Cooca and Cocoa Beach is arguably the most popular part of the Space Coast, Fla., for visitors. One look at the beautiful Cocoa Beach and you'll know why. Many of the region's best things to do center around this stretch of the sand.
The Cocoa Beach Pier continues to be our favorite way to spend a day in Cocoa. Stroll the pier, watch people, go surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, grab a bite to eat, tip back a margarita, shop for gifts and walk all the way to the end of the pier for amazing photos and a view that seems to go on forever.
If you're in town for some of the famous surf festivals, you're in luck. One of the world's biggest charitable surf fests takes place in Cocoa Beach, and so does a unique dog surfing competition.
The excitement continues with airboat tours that take you into the swampy waters, where you can look for alligators and bald eagles, before eating some alligator or frog legs at the on-site restaurant.
Cocoa is super active, so hit up the skate park and the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. Definitely leave time for culture, though. One of the best community theaters in the nation resides in Cocoa Village, and the Brevard Museum is a family-friendly fave to get out out of the hot sun and enrich your minds.