Situated along Florida’s east coast, just south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cocoa Beach is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the state. Sparkling white sand beaches and exciting surf breaks draw visitors to Cocoa Beach throughout the entire year. You’ll have no problem finding fun things to do in this gorgeous and exciting beach town.
Swim, Sunbathe, or Surf at the Beach
Relaxation at its finest, there’s nothing like sitting back and listening to the waves crash while you soak up some sun. Take a stroll down the beach and collect a sand dollar or two. Cocoa Beach is widely known for its smooth and steady waves, making it a great place to learn how to surf. Board rentals and lessons are available nearby, or if you’re already equipped just bring your own board.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Jutting 800 feet out over the Atlantic Ocean, the Cocoa Beach Pier makes it easy for you to watch colorful sunsets over the water, fish in the surf, and take in the beauty of the town. Shops and restaurants are open most of the year with fresh seafood, ice cream and unforgettable views of the Cape Canaveral rocket launches. Choose a rental near the pier to put yourself in the perfect position to enjoy all of Cocoa Beach.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Boasting over 52,000 square feet of shopping space, Ron Jon Surf Shop is a Cocoa Beach icon. Browse the store and select a new bathing suit, board shorts or surfboard, and grab a colorful beach towel for a day on the water. Ron Jon Surf Shop is the largest surf shop in the world, and it’s home to waterfalls, fish tanks and a glass elevator to view the whole store from above.
Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures
With so many mellow activities in Cocoa Beach, spend a day enjoying a big adventure. Step out of your Cocoa Beach rental, and head to Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures for a zip line, obstacle courses and 48 unique challenges that defy gravity. Choose to go solo, or work with a group to get through the obstacles.
Kennedy Space Center
Just 25 minutes outside of Cocoa Beach, the Kennedy Space Center is a wildly unforgettable experience for the entire family. For over 50 years, this has been the primary center for NASA’s manned launches into space. Kennedy Space Center was the launch location of Apollo 11, which brought astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.
Wander the Rocket Garden to check out the actual rockets that launched America into space adventure. From the Apollo Missions to the Shuttle Atlantis, explore the world of space through hands-on displays and lectures, museums, and rides that simulate space travel. Have lunch with an astronaut, or spend the day exploring Mission Control.
See what’s popping in the center of town! Cocoa village is a great place to grab some food and drink after a long day on the beach. Swing by Bugnutty Brewing Company to taste what’s new on tap, or sit down and feast on your favorite smoked meats over at Cryderman’s Barbeque. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the famous Nana’s Bread Puddin’, our personal favorite.
If you’re still up for a little fun after dinner, head over to Stumpy’s Hatchet House where you can release a little energy and hone in your axe throwing skills.
Cocoa Beach Country Club
Get out on the green and work on your swing over at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. This 3 course country club is a public facility that welcomes residents as well as visitors from out of town. Located on a peninsula, the course is surrounded by the Banana River Lagoon, making this a truly unique course. Each of the 27 holes is named for one of the many species of birds that call this area home. After your game, take a break at the 19th Hole, the club’s restaurant, where you’ll find a full menu with options for breakfast, lunch, or just a quick snack.
Florida, with its enormous amount of swampland, is infamous for a unique method of travel: Airboat. Take a tour where you’ll speed through the swamps, seeing a wide variety of animals and plant life. Yes, of course, this includes American Alligators! Head over to Instagator Airboat Rides, and let Captain Mike guide you through these murky waters. Make sure to make your reservation ahead of time, as tours might be all booked up during the busy tourist season.
Enjoy the Sunshine State
Between spending by the water, or one of the many activities this area is known for, it’s not hard to find fun things to do in Cocoa Beach, but don’t forget to relax! Vacation is supposed to be a time to decompress from all the stresses we experience in our day to day lives. Vacation Renter wants you to have a fun and memorable trip to Cocoa Beach!