In no particular order, here are the five most popular attractions in and around Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Visit the Kennedy Space Center
Yes, you can meet an astronaut! Astronauts will frequently host luncheons with visitors at the daily Astronaut Encounter briefing. For years children with soaring imaginations have flocked to the Kennedy Space Center with parents in tow. The KSC also hosts several annual air shows, such as the Navy’s Blue Angels, so check their calendar of events online.
Stroll the Cocoa Beach Pier
Located right on the beach, the Cocoa Beach Pier is home to several unique Florida-style restaurants, bars, and gift shops. Plus there are two ice cream stands, which really comes in handy during hot summer nights. The Pier is a frequent backdrop for live bands during the summer concert series, but there’s always something going on, day or night.
Learn to surf at Ron Jon’s Surf Shop
This local icon started in 1959 as a small surf shop in a strip mall. Soon after, when the business next door moved out, Ron Jon knocked down a wall and doubled the size of their store. The rest, as they say, is history. Today Ron Jon’s is an enormous three-story surf shop that sells surfing equipment, clothing, and home décor 24 hours a day. Not ready to buy? Ron Jon’s rents surfboards and boogie boards and provides lessons. They also operate a great surf n’ turf restaurant next door named, not surprisingly, the Ron Jon Grill.
Visit Historic Cocoa Village
What makes it so historic? The city of Cocoa, Florida, was founded by a group of fisherman in 1860. Today the Village is an artist colony home to dozens of artists and cute boutiques that sell their unique creations. Art classes allow people to try painting, woodworking, blowing glass, or using a pottery wheel to create clay masterpieces. Several sidewalk cafes offer culinary delights and picturesque views of the eclectic boulevard. On the weekends the Farmers Market sets up under the gazebo.
Enjoy the beach!
The gold and red particles in the sand make for a glimmering golden showcase when the sun hits it just right. A perennial vacation destination during Spring Break and all summer long, there is always a lot of activity on the beach, so bring your sun tan lotion and a smile—you’ll need little else to have fun.