Melbourne, Fla., is one of the jewels of the Space Coast in Florida.
The beaches are pristine (and tend to be less busy than the beaches up north), the shopping is superb and the attractions are unbeatable.
Melbourne is home to some legitimately respectable establishments, such as the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, which attracts big-name musicians and even Broadway touring shows. Groucho's Comedy Club, located inside the Melbourne Greyhound Park, is one of the oldest comedy clubs in the region and draws some of the nation's top stand-up comedians – the same faces you may see on Comedy Central. While you're at the greyhound park, don't miss the Vegas-style gambling tables, all 45 of them.
Looking for a real rush? Try your go at the Andretti Thrill Park, where you can drive up to 40 miles per hour. Or slow things down in nature at Camp Holly, with an airboat tour through the swamps – but you can still expect to get your heart pounding, because Camp Holly airboats float through gator territory.
Melbourne is family-friendly, with a variety of indoor kiddie areas to cool off from the Florida heat, as well as a variety of historical museums, to exercise your brain, as well.
Here are our 10 favorite attractions in Melbourne, Fla.