A family enjoying a family vacation at the pool at the Radisson Resort at the Port

A family enjoys the pool at the Radisson Resort at the Port

Family Vacation in Cocoa Beach, FL

For a memorable family vacation, there’s nothing better than getting your family together to share time at Cocoa Beach. This classic iconic beach town has cruise ships and rocket trips, fishing rigs and dinosaur digs, surf megastores and surf lessons, riverfront tee times and oceanfront happy hours, art galleries and gourmet galleys, Thousand Island kayak tours and 1,000 reasons more to vacation with your family here.

Families will find that Cocoa Beach is a perfect vacation spot for the whole family. Cocoa Beach aims to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere that is inviting and keeps every member happy. Kennedy Space Center is a place that everyone in the family will appreciate. Come face to face with the technology that sent man to the moon and sent rockets past the stars! Not only will the experience be out of this world, but the children will be learning at the same time.

Cocoa Beach Vacation Dining Spots in Cocoa Beach

Many dining spots in the area have children-friendly options on their menus. If the children are ready to try something new, there are lots of options for them to do so. From classic favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs to Florida-fresh seafood, Mexican cuisine, Italian dining and local digs, the whole family will love dining in Cocoa Beach.

A Cocoa Beach Vacation to remember

Spend a day on the beach and sign up for a surfing lesson with an instructors at Ron Jon Surf Shop, just minutes from the Cocoa Beach Pier. These instructors specialize in teaching individuals of all ages the ropes of the sport. Classes are provided for children’s age groups, and there’s no need to worry about their safety because each instructor is exceedingly trained in all things first aid and ocean safety.

When the family is ready to retire for the night, they won’t have to look far. Many Cocoa Beach hotels are available and readily able to accommodate families of any size. The kids will be sure to love the swimming pools and waterslides and the parents will love relaxing and the beach access!

Museum of Dinosaurs & Ancient Cultures

Housing one of the most incredible collections of fossils and minerals in the world, including authentic shark teeth, dinosaur eggs, meteorites and amber specimens, visitors will have loads of fun exploring the museum's kid-friendly adventure zone.

A life-size statue of dinosaurs at the Museum of Dinosaurs & Ancient Cultures in Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach Zagster Bike Share Program

The newest addition to Cocoa Beach is the Zagster bike share program. You and the family can rent bikes from one of our several locations throughout the city of Cocoa Beach. Explore the area the right way! Find out more about the Zagster bike share program here.

Get around Cocoa Beach using the Zagster bike share program
Ron Jon Surf Shop

With 52,000 square feet filled floor to ceiling with merchandise, you will find everything for the beach lifestyle! Whether this is your first beach vacation experience or you're a well-seasoned beach bum, you’ll find the best selection of surf, skate, swim and beach essentials available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Shopping for your beach vacation at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach
Rocket Launch

Rockets launch year round from the Canaveral Air Force Station. There are many prime viewing areas outside of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Center complex including: the Cocoa Beach Pier, Exploration Tower or any of the beaches south of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. See when our next rocket launch is scheduled here.

Watching a rocket launch from the beach in Cocoa Beach
Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is a historical landmark on the Space Coast. Home to five restaurants, four bars most with spectacular views of the beach, gift shops and live entertainment that will keep everyone enjoying their visit. The Pier also offers beach rentals, fresh water showers, regulation beach volleyball courts, lifeguards year...

A sunrise at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier
Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf offers two 18-hole courses of exciting miniature golf in a tropical fishing village-themed environment, 24 flavors at the 3 Scoops ice cream bar, and premium craft beers from Florida's top breweries including Tequesta Brewing Company, Funky Buddha and Twisted Trunk.

Playing mini-golf at the Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf in Cocoa Beach
International Palms Resort & Conference Center

This hotel offers many amenities the whole family will enjoy! Let the kids play on one of the multiple sporting courts such as basketball, tennis, sand volleyball or shuffleboard. They will also enjoy the pirate themed kid’s pool sporting slides and water cannons.

The kids water feature at the pool at the International Palms hotel in Cocoa Beach
The Resort on Cocoa Beach

Enjoy your dream Florida getaway. Offering deluxe two-bedroom, two bath condos with full kitchens, and your vacation can be as active or as relaxing as you make it. There’s an endless array of fun awaiting you here!

A room at the Resort on Cocoa Beach
Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach

Enjoy a touch of Key West right in the middle of Cocoa Beach. Our convenient beach side location, selection of rooms including efficiencies, courtyard view and ocean view suites and a host of amenities make us one of Cocoa Beach's best values.

A room at the Quality Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort

Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort is Cocoa Beach's premier luxury resort. Adjacent to the world famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, this newly renovated property is ideal for your beach getaway. They have 2-bedroom villas and luxury suites, a state-of-the-art water park (Wakulla Falls Water Park), a beach concierge, and complimentary shuttle...

Kids enjoying the water park at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Steps away from the beaches and the majestic waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront also boasts one of the area's largest oceanfront pool decks. Treat yourself to this resort-style destination, and experience refreshment within an exceptional setting.

Longboards Tiki Beach Grille at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral

Providing an environment that's both relaxing and peaceful, the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach is located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean with easy access to local restaurants and attractions. Wake up every morning recharged and enjoy a free hot breakfast.

A room at the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral
Coconuts on the Beach

Literally right on the beach, Coconuts on the Beach is a popular choice for those wanting to watch the waves, sip some drinks and grab a bite to eat. The restaurant serves sandwiches, steaks, seafood and pasta.

Beachfront view at Coconuts on the Beach in Downtown Cocoa Beach
Florida Seafood Bar & Grill

This family oriented restaurant serves fresh local seafood along with other delicious food items. They’re also able to accommodate large parties of any size.

Fresh seafood at Florida Seafood in Cocoa Beach
Oasis Shaved Ice

Cool off after a day at the beach with a frozen treat at Oasis. Enjoy treats like ice cream, frozen yogurt and more famously, shaved ice. With over 40 shaved ice flavors, there’s something for everyone!

Enjoy an ice cold snow cone from Oasis Shaved Ice in Cocoa Beach, FL
Rock the Guac

At this beach-friendly Mexican restaurant, visitors can choose from burritos, tacos and burrito bowls topped with your choice of meat, fresh toppings and of course, guacamole. Top it off with Mexican sodas, beers and sangria for a rockin’ time.

A burrito from Rock the Guac in Cocoa Beach, FL
Slow and Low BBQ

The barbecue at Slow and Low Bar-B-Que is hickory-smoked up to 14 hours and the sauce is entirely homemade. Famous for their baby back ribs and pulled pork, their appetizers on the menu are unusual enough to merit a second look.

A rack of ribs at Slow and Low BBQ in Cocoa Beach
A N.Y. Pizza House

You’ll find all your traditional Italian favorites such as spaghetti bolognese, lobster crab ravioli, chocolate cannolis and of course, pizza!

Fresh New York style pizza from A N.Y. Pizza House in Cocoa Beach
Pelican's Bar & Grill

One of the many options available at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. This casual oceanside bar and grill serves up fresh seafood, famous clam chowder and decadent desserts while overlooking the ocean. 

Fresh seafood at the Pelican's Bar & Grill at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier
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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: