Experience the Space
Cocoa sits beside several towns that together make up what is called the Space Coast, an affectionate moniker that comes from its close proximity to Cape Canaveral. During the early 1940s, there were just over 3,000 residents in the area, but once NASA started using the area as a sight for launches, the population increased to over 12,000 people in just 20 years. By the 1980s, the population had grown to more than 18,000 people. Some of the new residents were employees of NASA, and others moved to be closer to the launches. Pieces of the Space Coast's history are showcased inside of the Kennedy Space Center today.
Shopping in Downtown
The historic downtown area of Cocoa, Florida is known as Cocoa Village. This shopping destination offers over 50 unique shops to browse and over a dozen different restaurants to gather for family meals, date night, or just a bite to eat while shopping. As the evening sets in, the trees that line the streets of downtown light up and provide a beautiful path towards the boardwalk. The boardwalk hosts a few activities all on its own year-round, including summer and fall festivals and Christmas events to delight the young and young at heart. Those visiting the boardwalk can enjoy a sunset paddle boat ride or bring their fishing poles down to the water's edge for a lazy day of fishing. Representatives from the Florida Historical Society stay on hand to teach about the area and the Historic Playhouse always has a show planned.
Cocoa Beach Surf Fest
Every year, in late spring, surfers from all over the country flock to the Cocoa area for the annual Easter Surfing Festival. The event takes place for an entire weekend, with exhibits, demonstrations, surf lessons, and excitement for the whole family. For those interested in watching, there are several surfing and longboard competitions that take place during the surfing festival. There is even a dog surfing competition that you cannot miss. Those who have never surfed before are able to spend time learning how it is done by some of the area's best surfers. The event also showcases food from the area, as well as local art.