Melbourne is one of the most beautiful parts of sunny Florida, located in Brevard County, with its awe-inspiring, 72-mile stretch of beaches. This area, only five miles west of the ocean, is arguably best known for its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and rich space history. You might even get to see a space shuttle launch.
Get the best of both worlds: plenty of offerings, activities and excellent restaurants and shops, like the big city, but with a laid-back, charming, small-town appeal. Here are some of the things that make Melbourne and this area so special:
•Animal lovers will enjoy the National Wildlife Refuge and Brevard Zoo. Feeling adventurous? Try the outdoor aerial adventure at the zoo, with zip lines and a thrilling “treetop challenge.”
•Visit some of the best private and public golf courses, just minutes from the Lakes of Melbourne.
•Watch a show at the King Center for the Performing Arts.
•Watch the Brevard County Manatees play ball.
•Meander through the beautiful Florida Tech Botanical Gardens.
•Enjoy the Florida Tech Botanical Gardens our be entertained at the King Center for the Performing Arts.
•Attend the annual Independent Filmmaker’s Festival and Oktoberfest.
•Explore the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
•Go fishing or boating on the Indian River.
•Go to the beach. Every day!
•Take a short drive to Orlando and Disney World.
•Visit the Mel Fisher Museum of Treasure, featuring gold and treasures recovered from a sunken 1715 Spanish ship.
•Visit Port Canaveral just 27 miles to the north.
•Go shopping at the Melbourne Square Mall, Hammock Landing and The Avenue in Viera, or just hit up downtown Melbourne.
•If needed, some of Florida’s best health care facilities are only a few miles away.
•Go surfing at the Sebastian Inlet.
•Go snorkeling in the ocean.
•Head to nearby Cocoa Beach and pick up a T-shirt at the world’s largest surf shop, Ron Jon’s.