Enjoying the water at the beach

Enjoying the water at the beach

10 Things Not to Miss in Cocoa Beach

FOMO is real but not if you check out our 10 things not to miss in Cocoa Beach

When it comes to planning for a vacation, making sure you have booked all your accommodations, your excursions, and where you’re going to eat is of high importance for a fun-filled time. But even the best planners can easily overlook tiny details. As you are planning your trip to Cocoa Beach, we want to make sure that you don’t miss anything because we all know that FOMO (fear of missing out) is real, just ask any millennial! Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. 

Here are 10 things not to miss on your next visit to Cocoa Beach.

1. Beach

Cocoa Beach is one of the most famous of our beaches on Florida’s Space Coast, so it’s an obvious choice when planning things to do. With several spots to choose from, enjoy some fun in the sun, dig your toes in the sand, catch a few rays, and cool off in the ocean. There’s no better way to spend your time here and ensure you have that sun-kissed glow before you head home.


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2. Café Surfinista

For those of you who consider themselves “foodies” and are looking for another eclectic gathering place, then you’ll want to check out Café Surfinista. They specialize in organic acai and pitaya bowls and smoothies, as well as fresh cold-pressed organic juices made daily. And even if you aren’t a foodie but love a good cup o’ joe and a pastry or two, they offer great coffee and espresso drinks and light lunches. This is definitely a great breakfast or lunch spot and is “Kelly Slater” approved!


3. Surf Lessons

“World famous” Cocoa Beach is a place known to attract visitors to ride the waves where 11-time World Surf League Champion professional surfer, Kelly Slater, mastered his skill. Learn from some of the locals and see why this is the best place to catch some waves and hang ten, dude.


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4. Downtown Cocoa Beach

Besides being a famous surf town, Cocoa Beach has so much more to offer. Enjoy the easy beach lifestyle with a stroll down Main Street. Shop 'til you drop with beach boutiques and specialty item stores. Allow your taste buds to go wild with the dining options that are around every corner. Take in the beauty of the natural landscape and other sights, like the wall mural art, as you walk or drive around. And of course, talk a selfie with a life-size statue of Kelly Slater.


5. Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures            

This isn’t your typical fossil store. The Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures is a great opportunity to explore the prehistoric age to King Tut’s tomb and the accomplishments the people of ancient Egypt made. There is an interactive Adventure Zone that transforms you into an archaeologist for the day with fossil digs and has you braving the rapids of the Nile River without you even getting wet. This is fun for all ages.


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6. Take a tour on the Wild Side

Go on an adventure outside with an eco-tour. Wildside Tours will take you on a slow leisurely ride through the Thousand Island nature preserve. You’ll explore all the different wildlife located in the surrounding lagoons and canals, from manatees, dolphins and birds, oh my! Your tour guides will keep you engaged with their knowledge of our area all while you are seated comfortably with their wrap around seating. This is definitely a photo-op kind of tour, so bring your camera as you view some of our area’s most beautiful attractions.


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7. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures & Zip Lines

Take your outdoor adventure to the highest of heights and get a bird’s eye view of our surf town. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures & Zip Lines will have you suspended in the air on 45 foot poles as you navigate your way through 50 unique challenges set in a canopy of beautiful live oak trees. There are three different trails and levels of difficulty and you get to choose which challenges you feel comfortable with completing. While you explore the park, you will move at your own pace and tackle the challenges either on your own or with a group. All ages, skill level, and strengths will enjoy this unforgettable opportunity to test your problem thinking skills and conquer your fears.


8. The Fat Donkey

No trip to Cocoa Beach is complete if you don’t stop at The Fat Donkey. If you’re looking for a unique place to grab dessert, then this is a spot for you. From ice cream and sorbets to baked treats and root beer floats, you won’t lack in anything sweet here. They even have vegan and gluten-free options. And if you really want to #DoItForTheDonk, then plan a visit and take home your own T-shirt souvenir to commemorate your visit.

9. Helicopter Tour

Want to catch some incredible views of Cocoa Beach and the surrounding areas? Then you’ll want to book a helicopter tour with Cocoa Beach Helicopters. Enjoy views of the coastline and classic landmarks as you smoothly cruise over the landscapes and wildlife below. This is another camera-worthy thing to do! Make sure you bring one along so you can remember your time here in Cocoa Beach and just how beautiful the area is.


10. Ron Jon Surf Shop

And it wouldn’t be a proper visit to Cocoa Beach if you didn’t stop in the “one of a kind” Ron Jon Surf Shop. It’s definitely a building you can’t miss, but with 52,000 square feet filled with everything you would need for a beach lifestyle plus some when you stop in. Whether you’re a first timer to Cocoa Beach or a seasoned beach bum, they are opened 24-7, so make a midnight run and see what fun you can have and deals you can find.


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Don’t close your eyes or fall asleep! Add at least one of these things to your visit to Cocoa Beach. And if you have a really bad case of FOMO, then add all 10, so you don’t miss out on having a blast here on the Space Coast!

For a listing of all our Cocoa Beach events and things to do, click here.

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