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Top 10 Free Things to Do in Cocoa Beach

Top 10 FREE Things to do in Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach is an authentic beach town that has the perfect combination of sun, sea and space for you to explore. Chances are you’re looking to spend your days at the beach, but don’t let your trip end without exploring these free things to do in Cocoa Beach.

All too often, visitors to Cocoa Beach come and go without taking time to explore all that Florida’s Space Coast has to offer. The Cocoa Beach area is home to outdoor adventures, world-class attractions, and unique restaurants and shops. Not to mention, it’s just 20-minutes from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexand the Brevard Zoo. While the beach is definitely a must-see, you would be missing out by not checking out these other activities in Cocoa Beach and the surrounding area.

1. Toes in the sand

Family jumping on the beach in excitement while on their beach vacation

Cocoa Beach has 6 miles of coastline for you to enjoy, which makes it easy to benefit from the laid-back atmosphere. Not enough? Florida’s Space Coast, where Cocoa Beach is located, has 72 miles for visitors to enjoy, so there’s plenty of beach for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a full day of fun in the sun, pack a cooler with all your favorite refreshments and enjoy why so many people come from all over the world for our beaches.

2. Rocket Launches

A crowd watches a rocket launch from the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Watching a rocket launch never gets old, just ask any local. Experience what the Space Coast is known for with these awe-inspiring and majestic sights up close at one of Cocoa Beach’s top viewing spots, from the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier to even nearby Kennedy Space Center.

3. Surfing days of old

Kelly Slater exhibit at the Florida Surf Museum in Cocoa Beach

Stop by the Florida Surf Museum next to Ron Jon Surf Shop where you will get an inside look at the history of all things surfing and experience the heritage and traditions here in Cocoa Beach.

4. Hometown Hero Up Close

Starman posing in front of the Kelly Slater statue in Cocoa Beach

Get your camera ready for a photo-op in honor of Cocoa Beach’s hometown hero, Kelly Slater. Located at the entrance of Downtown Cocoa Beachwhere A1A splits, is a life size sculpture by local artist Tasha Drazich of the 11-time world title champion.

5. Creativity around every corner



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Take a stroll in Downtown Cocoa Beach and discover the murals painted on buildings. With more then 5 creations to view from artists who are known around the world for their work, you’ll get to experience one-of-a-kind designs as you peruse the shops and dining options.

6. It’s a picnic at the park kind of day

A girl enjoys the splash pad at Cocoa Riverfront Park

Located in the heart of Cocoa Village, just 10 minutes from Cocoa Beach, Riverfront Park is an open space where you can find kids and adults alike running through the fountains, throwing Frisbees, and swinging and sliding at the playground. This is a place where you can easily bring a picnic basket and enjoy the outdoors, soak up the sun, and not worry about tracking sand all in the car.

7. Calling all nature enthusiasts

A boardwalk trail in the Maritime Hammock Preserve in Cocoa Beach

Located in the heart of Cocoa Beach, the Maritime Hammock Preserve is a 2.8-mile loop trail perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore the diverse natural habitats.

8. Take a Look into the Past

A military tank on display at the Veteran's Memorial Center in Merritt Island, FL

The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center in Merritt Island is just a short drive from Cocoa Beach. With an amazing array of military artifacts ranging from the Revolutionary War to the most recent conflicts in the Middle East, this museum strives to educate the public on military efforts both past and present.

9. Reel in the big catch of the day

A family fishing at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

There is year-round fishing here in Cocoa beach and with over 500 species of fish, whether you are fishing for the pure love of the sport and enjoy a good catch and release or if you’re scouting for your next meal, you are bound to catch something. Maybe it will be your biggest one yet.

Note: You will need to purchase a fishing license in order to enjoy your freshly caught fish.

10. Music to your ears

Live music at a Port Canaveral event

Treat your ears to live music from some of our talented musicians all along our coast. With a variety of sounds for your preference of music genre, don’t be surprised if you start feeling the rhythm causing you to get out of your seat to shake your groove. For a full listing of live music with locations, click here.