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Cocoa Beach Florida with Kids

May 23, 2006  Cocoa Beach and surrounding area native for 37 years
4.0 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

Fun places to go with children in and around Cocoa Beach, Florida

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Cape Canaveral, Titusville
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Go to the Beach!

    Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral are great places to take kids to the beach. The beaches are wide and there are no rocks. Also at low tide there is a lot of space to wade, build sand castles, dig deep holes, and boogie board. Starting in Cape Canaveral and heading south there is Jetty Park. There is a long fishing pier, a new restaurant and bathroom facilities, a playground, and camping facilities. There is a fee to enter the gate. The next park is Cherry Down. There are bathrooms and an outdoor shower as wells as a few picnic tables. Arrive early because the parking lot fills up and you will be ticketed for parking in the grass. This park is free. Continuing south is the Cocoa Beach Pier. I don't highly recommend this for children. If you're a couple and you want to listen to some music and have a drink overlooking the ocean, the pier is o.k. There is also a park 2 blocks behind Ron Jon's surf shop. I have not been here in years but I believe there are bathroom facilities. The location makes it easy to rent/buy beach gear at Ron Jons before heading to the beach. Still further south is Lori Wilson. I really like this park. There are showers and bathrooms, a nature walk, picnic facilities, and a playround. There is a 7-11, Publix, and fast food restaurants nearby for food and supplies. You can also drive down many of the streets and go to the beach, some free parking some metered, but you won't have any facilities. I recommend buying a beach umbrella while in town. Most important thing to remember, WEAR SUNSCREEN!

  • 2. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
    Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral, Brevard County

    This is a great place to take kids. In addition to the exhibits at the center there are IMAX movies and a bus tour. I highly recommend both. The bus tour is a must. In my opinion skipping the bus tour is like going to Disney and only seeing Main Street. The bus tour takes you out to the Saturn viewing center which is very nice. Also it has some stops where you can see the launch pads, everything is subject to change though with security and launch schedules.

  • 3. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
    U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Titusville, Brevard County

    I had never been here until my son recently completed KSC Space Camp. I was really impressed. It's not a huge facility, but it has a lot of hands-on activiites for the kids. It reminded me of an upscale, yet small, science center. You don't need a lot of time to visit but it's a great addition to your day at Kennedy Space Center (it's about 5 minutes west of the space center).

  • 4. Ron Jon Surf Shop

    This is the tourist capital of Cocoa Beach. It's a huge surf shop with everything you can imagine with a "Ron Jon" logo on it. It is a good place for stuff for the beach and the prices are actually pretty competitive. For coffee drinkers, there is a Starbucks next door at the Cocoa Beach Surf Company/Sheraton Hotel. There is a HUGE selection of bathing suits for men, women, and children. It also has a glass elevator so kids like that. If you go to Cocoa Beach, I guess you have to go to Ron Jons.

  • 5. Thai Thai III

    This is a very good sushi restaurant and Thai restaurant located in Cape Canaveral. It's small but isn't too crowded early. They have a very limited children's menu but they do have things like tempura chicken. If you have a small family it's fun to sit at the sushi bar and watch them make the sushi.

  • 6. Watch the Cruise Ships Leave!

    This is one of our favorite things to do on Sunday night. Carnvial, Royal Caribbean, and Disney cruise lines all leave beginning at 5:00 (it's the same on Saturday). There are three restaurants at Port Canaveral with great viewing. Also, you can go to Jetty Park and walk out on the fishing pier and get a great view of them leaving.

    The three restaurants are: (west to east) Rusty's raw bar and grill - we really enjoy their fish and chips, they're fresh and lightly fried. Kid's get an ice cream sandwich with their meal. www.rustysseafood.com/

    Fish Lips - there is a quiet restaurant down stairs and upstairs is a bar and outdoor patio. The food is good and the menu varied. They won the chowder cook-off in 2005.

    The last is Grills seafood and tiki bar. They only grill food (no fried) but it's very fresh and good. The restaurant can get loud with the band playing but if you're looking for a fun party atmosphere this is the place. www.visitgrills.com

  • 7. Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort
    Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, Cape Canaveral, Brevard County

    This is a new resort which has practically a water park for a pool. I have never stayed here but I have visited. The pool looked really fun and it's close to the beach. Everyone I know who has stayed there says the rooms are very large and nice. The only draw back was that there is not a lot of shade.

  • 8. Have an Ice Cream Cone

    Unfortunatly the cute shop called "All Scream Ice Cream." went out of business, but there is a Breslers on just west of the corner of 520 and AIA. Across the street is a really neat store called the Dinosaur Store which is fun to browse through.

  • 9. Dinner and a Movie

    There is a very nice 16 screen theater in Merritt Island (from A1A take 520 west for about 10 minues) at the Merritt Square Mall. The movie theater has stadium seating and is relativly new so it's nice and clean. The mall is not the greatest but there is a Macy's, Sears, Penny's, and Dillards. The chain restaurants nearby are Ruby Tuesday's, Outback Steakhouse, Steak and Shake, Pizzaria Uno, Chilis, and TGI Fridays. The TGI Fridays and Pizzario Uno are brand new so they're pretty nice. This is the place to go if you're looking for dinner and a movie one night.

  • 10. Go Carts and Putt Putt

    Let me just start by saying, if I never go to the place again it will be too soon, HOWEVER, if my 8 year old son could go everyday he would! There is an arcade, two go cart tracks plus a very small bumper car track, a rock climbing wall, batting cage and putt putt golf. Sounds good I know, but unfortunatly the place is pretty run down. There are several new hotels in the area so hopefully they'll start to fix the place up a little. If your kids are dying to get some "action" in, it won't break the bank and they'll probably have a great time. The staff has always been very friendly.