Melbourne Travel Guide

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Melbourne Things to Do

  • Melbourne Harbor

    Melbourne Harbor is a landscaped marina area offering a scenic, quiet setting for strolls by the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Brevard Zoo

    Brevard Zoo opened its doors in 1994 and covers an area of 75 acres. The zoo is divided into 4 loops or lands which you access off a central loop. The zoo is home to more than 650 animals. One of the animals is a giraffe which can approach a raised area to interact with the visitors. There are also talks about the animals and we watched one about...

  • Palm Bay Hotel-how affordable!

    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...

  • Melbourne Art Festival

    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...

  • Brevard Zoo

    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

    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.


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Melbourne Restaurants

  • High Prices, Poor Quality, and Worse...

    Here's a Yellow Dog Cafe gameplan: Keep your wits about you and your wallet in your front pocket if you venture into the Yellow Dog Cafe. Try not to be star struck by the $27 cookbook bearing the restaurant's name. Make sure you are not interested in an evenly-paced meal. Plan to pay more than you would at Bern's in Tampa or Gramercy Tavern in NYC....

  • american fare

    rooney's is a good restaurant and bar located in palm bay south of downtown melbourne. great burgers and local seafood moderately priced. they offer a full bar and an outdoor patio for smokers. a fun place to eat and drink in palm bay.

  • cafe style

    continental fambe is a very good cafe style restaurant located in the new haven ave. historic district in downtown melbourne. the continental fambe offers an ecletic menu of european inspired dishes as well as american fare. a good place for lunch or dinner in downtown melbourne.

  • seafood

    the yellow dog cafe is a very good seafood restaurant located on US 1 in malabar. they specialize in florida seafood, steaks, and poutry. the yellow dog cafe offers a great view of the indian river. in my opinion the best restaurant in malabar.

  • seafood

    the shack has been a palm bay institution for a number of years. located on US 1 in palm bay the shack offers a beautiful view of the indian river. this old florida style restaurant offers local seafood and typical american fare. one of the better seafood restaurants in the melbourne area.

  • steakhouse

    djon's steak and lobster is located in a historic home in the melbourne beach historic district. as the name implies djon's specializes in steak and lobster. they also serve florida seafood. in my opinion the best restaurant in melbourne beach.


Melbourne Nightlife

  • Local Seafood

    sit waterfront with TWO great bars, eat oysters or seafood, drink cold beer or other great drinks, and listen to great music four nights a week (Thurs - Sunday).CHECK THE WEBSITE Just relax and enjoyI am going to check it out again, soon!

  • irish pub

    meg o' malley's is a nice replica irish pub located on new haven ave. in downtown melbourne. good beer selection and pub food. a great place to down a guinness or two in downtown melbourne. casual.

  • beach bar

    key west is a typical florida beach bar located at the intersection of eau gallie blvd and SR A1A. this florida keys themed bar is a fun place to drink in indian harbour beach. casual.


Melbourne Transportation

  • Last resort....before walking!!

    This is truly the last resort! As I don't suggest you walking around the whole town, unless you can walk a 10K+, in Florida's nice, hot, sizzlin' summers, I would suggest a taxi, only to get from point A to point B. As we all know, taxis can become expensive. I have some listed below, just in case you come to your last resort. Some even have flat...

  • The Best Way To See Melbourne...a car of...

    I mentioned to you the limitations of our airport. Now, let me tell you the good part! Most of the car rental agencies are located in the airport!Here are the agencies:Alamo321-729-6049www.alamo.comBudget321-951-4809www.budget.comHertz321-723-3414www.hertz.comNational321-723-3035www.nationalcar.comEnterprise920 US1Melbourne,...

  • Well, At Least Delta Likes Us!

    You have to know that even though Melbourne is a decent size city, we aren't catching up with Orlando that fast. We do have an airport located in the city, however it is extremely limited! I would have to say that most local businessmen and women use it. There are some good flights that Delta offers around the country. My honest and only suggestion...


Melbourne Shopping

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    by jadedmuse Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Longboard House is on the corner of A1A and 5th Avenue, and has long been a famous Melbourne Beach icon. Inside you'll find anything from surf boards (shaped on site) to Tommy Bahama clothing....and all kinds of surfer paraphenalia.

    A great place to buy hard core surfing goods or just plain beach attire...both casual AND fancy.

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Melbourne Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dancer_75 Written Jul 26, 2005

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    I can honestly say that one thing I love and keep me in Melbourne are the beaches! They are some of the best, unspoiled beaches in the state of Florida! Of course recently we have had a few instances that people should just keep in mind. If you like to surf, boogie boardin', or just like to jump the waves, here are a few things to keep in mind.

    #1 Rip currents! Like going to other beaches, you must always bare this in mind. If you don't know how to escape a rip current, learn about them before you go into the water. These seem to take more lives because the lack of education.

    #2 Sharks. DO NOT get alarmed that Jaws is after you. We do get rare occurances with encounters with sharks. What most people don't realize is that sharks mistake human beings as fish. If you wear anything remotely shiny in the water, you will become noticable to the shark, because you might resemble a fish they feed on. It is very rare for a shark attack and usually the lifeguards are on duty to keep people aware of any instances or danger.

    #3 The SUN!! Okay, now I will sound like your Mother! Listen, we get a lot of sun in Florida. Just because you are already tan or have a nice bronze glow doesn't make you exempt from skin cancer. It is very easy to get sun poisoning from being out in the sun too long. Also drink plenty of water for dehydration. You can still get that great sun kissed tan, but do it the safe way!

    I have a great website listed below. I really advise you to read it. Great info!

    Sunset over Melbourne's beach
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

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Melbourne What to Pack

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    by gkitzmil Written Aug 19, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Okay -- it you are beachside the mosquitoes are not too bad but they do have cases of West Nile, etc. so just in case. And when I go to an outside bar like Conchy Joe's I always spray on some repellant. Sorry but I did get some bites

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: shorts, comfortable shirts from T's to whatever

    Miscellaneous: THIS is a place to relax

    you may need this

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Melbourne Off The Beaten Path

  • Brevard Zoo

    The zoo is about equa-distant from Cocoa and Melbourne. It is probably closest to Pineda. But it has the Melbourne address of 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940I mistakenly got a combination ticket for the admission, train ride, and bird and giraffe feeding. I didn't realize that we could get the train ride separately. They also had kayak...

  • 20 minutes from Melbourne

    Why Would I go to a Surf Shoop? Because it is WORLD FAMOUS...Ron Jon's. the Mother Lode of surf shops.Hey it is still a fun place to get T-shirt gifts!!corner of State Roads 520 & A1A,

  • See undersea treasures -- 30 minutes...

    Mel Fisher Museum of TREASURE1322 U.S. Highway One, Sebastian, Florida Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM ; Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 PMAdmission: Adults-$6.50; Seniors-$5.00; Children $2.00In 1715 SPanish ships sank near here and lost MILLIONS in gold and treasures. Much has been recovered and is now on display in two museums. The other...


Melbourne Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf for hours

    There's an excellent golf course off the highway going to Orlando, it's called the Turtle Creek Golf and Country Club. This course is amazing, the fairways are clean, beauthiful scenery, palm trees lining the rough, it's amazing If you can you should try bring your own golf clubs, but they also rent so it's not a big deal

  • MM 916.7 Intercoastal Marina, Ltd.

    On our way back in 2002, I didn't want to anchor if we didn't have to, and I didn't want to go back to Melbourne Marina, so we went here. Entrance channel supposed to be 8 ft, but was down to 6.5 in a couple of places. $1/ft + tax, only 50 amp and no splitter available. They were also having a power boat show and were somewhat distracted. Not...

  • MM 920 Anchorage

    We've been to marinas twice in Melbourne, but most of the time we just anchor - usually near the Eau Galle Bridge. Almost anywhere on the Indian River is appropriate for anchoring. Last time, we anchored about mile marker 920 behind Crab Point off Melbourne Beach about 1320. The wind was 10-20 knots from the east - we were as close toshore as we...


Melbourne Favorites

  • After your lovely hospital...

    Just in case you might be prescribed something to get rid of what may arise, we have so many pharmacies located in grocery stores and national chains, which have 24 hours pharmacies. Here is a well known 24 hour pharmacy:Walgreens1333 N.US1Melbourne, FL321-255-4998www.walgreens.comThis is truly my best suggestion because it is open 24 hours. Ask...

  • Accidents Do Happen!

    Just in case you should ever feel under the weather or feel you should seek medical attention, here are the local hospitals. Of course, if there is an emergency, use your sense and call 911!Holmes Regional Medical Center1350 S.Hickory StMelbourne, Hospital250 N.Wickham RdMelbourne, FL321-752-1200...

  • Money, Money, Money, Money, Moonneeeyyy

    An interesting thing I noticed. It seems that some people don't think about where to bank or use an ATM until their arrival. I have three nationally known banks which I listed below. There are more than just one location for each bank.Bank of America2453 N.Wickham RdMelbourne, FL321-259-08161-800-432-1000www.bankofamerica.comhours:Monday-Thurs 9-4...


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