Things to Do in Cocoa Beach

75 Fun Things to Do in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Are you looking for fun things to do in Cocoa Beach? This page is 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!

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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

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 Canaveral 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

Address: 4001 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Phone: 321-799-9930

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

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Address: 4151 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Phone: 321-799-8888

Ron Jon Surf Shop is a Cocoa Beach landmark and the city’s oldest surf shop.

Backwater Paddle Company

Backwater Paddle Company

Address: 1122 Cork Court, Rockledge, FL 32955

Phone: 321-750-1259

Small lightweight custom designed hand paddles developed right here in Brevard County, Florida.

Village Outfitters

Village Outfitters

Address: 229 Forrest Ave. Cocoa, FL 32931

Phone: 321-633-7245

One stop shop near Cocoa Beach for Kayaks, Paddle and outdoor adventure gear.

Matt’s Bicycle Shop

Matt’s Bicycle Shop

Address: Mobile Repairs

Phone: 321-783-1196

Bike shop in Cocoa Beach with great customer service, offering mobile repairs.

Historic Cocoa Village

Historic Cocoa Village

Address: 1 Oleander Street Cocoa, FL 32922

Phone: 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

The Avenue in Viera

Address: 2261 Town Center Ave. Viera, FL 32940

Phone: 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, Kohl’s & More.

Merritt Square Mall

Merritt Square Mall

Address: 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway Merritt Island, FL 32952

Phone: 321-452-3270

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

Melbourne Square Mall

Address: 1700 W. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, FL 32904

Phone: 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 Cocoa Beach, Florida and Surrounding Communities

Cocoa Beach, Florida Attractions

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 75 acres of adventure with the new treetop 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 sunsets, 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 oceanfront 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 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 cockpit 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.

Kayak with Rockets in Cocoa Beach

Kayak with Rockets in Cocoa Beach

Check out the Launch Schedule to plan your kayak tour around a rocket launch!

Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village

Cocoa Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village

The 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!

The Indian River Queen – Dinner Cruise

The Indian River Queen – Dinner Cruise

Delannoy Ave, Cocoa Village, FL 321-454-7414

Pineapple Park River Front

Pineapple Park River Front

1521 Pineapple Avenue Melbourne, FL 32935

Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures

Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures

N Atlantic Ave (A1A) 321-613-0047 Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Photo from Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventure Facebook Page.

Turkey Creek Sanctuary Park

Turkey Creek Sanctuary Park

1518 Port Malabar Blvd.
NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
321-676-6690

Photo courtesy of Flickr/John Krupsky

Wildside Tours

Wildside Tours

499 Ramp Road
Cocoa Beach, FL
321-799-5495

Cocoa Beach 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)

Golf N Gator

Golf N Gator

6355 N Atlantic Ave
Cape Canaveral, Florida
(321) 799-4545

Miniature Golf (Putt-Putt) near Cocoa Beach

Sams House at Pine Island

Sam’s House at Pine Island

6195 N. Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, FL 32953
321-449-4720

Historical Landmark on North Merritt Island

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

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, Fl 32940
321-254-9453

New Meerkat exhibit, Tree Top trek Zip-lining adventure

Andretti Thrill Park

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

Florida Biplane/Helicopter Rides

Florida Biplane/Helicopter Rides

Merritt Island, FL
321-392-4125
888.FOR.RIDE

Enjoy a biplane or helicopter ride over Cocoa Beach and surrounding areas.

Grasshopper Airboat Eco-Tours

Grasshopper Airboat Eco-Tours

5665 Lake Poinsett Road
Cocoa, Florida 32926
877-794-4991

School of Surf

School of Surf

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

Victory Casino Cruises

Victory Casino Cruises

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

Hammock Nature Trail, Lori Wilson Park

Hammock Nature Trail, Lori Wilson Park

1500 N Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
321-455-1380

Scenic coastline park featuring beach access, pavilions, grills, dunes, a boardwalk & bird-watching.

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

American Police Hall of Fame – Gun Range

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

Veterans Memorial Center

400 Sykes Creek Parkway
Merritt Island, FL
321-453-1776

Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Council

Veterans Memorial Center

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.

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

Cape Canaveral, FL
321-861-7643

Photo: Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Facebook Page

Eastern Florida State College Planetarium

Eastern Florida State College Planetarium

1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa FL, 32922
321-453-7372

Photo: EFSC Planetarium Facebook Page

Shore Lanes Bowling Alley

Shore Lanes Bowling Alley

600 N. Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island FL, 32953
321-452-8880

Photo: Shore Lane’s Facebook Page

321 Kiteboarding & Watersports

321 Kiteboarding & Watersports

402 West Cocoa Beach Cswy.
Cocoa Beach FL, 32931
321-302-5663

Photo: 321 Kiteboarding Facebook Page

Jet Ski & Boat Rentals of Cocoa Beach

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

East Coast Jet Pack

East Coast Jet Pack

Banana River
Merritt Island, FL
856-776-6074

Photo: East Coast Jetpack Facebook

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf Cocoa Beach

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf Cocoa Beach

3811 North A1A
Cocoa Beach, FL
321-613-0701

Manatee Sanctuary Park

Manatee Sanctuary Park

701 Thurm Blvd.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands

3658 Charlie Corbeil Way
Viera, FL 32940

 Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

6600 Tico Rd.
Titusville, FL 32780
(321) 268-1942

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.

Cocoa Beach Country Club

Cocoa Beach Country Club

Tom Warriner Blvd.
(Off Minuteman Cswy.)
Cocoa Beach, FL 32932-2430
(321) 868 – 3361

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.

Jetty Park Beach and Pier

Jetty Park Beach and Pier

9035 Campground Circle
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
321-783-7111

Please call to check availability, make, change, or cancel a reservation.

Exploration Tower

Exploration Tower

670 Dave Nisbet Dr.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
(321) 394-3405

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

Cocoa Village Playhouse

Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922
(321) 636-5050

Celebrating 90 years of history and community, the Cocoa Village Playhouse is located in Historical Cocoa Village, Florida.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

401 Meade Ave.
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
(321) 783-7549

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

Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science

Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science

2201 Michigan Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32926
(321) 632 – 1830

Maxwell C King Center for the Performing Arts

Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

3865 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 394-3405

Located on the Melbourne Campus of Eastern Florida State College, the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts provides entertainment in the form of concerts, magic shows, and comedic acts.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

Lake Buena Vista, FL
(800) 951-3532

Cruise ships sails from Port Canaveral

Photo: Disney Cruise Line Website

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum

100 Space Port Way
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
321-730-0055

Photo from Facebook page

Florida Beer Company

Florida Beer Company

200 Imperial Blvd.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
(321) 728-4114

Photo from the Florida Beer Company website

Launch Viewing Area – Bennett Causeway

Launch Viewing Area – Bennett Causeway

State Road 528 Over the Indian River
Cocoa Beach, FL

Space Coast and Cocoa Beach Events & Festivals

 

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

6 Day Event in Brevard County, FL
Phone: 321-268-5224

Magnolia Festival

Magnolia Festival

Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

Cocoa Beach Art Show

Cocoa Beach Art Show

Cocoa Beach Art Show, Inc.
P.O. Box 320537
Cocoa Beach, FL 32932

The Cocoa Beach Art Festival has been a Thanksgiving Tradition since 1963 in Cocoa Beach.

Photo from cocoabeachartshow.com

NKF Surfing Festival

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

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 Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist

The Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist

Cruise Terminal 1
Port Canaveral, FL
Tickets & Info: 321-784-6444 or 321-459-2200

The Cocoa Beach Pirate Invasion

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

Cocoa Beach Friday Fest

1 Minuteman Cswy.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Every 3rd Friday of the month, 6 pm – 10 pm Downtown Cocoa Beach

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

Women of the Waves

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

Cocoa Beach Area Links: CocoaBeach.com | Thousand-Islands.org | Legendary Cocoa Beach | Live Near Water | Top Orlando Events |  Space Coast to Treasure Coast | I Dream of Jeanie Park | Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

Orlando Princess Deep Sea Fishing

Orlando Princess Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Charter
670 Glen Cheek Drive
(321) 784-6300

Miss Cape Canaveral

Miss Cape Canaveral

670 Glen Cheek Drive
(321) 783-5274

Cocoa Beach Sportfishing Charters – Deep Sea Fishing

Cocoa Beach Sportfishing Charters – Deep Sea Fishing

505 Glen Cheek Drive
(321) 848-2662

Photo by cbsportfishing.com

Coast to Coast Bicycle Company

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

Fishing and Diving Center

6300 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cape Canaveral, Fl
(321) 783 3477

TOP 6 Beaches Near Orlando

  1. Lori Wilson Park – Facility Reservations: (321) 455-1380 Tons of parking, large restrooms, pavilions, children’s playground, 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. A lifeguard is available.
  6. Cocoa Beach Pier – Classic icon of Cocoa Beach offers fine dining, casual seafood, shopping, fishing and of course, surfing!

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