Experience Melbourne & the Beaches like a local
Breathe in, breathe out, and let go of all your worries and cares. Take in the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the warm breeze whistling through the palm trees, and explore an area on Florida’s Space Coast that is a hub for innovation and creativity.
Melbourne & the Beaches is a place that people from all over the world frequently visit because it’s easy to kick back, relax and live like a local while you’re here. With its small beach towns that make up the coast, the eclectic charm scattered all throughout the area, and being the epicenter for culture with its bustling downtown main streets, Melbourne & the Beaches is home to visitors, like you, who now call themselves locals.
And two ways to experience the area like a true local is by eating your way around all while experiencing what this charming area has to offer. Read on to see why visiting here is worth the trip.
Calling All Foodies!
There’s nothing better than arriving to a new place or even a place you’ve visited before all ready to enjoy not just a taste, but a smorgasbord of the local fare. Melbourne & the Beaches doesn’t disappoint. With many wonderful restaurants to choose from with gorgeous views and inviting atmospheres, narrowing down which places to go to could be a challenge. No worries! Here are just a few local favorites that are sure to send your taste buds soaring into outer space with its delectable flavors and combos.
Located in Indialantic, the Blueberry Muffin Restaurant is decorated in the style of an English country kitchen and is one of the Space Coast’s go-to spots for breakfast. Popular since its inception, their dishes are always cooked with fresh ingredients. Their menu includes blueberry patch pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast, Belgian waffles, quiche, and omelets. But this place isn’t just for breakfast. Looking for a packed lunch to take with you to the beach? Their fresh-made sandwiches and salads are a great way to pick up something to go and picnic with your feet nestled in the sand.
Okay, so this technically isn’t food, but starting or ending a night out at a local brewery is a sure-fire way to have fun and enjoy craft beer. Located in the heart of the Eau Gallie Arts District, Intracoastal Brewing Company offers a continuous rotating menu of original hand-calculated recipes where you are greeted and served by the friendly staff in a cozy and coastal environment.
If you’re looking for a foodie tour, then Historic Downtown Melbourne is your place to be. With restaurants and bars lining the streets, you can easily enjoy a whole day here restaurant hopping where there is a lip-smacking experience for everyone and every taste bud preference.
Treat yourself like a local with the sweetness of a turtle sundae, an arctic cyclone, a cranium freeze, and the Surfin’ Turtle even serves up the infamous Dole Whip. You know, the one that is available at Walt Disney World. Don’t worry about braving the crowd here; it’s worth the wait to satisfy your sweet tooth. This family and dog-friendly ice cream joint is where you can cool off after a fun day in the sun, play games while you lick your ice cream cone all while enjoying the live tortoises on site.
Get Your Fun On!
Knowing that when you arrive you won’t be lacking in things to do is another reason why having an adventure in Melbourne is for you. Besides the beautiful, pristine beaches, there is a plethora of options and activities for everyone, no matter the age, the entertainment and activity preference, or the reason for the visit. Here are a few things to do while visiting.
Florida’s Space Coast is known for great waves and famous surfers, and if you want to shop like a true local, then head over to Longboard House. Shop-til-you-drop and take home a board that you can bring back here because you know you’ll visit here again. The Longboard House is the place then to buy because it’s not just a place to get any kind of surfboard, this shop was created so that all the best board shapers could have their creations under one roof.
With surf accessories and other gift ideas from T-shirts, hats and other apparel, this is definitely a place to stop by before headed home. And this isn’t a shop just for men. There is a whole area dedicated to the ladies so you too can take home your own board along with the apparel and accessories.
For those of you who enjoy a round of golf, get outside of the normal experience and explore the world of foot golf; where soccer and golf meet in this fun twist on both sports. Fancy footwork not needed, just accuracy, the ability to dodge course hazards, and make par. Golf course rules still apply so no screaming “GOOOAAALLL” when you bank that shot. Mallards Landing Golf Course offers several ways to enjoy this sport such as open play, league play, birthday parties, team building events, and charity outings. Come out and see why this is a local favorite.
Locals know how to create and make lasting memories as they live where you vacation, but if you want to make memories on the water too, where you can catch a beautiful sunset, go dolphin or manatee watching, go tubing, or teach your grandkids the fun of fishing, then you’ll want to contact Hayley’s Boat Rentals. With a fleet consisting of pontoon boats, jet skis, and fishing boats, Hayley’s premier boat club has the right watercraft for you and can even help you map out a day on the water.
This beautiful community of the future was created to preserve the historical assets and revitalize the downtown economy quaintly nestled within the live oak-lined arts district of old Eau Gallie, Florida. Take a stroll down main street where the walls of the building will speak to you as you take in the outdoor museum. Besides the wall murals outside, there are plenty of active inside galleries where you can take a break from the sun and enjoy the beautiful display of masterpieces from some of the Space Coast’s locals.
Melbourne, the perfect place to experience and explore what attracts so many to the Space Coast, can become a favorite of yours as well. To see why this place is called home to many locals, start planning your vacation now with the help of the Space Coast vacation planner or click on the links below to get you on your way.
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