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 Quiet 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!
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Things to do in Cocoa Beach, a complete list!
Cocoa Beach Surf Company 4001 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 321-799-9921 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.
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.
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 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.
Village Outfitters 229 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, FL 32931 321-633-7245 One stop shop near Cocoa Beach for Kayaks, Paddle and outdoor adventure gear.
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 321-631-9075 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.
The Avenue in Viera 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, FL 32940 321-634-5390 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, Koh’ls, Loft & More!
Merritt Square Mall 777 E. Merritt Island Cswy Merritt Island, FL 32952 321-452-3270 Traditional 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!
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!
Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village 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, festivals and more!
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 Aerial Adventures – NEW! N Atlantic Ave (A1A) 321-613-0047 Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Photo from Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventure Facebook Page
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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 Line Lake Buena Vista, FL (800) 951-3532 Ship sails from Port Canaveral Photo: Disney Cruise Line Website
Festivals in Florida, Cocoa Beach & the Space Coast
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
Surf Shops Attractions & More!
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: