A family looks for sea shells and wildlife in the tide pool at the Sebastian Inlet State Park

The tide pool at the Sebastian Inlet State Park

Family Vacation in Melbourne, FL

Melbourne has something for everyone in the family. From golden tans to nature related activities, the fun is only getting started. A memorable family vacation isn’t limited to the beach either. This authentic beach town has exciting activities for any age that will create unforgettable memories for years to come.

An Amazing Space Coast Family Vacation

There’s so much to see and experience while visiting Melbourne & The Beaches for your family vacation. Get your adrenaline running at On The Edge indoor rock climbing gym up or test the families puzzle skills under pressure in the Escape Room. Take part in learning more about Melbourne’s nature through an interactive sanctuary or by renting kayaks with the family to get up close with nature. Hit the water and learn to surf with some of the best waves available on Florida’s Space Coast. Various instructors and facilities are available around the town, all here to help visitors become a surfer.

The whole family will love dining in Melbourne, Florida because of the variety of options. From waterfront dining serving Florida-fresh seafood to classic favorites like pizza, this town is an oasis for food heaven. Pick a fun surf-themed restaurant the kids will love, like Dakine Diego’s, and enjoy burritos, tacos and bowls close to the beach. Have an interactive breakfast with griddles on the tables that the kids will have fun using at Backwater.  Melbourne is the perfect way to getaway for a fun family vacation that keeps parents and kids happy for months.

Treetop Trek

Have fun moving tree to tree and challenge yourself with varying degrees of thrilling elements such as tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges, nets, and best of all, zip lines. Experience nature in a whole new way—high up in the trees!

A woman navigates the obstacles on the Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL
Barrier Island Sanctuary

The Barrier Island Sanctuary provides hands-on educational experiences for visitors to the Refuge through interactive exhibits, nature films, special programs and a 1-mile long “dune-to-lagoon” nature trail. 

The exterior of the Barrier Island Sanctuary in Melbourne Beach, FL
Andretti Thrill Park

Andretti Thrill Park is where it’s at for family entertainment! There’s something for everyone at Andretti Thrill Park which features five go-kart tracks, 18-holes of miniature golf, laser tag, batting cages, a rock climbing wall, kiddie rides and playground, an arcade and much more.

A mom and son enjoy the go-carts at the Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne, FL
On the Edge Rock Climbing

Whether you are a seasoned climber or brand-new to the sport, On the Edge Rock Climbing offers a fun and exciting environment where you can climb over 10,000 square feet.

Rock climbing at On the Edge Rock Climbing in Melbourne, FL
Sebastian Inlet

Stretching over three miles of barrier island, Sebastian Inlet makes for great surfing, swimming, snorkeling and beachcombing. Boat launch facilities provide access to inshore and offshore fishing and diving, plus the two museums onsite highlight fascinating stores of local history.

A family looks for sea shells and wildlife in the tide pool at the Sebastian Inlet State Park
Brevard Zoo

The Brevard Zoo is home to more than 650 animals representing more the 165 species from Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Only at the zoo can you kayak through Africa, see the animal residents up-close, and let a giraffe eat right from you hand.

A couple encounters giraffes while on a kayak tour through the Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL
The Escape Zone

This interactive game and mental workout is set in a real, physical location that challenges you to decode and decrypt your way out of a “locked” room. The Escape Zone is an adventure inside four walls…an escape from the ordinary world. It’s not about your survival but about testing your skills and meeting a mental challenge. With 4...

A locked door at the Escape Zone in Melbourne, FL
Smash Golf

Smash Golf is an ingenious combination of tennis and golf. Open to the public and playable at either Duran Golf Club this sport is both relaxing and entertaining. Basically, instead of using a golf club, you play the course using a tennis racquet and specially designed colorful soft balls. It’s a leisurely way to spend the afternoon that...

A group of women plays the new game Smash Golf at the Duran Golf Club in Viera, FL
Residence Inn by Marriott

Conveniently located near downtown Melbourne and the beaches, the Residence Inn by Marriott will have you soaking up the sun in no time. Enjoy complimentary, hot breakfast daily, as well as a variety of amenities including a pool, fitness center and free WiFi.

A extended stay suite at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Melbourne, FL
Crowne Plaza Oceanfront

Wake up to the calls of seagulls, splash in the warm surf, and swim in the pool at Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront. This beachfront hotel is located an hour from major attractions such as Walt Disney World.

Oceanview from the pool at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Melbourne, FL
Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront

Great views, delicious dining options, an outdoor pool, and inviting rooms and suites await you at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront. Each room offers thoughtful amenities, including complimentary WiFi, HDTV, and a refrigerator.

An oceanfront view room at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront
Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne West

The Courtyard Melbourne West combines modern amenities, thoughtful services, and a convenient location to nearby dining, beaches, and shopping. The whole family will love to unwind after a busy day in modern guest rooms and suites.

An outdoor patio at the Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne West
Beach Bungalow

The Beach Bungalow is a comfortable group of three private beach villas, with all the amenities necessary for a great Florida beach vacation. Their villas sleep up to eight and include washer/dryers and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

A cute bungalow at the Beach Bungalow in Melbourne Beach, FL
Da Kine Diego's

This fun, beach-themed surf shack is just steps away from the beach and serves a variety of burritos, tacos and bowls. With outdoor-only seating, this place is great for kids and a favorite spot among the locals.

The front counter at Da Kine Diego's in Satellite Beach, FL

Open for breakfast and lunch, Backwater specializes in southern inspired food that everyone can eat, including those with vegan and vegetarian diets. Griddle tables are available where guests can make their own pancakes and is a fun way for families to enjoy the dining experience together.

A young girl making her own pancake at the griddle-top table at Backwater in Downtown Melbourne, FL
The Burger Place

The Burger Place serves some of the best burgers and homemade fries in Melbourne. They only use 100 percent pure ground beef and make their buns and fries fresh on-site. 

A delicious craft burger from the Burger Place in Downtown Melbourne
Long Dogger's

Good food and great fun in a totally casual environment! Eat inside and experience the surf shop atmosphere or eat outside to enjoy the great Florida weather.

A hot dog from Long Dogger's in Melbourne, FL
Grills Riverside

This popular, waterfront restaurant with outdoor tiki bar offers stunning views of the Indian River Lagoon. Come by car or by boat, listen to the live bands while watching the dolphins play and the boat traffic cruise the Indian River Lagoon. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, their menu includes everything from sushi to burgers...

A waterfront view from the outside deck at Grills Riverside in Melbourne, FL
UNO Pizzeria & Grill

UNO Pizzeria & Grill is a family-friendly chain that serves more than just pizza. Their menu has expanded to include other delicious options including sandwiches, seafood and menu creations you won't find anywhere else. Plus, their menu now includes gluten-free options, and this restaurant welcomes pets on its patio.

A Chicago style deep dish pizza from UNO Pizzeria & Grill in Melbourne, FL
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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: