Cocoa Beach is a resort destination on the east coast of Florida and a popular relaxation spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. If you’re traveling to Orlando, Cocoa Beach is a another great place to add to your itinerary. It’s just 45 minutes east of Orlando, and you can pay a visit to Port Canaveral while you’re there. Here are some fun things to do and see in Cocoa Beach, Florida:
Visit the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory
If you’re a fan of stargazing and planet watching, head to the biggest planetarium in Florida to see the spectacular star show. The venue is also home to the IWERKS movie theater where you can watch 3D movies and animations, and you can schedule a guided tour of the facility to learn about the history of space explorations from Port Canaveral and a hands-on demonstration of the telescopes. It’s located at 1519 Clearlake Road in Cocoa Beach; call (321) 634-3732 for more information.
Pick Up Beach Gear at Ron Jon Surf Shop
It’s one of the few locales open 24 hours a day, and the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach is the largest in the world. You’ll find all sorts of beach clothing and surfing equipment here, and plenty of souvenirs to commemorate your visit to Cocoa. It’s located on A1A in Cocoa Beach; call (321) 799-8888 for more information.
Watch a Show at the Cocoa Village Playhouse
This historic theater hosts a variety of local and regional acts throughout the year, and also offers a special arts and educational series for kids during the summer. The Cocoa Village Playhouse is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, and it’s located at 300 Brevard Avenue. Call (321) 636-5050 for more information.
Explore the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
Learn how the 15th Century Spaniards arrived on Florida territory and see dozens of artifacts and paintings by Native Americans and Europeans from centuries past. The venue also serves as a wildlife sanctuary where you can learn about native plants, animals and birds. It’s located at 2201 Michigan Avenue in Cocoa; call (321) 632-1830 for more information.
Go Shopping Along Cocoa Beach Pier
The famous Cocoa Beach Pier spans 840 feet across the Atlantic and is home to dozens of boutique shops, souvenir stands and restaurants. You can stroll down the pier to pick up some collectibles, postcards and seashells, or just settle on the edge of the pier to fish for the latest catch. Call (321) 783-7549 for more information.
Visit Porcher House
This old mansion was built in 1916 and is made completely out of coquina stone. It’s one of Cocoa’s most famous landmarks, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find it tucked away on 424 Delannoy Avenue; call (321) 639-3500 for more information.