Explore Melbourne and the Beaches with Kids
Time with your kids is time well spent
Finding ways to enjoy new experiences or activities you've done before with your kids shouldn't be a chore. Who likes chores anyways? When you book a trip to the Space Coast to explore Melbourne & the Beaches, you'll be met with things-to-do that everyone will like and these ideas make it all the more easy to plan, leaving you plenty of time with your kids, which is time well spent.
The Space Coast proudly boasts 72-miles of shoreline for you to enjoy, but knowing which beaches to check out is important. Melbourne features several beach access points, but some of the hidden gems and some not so hidden are worth pointing out.
- Paradise Beach: For those looking for a beach that has something for everyone, then Paradise Beach is for you. With volleyball courts ready to serve up a lively competition and picnic facilities including grills, not to mention a large playground for kids, this beach offers a beautiful natural landscape with plenty of shade, perfect for a whole day at the beach. And with free parking, you’ll definitely want to get there early, but what better reason to make a day of beaching it up in your own little paradise.
- Indialantic Boardwalk: This place provides a perfect setting for outdoor get-togethers where you can enjoy a full day at the beach and other outdoor activities, but also a space to cookout and have a nice picnic together. Not too keen on cooking your own food, but still want a covered area to sit under while you watch the kids play? The boardwalk is close to several restaurants that you can easily pop over to for a pick-up. There’s even an ice cream shop nearby which every kid (and adult) will enjoy!
- Sebastian Inlet: For a beach that doesn’t lack in amenities, making a trip to the southern-most beach on the Space Coast is worth the visit. Located within a gorgeous barrier island along our coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian River Lagoon, enjoy the day on the water or indoor activities like perusing two museums and BG's Surfside Grill; you’ll easily be able to enjoy the whole day at the beach. There really is something for everyone here.
If you’re looking for more outdoor adventures with your kids, but want something that’s educational and full of nature, you’ll want to spend some time at Barrier Island. This 34-acre sanctuary offers nature enthusiasts (and visitors who will become one after their time here), a place to explore the diverse habitats through interactive exhibits and nature trails.
The Brevard Zoo has been a long-standing attraction and a popular spot for locals and visitors alike for the last 20+ years. Take a walk on the wild side where the wildlife world comes to you. Enjoy the beautiful landscape as you walk around and get up close and even hands-on to more than 650 animals, some native to the area and some from all over the world.
Located at the Brevard Zoo, Treetop Trek brings you an experience of a lifetime as you test your skills in this self-guided adventure park that takes you on a zip-line tour through the zoo. With courses for those as little as 3 feet tall and as young as 4-years-old to those who are more advanced, everyone will have fun as you get a birds-eye view of the zoo all while building your team-building skills with you and your kids.
This entertainment hub gives you a unique action-packed adventure from escape rooms and bouldering to ninja courses and a Backyard full of games. And if you get hungry, no need to leave because there is a café on-site making it truly a one-stop spot for a day of play indoors.
When looking for a creative outlet that your kids can enjoy, consider Get Fired Up in Downtown Melbourne. This paint-it-yourself pottery studio has more than 400 items to choose from and is a great way to create memory-making moments. Remember your time on the Space Coast and take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir with you.
Another way to take a ride on the wild side if you’re looking for a fun adventure with your kids is to glide across the water on an airboat ride at Camp Holly. Providing rides since 1923, Camp Holly offers nature tours through the St. Johns River Marsh. Experience Space Coast wildlife in its natural habitat. You’ll get an up-close glimpse so don’t forget your camera so you can relive this adventure over and over again.
Having fun with your kids, no matter what age, and exploring what all Melbourne and the Beaches has to offer can be fun and this list of things to do is just a kick-start. Check out the Space Coast Vacation Planner to find places to stay, more things to do, places to eat and so much more by perusing the online magazine or clicking the links below.
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