Immaculate beaches are the highlight of Cocoa Beach located south of Cape Canaveral. If you are looking for tranquility, this is the place to be, but there's much more to see than just the seaside. Check out what else you can do after spending the whole day in the sun.
What to see, where to go
The Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is a must-see. Take a stroll to discover the shops or get a henna tattoo. Dine on local seafood in one of the restaurants or just go for a walk to enjoy the breathtaking views.
The Pier is 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it a unique sight in the whole state of Florida. It is also a popular place to host weddings, so you might be lucky to witness two lovebirds tying the knot. A good spot to watch the sunset is Rikki Tiki Tavern located at the end of the pier. Cocktails happy hour runs from 4 to 7.
To get close to nature visit the Maritime Hammock Preserve – a natural area with ponds. It is ideal for bird watching, picnicking, or exercising. As well, Lori Wilson Park is a nice green area to access the beach. Enjoy accessible parking, showers, and a playground for children.
Elsewhere, explore the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures and Florida Surf Museum, featuring exhibits on the history of the surf. The Backyard is a fun place to eat out and enjoy games such as escape room.
And if you are feeling brave, go on an air tour by helicopter or in a vintage biplane from the Second War World. They depart from Merritt Island, and they say the views of the coastline are fantastic!
Close by, drop by the Kennedy Space Center located in Cape Canaveral. Take a tour to learn about the different space journeys, see the rockets, or take part in an astronaut training.
Also, in Port Canaveral visit the Sands Space History Center. This museum displays different exhibitions centering on the history of space exploration. The admission is free.
Lastly, visit the Canaveral lighthouse. It was constructed in 1868 and was part of the space exploration history too. The staff host tours, so make sure to check out their website for dates and times.
Things to consider
If you are visiting in April, take the opportunity to attend the food festival Cocoa Beach Uncorked, featuring a demonstration of fine cuisine, craft beers, and excellent wines overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Chairs and umbrellas can be rented at the beach for a reasonable price.