The 10 Best Things to Do in Cocoa Beach, United States

November 26, 2017 Roger Rusk

Located on Florida's Space Coast, Cocoa Beach offers a sunny shoreline with activities such as parasailing, casino cruises and the Brevard Zoo. It's the closest beach to Orlando, so you can enjoy Orlando's attractions and also get to relax on the coast of Florida. Port Canaveral , the state's fastest growing port, is a popular departure point for Caribbean cruises.
Restaurants in Cocoa Beach

1. Parker Brothers Concepts

730 Mullet Rd, Port Canaveral, FL 32920-4504 +1 321-868-2174
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 118 reviews

Parker Brothers Concepts

Reviewed By Donna L - Summerville, South Carolina

Great Big THANK YOU to Justine and JOHN for providing us with a first hand experience with some past and future concepts of their company. Justine was gracious enough to give us a tour despite the damage they incurred from Hurricane Matthew! John's stories throughout the tour gave us insight to the brothers. It is inspiring to see these two brothers build their dreams! Over and over, I heard, "NEVER GIVE UP". Take a look at some of these brilliant pieces of work! They truly have thought outside of the box and I hope that it pays off for them! Looking forward to watching this company GROW! This is a must see if you are in the area!

2. Jetty Park

400 Jetty Road, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 +1 321-783-7111
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 615 reviews

Jetty Park

Reviewed By vvmae - Melbourne, Florida

We camp here every New Years and at other times thru out the year in our class A RV. Clean park with very close beach access, great playground and fishing pier. A bonus is the store and restaurant right at the beach entrance if you want a snack or even a sandwich. The kids always get ice cream in the store. We enjoy swimming and fishing on the rocks and pier.

3. Lori Wilson Park

1500 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL +1 321-455-1380
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 769 reviews

Lori Wilson Park

Reviewed By Gary J - Cornwall, Canada

For this area if the country, this is a great beach!
The Lori Wilson Park is a great access to the beach
The only black mark is the dirty public washrooms
The beach is very long, very wide,fairly clean and this time of year the water is warm enough to swim in.
The sand is peppery not white
Our day at the beach was fairly cool because of the wind.
If you want a hot beach with nice sand, you’ll have to go to the Caribbean...
It was worth the visit

4. Cocoa Beach

A1a, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 (321) 868-3329
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Cocoa Beach

Reviewed By Steve B - Greenville, South Carolina

I love beaches and Cocoa beach didn't let me down. The beach offers all the amenities most beaches offer. Plenty of parking,shops and restaurants.

5. Cherie Down Park

8330 Ridgewood Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-2122
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Cherie Down Park

Reviewed By Rose R - Cape Canaveral, Florida

It’s free and it’s delightful and what can I say it’s on the ocean. Parking is also free. Great place for family kids friends and the whole lot. Bring your sunscreen

6. Rikki Tiki Tavern

251 Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-2958 +1 321-783-7549
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Rikki Tiki Tavern

Located at the end of the 800-foot long Pier, directly over the ocean, is the Rikki Tiki Tavern featuring spectacular ocean views, open-aired seating and all of your favorite specialty drink concoctions. Cool off in the shade and enjoy the salty ocean breeze while sipping on a refreshing tropical drink at our Cocoa Beach Pier bar. Watch the local fishermen and surfers of Cocoa Beach catch a big one! Enjoy the Original Pieradise with fresh, tropical flavors like pineapple, orange and banana or try a fun twist on a traditional Pina Colada with the Cocoa Set Sail including Puerto Rican spiced rum and blue Curacao. With a full bar selection and the best views in town, there's no better place to be!

Reviewed By tigers81 - Aurora, Canada

Cannot beat the view . Watching the cruise ships leave Port Canaveral, watch a rocket launch or just enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing below . Great service , cold drinks and beautiful view . Perfect afternoon - Check

7. Manatee Sanctuary Park

701 Thurm Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 +1 321-868-1226
Excellent
34%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Manatee Sanctuary Park

Manatee Sanctuary Park boasts over 10 acres of riverfront beauty. Situated on the Banana River, this park has a little something for everyone! 4 Horseshoe Pits 1/2 Mile Paved Fitness Trail 10 Exercise Stations Covered Riverside Boardwalk Picnic Tables & Grills Covered Pavilion with Basic Kitchen (Available for daily Rentals & Private Events) & Even the OCCASIONAL Manatee! Manatee Sanctuary Park is home to the annual Cape Canaveral Founder's Day Festival every March & Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival every April! This park is named Manatee Sanctuary because it borders a section of the Banana River that serves as a protected Manatee habitat. While we cannot guarantee that you will see a manatee during your visit, these beautiful creatures have been known to come and feed off the sea grass along the boardwalk. Manatees enjoy warm waters and typically move to inland springs during the winter months. They are considered an endangered species and fall under highly protective legislation. To learn more about these amazing animals, including where to see them year round, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Reviewed By stuartbeesley - St. Albans, United Kingdom

‘Park’ is stretching it a bit. It’s a car park and scenic rest point by the water. Great to relax on a bench and look across the lake. Not much else here. No Manatees spotted.

8. The Dinosaur Store Adventure Zone

250 W Cocoa Beach Cswy, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-3530 +1 321-783-7300
Excellent
39%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 367 reviews

The Dinosaur Store Adventure Zone

The Dinosaur Store facility includes the museum gift store, the Adventure Zone, and when complete in Spring 2014, the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures (located on 2nd and 3rd floor). The museum gift store, The Dinosaur Store, has been featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, Southern Living and a many other national media venues. It boasts one of the largest selections of authentic fossils and minerals in the private world. The Adventure Zone is a separate interactive area for the entire family, featuring live reptiles, including alligators up to 8 feet up close. It includes over 25 unlimited play /educational stations for one low price. An amusement ride that makes you feel like you are spinning and rocking around in the ocean is also available for an additional charge (restrictions apply). The admission to the museum gift store is complimentary and the Adventure Zone has an admission charge. Parking is free. Both are open 7 days a week. Please visit our website for more information. The facility is located in the heart of Cocoa Beach, directly on SR 520, right around the corner from Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Reviewed By rdevers - Belding

Found this on trip advisor with good reviews but was a little confused on what it all entailed. The store itself has a couple dinosaur bone exhibits on the ceiling/floor when you walk in. Then they have gems and different touristy items for sale. The adventure zone was on the main floor and cost us $30 for family of 4. There is a separate dinosaur museum on the 2nd/3rd floor that is an additional cost but we didn't do that option. The adventure zone was described as game room, hands on experience with a life reptile room. Wish we would have taken a peak before we paid as it was pretty disappointing. The reptile room had a couple alligators which after being at Gatorland the day prior made these seem like nothing. They also had many snakes and iguana types that they did get out and let you touch a couple and the 2 girls were friendly and informative. The game room consisted of skeet ball, 2 basketball games, a snow boarding game, an old pakman/galaga game, a boat racing game that you could barely see the screen, a couple other little kids games, puzzles, ice hockey table. There was also a type of ride and rock mining you had to pay additional for but we opted out. Maybe if that was included it would have been worth the money. My boys ages 9 and 12 were ready to go in less than an hour.

9. Cocoa Beach Pier

401 Meade Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-3775 +1 321-783-7549
Excellent
36%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 3 reviews

Cocoa Beach Pier

It's Not Just a Day at the Beach, It's the Ultimate Beach Adventure! A historic landmark on Florida's Space Coast, the world-famous Cocoa Beach Pier stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and is home to restaurants, bars, gift shops and live musical entertainment. In addition to great fishing, the Cocoa Beach Pier offers fishing equipment rentals, beach rentals, fresh water showers, regulation beach volleyball courts, lifeguards year round and some of the absolute best surfing on the East Coast!

Reviewed By Bilncrs - Barking, United Kingdom

There isn't an actual lot of activity along the beach, so worth a visit to the Pier for a drink or a meal. The aere souvenir shops too.

10. Sidney Fisher Park

2200 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa, FL 32931 321-8683252
Excellent
40%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Sidney Fisher Park

Reviewed By Studio-Steve

First of all the "public park" charges way too much for parking, $15/car! No one parks there at all for that reason.

The play ground and area benches/pavilions are in disrepair and old. Many fireant mounds are on the ground near the playground and benches so beware.

The bathrooms are decent. I don't recall and diaper changing stations there. There are no paper towels, only hand driers.

The access to the beach is in decent shape. There are multiple foot washing stations which is nice.

The beach area had very few people on it. The sand is white and soft. There are some broken shells here and there so careful where you step.

The waves are low and minimal.

The sand has numerous sea shells and would be a great place to stroll with kids to search for shells.

Hope I helped.

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