Super Boat in Cocoa Beach

Thunder on Cocoa Beach 2021

Experience Thunder on Cocoa Beach on the Space Coast

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. 

Buy your Thunder on Cocoa Beach Tickets 

Schedule of Events 

Meet and Greet at Thunder on Cocoa Beach 2019
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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 Cape Canaveral Tower

Thunder on Cocoa Beach race course map

Where To Stay Cocoa Beach for Thunder on Cocoa Beach

The course for Thunder on Cocoa Beach stretches from the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier all the way down to Coconuts on the Beach with the finish line at Lori Wilson Park. That means no matter where you stay in Cocoa Beach, you’ll have amazing views of the Super Boats hitting speeds of over 175 mph! 

There’s plenty of space for you at these Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral Hotels. Check rates and availability of all the host hotels here. 

  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Homewood Suites
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Days Inn
  • Hampton by Hilton 
  • Residence Inn
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Beachside Hotel and Suites
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
  • Best Western
  • Cape Crossing Resort and Marina 
  • International Palms Resort
  • Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort

Road Closures for Thunder on Cocoa Beach

The Super Boats will be brought into Downtown Cocoa Beach for the Boats on the Street Block Party on Friday Night. Orlando Avenue on A1A will be closed on Friday night at 2nd Street North.  Minutemen Causeway will be closed at 3:00pm from Brevard Avenue to the Beach Plaza. The boats will be coming down Orlando Avenue to get into position - plan ahead and make sure you don't get stuck in traffic. 

Detailed descriptions of road closures and detours for the viewing area of Thunder on Cocoa Beach

Second map of road closures and detours for Thunder on Cocoa Beach viewing area

Where To Park in Cocoa Beach for Thunder on Cocoa Beach

The Parking Garage will be open, but you will need to use St. Michael's Way (which is the alley behind the garage) and Veterans Way to enter the parking garage off the A1A. 

Paid parking will be available at Lori Wilson Park all four days of Thunder on Cocoa Beach. Parking proceeds will benefit Freedom Fighter, the official charity of Thunder on Cocoa Beach for 2021.

Metered parking is also available throughout Cocoa Beach. Check out this website for a comprehensive list of all the parking spaces in Cocoa Beach, and the opportunity to download the Passport Parking Mobile App for a seamless parking experience. 

How to Get Around Cocoa Beach for Thunder on Cocoa Beach

Now is a great time to utilize the Cocoa Beach Trolley. The trolley service runs Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and on Sunday from 7:45 am to 5:40 pm from Port Canaveral to 13th Street in Cocoa Beach. A ride on the trolley costs $1.50 with a special rate of .75 for seniors, veterans, disabled, and students. There is no charge for children under 5 or for transfers to fixed-route bus service. Please have the exact fare ready when riding a bus/trolley. Drivers are not equipped to make change. The Cocoa Beach Trolley is route #9.

Click here for Trolley Map and Schedule. 

Cocoa Beach is a very easy city to get around with easy access to and from The Beachline Expressway 528, I-95, and SR A1A. Further, rideshare drivers like Uber and Lyft are plentiful in the area, making getting around even easier.

Super Boat in Crowd at Beach Shack in Cocoa Beach
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 About Lori Wilson Park 

Lori Wilson Park is a centrally-located beach park and you can consider it the “50-yard line” of Thunder on Cocoa Beach. While you will be able to see the Super Boats race all along Cocoa Beach this weekend, the best views will be at Lori Wilson Park, under the shade of the VIP Chalet. 

Plan your Thunder on Cocoa Beach Weekend Getaway!

Looking for more fun in the sun while you’re in Cocoa Beach for the boat races? Check out this blog to map out your perfect Thunder on Cocoa Beach Weekend Getaway. 


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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: