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What to do in Cocoa Village

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Check out this Cocoa Village guide and wander with purpose 

Cocoa Village, a little district with a lot of history, invites you to take a break from the beach for an unforgettable experience on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon.

Over the 520 Causeway, less than 10 miles from Cocoa Beach, you’ll find a collection of unique restaurants, galleries filled with local art, playhouses and river-front venues, and buildings dripping with history and Old Florida heritage. It’s a great place to spend the day, evening, or  an entire vacation.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Cocoa Village is home to many fine dining, family-friendly, and eclectic establishments that will satisfy every craving. If you’re looking for fine dining, Café Margaux is a creative French restaurant that expertly intertwines styles and flavors from all over the world. Still want fine dining but in a more relaxed setting, The Tulip Restaurant and Lounge is your place for premium cut steaks, fresh local seafood, and homemade desserts with wine and cocktails that pair well with each course of your meal.  

Family eating on rooftop patio at Ryan's Pizza and Pub

If your visit includes spending time with your family, you’ll find that Cocoa Village has plenty of family-friendly spots. Ryan’s Pizza & Pub, one of the legendary eateries that offers a view to write home about. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this is the perfect place to enjoy the Indian River Lagoon, and live music. If eating and gaming go hand in hand for you check out Rec 225 for brunch, lunch, or a light dinner. From bocce ball and shuffle boards, to darts, pool, and classic board and card games like Battleship®, Connect 4®, Operation®, and Uno®, you and your family can pair your evening of fun and games with unique twists on omelets, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and fries topped off with your drink of choice. You’ll be Sorry® if you don’t make a pit stop here while visiting the Cocoa Village.

Wood-fired pizza at Ossorio's in Cocoa Village

For breakfast and lunch or an on-the-go picnic meal, Ossorio’s Bakery and Café offers hand-rolled pastries, wood-fire pizza, fresh salads, flatbreads, homemade ice cream, and on-site roasted coffee creations that provide a great pick-me-up as you continue your day perusing the Village. For a more modern dining experience, Pub Americana serves up traditional American fare that features locally sourced, organic-centered ingredients in a comfortable pub environment. And Thai Thai Village brings you classic Thai and Japanese cuisine, a great place to dine before hitting the night out on the town.

Cocoa Village Nightlife

Don’t Miss these other great restaurants in Cocoa Village

Time Out Sports Plus
Murdock’s Southern Bistro
Paisley Vegan Kitchen
River Road Coffee and Popsicles
The Village Biergarten
El Bodegon
Crydermans Barbeque

Beer Taps at Village Idiot in Cocoa Village

Don’t Miss these Great Breweries and Bars in Cocoa Village

The Village Idiot
Dirty Oar Brewing Company
Bugnutty Brewing Company
The Blind Lion

Shop ‘til you drop in Cocoa Village

For those with a flair for style and finding treasures, Cocoa Village has boutiques and other specialty shops where you’ll see one-of-a-kind art, antiques, and unique souvenirs you can only find in Cocoa Village. Antilles Trading Company, better known as the Pirate Store, and Magic Dove Magic Shop are adventurous stops for parents and kids alike. Beach Bunnies, Bobbi’s at Parkside, and Mimosas & Magnolias will have you looking fashionable and beachy-chic for a style your friends back home will envy and love. For the bookworm, Hello Again Books is the place to find and meet new authors, be inspired, and meet others who enjoy a good novel.

Couple shopping in Cocoa Village

Cocoa Village is where art comes alive. Monthly craft shows and numerous galleries fill the streets on this Space Coast town. Stop by Sand & Sea Gift and Gallery, Carolyn Seiler & Friends Gallery, Contemporary Concepts Handcrafted Jewelry, and Jon’s Fine Jewelry to curate your own wearable or displayable art collection that will remind you of the Space Coast every time you see it.

Art show in Cocoa Village

Cocoa Village is also home to toy stores where you can find quaint dollhouses and miniatures at The Toy Box and Annie’s Toy Chest. These unique shops will bring back memories of your childhood while you find a gift your kids or grandchildren will cherish for years to come.

Entertain Yourself in Cocoa Village

Man playing saxophone in Cocoa Viillage

Cocoa Village isn’t just a place to eat and shop, it’s a bonafide entertainment district. With  Cocoa Riverfront Park hosting outdoor concerts that attract nationally-touring acts as well as local legends, plays, and food festivals, it’s almost impossible to visit Cocoa Village without something to see and experience. Sip’n’Stroll events are hosted four times each year. They give locals and visitors a chance to sample wine and appetizers as they view local art and check out what’s new in the shops and restaurants of Cocoa Village. Craft Fairs and food festivals shut down the streets in the spring and fall, and kids can have fun year-round at the riverfront splash pad and playground.

Girl playing in the splash pad in Cocoa Village

If a bit of culture is what you crave, the Cocoa Village Playhouse is a must see attraction. Opening its door in the 1920’s, this theater was the place to go for silent movies. Growing with the times, the playhouse now hosts a variety of shows, from musicals to classic movies, and limited release films.

Couple outside of the Cocoa Village Playhouse

How Cocoa Village became the Village

History buffs are sure to appreciate Cocoa Village for its heritage and cultural significance on the Space Coast. Initially settled in 1860 by fisherman and later developed during the first citrus boom, Cocoa Village has been a gathering place for more than a century. Over the years industry and business ebbed and flowed in the area. Devastating fires, hurricanes, and the Great Depression forced the area to reinvent itself multiple times until the Space Industry began attracting scientists and families from the 1940s through 1960s. The tradition continues today with several of the original Cocoa Village buildings still standing and operating as eclectic businesses. Check them out on a historic tour of the village. You’ll learn the history of the still operational Cocoa Village Playhouse, Porcher House, and S.F. Travis and Company  just to name a few. You can even stay in one of these historic buildings. The Parrish Grove Inn, a charming bed and breakfast built in the late 1800’s, is happy to book a reservation and is conveniently located within walking distance to all the local shops, restaurants, and venues.

Historic Cocoa Village
Brevard Avenue circa 1930

 

Now that you understand what Cocoa Village has to offer, all you have to do is finalize your plans. The Space Coast Vacation Planner will help you discover other experiences and adventures while here as well as the links below. The Space Coast looks forward to having you here!

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