pictured is ossorio restaurant in the cocoa village historic district. this is one of a number of restaurants, bars, and shops in this interesting area. cocoa village also has a number of historic buildings in the area. an interesting place to stop on your way to cocoa beach.
This is about as much of a 'thing-to-do' as anything in Cocoa. It is closed on Sunday though. We walked up there (because we couldn't find anything that said when it was open) and we saw a lady come out, so we walked in. But she had left the door open by mistake, and they quickly shooed us out because they were getting ready for some kind of event. Now I know that the Porcher House is open for public visits Monday through Friday. 9am - 5pm. Evenings and weekends it is closed for special events.
The neoclassic building was built in 1916 by Edward Postell Porcher, a pioneer in the citrus industry. His groves were on Merritt Island and the fruit was brought by boat to a dock which was in the back of the house. It was then transported by railroad from Cocoa.
The house incorporated coquina block construction and was designed by Edward Porcher's wife, Byrnina Maria Peck. The carriage driver told us that she liked to play bridge and you could see a club, diamond, heart and spade worked into the outside facade, but I thought they were making it up - like seeing shapes in the clouds.
The City of Cocoa received a grant in 1987 for restoration and it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is used for weddings, business meetings, family gatherings, engagement parties and many other events and celebrations. It can accommodate up to 200 people and seat up to 80.
pictured is one of several historic victorian homes in the cocoa village historic district. this picture is a good example of the old and new in downtown cocoa.
originally the state movie theatre the village playhouse was organized in the 1970's. today they host theatrical productions. see their website for schedule and times.
Even if you're not into surfing, a visit to Ron Jon''s surf shop is a must, it's huge!
All types of surf and beach goods on sale, open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.