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Take A Trip Back In Time At Historic Cocoa Village

Many towns call themselves "historic." But Historic Cocoa Village, the downtown core of the city of Cocoa, truly is - it was first settled in the middle of the 19th century. Now, in addition to being a shopping and entertainment district that retains its historic ambience, it has also become a legitimate 21st-century tourist attraction. Here, the way it was, is the way it still is. This is a colorful, historic old-time village made for walking, with surprises behind every colorful doorway and window. It's also a tree-lined, riverside community of local merchants and artisans. Dining, in many of the restaurants, is truly gourmet, while others offer hearty fare. If time allows, be sure to visit the historic Cocoa Village Playhouse or the Florida Historical Society to discover more about this little piece of heaven.

Address: Historic Cocoa Village Association, 600 Florida Avenue, Suite 104, Cocoa, Florida
Official site: www.visitcocoavillage.com

See The Wild Things At The Brevard Zoo

This excellent zoo is a great place for education and interactive learning, as well as just plain fun. In the "Paws On Play" section, you can meet a variety of jumping, creepy, crawly critters from various regions of the world. In "Wild Florida," you can come up-close-and-personal with all the animals surrounding you on your Florida vacation. In the "Expedition Africa" section, you'll find yourself in the wilds of the "Dark Continent," and in "La Selva," if it flies, crawls, or hangs upside down from tree branches (like the two-toed sloth), you'll find it here. In addition, the fantastic Australasia section is now re-opened, even better than before, and there are all sorts of additional tours and attractions, among them kayaking tours and ziplining over the wilderness.

Address: 8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida
Official site: www.brevardzoo.org

Find Your Inner Surfer At Ron Jon Surf Shop

You know those "Ron Jon" stickers you've been seeing on beat-up old Volkswagens every time you've come to Florida for the past thirty years? Well, this is the place they come from - the world's biggest surf shop, the Granddaddy of 'em all. If it's related to surfing or water sports, and you can't find it here, give up your search. Ron Jon is 52,000 square feet of water-sports goodies, and this store is not only the original but also the flagship of a 13-store chain now stretching into five states. Needless to say, wandering through this store will get you in the mood to hit the water. If so, you're in luck - because the Ron Jon Watersports rental shop is right next door, and the waves are close by.

Address: 4151 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida
Official site: www.ronjonsurfshop.com

Take A Stroll Over The Ocean On The Cocoa Beach Pier

You can't really say you've been to Cocoa Beach until you visit this legendary landmark. It's an honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned, woodsy pier out of the history books. Here, you can walk over water for some 800 yards. Along the way, you'll pass funky restaurants, gift shops with unique items, and great local bands performing outside. There are also beach volleyball courts, and, in the waters around the pier, some of the best surfing (this area is called the "East Coast Surfing Capital") and fishing in the United States. There are fishing-equipment rentals and beach rentals for whatever the family might need. Sunrises over the ocean are spectacular here, and the rainbow of brilliant colors changes virtually every minute. There's also an arcade for the younger set, and soothing ocean breezes for everyone.

Address: 401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida
Official site: www.cocoabeachpier.com

Haul In A Big One On A Fishing Adventure

You're sitting astride one of the greatest fishing grounds on Earth, and it would be a shame to let all that bounty go to waste. Cocoa Beach has many great fishing-charter outfits, and, of course, they know where the best fishing is on any given day. One of the better ones is Fin and Fly Fishing Charters, with Captain Jamie Glasner at the helm. His specialty is sport fishing for redfish, snook, tarpon, black drum, and speckled sea trout, and he has a host of long-time clients. The fish are huge in these waters, and Captain Jamie will provide all the equipment you need. If you're in Florida, there's nothing quite like a day out on the water, and, who knows, you might even bring home your dinner.

Address: 951 Bali Road, Cocoa Beach, Florida
Official site: www.finandflycharters.com

Hit The High Seas At Port Canaveral

For a great getaway while you're already on vacation, consider a high-seas jaunt into the azure-blue waters of this region, with cruises starting at three days to the Bahamas and some longer ones to the Caribbean. On the "Disney Dream" and "Disney Wonder," you'll get to explore the many colorful islands of the Bahamas, which include stops at the historic capital city of Nassau (be sure to hit the Straw Market for wonderful handicrafts to bring back home), the sublime out-island of Castaway Cay, and the totally-different vibe of Freeport. Of course, on a Disney cruise, the cast of characters will all be there: Goofy, Pluto, Donald, and the rest of the gang. Carnival Cruise Lines also leaves from Port Canaveral, with stops including the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, and Royal Caribbean also plies the islands of the Bahamas.

Address: 930 Mullet Road, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Official site: www.portcanaveral.com

Dinosaur Museum

This store houses the most extravagant collection of fossils in the whole wide world. Here you will find the adventure zone, which is a place that offers interactive, hands on educational fun for the entire family. You will get to see live alligators, reptiles and fossil dig here are well. Last, but not least, on the second and third floors of the Dinosaur Store is the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures.

Address: 250 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931,
Wed.-Sat. 10am-6pm
Sun.            12-6pm
Mon.           10am-6pm 
Closed       Tues.

Studios Of Cocoa Beach

Studios of Cocoa Beach, a non-profit art cooperative, has opened it's doors to a grand welcome from the community with a space dedicated to art, creativity, learning, and buzz. In other words, we’re amping up the vibrancy, life and fun in our little town. Whether it’s taking a workshop to learn painting from a master, buying that one-of-a-kind gift, browsing for art with out-of-town guests, or celebrating a birthday with a sip-and-paint party, we’re making                                                                                Cocoa Beach an even better place to live, work and play.
165 Minutemen Cswy - Cocoa Beach, FL   32931

Mon & Tues: 10:30--3:30
Wed--Sat:    10:30--8:00
Sun.                 11:00--4:00

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

YOUR MISSION STARTS HERE Our ongoing space journey can be defined by significant eras. That’s why we’ve organized Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex into Mission Zones — grouped attractions and experiences reflecting specific periods of time and achievements. Your journey awaits!

Space Commerce Way - Merritt Island, FL    32953
Explore all attractions, launches and events at www.kennedyspacecenter.com