ALAN SHEPARD PARK - Located at the east end of State Road 520
Shepard Park is a two-acre, oceanfront park providing picnic, shower, and restroom facilities for guests. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches. Facilities include 10 large picnic pavilions, several smaller covered picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a bathhouse. More than 300 parking spaces are available for automobiles, recreational vehicles, and tour buses. The parking fee is $3 for cars, $5 for RVs, and $10 for buses.
SIDNEY FISCHER PARK - Located in the 2100 block of State Road A1A.
A 10-acre, oceanfront park, Fischer is a family favorite. The park is ideal for a picnic and a swim in the Atlantic. About 200 parking spaces, picnic pavilions, and recently renovated shower and restroom facilities are provided. The park was named after Sidney Fischer, who served as the mayor of Cocoa Beach from 1956 to 1960. The parking fee is $3 for cars, $5 for RVs, and $10 for buses. (321) 868-3274
LORI WILSON PARK - Located at 1500 N. Atlantic Ave.
This 32.5-acre, oceanfront park is operated by Brevard County and has seasonal lifeguards. Facilities include restrooms, three pavilions along a 1,000' boardwalk, six dune crossovers, maritime hammock, volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills, and a 274-space parking lot conveniently located on both the north and south sides of the park. Parking is $1 for cars, $10 for buses. (321) 455-1380
ROBERT P. MURKSHE MEMORIAL PARK - State Road A1A and 16th St. South.
This two-acre, oceanfront park, operated by Brevard County, offers a boardwalk, parking, restrooms, picnic and shower facilities. The park is named after Robert P. Murkshe, who served as Cocoa Beach mayor from 1963 to 1972. (321) 455-1380
JETTY PARK - Located at 400 E. Jetty Rd., Cape Canaveral
Campsites, general store, concession stand, soda machines, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, barbecue grills, pavilions, playground, bike path, and seasonal lifeguards make this park a favorite of visitors. A newly renovated boardwalk along the jetty allows for great fishing and views of the cruise ships entering and leaving the port. It's also an excellent site to view shuttle launches. Parking is $1 for cars, $5 for RVs, $10 for buses. (321) 783-7111
CHERIE DOWN PARK - 8492 Ridgewood Ave. in Cape Canaveral
Preserving sand dunes and sea grasses, this scenic 6.99 acre community beach park in a neighborhood setting invites beach activities and surf fishing. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a small pavilion, a dune crossover and two sheltered picnic areas at either end of a 320' boardwalk along the dunes. Parking is $1 for cars, $10 for buses. (321) 455-1380
One thing we love to do with our grand kids is to take them shelling at what ever beach we go to. Pop Pop makes sure he ALWAYS has plastic bags to put all the shells in so they can take them home. This is so much fun when they are this age, so make sure you have your camera at the ready! Don't forget extra batteries.
This store is hugh and should be visited if you have the time. I've heard a lot about this store from the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel. I'm not a surfer but I'm willing to bet this is the place to be, it looks like they have every thing you could want and more!
port canaveral offers two boats that cruise out into the ocean for gambling trips. these boats offer las vegas style games such as black jack, craps, poker, and roulette. there are two casino companies that operate out of port canaveral, suncruz and sterling. check their websites for more information. an update, both suncruz and sterling casino ships have suspended operations do to the current economy but plan to reopen in the future. check their web sites for current information.
located in central cocoa beach is the cocoa beach pier. built in 1962 the pier offers fishing, bars, restaurants, gift shops and live entertainment. next to the pier is a parking lot to access the beach.
This is an old riverside community of Cocoa that is a joy to stoll . There are lots of little trendy shops , and restaurants . If you are into antiques this would be the place to head . Our first evening we walked here and it was pretty quiet as many of the shops were closed . It was great or window shopping though. The next morning it was alove with people.
ron jon surf shop is far and away the biggest tourist attraction in cocoa beach. founded by ron dimenna in 1963 ron jon's began as a small surf board shop and has expanded over the years into a multi million dollar multi state retail enterprise. located at the intersection of A1A and SR520 ron jon's now has over 52,000 square feet of retail space. they sell casual clothing, swimwear, souvenirs, and of course surf boards. they have other locations in florida, california, new jersey, and south carolina. visit their website to learn more about the interesting history of this retail chain. open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
I was really impressed with this "ride" . You sit is a space ship type vehicle and you are wisked along in a breathtaking fashion back in time to Ancient Eqypt. Will this be our travel method in the future????
most people come to cocoa beach to fish, surf, and swim it's beautiful beach. access to the beach is liminted so it is best to park in one of cocoa beach's city parks. also you can go about 5 miles south of cocoa beach to patrick airforce base where there is a large beach parking area.
I thought the beach would have brown sand , but in actual fact it is a golden colour ( looks more like brown sugar) . It's a world class beach ,only about an hour from Disney World , and not surprisingly ,a favorite with the Spring break crowd. Beach access in Cocoa can be found at the end of many streets that run to the ocean and there is lots of parking. The North end is a popular surfing spot.
A visit to Cocoa Beach is not complete unless you visit the world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. Over 2 million visitors come through the door here every year. In fact, you can't miss it as you come into town. It is located right on A1A at SR 520. Look for a large brightly colored castle-shaped building with colors of the sea, beach and sky - blue, yellow orange and turquoise. Visit anytime you want - it is open 365 days a year - 24 hours a day. Best of all, the parking is free. The large 52,000 square foot store carrys everything you will need to enjoy the beach. Shop for resort wear, bikinis, surfing gear, boards and so much more. Pick up a souvenir of your vacation in Florida. If you forgot your suntan lotion they have it here, too. You friends back home would love a tee-shirt from here and so will you. Prices aren't cheap but the quality is high. Seek out 10 -15% off discount cards/ads at your hotel, a visitor's center or inside tourist area books. The store is on different levels. Kids and grownups alike will enjoy riding the glass elevator. There is even a waterfall inside. If you are lucky, you will catch some live entertainment. Schools, band groups and organizations are encourage to perform here either inside or outside the store. Ron Jons is very community oriented. It sponsors surfing contests & makes donations to deserving groups on a regular basis. By the way, if you want to try surfing or rent dive gear, ask about lessons and rental fees at the Watersports store just north of the main store. Ron Jon's is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2009. What a great time to visit the store. Come on down, the weather is fine.
located 5 miles north of cocoa beach is jetty park. jetty park offers camping, fishing, surfing, and swiming on the atlantic ocean. jetty park is also the best spot to watch rocket launches in cocoa beach. for camping reservations call 321-783-7111.
located on the beach in central cocoa beach lori wilson park is a small natural oasis in the middle of town. they offer nature trails, swimming, surfing, and fishing. there is a large parking lot for beach access.
A great way to spend a lazy Saturday...or any other day except Sunday (as most, not all, shops here are closed on Sunday). Not a ton of shops, but plenty to see. Some interesting clothing stores (forget the mall!), a small shoe store, a great Kids shop (The Baby Patch), restaurants (my personal favorite is the Island Pasta Company), all sorts of antique & curios shops, a fantastic little Spiritaul Shop (Creative Energy), etc.
Also ~ if you are a Christmas fanatic, like me, then visit the Christmas Cottage (1002 E. New Haven Ave.)...an enormous array of ornaments, wreaths, Chrismas Villages, mangers, etc. ~ a dizzying array of all things Christmas. A must-see, even of you are a scrouge.