Beaches, Art and Golf: 10Best Attractions in Cocoa Beach, Florida

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. 

Cocoa Beach Country Club


This public golf course boasts three different nine-hole courses and 17 lakes, on a peninsula that juts into the Banana River. This country club is a favorite among visitors and locals alike, for its diverse courses that get you out in...  Read More

Space Coast Brews Cruise


The Space Coast Brews Cruise offers beer enthusiasts a guided tour through some of the region's top microbreweries. You may visit the Florida Beer Company, Florida's largest craft brewery in Cape Canaveral; the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company,...  Read More

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse
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This theater is known as "Broadway on Brevard," for its high-quality community theater that has long been a staple in Cocoa, Fla. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse first opened in 1924 as The Aladdin. Back then, it showed silent movies...  Read More



A surfboard isn't the only kind of board you can enjoy on Cocoa Beach. The Cocoa Beach Skate Park offers another outdoor activity under the beautiful Space Coast sunshine. The CB Skateboard Company operates the skate park and its on-site skate...  Read More

Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
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Step into a world of yesterday and catch a glimpse of life in the past with exhibits native to Central Florida and beyond. The goal is to preserve the natural beauty and history of the Space Coast region. So, here you will find historic...  Read More



Ron Jon Surf Shop is the world's most famous surf shop, with a location in Cocoa Beach. You can find Ron Jon stores along the coast, from New Jersey to Maryland, but it's popular tourist attraction in the Space Coast, too. In fact, Ron Jon's...  Read More

Florida International Dog Surfing Championship
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Calling all surfing canines on the East Coast! The East Coast Dog Surfing Association presents the annual Florida Dog Surfing Championship in at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Yes. You read that right. Every November, the Space...  Read More



One of the biggest annual events on the Space Coast – and also the largest charitable surfing fest in the world – transforms the Cocoa Beach Pier into a surfer's paradise at the end of every summer. The NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surf...  Read More

Cocoa Beach
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The Space Coast boasts more than 70 miles of sand – most of which are free and open to the public. Build a sand castle, cool off in the waves and enjoy the sunshine, all without needing to drop a penny. Toss out a fishing line and maybe you...  Read More

The Cocoa Beach Pier
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Half a mile north of 520, off A1A, you'll find The Pier, an exciting extension of the city of Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast. Take in live music (the pier has welcomed the bands such as the Beach Boys and UB40) as you dine several hundred feet...  Read More


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