Cocoa Travel Guide

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    old cocoa victorian house
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    cocoa playhouse
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    historic cocoa village
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Cocoa Things to Do

  • cocoa village historic district

    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.

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  • village playhouse

    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.

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  • cocoa village historic district

    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.

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Cocoa Restaurants

  • DISGUSTING!

    This place has the worst service. They are so unfriendly. No one greets you when you walk in or while you stand to order. They expect you to talk to them first. They advertise on their board new flavors but when I asked for one, the lady rudely told me they would not open that flavor until they emptied one. Then the flavors that they did have were...

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  • american

    murdocks is a nice american restaurant in the cocoa village historic district. the restaurant is decorated with antiques salvaged from the old brevard motel. american fare with a nice outdoor eating and drinking deck.

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  • steak and seafood

    ulysse's prime steakhouse is a very good steak and seafood restaurant in cocoa village historic district. this elegant restaurant is probably the best in cocoa.

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  • pizza

    ossorio is located on brevard ave. in the downtown historic district. the specialize in pizza and offer other italian dishes. a cafe style restaurant with sidewalk seating. a nice place to have lunch and people watch.

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  • Closed Sunday night

    We walked all the way up to this restaurant on Sunday night and found it was closed. I found this very annoying. The restaurant website says:Welcome Back to Yesterday! Homemade Entrees, Homestyle Hospitality. league use of our pool tables and dart boards. Many of the furnishings and fixtures in this pub were salvaged from the Historic Brevard...

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  • Great lunch at Ossorio

    Well, I have been there two times so far. My boss took me for lunch, and it was excellent. i then returned later for coffee and a pastry. This is a coffee shop/restauraunt. it has a wonderful selection for lunch, I have not been there for dinner. there coffee and chai latte are also very good. I purchased a pound of their coffee, which they roast...

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Cocoa Nightlife

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  • Interesting Name

    As we were walking back to the boat, we saw this place and there was a woman on a cell phone out front. We didn't go in - it was a bit early for them anyway. But the name looked interesting.This is apparently quite a place for live music. Other than the fact that it has Beck's beer, I don't know anything else about it.cptnmorgan wrote: "Much of...

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  • british pub

    the dog and bone is a replica british pub in the cocoa village historic district. good pub atmosphere with dart boards and a good beer selection. casual

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  • Theatre on the River

    On August 18, 1924, Cocoa's first "talkie" movie house opened as the Aladdin Theatre. Prior to the construction of the theatre, the site was a livery for wagons coming overland from the St. John’s River. In the 1940’s it was a movie house, known as the State Theatre, that ran Saturday afternoon children’s cartoon shows, westerns, musicals, and...

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Cocoa Transportation

  • Horse Drawn Carriage

    We did take the City Tour for $6.00 instead of the the Riverside Tour for $15.00. There's another picture of the full carriage on the Intro page. This lady brings her black Percheron gelding Thunder, her carriage and one of her Jack Russell terriers, and gives carriage rides for the benefit of a Horse Sisters - a rescue and handicapped riding...

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  • Walk

    The main downtown area of the old village is made for walking and not for cars. The sidewalks are all nice brick. I'm not sure whether this car was giving rides or what. It was an late closing Saturday night, and he was parked opposite the carriage ride station.

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  • On the Indian River

    We visited Cocoa on our own boat, and the Indian River is an excellent place to have a sailboat. It has been that way since the area was settled.Excerpt from the "Golden Era of Steam boating on the Indian River 1877-1900" by Fred Hopwood available at the Tebeau Library Gift Shop:...Why Captain T. J. Lund decided to bring the steamboat Pioneer to...

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Cocoa Shopping

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  • Dolls and Toys

    There are two toy stores right close together. The Toy Box at 419 Brevard Ave. phone: (321) 632 - 2411 which is a complete dollhouse miniture shop. Dollhouse kits, wallpaper, flooring, tile, electric kits, furniture, families, everything for the dollhouse was closed, so I just took the picture of the window.OPEN: 10-5 Tuesday - Saturday. Closed...

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  • The Black Dog Gallery

    This place was closed when we walked past it. Apparently one of the tennants is The Black Dog Gallery A Cocoa paper for Jan-Feb 2002 says:"Quentin Walter won Best of Show at the 2nd Annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art and Music Festival. Quentin is a Neo Color Expressionist Painter and she has several pieces now on Exhibit at The Black Dog Gallery...

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  • Best Hardware Store on the East Coast

    This store includes not only the store which has the name on it, but the whole next building. It's one of the oldest (or IS the oldest) business in Cocoa - dating from 1885 which is 10 years before Cocoa was a town. It is now a True Value hardware store.We looked in the windows and they have a fantastic displays and it looks as if you could buy...

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Cocoa Local Customs

  • Myrt Tharpe Park

    "Once upon a time," starts the story in the March April 2002 Cocoa Village, (as any good story should), "Stone Street (formerly Magnolia Street) came all the way through from U.S.1 to Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. There was no tranquil little park, bubbling water fountain, carefully tended plants and flowers or a charming gazebo. In the 1960’s...

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  • Historic Cocoa Village Craft Fair

    We were here well before the Summer Fair, but I took a picture of the sign. Cocoa Village has four craft shows a year. Craftsmen can not only display and sell their work, but can also have it judged and win prizes at the Summer Fair. It is very popular and often sells out of spaces.March 5-6 2005 1st weekend of March) $106.00 per space (outside)...

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  • 1919 Masonic Building

    Also known as the Village Tower, the Masonic Temple is a three story brick building, which was where dances were often held, and during Prohibition it was a favorite watering hole. At one time there was a large clock next to the right balcony. Little change has been made to the exterior. You can still see the Masons emblem in the brickworkToday,...

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Cocoa Warnings and Dangers

  • by VipersVixen Written Feb 10, 2003

    there snakes, best just to leave them alone it's hard to tell which are posionous and which are not. Also dehydration Drink a lot of water or gatoraides, lay off the cokes and sugar drinks. Driving can be a little hectic so always be alert. Also on the beach be careful or riptides and scandelers.

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Cocoa What to Pack

  • by VipersVixen Written Feb 10, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Water Resistant is you have them. I would also recomend easy to clean Luggage. I give you this warning because sand get's into everything and you dont' want to ruin good luggage

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: pack: shorts, Swimsuites, tank tops, sandals, tennis shoes, hats or sunglasses ( to keep the sun out of your eyes), light pants like windsuit pants, and a poncho or unbrealla ( in the summer they have rain showers almost daily). bring also light sweaters it does get codl at nightespecially on the beach.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: vinigear (just in case you et stung bye a jellyfish), sun block, aloe vera or sun burn relief cream, lots of lotion ( so you don't dry out). with all the basic toletries

    Photo Equipment: all I can say is Water proof cameras.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: the basic things like towels, unbreallas, coolers ( no glass though) andif you have them boogie booards and surf boards ( you can rent them though.

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Cocoa Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Tour

    Somewhere in my stuff I think I have "Cocoa Village - The Historic Way" a self guided walking tour by the Brevard Heritage Council. We did some of this tour. But I can't find it now and I can't find anything on the internet either. The best I can do is what is this from Go2orlando.com."Local shopkeepers and the City of Cocoa joined forces to...

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  • Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida...

    This building at 435 Brevard Avenue houses the Florida Historical Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Alma Clyde Field Library does not receive any operating funds from the City of Cocoa, Brevard County or the State of Florida. Memberships to the Library are $20.00 and $100.00. The OPERATING HOURS are 10:00 A.M.-5:00...

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Cocoa Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    This marina apparently no longer takes transients - only people who belong to the yacht club who live in the condos that are next door.

    Equipment: We got to the Whitley Marina at about 1600 and tied up after a trip of 288 nm total, and a trip today of 54.8 sm at an average speed of 6.1 mph. There was a guy with a black and white border collie type dog on an Egg Harbor that helped with the docking.

    I went up and paid and got maps and information at the marina office, and after we put everything away, we walked up into town. After dinner, we walked out through town - most of the shops were open still. There was a street player, and a horse and carriage with a lady driver with a Jack Russell giving carriage rides.

    April 4, 2004 - Sunday
    When I reset my watch to daylight savings, I accidentally also advanced the date by one day. So when I write in my journal, I'm a day behind where my watch says I am.

    Saw SANCTUARY (a CSY 37) at the old docks for this marina. Also got to watch a comedic docking operation by a power boat. He could not get docked stern to the dock even with 3 people on the boat and about 5 or 6 people standing on the docks and finger piers to help pull on lines. He eventually gave up and docked bow in.

    April 5, 2004
    Left relatively early April 5th while the wind was not too strong, and went up to Titusville.

    Boat attempting to back in stern first Looking across the marina from 2nd deck to our boa Looking down the docks Marina building from the docks Pump-out
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    • Fishing
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  • Taylor Park

    When we pass by on the boat we see the parks along the river.# Shaded playground# Shaded benches# Rose garden# Connects to the Riverfront ParkRiverfront Park has#Restrooms#Boardwalk# Amphitheater/Stage# Picnic pavilions#Interactive Water fountain

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  • White Ibis

    I spent some time stalking this bird to get a good picture.The white ibis is unmistakable, and actually is fairly common. It is a sociable bird and often travels in flocks. It eats little crayfish, insects and fish eggs. Immatures also travel with the flocks - they are brown above and white below, with brown bill and legs.I have seen flocks in the...

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  • Oldest House In Historic Cocoa Village.

    This is the oldest existing commercial wooden building in Coca Village. According to the Cocoa Village newspaper , it was built in 1888 by Miss Julia Roberts who was the city dressmaker. "..The building has a tin roof, built over cedar shakes. In 1889, a terrible fire destroyed all the other wooden structures along Delannoy Avenue. Only Miss...

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