Super Boat in Cocoa Beach

Plan Your Thunder on Cocoa Beach Weekend

Thunder on Cocoa Beach is just around the corner, have you planned out your Space Coast weekend yet?

About Thunder on Cocoa Beach 

Thunder on Cocoa Beach is returning to the Space Coast for the 11th year! This Super Boat Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races in Central Florida. You’ll have the opportunity to see the best and fastest boat and jet ski racing teams in the world descend on Cocoa Beach for 4 days of races, meet & greets, concerts, and parties in our favorite beach town. The best part it’s all FREE for the general public! You’re not going to want to miss this long weekend of family fun in the sun. 

All the fun of Thunder on Cocoa Beach is free for the general public, however, if you’re wanting a VIP experience with reserved parking, catered refreshments, shade, and seating, head to the Thunder on Cocoa Beach Website to get your tickets today. 

Schedule of Events

Family at the Cocoa Beach
Photo courtesy Thunder on Cocoa Beach

Thunder on Cocoa Beach is one of the most highly anticipated events on the Space Coast. Here’s what you can expect for the weekend! 

Note: Event schedule is subject to change. Download the Thunder on Cocoa Beach App for schedule updates, course information, a live stream, and so much more.

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MAY 20, 2021 (THURSDAY)
High Octane Kick-Off Party 6pm – 10pm Juice ‘N Java- Cocoa Beach

MAY 21, 2021 (FRIDAY) 
9am-5pm - Registration & Inspection: Race Village- Racer Village Flounder Dr
5pm – 10pm Thunder on Cocoa Beach Block Party – Downtown Cocoa Beach- Meet the racers
6pm-10pm VIP PARTY/ Meet the Racers

MAY 22, 2021 (SATURDAY)
10-3pm - Jet Ski & Small Boat Racing (VIP Chalet available at Lori Wilson)
6pm-10pm - VIP Party/ Meet the Racers – Rising Tide Port Canaveral

9am-4pm - Launching @ Scorpion Marine
9am-4pm - Power Boats in Dry Pits: Race Village Flounder Dr.
10am – 4pm - VIP Hospitality Tent @ Lori Wilson (Beach Side)
10am - Start of 1st Race
7pm - Awards Presentation- Dry Pits by the  Exploration Tower

Learn about Surfing History at the Florida Surf Museum

Florida Surf Museum

Located in Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, the Florida Surf Museum is free to the public. Here you’ll learn all about why Cocoa Beach is the Surfing Capital of the East Coast, about some of our famous local surfers, and get to see some pretty sweet surfboards and memorabilia from the past. It’s a great hidden gem to check out while you’re shopping for souvenirs in one of the most iconic surf shops in the world. 

You’ve Been to the Sea, Now Head to the Stars

Planet Play at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Drive time from Cocoa Beach - 35 min
Everything is possible on the Space Coast. When we race, we ask why not launch too! Stop by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to take your love of speed to the stratosphere and beyond as you learn about the Space Program’s past, present and future. Bus tours to the Apollo/Saturn V have resumed and Planet Play is open to the public! If you visited the Complex in 2020, this is the perfect time to cash in on your free return ticket! 

Slow it down and Sail Cocoa Beach

Catamaran in the Atlantic Ocean off Cocoa Beach
Image by Sail Cocoa Beach

Seeing Super Boats race at speeds of up to 175 mph is exhilarating, but sometimes you just wanna slow things down. Book a catamaran charter with Sail Cocoa Beach and see the Space Coast from our favorite place, the water. Choose from small group eco-tours of the Atlantic, Banana River, or Indian River Lagoon to see some local wildlife, or a sunset tour for a romantic and unforgettable experience to close out your beach day. 

Jet Ski Rentals in Cocoa Beach

Man on Jet Ski

If you have the need for speed after watching the Jet Skis and Super Boats tear through the surf, you can have a little of your own motorized fun on the Indian River Lagoon. Jet Ski Rental operators have tons of models to choose from as well as guided or unguided tours. Reserve your jet ski at one of these awesome local companies today! 

Pro tip* Wear polarized sunglasses so you can spot manatees! And always abide by waterway rules and etiquette. If you need a refresher on our rules and regulations, your rental operator will be able to help you out! 

Relax on the Beach

Kids at the Beach

When in Cocoa Beach, do as the locals do! Exploring Cocoa Beach is fun even if there aren’t speedboats running at full throttle in the surf. From the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier to the Beaches of Patrick Air Force base and beyond, there’s a beach for every personality. Find yours here! Are you instead looking for shore-side seclusion after the races? Check out our favorite uncrowded beaches.  Forget something? Head over to Ron Jon Surf ShopCocoa Beach Surf Company, and Beachwave Beachware for all your beach-day needs and rentals!

Don’t Forget to Eat

Breakfast in Cocoa Beach

Shrimp and Grits by 4th Street Fillin Station
Shrimp and Grits from @4thstreetfillinstation

Filling your belly before the race is of the utmost importance. If you’re staying in Cocoa Beach there are tons of breakfast options that will impress your senses and set the pace for your day!

Lunch and Dinner in Cocoa Beach

Crab Boil at Q's Crackin' Crab
Q's Juicy Bowl at Q's Crackin' Crab

Cocoa Beach is one of the best foodie destinations on the Space Coast. Check out this Cocoa Beach Dining blog to find the perfect restaurant to fit your post-Thunder-on-Cocoa-Beach mood!

Thunder on Cocoa Beach is going to be one of the best weekends of the year. Because it’s in Cocoa Beach, your fun doesn’t have to stop after the boats have returned to their slips and trailers. If you need help creating the perfect itinerary, message us on Facebook! There’s too much fun to be had on the Space Coast to be wondering what to do next!


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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

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