10 Things to Do in Cocoa Beach

By: Lauren Tjaden

Want to know what to do in Cocoa Beach? Here's your list:




1. Park Yourself by the Shore ~ You’ll find one of the area’s loveliest escapes at Lori Wilson Park. Besides a clean, wide beach, thick with golden-hued sand, the park boasts free parking. Remember to wander the nature trail while you’re there. It winds into a maritime hammock lush with live oak, palmetto and greenery, and you’ll feel like civilization is a world away.



2. Ride a Wave ~ Cocoa Beach is renowned for its calm, consistent waves. That, combined with the fact the water is shallow enough to simply wade out past the breakers, makes it an ideal place to learn to surf. You can take a lesson, rent a board, or bring your own.



3.  Explore the Cocoa Beach Pier ~ This boardwalk stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Besides giving you a swell view of the beach, it’s brimming with shops, restaurants and boutiques. Don’t miss noshing on a juicy fish sandwich at the Atlantic Ocean Grille.



4.  Discover Ron Jon Surf Shop ~ This iconic store is the world's largest surf shop, encompassing 52,000 square feet. Open 24 hours a day, it offers everything you could possibly need for the beach lifestyle, including bikinis, surf boards, clothing and sports gear. With its fish tanks, glass elevators and flowing waterfalls, it’s worth discovering even if you don’t feel like shopping.



5. Eat Outside ~ Fat Kahuna's Beach Side Grille boasts breezy outdoor seating and a gorgeous Ocean view. Or escape indoors, into a cool, air-conditioned paradise complete with soft background Hawaiian music, a wrap around bar and full screen television featuring non-stop surf footage. Shark tacos, anyone?


6. Have a Kayak Expedition ~ Enjoy a nature tour kayaking the Thousand Islands with Adventure Kayak or Fin Expeditions. You’ll see manatee, dolphin, and many species of birds while paddling through tropical mangroves. 


7. Fun in the Sun ~ Take your pick from leisurely or extreme adventures at 321 Kiteboarding and Watersports. They offer stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals as well as kitesurfing and surfing lessons.


8. Munch on Lunch ~ If you have time for a beach lunch, make it Coconuts on The Beach. The location, smack-dab on the Atlantic, is a ten. But the view isn’t all Coconuts offers. Sink your teeth into a Fish Reuben, fish tacos, fish 'n chips, and make sure to try the sweet potato fries. Wash it down with an icy beach drink or a pina-colada smoothie.


9. Roll into Space ~ Space Coast Segway Tours invites you to experience the fun and adventure of riding a Segway through sunny Port Canaveral. You’ll snag an up-close-and-personal look around Ron Jon Cape Caribe resort and explore areas by the Ocean and the Port. You may catch a full view of the cruise ships or even a manatee in the locks.


10. Conquer the Half Pipe ~ Cocoa Beach Skate Park is lovingly described by teens as ‘sick.’ The Park, a friendly, inexpensive haven for kids, boasts two deep bowls and a half pipe, in addition to a grassy area and bleachers where parents can relax.


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Nice list thank you :)
Also here is another cool resource for fun things to do in the area http://visitcocoavillage.com/
Heidi's Jazz Club Cocoa Beach.

163 Great Jazz Venues in the world! Heidi's is one of them, voted by Downbeat Magazine February 2015.
Great continental cuisine by Meister Chef Edmund !
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We had a wonderful time at the Cocoa Beach Cottage which is a home away from home on Cocoa Beach. http://www.marionlanesuites.com
Escape Game Time has 3 escape rooms and is located close to the Cocoa Beach Pier!
does anyone know if cocoa beach has the algae blooms? we are coming in from Maryland tomorrow and don't know how to find out!
Hi L,
Thanks for reaching out.
Here are bacteria levels at Florida beaches from the Florida Department of Health: /www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/
Here are the bacteria levels for Brevard County beaches (including Cocoa Beach): http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/county-detail.html?County=Brevard&Zip=329340
None of the ten locations in Brevard have advisories. The condition of one is ‘moderate,’ and the remaining nine are ‘good.’
Sunny Regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA

I had a blast in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral this summer. For the full recap of my trip -- including all the great things we ate -- check out my blog post: http://www.quietpursuit.com/beach-vacation/