You may have not heard about Cocoa Beach unless you are within the proximity of Orlando Florida. I know I didn’t know much about until I came across it one day. Although many people say it is not well developed (hence its not a big beach city), but it’s still a beautiful beach to visit. 

If you find yourself having extra time, do not disregard this little beach with a slice of paradise. Here we will breakdown 15 surprisingly simple things to do in cocoa on a budget. They will definitely make your trip much smoother. 

A little something about Cocoa Beach Fl

Located in the outskirts of Orlando Florida lies a smaller beach called Cocoa Beach. No, this beach isn’t a crazy beach town, but you’ll be surprised it has a lot to offer. Whether your visiting for a day or 7 days, there is something for everybody to enjoy here. If you just got back from visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, or you taking an amazing road trip through the coastlines of Florida, Cocoa Beach will create a memory for you. 

You can find everything from sun, sand, beaches, food and dining. It may be that little slice of paradise you need to refocus. Here we breakdown 15 things you can do in Cocoa Beach on a budget, whether you have one or not! Every one of these things are fun activities you can engage your friends or family.

One of the things that Cocoa Beach is famous for is being within distance to Port Canaveral, where majority of the cruise ships depart Florida. So your planning a cruise soon definitely stop for day to visit Cocoa Beach before departing. It may be the perfect things you need. 

15 attractions and things to do in Cocoa Beach Florida

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1. Cocoa Beach

You cannot disregard the beach. This is one of the things you came here for! Or at least I would have imagined. It is one of my favorite things to do is to spend a relaxing day and chill at the beach. The beach is a beautiful area to visit itself and you can walk miles on it to get that beach morning walk if you intend to.  

2. Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Another very popular area is anything and everything surrounding the Cocoa Beach pier area. Although, you can only walk so far on this beach before reaching the restaurants, It’s still a nice place to walk on. Though to be honest, the pier itself is maybe a 20/80 of walking versus restaurants.

3. Grab some drinks at Rikki Tiki Tavern

Because the pier is mostly made up of restaurants, one of the things you may enjoy is grabbing lunch and drinks at the Rikki Tiki Tavern. A lot of people love relaxing and catching the sunsets right on the pier. Who doesn’t love drinks and sunsets?

Photo by Florian Schneider

4. Lori Wilson Park

This park is actually nestled in the beach itself. It is one of the nicest and cleanest parks that I have been too. I enjoy how the walking distance to the actual beach is very close it.  It comes with a boardwalk, picnic table, two pavilions, restrooms, and even outdoor showers. If you happen to have a volleyball then bring it along since there are volleyball courts here. Next to it you can find a dog park to even bring your pups! 

6. Walk around the Historic downtown of Cocoa Beach

If time gives i enjoy spending my afternoon exploring the local downtown that this beach city has to offer. Honestly, one of the things that most locals do here is shop around the local boutique stores, ice cream stores, and other cute stores.

7. Rent a Bicycle

If you really want to get a chance to explore more of the beach and downtown area, then the best thing you could possibly do is rent a bicycle at a local shop nearby. Usually you can pay by the hour or by the day. I really enjoy exploring everything including the beach and downtown area. Getting a bike is the fastest way without having to deal with parking. 

8. Check out the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum

One the free things to do on this list is to check out this museum. With a lot of history, this museum is composed of Freedom Hall, the story of the Liberty Bell, and the Rotunda of American History. It is an interesting educational part of history that deserves to be explored. You can visit their website to learn more.

9. Museum of Dinosaurs

Another great museum to explore, this place is full of dinosaur fossils you can learn more about. Not only do you get to learn about prehistoric times and civilizations, but also learn about the dinosaurs themselves. So you can find everything from King Tutakkomens tomb to fossil bones of a T-rex.  In addition, they offer a dinosaur store where you can buy souvenirs to take home. 

10. Hang out at the Manatee Sanctuary Park

The Manatee Sanctuary Park has become a place where you can relax, take a picnic, BBQ, walk your dogs, enjoy the playground etc. Because of its location near Banana River, a section that houses and protects manatee population, it may be possible to spot one. But of course, there are no guarantees. It is still a sweet spot to picnic at. 

11. Exploration Tower

One coolest things you can do while exploring cocoa beach is to check out the exploration tower. Its unique structure and seven floors of exploration includes a gift shop and a food place. Though there is an entrance free, it is definitely worth checking out. With the outdoor observation deck you see cruise ships leave off the Port Canaveral area, or even check out a rocket launch!

Photo by Bill Jelen

12. Go Mini Golfing

Mini Golfing has become more popular near beach locations! And with the popularity of the sport it has become a fun event for you and or anybody. There are plenty of nice mini golfing places to check out near the beach.  

13. Ron Jon Surf Shop

This famous Shop is actually located within distance to Cocoa Beach. They offer everything you could possibly need including swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, or any other beach accessory you can think of. You never know, you may just forget your most important beach accessory when you land. It happens to the best of us! This place has you covered 🙂

5. Sea Turtle Preservation Society Turtle Walks

This non profit organization is making a difference in the world. If you have time to check this place out it is worth it. Not only are they making a difference in the survival of sea turtles but also protecting them from extinction.  During sea turtle nesting season they provide guided walks in May, June, and July where they educate you on nesting area while you get up and personal with the sea turtles!

14. Shop/window shop at the outdoor mall called The Avenue Viera

If you do enjoy shopping around and exploring, then I highly recommend the outdoor mall called The Avenue Viera. Not only can you enjoy the wonderful fresh air, but you also enjoy restaurants, a movie theater and more. During christmas you take pictures with Santa if you wish. One more thing about this mall: It is a pet-friendly mall, which means you can bring your dog to walk around. Though you must follow rules and regulations of making sure you pick up after your dog and being leashed with current vaccinations at all times. It is a must!

15. Shop the indoor mall called Merritt Square Mall

Another place to get some shopping done is called Merritt Square Mall. Though it may be a little further than the Cocoa Beach itself, this place offers plenty of things to meet all your shopping needs. Everything from JcPenny, Dillards, Macys, and Sears. So If you are looking for more of an indoor mall then this is your place to be. 

Other activities in Cocoa Beach Florida

Photo by Annie Spratt

Because Cocoa Beach is like most beaches you can do other outdoorsy activities in the water. I have seen many people, swimming, kayaking, and even paddle boarding here. There are a couple of local shops that will rent out the equipment for a day. Take advantage since some places are reasonable to really the time to create some memories. 

IV Other activities around Cocoa Beach

1. Brevard Zoo

One of my favorite places to go to is Brevard Zoo. Though it is a bit further from the beach and you’re looking for things to do, then I suggest Brevard Zoo. Not only is it a perfect place to enjoy a nice walk there, but you can learn about many species when visiting. When my sister and I went, we enjoy watching the sea otters run around and saw many different bird species and even a large alligator. 

2. Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is a perfect interactive museum that allow you to explore space without actually traveling a million light years away! Learn everything from space launches, rockets and even get a chance to meet an astronaut. If you plan your day correctly you may even experience a launch day! It’s amazing to see the rockets take off!


Photo by Annie Spratt

As you can see there is lots to do in Cocoa Beach that you can experience. Whether you are here visiting for one day or for one week, it doesn’t really matter. What I enjoy most about Cocoa Beach is the low key type of beach it is. It offers everything from beach, dining, shopping and anything in between. If you ever go to a beach you know that you’re looking for the best. 

Cocoa Beach Fl has what you’re looking for. So after exploring Orlando Florida spend a day at the beach exploring. Not only will you get to have fun but you will also enjoy taking yourself or your family there. There really is a lot to do. 

If you’re looking for other activities outside the cocoa beach area then be sure to check out the Kennedy Space Center where you learn about launches and rockets. They have a very educational informative museum you can enjoy there. 

If you want to enjoy getting some fresh air while your at it then be sure to check out Brevard Zoo.  This was one of my favorite activities to go to while visiting. I enjoyed seeing the animals and being a tourist here. 

Finally, Cocoa Beach Florida may not have the white sands of Florida, but it is offered considered the top 7 magnificent Florida Beaches to visit closest to Orlando. So if your looking for a Florida beach vacation, then definitely plan for Cocoa Beach. Its tranquil as it is beautiful.

Have you ever been to Cocoa Beach? What did you do while visiting? Let me know if you have any other places you suggest while visiting. 

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