A mother and daughter get up close to the animals at the Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL

Get up closed to the animals at the Brevard Zoo

Family Vacation in Viera, FL

Vacations become some of the best memories that we keep, so make sure that this one is one for the books. Your family has lots of options here in Viera to create an unforgettable time in paradise. The Brevard Zoo is a great place to start. If you’re looking for an opportunity to observe rare animals at a safe distance, the Brevard Zoo is one of the best zoos in the state and it’s just minutes from Viera! Visitors can meet more than 650 animals during your visit ranging from about 165 different species. If you want to have a close up experience with these rare animals, sign up for a kayak tour through Africa! You can even have a giraffe eat right from your hand. Give your children the chance to zip-line through South America and have an adventure of a lifetime swinging over crocodiles and gators.

Take the family to a ball game for a classic peanuts and cracker jack cheer at the USSSA Space Coast Complex. As the home to the USSSA Pride softball team, visitors have lots of opportunity to witness professionals swing the balls out of the park. Let the kids burn some energy at one of the parks, like Viera Regional, before tucking them in for the night. With fields and courts of almost every sport, the kids will have a blast no matter which sport they play! Families have lots of accommodation options perfect for everyone in the group. Make a home away from home at any of our family friendly hotels in the area. Make this family vacation one that the whole family won’t forget from beginning to end here in Viera.

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. Children will love the Paws On Kids Waterplay Area with a 20,000-gallon...

Feeding giraffes at the Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL
Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo

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 zips down the zip-line at Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL
Smash Golf

Smash Golf is an ingenious combination of tennis and golf. Open to the public and playable at either Duran Golf Club or Turtle Creek, 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...

A group of women play the new hit game, Smash Golf, at the Duran Golf Club in Viera, FL
The Avenue Viera

The Avenue Viera is an open-air shopping destination featuring national retailers, select local merchants and specialty restaurants. When it's time to refuel, shoppers can opt for a quick bite at Chipotle or Burger 21, or make a meal out of it at Pizza Gallery & Grill, Longhorn, or Bonefish Grill.

The fountain in the main courtyard of The Avenue in Viera, FL
Sky Zone

Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. In this all-walled trampoline park, visitors can climb an indoor climbing wall and test their skills on the warrior course. Come out and play dodgeball, jump for a great workout and have fun in the Foam Zone. Safety is a priority and jumpers will be separated by age/size to ensure the...

Kids jumping on trampolines and playing dodgeball at the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Rockledge, FL
Space Coast Iceplex

It can get hot here on Florida's Space Coast, so why not cool off skating at the Space Coast Iceplex? This indoor skating rink offers public skate sessions daily. Public sessions are fun for all levels of skating abilities. Everyone is welcome to come out and listen to some great music while having a blast on the ice.

A little girl ice skating at the Space Coast Iceplex in Rockledge, FL
Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera

Located one block from I-95, the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera is nine miles from the beach and minutes away from The Avenue Viera and Space Coast Stadium. A restaurant/lounge serves breakfast and dinner. There's also an outdoor pool, fitness/business centers and a meeting room.

A room at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera
Hampton Inn Melbourne-Viera

Right off of I-95, the Hampton Inn Melbourne-Viera is your oasis for rest and relaxation. Many of Viera’s amenities including the Brevard Zoo and dining options are within walking distance. A free daily hot breakfast and weekday breakfast bags to go are offered, as well as an outdoor pool and gym.

A room at the Hampton Inn Melbourne-Viera
La Quinta Inn & Suites Melbourne

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Melbourne is truly at the heart of the region, conveniently located in the heart of Florida’s Space Coast. Patrick Air Force Base is just eight miles away and entertainment options are abundant. Go shopping at The Avenue Viera, or enjoy a meal at the many restaurants just steps from the hotel. 

The view from the pool at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Melbourne
Candlewood Melbourne-Viera

Exceptional service and stylish suites await you at The Candlewood Suites Melbourne-Viera. You’re minutes from the beach, Patrick Air Force Base, and the Brevard Zoo. This hotel is equipped with some of the best amenities around including free guest laundry facilities, a free DVD and CD lending library and a 24-hour Fitness Center. 

The exterior view of the Candlewood Melbourne-Viera
Pizza Gallery & Grill

This local favorite has something for everyone. Serving gourmet pizzas that are one-of-a-kind, as well as sandwiches and salads, Pizza Gallery & Grill has the perfect mix of business-friendly dining and an indoor / outdoor bar and lounge.

Hand-crafted pizzas from the Pizza Gallery & Grill in Viera, FL
Burger 21

Burger 21 offers a unique variety of craveable burger creations that provide burger lovers a taste experience beyond the better burger. This fast-casual franchise concept offers 21 unique burger creations ranging from hand-crafted, freshly ground Certified Angus Beef® to chicken, turkey, vegetarian, shrimp and tuna burgers, made-to-order...

A burger and fries from Burger 21 in Viera, FL
Scoops Old Fashioned Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Scoops is a family-owned, old-fashioned ice cream shop with 45 hand dipped ice creams, yogurts, sherbets and sorbets. If you’re looking for traditional desserts like a banana split, they have those too!

An ice cream cone from Scoops Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Viera, FL
Tijuana Flats

Tijuana Flats is an American restaurant chain serving Tex-Mex cuisine that found its start here in Central Florida. Every meal is made-to-order with the freshest ingredients. Their menu includes burritos, enchiladas, tacos and much more.

Tacos, chips, and salsa from Tijuana Flats in Viera, FL
Slow & Low Bar-B-Que

Although Slow & Low Bar-B-Que is famous for baby back ribs and pulled pork, the appetizers on the menu are unusual enough to merit a second look. With choices like barbecue nachos and giant smoked turkey legs, you'll have to remind yourself to save room for dinner. The barbecue is hickory-smoked up to 14 hours, and the sauce is entirely...

A rack of ribs at Slow & Low Bar-B-Que in Viera, FL
Amici’s Italian Restaurant

Amici's Italian Restaurant has established itself as a favorite with the locals. With a menu ranging from salads and pizzas to chicken, veal, and seafood, Amici's offers excellent choices at very reasonable prices. The wine list, of course, features Italian wines and offers something for every taste.

Cheesecake from Amici’s Italian Restaurant
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. 

Island-inspired cuisine from Long Dogger's in Viera, 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: