kiteboarding & Watersports 402 West Cocoa Beach Cswy. Cocoa Beach FL, 32931 321-302-5663 Photo: 321 Kiteboarding Facebook Page

Jet Ski Boat Rentals Merritt Island

Jet Ski & Boat Rentals of Cocoa Beach 1872 E. Merritt Island Cswy Merritt Island FL, 32952 321-453-8900 Photo: Jet Ski & Boat Rentals Website

Lone Cabbage Fish Camp

Lone Cabbage Fish Camp 8199 SR520 Cocoa FL, 32926 321-632-4199 Photo: Lone Cabbage Website

Limo Cycle Tour Cocoa Beach

Limo Cycle Tours 670 Dave Nisbet Drive Cape Canaveral, FL 855-756-9386 Photo: Limo Cycle Facebook

East Coast Jet Pack

East Coast Jet Pack 856-776-6074 Banana River Merritt Island, FL Photo: East Coast Jetpack Facebook

Lighthouse Adventure Golf

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf Cocoa Beach 321-613-0701 3811 North A1A Cocoa Beach, FL

Manatee Sanctuary Cape Canaveral

Manatee Sanctuary Park 701 Thurm Blvd. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands 3658 Charlie Corbeil Way Viera, FL 32940

Warbird air museum

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum This non-profit museum displays, maintains and restores all types of aircraft that were developed and used in the world’s military Air Forces from WWI to the present. Located on ten acres of property at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville Florida 6600 Tico Rd. Titusville, FL 32780 (321) 268-1942

Cocoa Beach Country Club Golf Course

Cocoa Beach Country Club Located near the ramp used by Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach, the golf course is nestled quietly on a peninsula in west Cocoa Beach along the Indian River Lagoon’s Banana River. This Golf Course provides some of the best Paspalum greens in the United States. Tom Warriner Blvd. (Off Minuteman Cswy.) Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430 (321) 868 – 3361

Jetty Park Beach and Pier

Jetty Park Beach and Pier NOTE: Jetty Park will be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.  The fishing pier is closed until repairs can be made from Hurricane Irma damage.  We will return to our normal hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily once the fishing pier is repaired. 9035 Campground Circle Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920 Please call to check availability, make, change, or cancel a reservation at 321-783-7111

Exploration Tower Cape Canaveral

Exploration Tower Located in Port Canaveral, the Exploration Tower is a new architectural landmark that offers 7 floors of fun and education to locals as well as tourists. This is a fantastic spot to watch a rocket launch. 670 Dave Nisbet Dr., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 (321) 394-3405 Read Judith T.‘s review of Exploration Tower on Yelp

Cocoa Village Playhouse

Cocoa Village Playhouse Celebrating 90 years of history and community, the Cocoa Village Playhouse is located in Historical Cocoa Village, Florida. 300 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922 (321) 636-5050

Cocoa Beach Pier

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier A local favorite established in 1962! The Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is home to 5 restaurants, 4 bars, gift shops, live entertainment, and features an 800- foot-long fishing pier!  Photo by: Matthew Paulson 401 Meade Ave. Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931 (321) 783-7549

brevard Museum Natural History

Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science 2201 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32926 (321) 632 – 1830

King Center Preforming Arts

Maxwell C. King Center for the Preforming Arts Located on the Melbourne Campus of Eastern Florida State College, the Maxwell C. King Center for the Preforming Arts provides entertainment in the form of concerts, magic shows, comedic acts. 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935 (321) 394-3405

Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Line Lake Buena Vista, FL (800) 951-3532 Ship sails from Port Canaveral Photo: Disney Cruise Line Website

air force space museum

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum
100 Space Port Way
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
(photo from FB page)

florida beer company

Florida Beer Company
200 Imperial Blvd.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

 (321) 728-4114
(photo from website)
Trip Advisor Reviews

rocket launch cape canaveral

Launch Viewing Area – Bennett Causeway
State Road 528 Over the Indian RiverCocoa Beach, FL
(photo from flikr)

Events & Festivals in Florida, Cocoa Beach & around the Space Coast

Space Coast Birding & Wild Life Festival

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival January 2019
6 Day Event in Brevard County, FL
Phone: 321-268-5224

Magnolia festival florida

Magnolia Festival October 2018 Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

space Coast Art Festival

Cocoa Beach Art Festival The Cocoa Beach Art Festival has been a Thanksgiving Tradition since 1963 in Cocoa Beach. Cocoa Beach Art Show, Inc. P.O.Box 320537 Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-0537


NKF Surfing Festival Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier 401 Meade Ave. Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931 The National Kidney Foundation’s Annual Rich Salick Pro Am Surf Festival takes place on Labor Day weekend for four days of non-stop surfing competition and FUN at the Cocoa Beach Pier!

the space coast fine art festival

Space Coast Art Festival Thanksgiving Weekend The Space Coast Art Festival hosts an elegant fine art exhibition during Thanksgiving weekend at a charming outdoor location

Space coast seafood and music festival

Port Canaveral Seafood and Music Festival February 2019
Phone: 855-386-3836

Chowder Cook Off Port Canaveral

The Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist February 2019
Cruise Terminal 1 Port Canaveral, FL
Tickets & Info: 321-784-6444 or 321-459-2200

cocoa beach pirate fest

The Cocoa Beach Pirate Invasion International Palms Resort 1300 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 3 Days of Fun – Sun – Great Music – Games & much, much more!!


Cocoa Beach Friday Fest Every 3rd Friday of the month, 6pm – 10pm Downtown Cocoa Beach
1 Minuteman Cswy., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
The Cocoa Beach community, our families and visitors can enjoy a Friday night out together.  Stop by and enjoy the fun of what’s become the best downtown Friday celebration in the area. Live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities and much more. The Cocoa Beach Friday Fest takes place in downtown Cocoa Beach on Minutemen Cswy. between Orlando and Brevard Ave., and is organized through the Cocoa Beach Area Merchants Association.


Women of the Waves Annual Florida Women of the Waves Weekend TBA Presented by the Florida Surf Museum www.floridasurfmuseum.org

Adventurous Things to Do in Cocoa Beach

Outdoor adventurous things to do in Cocoa Beach! The world famous beach is less than an hour’s drive from Orlando. Providing a ton of things to do in Cocoa Beach, and only the very best in relaxation and recreation. The perfect beach vacation for the whole family, friends, or a romantic getaway for two. Even if you’re looking for just a day trip to the beach from Orlando or surrounding areas, we have enough fun things to do to make the day one to remember. In addition to the ultimate in “fun and sun” activities, the Space Coast offers a ton of adventure at your fingertips! Walk on the wild side with a trip on the Casino Cruise ship at the Port. Book a deep sea fishing trip with your friends. Check out Central Florida’s amazing wildlife up close with our very own guided kayak eco-tours.


Area Links in Cocoa Beach: CocoaBeach.com | Thousand-Islands.org | Legendary Cocoa Beach | Live Near Water

Top Orlando EventsSpace Coast to Treasure Coast | I Dream of Jeanie Park | Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

Deep Sea Fishing Cape Canaveral

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Charter
670 Glen Cheek Dr · (321) 784-6300
Open until 7pm


670 Glen Cheek Dr · (321) 783-5274
Open until 6pm


Cocoa Beach Sportfishing Charters – Deep Sea Fishing
505 Glen Cheek Dr · (321) 848-2662
Open 24 hours
Photo by cbsportfishing.com 
coast to coast bicycle tours

Coast to Coast Bicycle Company
419 S Hopkins Ave.
Titusville, Florida 32796
(321) 607-6208
Group Rides, Weekly, Hourly and Daily Bike Rentals

fishing and diving center cape canaveral

Fishing and Diving Center
6300 N. Atlantic Ave. Cape Canaveral
, Fl
(321) 783 3477

Top 6 Orlando Beaches

Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach

TOP 6 Beaches Near Orlando 1. Lori Wilson Park – Facility Reservations: (321) 455-1380 Tons of parking, large restrooms, pavilions, children’s play ground, and birding trail. 2. Fischer Park – Camping near the beach. Restrooms, Camping sites, fishing, food on the boardwalk. Watch cruise ships leave the port! 3. Canova Dog Beach – looking for dog friendly beaches near Orlando? This is it! Restrooms, showers, picnic areas. 4. Picnic Tables – Featured in the Top Surfing Spots, located in Patrick Air Force Base. Restrooms, showers, lots of parking. Picnic area for service men and women’s families. 5. 16th Street – the locals beach! Restrooms, small picnic area, showers, limited parking. Lifeguard available. 6. Cocoa Beach Pier – Classic icon of Cocoa Beach offers fine dining, casual seafood, shopping, fishing and of course, surfing!

Orlando Area Beaches Check the Top 30 things to do in Cocoa Beach on Trip Advisor!  Related: Real Estate in Cocoa Beach

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