Melbourne was great but we ended up staying in Palm Bay and commuting the short trip to save a ton of money! The beaches were quite nice and you are just moments away from some of the best things to do in Florida (space center, beaches, orlando, etc). I have a lot of family in the area and each and every time we love staying at the Palm Bay Hotel (www.palmbay-hotel.com). Large and affordable, comfort is their main priority!
Not exactly international reknown, but the Melbourne Art Festival (held every year around the last weekend in April) does gather its share of people - and not just from the proverbial neighborhood.
5th Avenue (the main "downtown" drag) is closed off to traffic, while food pavilions, stages for live musical performances, and of course the reason for the season - the ARTISTS themselves - all line up along the street for a browsing bonanza. You can usually find some great buys on local artwork and artisanry from not only Melbourne locals, but from artists who come in for the Show from all over the United States (usually the Southeast).
It's a really nice way to spend the day.
For more info on the Art Festival, check out their website below.
A good zoo for kids: fairly small so you can cover it all in a few hours, lots of interesting interactive and educational displays/exhibits, and a playground/waterpark area for them to burn some steam. The zoo covers Africa, Australia, Florida, and rainforest. The list of animals on exhibit is short, but the focus is for the kids.
indian harbor beach is located a mile east of downtown eau gallie at the intersection of eau gallie blvd. (SR 518) and SR A1A. the town of indian harbor beach has a number of free beach accesses along SR A1A. indian harbor beach is usually not as crowded as nearby indialantic and melbourne beaches.
the brevard museum of art is located in the eau gallie arts district north of downtown melbourne. this museum hosts displays of local artists and travelling exhibitions. for those interested in art and florida culture the brevard museum of art is worth a stop in the melbourne area. see the attached web site for admission and times.
the community chapel of melbourne beach is located on ocean ave. in the melbourne beach historic district. this chapel was built in 1892 and is listed on the natiional register of historic places. for those interested in architecture and florida history the community chapel is worth a look when in melbourne beach.
william gleason founded the town of eau gallie in 1857. he built this victorian home in 1886. the william gleason home is one of the oldest homes in brevard county and is listed on the national register of historic places. today the william gleason house is home to the old pineapple inn.
this small cemetery is the final resting place of eau gallie's oldest families. the oldest head stone dales back to 1865. the houston pioneer cemetery is an interesting place to visit in the eau gallie historic district.
the james rossetter house was built in 1908. today the house is home to the rossetter house history museum. you can arrange tours of the rossetter house at the william roesch house across the street. the james rossetter house is listed on the national register of historic places. for tour information see the attached web site.
most people visit the melbourne area for it's beautiful atlantic beaches, salt water fishing, and it's scores of good restaurants and bars. melbourne beach and eau gallie also has a number of historic homes and buildings that are of interest to those interested in architecture and florida history. the william roesch house is one of the oldest existing homes in the melbourne area. this house was built in 1901 and is now part of the rossetter history museum. at the roesch house you can arrange a tour of the rossetter house and the nearby houston pioneer cemetery. see the attached web site for more information.
the 1889 melbourne beach pier is located in the melboune beach historic district. this pier on the indian river was built to transfer building materials for the construction of buildings and homes in melbourne beach in the late 1890's. today this pier is used for fishing and shrimping. the melbourne beach pier is listed on the national register of historic places.
the brevard zoo is located near the town of viera about 10 miles north of downtown melbourne. this very nice zoo has a good collection of animals in a tropical setting. a great place to take children in the melbourne area. see the attached web site for admission and times.
the town of satellite beach is located just north of indian harbor beach on SR A1A. satellite beach has a nice collection of restaurants, bars, and several free beach accesses. a fun town to visit in the melbourne area.
the town of eau gallie is located just north of downtown melbourne. the eau gallie arts district has an art museum, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and historic homes. for those interested in art and architecture eau gallie is worth a visit in the melbourne area.
spessard holland beach park is located a mile south of the town of melbourne beach on SR A1A. in my opinion this is the best beach access in the melbourne area. the park offers restrooms and a large free parking lot. spessard holland park is usually less crowded than nearby indialantic and melbourne beaches.