Florida is one of the world’s most popular spring break locations, providing either a refreshing, warm reprieve for those up north, or a beach getaway for those without access to regular coastal pleasures. Many people flock to “The World’s Most Famous” Daytona Beach, the tip of Florida’s Key West, or the beaches-that-never-sleep Miami, but these locations are often extremely crowded and centered around partying and socialization. If you’re looking for fun based more around relaxation and escaping the crowds, you’ll find many things to do in Cocoa Beach that’ll suit your fancy.
The beaches of Cocoa Beach are indubitably one of the most attractive features of the town not just during spring break, but year-round. You could and stay at one of many hotels lining the beach strip, or if you’re doing a central Florida vacation at one of the many theme parks, you could take the short drive down for a day to get away for a bit from the hustle and bustle of the theme park world. Sunbathe, relax, and read a book, jump into the always-temperate waters, take surfing lessons or go on your own solo surfing adventure, or go for a day of fishing on your Spring Break vacation.
The Pier and The Village
One of the most popular Cocoa Beach attractions can be found in the shopping and eating opportunities on the historic Cocoa Beach Pier and at the Downtown Cocoa Village. The village has over fifty unique shops, restaurants, malls, galleries, and even features live events at the Cocoa Riverfront Park’s outdoor amphitheater. It also features the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, Indian River Queen Paddleboat, and the Florida Historical Society. For when the hunger strikes, there are plentiful eating and drinking opportunities, from lite fare to finer dining, between breweries, pubs, barbecues, bistros, grills, bakeries, cafes, and fine restaurants.
Cocoa Beach Pier will put you overlooking gorgeous waters, just one of the many features Cocoa Beach has to offer. There are five restaurants with great grub and drinks, including Rikki Tiki Tavern, the Boardwalk Bar, Pelican’s Bar and Grill, Keith’s Oyster Bar, and Sea Dogs. The Pier also has a number of shopping venues, including souvenir shops to find that perfect gift (for another or yourself!), and places you can stock up on your beach gear, where you can get some food and drinks for your day out or boogie boards and beach accessories.
Tours are one of the centerpieces of Florida vacation, so you’d be doing yourself a favor by experiencing all the different kinds of tour retreats the Cocoa Beach area has to offer. If you’re a fan of nature, try the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, with over 140,000 acres of marshes, pine forest, dunes, scrub oaks, that over 500 species of wildlife (many of which are threatened or endangered) call home.
If you want a tour of a state-of-the-art and world-famous space station, visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Get access on a bus tour behind the gates to see the working spaceflight facilities, watch a recreation of the actions leading up to the first words ever spoken on the moon in the Lunar Theatre, and enjoy the thrill of what astronauts feel blasting into space in the Shuttle Launch Experience.
Air tours are one of the other most enthralling Cocoa Beach attractions that you can experience on your Spring vacation. Cruise over all of Port Canaveral; see sharks, sting rays, manatees, dolphins, surfers, cruise ships, fleets, and more! Contact Cocoa Beach Helicopters today so we can help you plan your most exciting excursion on your Spring Break this season!