24 Hours in Cocoa Beach

24 hrs in Cocoa Beach

If you’re short on time but still looking to have the time of your life, then welcome to Cocoa Beach! This authentic beach town has endless sunshine, waves, and space for you to explore. Cocoa Beach will also offer you and your friends a good time you’ll never want to end.

Things to do in Cocoa Beach for a 24 Hour Visit

Start your day early with a visit to a beachside breakfast spot. Hang beachside, take a helicopter ride to get the best views of Cocoa Beach and kick back for happy hour at oceanfront restaurants while indulging in some of the best beach grub this side of Florida.  End the day with a walk on the beach and slow down from the exciting events in the day. Make a stop at the famous Cocoa Beach Pier and gaze out at the vast ocean waters and keep an eye open for marine life! It only takes 24 hours to make memories of a lifetime, and we want to make yours to count.

If science and space exploration is an interest of yours, spend the day at Kennedy Space Center instead! Sign up for a lunch with an astronaut, mesmerize over space memorabilia, and eat the only ice cream that wouldn’t melt in space! Bus tours transport visitors to launch pads and give them a personal experience they can happily look back on. And if you plan your visit right, you may catch a rocket launch. With a multitude of launch viewing areas on the shores of Cocoa Beach, visitors will have lots of options to get the best view.

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Jetty Park

Some choose to start their day at Jetty Park watching the cruise ships arrive at Port Canaveral. Others choose to go after the sun rises to enjoy a variety of recreation activities. Whether you prefer relaxing beachside or splashing in the waves, Jetty Park offers daily rentals including chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and more. Jetty...

Millennials watch a cruise ship depart from Jetty Park in Port Canaveral
Juice 'N Java

Locals and visitors alike visit Juice N Java not only for their coffee but also their fantastic menu, which includes all-natural fruit smoothies, bagel sandwiches, breakfast wraps, Panini sandwiches, soups and salads. The ambience there is much like a coffee house and is the perfect place to stop by to refuel. 

Fresh coffee from Juice N Java in Downtown Cocoa Beach
Minuteman Causeway Beach

On the east side of Minuteman Causeway is beach access in the heart of Downtown Cocoa Beach. Beach goers love this part of Cocoa Beach for its ambience and access to nearby restaurants including Coconuts on the Beach.

Millennials walking onto Minuteman Causeway Beach in Downtown Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach Helicopters

See Florida's Space Coast from above with an aerial tour. Cocoa Beach Helicopters offers daily aerial tours including 15, 30, and 45-minute scenic rides, as well as romantic sunset flights.

A view of the sunset from a helicopter tour in Cocoa Beach
Wyland Galleries

Art lovers can gather to view the works of multiple artists, all with different styles, mediums and methodologies at Wyland Galleries Port Canaveral. Wyland Galleries has earned the reputation of having stylish, strikingly beautiful and innovative art with a tropical vibe.

Wyland Galleries in Port Canaveral
Lighthouse Cove Mini Golf

This beach-themed, 36-hole miniature golf course featuring dramatic sea life, boats, waterfalls, caves and more. Only steps away from the beach, come enjoy one of their two courses. Visitors can enjoy ice cream or grab a drink from the bar before you get started.

Millennials playing miniature golf at Lighthouse Cove Mini Golf
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

From burgers and beer to fish and fine wine, there’s something for everyone at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill. This waterfront dining venue offers casual dining both inside and outside on a covered patio. Fishlips serves lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends.

Nightlife and fresh seafood at Fishlips in Port Canaveral
Exploration Tower

With seven floors of exhibits and interactive play, the Exploration Tower includes something for everyone. Learn about Port Canaveral’s history, grab a bite to eat, enjoy panoramic views of Port Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and much more!

Rocket Launch viewing from the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral
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.

Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach
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