Melbourne & the Beaches are known for its family-friendly charm, with plenty of nature, arts, culture, and recreation for everyone to enjoy. When you’re visiting Melbourne & the Beaches, your kids will certainly not be bored, in fact, you’ll make lots of fun and exciting memories that will last your family a lifetime.
Here are 11 activities your kids will love to do while you’re spending time in Melbourne with the family:
1. Climb Through Brevard Zoo’s Treetop Trek
In addition to seeing all the incredible wildlife that calls Brevard Zoo home, kids can swing, zip and climb through the trees in the zoo’s Treetop Trek. There are three exciting aerial obstacle courses, one for children and two for those who are over 56 inches tall.
2. Race at Andretti Thrill Park
You and the kids can have a blast racing along five go-kart tracks at Andretti Thrill Park. Not to mention, kids can enjoy mini-golf, arcade games, batting cages and even a spinning coaster!
3. Spend a Day on the Water
Enjoy Florida wildlife right from the water by renting a kayak or stand up paddle board from Paddling Paradise. Your family can venture out on your own or take an eco-tour with a certified guide. Either way, you can witness manatees, dolphins and an incredible variety of native Florida birds.
4. Make DIY Pancakes at Backwater
Head for a fun breakfast at Backwater in Downtown Melbourne. Your family can grab a seat at one of their griddle tables so you can make your own delicious pancakes together.
5. Hike the Barrier Island Sanctuary
Hike the beautiful barrier trails, observe diverse habitats and learn about the exciting barrier wildlife through interactive exhibits. Kids will love the hands-on educational experiences and exhibits, as well as nature films and the 1-mile dune to lagoon nature trail.
6. Make Souvenirs at Get Fired Up
This paint-it-yourself pottery studio in Downtown Melbourne is a fun way to make mementos to take home to remember your trip to Melbourne. With over 400 items to choose from, you and your kids can get crafty and creative together.
7. Take an Airboat Ride
Skim across the Florida wetlands on a fast and exciting airboat ride with Melbourne Airboat Rides. You’ll get a firsthand glimpse of wildlife, so make sure you don’t forget the camera!
8. Rock Climb at On the Edge
There’s no mountains on Florida’s Space Coast, but you and the kids can still get a fun climb in at On the Edge. The state-of-the-art facility features realistic climbing walls that vary in difficulty from beginner to expert.
9. Watch a Rocket Launch
One of the most exciting things to witness on Florida’s Space Coast is a rocket launch out of Cape Canaveral. Head out to Cocoa Beach or Titusville for a day to get an up-close view from the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier or head out to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to get as close as you can get.
Shot during last night's @ulalaunch WGS-9 Delta IV launch at Cape Canaveral. I used the beautiful Exploration Tower as a foreground subject thanks to a suggestion from @mseeley20. I wanted to capture the reflection of the building and the rocket in the water, and that required a pretty flat perspective. The result, even with the 16mm wide angle lens, was only being able to capture a part of the streak in the frame. This was my second ever launch photo attempt. I hope you like it! . . . 📷: Canon 5DmkIII - 16mm (EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM) 80 second exposure at f/20 and ISO100
10. Take a Sea Turtle Walk
Stroll along the beach with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and look for sea turtle nests, hatchlings or nesting loggerhead sea turtles.
11. Spend the Day at the Beach
Florida’s Space Coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the state’s East coast. Head out for a relaxing day at Sebastian Inlet State Park or even bring the dog along to enjoy Canova Beach Park, the only dog beach on Florida’s Space Coast.
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