Wall murals located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, FL

Wall Murals | Eau Gallie Arts District

5 Free Things to Do in Melbourne and the Beaches

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Melbourne and the Beaches on Florida’s Space Coast includes features of authentic Florida that locals and visitors alike have grown accustomed to and is known for its family-friendly charm. There’s a wealth of activities for you to do, and there’s actually something for everyone here. With miles of open space to explore, you can discover a world of true Florida appeal while making memories that are easy on the budget.

From art and culture to exploring nature and hanging beachside, you’ll find that no matter what time of year you visit, these 5 free things to do in Melbourne and the Beaches are a real treat! But if you’re looking for the top 10 free things to do across Florida’s Space Coast, we got you covered here. That list is a little more extensive and includes things in Cocoa Beach and Titusville.

Here’s a look at the top 5 free things to do in Melbourne and the Beaches:

Art and Culture

Melbourne is considered the art hub of Florida’s Space Coast, and since there are so many free things to do, we couldn’t just name one thing to do!

  • Eau Gallie Arts District: Art is everywhere when you walk through the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD). Here you will find over 20 wall murals that can be best seen on a self-guided walking tour, kind of like an outdoor art museum. Each work of art tells a story, and can be easily seen in a couple of hours. Plus, EGAD is home to more than a dozen galleries, boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants.
  • Foosaner Art Museum: Located in EGAD, the Foosaner Art Museum is part of the Florida Institute of Technology and displays all aspects of the visual arts in a way that relates to the past, present and future. It’s free to visit, but keep in mind they are open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts: Also part of Florida Institute of Technology, the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Artspromotes the cultural understanding and appreciation for textiles and fiber arts. The museum changes out the exhibitions throughout the year, so it’s best to check their website for the latest information. Admission is free and is open Tuesday – Saturday.

FIT Botanical Garden

Showcasing palm trees and other tropical fauna across 15 acres is Florida Institute of Technology’s Botanical Garden. Here you will find a stream bordered by a shady hammock, as well as Melbourne’s Little Red Schoolhouse. This is a local favorite and makes for a great backdrop to photos. This is a public garden, but you may run into potential hazards like poisonous plants. Please exercise caution when visiting. Parking is available in the red-striped spaces in the jungle-adjacent parking lot along the wood-line, off of Babcock Street, across from the Southgate intersection.

Linear Park Trail

Located in the northern part of Melbourne next to Viera, Linear Park Trail is a 2-mile boardwalk next to Brevard Zoo. The trail runs over wetlands and through sections of oak hammock where you may even be able to spot wildlife. The boardwalk was constructed out of recycled plastic planks that span most of the trail, providing a smooth and even surface, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs.

Wine Tasting at Green Turtle Market

Nothing quite says vacation like a glass of wine! And at Green Turtle Market in Indialantic, they will help you get in touch with your Wine Side. Taking place on most Fridays and Saturdays*, you can sample four to five wines along with light hor d’oeuvres. The Green Turtle Market is an upscale supermarket with an attached café, so while you’re there, stock up on some wine, cheese and other foods and take it back to your accommodation. You won’t be disappointed by their selection.

*Wine tastings take place on most Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 3 p.m. Please call before you arrive to confirm.

Barrier Island Sanctuary

The Barrier Island Sanctuary is located on the shores of Melbourne Beach just minutes from Sebastian Inlet State Park. Here you can learn about the Space Coast’s barrier island that has access to ocean, lagoon and everything in between. Through hands-on educational, interactive exhibits, films, and a 1-mile “dune to lagoon” nature trail, you and your whole family will enjoy visiting here. Plus, when you’re done at the sanctuary, head to the beach and have fun in the sun! The Barrier Island Sanctuary overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and has beach access on site.

Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the things to do in Melbourne and the Beaches and some ways you can save money on vacation, it’s time to start planning out your trip now by using the Vacation Planner for all things Space Coast.

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