Cooling off When the Sun Goes Down on the Space Coast
Cool Down Before you Melt Down
With sunny days followed by warm nights and hundreds of experiences you can’t have anywhere else, it’s no wonder that Florida’s Space Coast is the ideal getaway. While the sun’s rays are one of the main attractions of the Sunshine State, sometimes it can be a bit too much. If you’ve had too much of a good thing, check out these great ways to beat the heat on your Florida Space Coast Vacation.
Cool Down Downtown
When the sun goes down the lights go up in the downtown districts of the Space Coast.
Eau Gallie Arts District
The Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne is a creative community where art makes its way into every experience. Chill out in indoor art galleries like The Foosaner Art Museum or laugh the night away with a show by the Not Quite Right Improv Troupe located at the Funky Dog. Cool down at Intracoastal Brewing Company with a rotating collection of innovative, artistic beers and live music on their spacious patio. Looking to enjoy a nice meal with a breeze, Frigate’s Waterfront Bar & Grill offers indoor and outdoor, waterfront dining or you can order online and pick up by boat for dockside delivery. And for “beachside” happy hour to die for, head over to Squid Lips Overwater Grill and enjoy a meal outside on the riverfront beach along the Indian River. Here you’ll find live music, cold drinks, and get to watch the sunset while dolphins frolic in the waves!
Downtown Melbourne is ideal for a cool, leisurely stroll where lighted tree-lined streets provide the plenty of places to dine outside with a cool drink. Head over to Matt’s Casbah and enjoy the fusion of American, Asian, and Middle Eastern and enjoy live music. Ember and Oak offers a unique, starlit wine tasting opportunity in their Wine Room and enjoy a fine meal on their patio. For a rooftop breeze and eclectic tap list, head over to The Mansion. Or check out Hell’n Blazes Brewing Company for frosty beer and brisket poutine.
After a long day of walking the grounds at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Playalinda Beach, or the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, head to Downtown Titusville for a cool beer at one or both of Playalinda Breweries. The Hardware Store is a modern taproom located in one of the city’s oldest buildings that serves artfully crafted beers, wine, and sharable, snackable pub fare. The Brix Project has a more industrial vibe and offers an expanded food and drink menu along with a full bar that serves up creative cocktails along with their comprehensive beer and wine menu. It’s the perfect way too cool down after a long day touring the Space Coast.
Scream for Ice Cream!
And, of course, you can’t forget the best way to stay cool, a local ice cream joint. For a late night treat on a warm summer evening, The Fat Donkey in Cocoa Beach and Indian Harbor Beach are located close to the beach. Or check out Del’s Freeze in Melbourne, a local institution dishing up soft serve and frozen treats since the Space Race in 1956. For a scratch-made shaved ice experience, saunter over to Oasis Shave Ice in Cocoa Beach. Each of these stops will ensure your sweet tooth is satisfied while cooling you down from the heat of the day.
Cool Down with a Curtain Call
The Space Coast is also home to several theaters and concert venues that host local and national performances. For live theater, Broadway productions, and musicals, Cocoa Village Playhouse (Located in Cocoa, Florida), Titusville Playhouse, and The Henegar Center (located in Melbourne, FL) have a fabulous list of performances that help you beat the heat while enjoying local talent. The King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, is your hot spot for cool concerts, suitable for all ages and music genre preferences.
Open Mikes Coffee, a vintage record store is a hub for live music, stand-up comedy, and art, that has tons of personality. Or you can head over to Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village to catch a summer concert or a sip ‘n’ stroll event under the stars.
Space Coast Nature Nights
Lastly, the Space Coast is known for its unique natural wonders, cool down with a moonlit nature tour. Bioluminescence illuminates the waters of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons in the summer. You can take a kayak or paddle board tour with Wildlife Watersports and paddle through these organisms, watching them light up the water as you disturb the stillness. These guided tours will teach you all about the unique conditions that foster natural phenomenon and send you home with a magical memory.
Sea turtle walks are another fun way to experience nature and wildlife at its finest. Enjoy the ocean breeze as you carefully walk the beach to see these creatures nest and, if you’re lucky, new hatchings emerge. It’s truly fascinating as you watch these sea turtles in their natural habitat and is a one-of-a-kind experience that everyone will enjoy.
Just because the heat’s on in the Space Coast doesn’t mean you can’t cool down! For more experiences and other ways to keep cool on the Space Coast, the Space Coast Vacation Planner is another go-to guide for where you can sleep, eat, and play, or check out the links below for all things Space Coast.
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