Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. If you’re looking to avoid the stress of a traditional holiday gathering, consider spending Turkey Day on Florida’s Space Coast. After all, when you’re reflecting on all of the things you’re thankful for, why not add pristine beaches, beautiful weather and delicious dining to your list?
And for the turkey traditionalists out there, there are plenty of local restaurants that will be serving a classic Thanksgiving Day feast with all the trimmings, including:
2250 Front Street, Melbourne
Known for offering some of the best seafood on Florida’s Space Coast, Chart House will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — complete with a spectacular view. Click here to book your reservations online, or call 321.729.6558.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront
2605 N. Hwy A1A, Melbourne
While visiting Melbourne & The Beaches this Thanksgiving, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet with all the fixings. From candied sweet potatoes to green bean casserole, shrimp cocktail and assorted desserts, you will leave more than satisfied. 321.777.4100.
DoubleTree by Hilton Oceanfront Cocoa Beach
2080 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach
This year’s menu includes the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a few twists. Guests can choose to be seated at one of two times – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner on Cocoa Beach will be one to remember at the DoubleTree. 321.783.9222.
Duran Golf Club
7032 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Tradewinds Restaurant at Duran Golf Club. The grand buffet will feature traditional favorites, as well as season fruit and seafood. Not to mention an excellent view of the Duran golf course in Viera. There’s two seating options, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., so make sure to reserve your spot today by calling 321.504.7771.
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
1550 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach
Being directly located on the beach, your family will love dining at the Hilton Cocoa Beach this Thanksgiving. The menu includes the traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, as well as roast beef, pork loin, ham and Mahi Mahi. And once your meal is complete, your steps away from the beach where you can feel the sand between your toes. Military and senior discounts available. 321.799.0344
200 Rialto Place, Melbourne
Celebrate and give thanks at the Hilton Rialto. Appetizers, a carving table, green bean casserole, mushroom rice pilaf, sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and dessert are just a few of the delectable menu items available. 321.768.0200
801 East New Haven Avenue., Melbourne
With a Thanksgiving menu that includes oven-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli cheese casserole, buttered carrots and squash, homemade chocolate bourbon pecan pie and pumpkin pie, what more could you ask for? To make a reservation, call 321.574.1099.
683 Dave Nisbet Drive, Port Canaveral
Dine this Thanksgiving on the water at Milliken’s Reef at Port Canaveral. Offering picturesque views of Port Canaveral, Milliken’s Reef will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, as well as their full menu which includes seafood specialties. 321.783.0100.
And while you’re in town, be sure to check out these Thanksgiving events taking place Thanksgiving day and weekend.
Suntree Turkeytrot - November 24
The Suntree Turkeytrot is a great opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun before stuffing yourself with all that turkey and trimmings on Thanksgiving Day! SuntreeTurkeytrot.org
Santa Surfs into Cocoa Beach - November 25
This year Santa plans to arrive on Florida’s Space Coast not on a sled but on a surf board on Friday, November 25 at 2 p.m. Gather with others in Cocoa Beach and be surprised as a professional surﬁng Santa arrives on his surfboard and shreds a few waves before he comes to the beach to hand out candy canes to all the kids. Facebook.com/SurfingSantas
“Miracle on 34th Street” - November 25 – 27
Based on the movie of the same name, "Miracle On 34th Street" features a book and score by none other than Meredith Wilson. Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her 6-year-old daughter Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor Fred Gailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed but when it turns out Macy’s Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. This joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment, the perfect holiday treat! TitusvillePlayhouse.com
Light Up Viera - November 26
Light Up Viera will kick off the holiday season for Florida’s Space Coast! There will be a magical parade full of sparkling lights, which will include professionally decorated floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus arriving on a sleigh. LightUpViera.com
Cocoa Beach Art Show - November 26 – 27
The Cocoa Beach Art Show is the place to be Thanksgiving weekend in Cocoa Beach! Always located in beautiful Downtown Cocoa Beach, the whole family will enjoy beautiful, unique art, music and food. CocoaBeachArtShow.com
It’s not too late to make plans to visit Florida’s Space Coast this Thanksgiving. For more information on how to book your next visit, please visit Bookings.VisitSpaceCoast.com