Need to get away? - Break away to Cocoa Village
When visiting the Space Coast, most people opt for a fun and relaxing getaway beachside. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the ocean breeze and the sounds of waves crashing all while taking in the beautiful scenery and even viewing a beachside rocket launch? Cocoa Beach has been a hot spot for visitors from all over the world, but did you know that Cocoa Beach isn’t the only place to go for fun and relaxation on the Space Coast?
Cocoa Village, a little-known amenity to our beach visitors, but one of the Space Coast’s premier shopping and entertainment districts, is chock-full of authentic experiences for anyone of any age. It’s a great little break away from the beach without having to go too far. Located within 20 minutes from the beach, Cocoa Village is well worth spending the whole day out and about – enjoying great food, strolling down historic streets, all while stopping in all the quaint little shops. Here’s a quick list of places and things to do to help you plan out your day.
Places to Eat
401 Florida Avenue, Cocoa
Cryderman’s Barbeque uses locally sourced products and a keep-it-simple approach to the time-honored tradition of barbecue. You’ll be licking your lips and fingers to ensure you get every last bit. They’re open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. until they run out of food.
607 Florida Avenue,. Cocoa
TimeOut Plus is an extension of the original TimeOut Sports Bar located in Cocoa Beach. Serving the Space Coast for over 25 years, this is a great place to enjoy their incredible drink specials while listening to local musicians or watching one of your favorite sports teams.
401 Delannoy Avenue, Cocoa
If you are looking for a modern American dining experience, then Pub Americana is the place for you. Serving traditional American fare that is locally sourced in an eclectic, yet comfortable environment, you’ll be sure to leave completely satisfied. And if you’re looking for gluten-free dining, this place has you covered.
4 Harrison Street, Cocoa
One of Cocoa Village’s long-standing and staple restaurants, Ryan’s Pizza, a family-owned and operated business, is a one-of-a-kind experience. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy gorgeous views of the Riverfront Park that sits alongside the Indian River Lagoon. And for those taking advantage of the outdoor seating, you can even enjoy the views alongside your favorite companion…man’s best friend…your dog. Ryan’s Pizza outdoor seating area is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring them along with you.
316 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa
One of the other long-standing and staple restaurants in Cocoa Village is Ossorios. Offering hand-rolled pastries, wood-fired pizzas, omelets, fresh salads, and flatbread sandwiches to homemade ice cream and on-site roasted coffee creations, you will have an enjoyable dining experience in a casual, yet relaxing environment at any time of the day.
There is a wide array of shops to peruse located all throughout the village. Whether you’re looking for clothing, home décor, arts & gifts or unique treasures to take home, there’s something for you here.
Fun & Play
Located in the heart of Cocoa Village, the Riverfront Park is an open space where you can find kids and adults alike running through the fountains, throwing Frisbees, swinging and sliding at the playground, enjoying live music or craft fairs. This is a place where you can easily bring a picnic basket and enjoy the outdoors, soak up the sun, and not worry about tracking sand all in the car.
109 King Street, Cocoa
This is an easy way to enjoy being Picasso for a few hours and is for anyone of any age. Take home your own masterpiece as one of the local artists takes you step by step through the creation of your work of art.
300 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa
Start your post-dinner evening off with a show at the playhouse. Always hosting a wide variety of shows, this is a great way to experience local talent and be thoroughly entertained.
329 King Street, Cocoa
Dirty Oar Beer Company offers you a neighborly feel, perfect for those with furry friends and those who have taken an outing enjoying all that is offered in Cocoa Village. Take a photo with the Cocoa water tower while lounging in an Adirondack chair, sippin’ on one of their house-brewed stouts or ales.
4 Harrison Street, Suite 103, Cocoa
If you love a good beer, then this is the place to go. With over 30 beers on tap and 100+ in the bottle, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite brew or find a new cold one to sip on all while enjoying live music in a great atmosphere. This watering hole won’t disappoint.
401 Delannoy Avenue, Cocoa
The Blind Lion Jazz Club is a Speak Easy that plays live jazz every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer in an intimate environment. Live jazz rotates from Latin to Swing to Groove, Cool and Progressive. Admission is free.
These are just a few of the many experiences you can have in Cocoa Village, but if you want to find out if there is a special event taking place when you are visiting, you can check out events here. So as you are headed to your favorite spot in Cocoa Beach, think about taking a break from the sand and take a short drive to Cocoa Village.