Brevard County is located on the east coast of Central Florida just 35 miles east of Orlando, and home to such businesses as Harris, GE, NASA and the Kennedy Space Center, the only facility in the world that launched the Space Shuttle; Port Canaveral, the second-busiest cruise port in the world; 72 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches; and the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States. With its tropical weather, cultural activities, educational opportunities, active and passive recreation options, high-technology industries, and family-friendly atmosphere, the Space Coast offers an exceptional quality of life that residents and visitors enjoy year-round. With a small town feel and catering to the Florida lifestyle it’s no wonder more than 500,000 people call its16 municipalities and unincorporated areas "home."
Brevard County is known to many residents as the Space Coast for its link with NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. Since the retiring of the Space Shuttle the question remains: what will happen with the Space Program? In addition to the rockets that launch periodically, plans are in the works for a new space craft coined the Orion. It will be a heavy lift rocket that will propel astronauts into the deeper reaches of space. Expected to be completed by 2017, Orion will be the future of our space program. Until that time residents, as well as visitors alike, can still gain access to the rich history of our country’s space program by visiting the Kennedy Space Center.
If golf is your passion, Brevard County is sprinkled with many excellent public golf courses at affordable prices. If golf isn’t your idea of fun, the Space Coast Stadium is the proud home of the Brevard County Manatees; our very own minor league baseball team. In addition to housing the Manatees, the stadium also hosts spring training for the Washington Nationals. Some other great outdoor area activities include; boating, jet skiing, air boat rides, parasailing, fishing, diving, surfing, eco-adventures, kayaking, horseback riding and much more. The Brevard Zoo and Forever Florida are also great option as it’s family-friendly and provides great views of Florida wildlife.
Are you looking to shop? You will find that antiquing, farmers markets, art festivals and street parties are home to many of our downtown districts from Titusville to Port Canaveral and Eau Gallie to Melbourne. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity then you must visit the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach offering an assortment of surf and beach gear. But if mainstream shopping is what you prefer there are many shopping centers scattered from Palm Bay to Viera and beyond.
Brevard County provides the community and visitors to the area with many cultural opportunities throughout the year. The Maxwell C. King Center has live theater, Broadway shows, and concerts throughout the year as well as summertime children’s programs. You can also find exciting entertainment at The Cocoa Village Playhouse or The Henagar Center in Melbourne. If you are a country music fan you may want to plan to attend the 3 day Runaway Country Festival that is held in the spring of the year at Wickham Park.
Whatever you’re looking for we hope you’ll find it here in Brevard County. We think you just might be surprised by the treasures you’ll find!
Whatever you are craving, Brevard County restaurants can satisfy your hunger. With a wide variety of cuisines to select from around the Space Coast, we are sure you will find one you like. If you are looking for a top-rated seafood restaurant, why not try the world-famous Dixie Crossroads in Titusville or The Atlantic Ocean Grill, situated 800 feet over the ocean, on The Cocoa Beach Pier? Both are known for their seasonal entrées which are served in a laid back fashion.
If seafood doesn’t have your mouth watering, try the popular Coconuts on the Beach. Located in Cocoa Beach, it’s a lively mix of food and entertainment sure to put a smile on your face. Are you in the mood for out-of-this-world burritos? Try Satellite Beach’s Da Kine Diego’s Insane Burritos. Or maybe some sizzling fajitas and award winning margaritas from Cantina Dos Amigos in Indialantic.
At the southernmost end of Brevard County boarding Indian River County you will find a hidden treasure named one of Florida’s 500 Best Places to Dine by Florida Trend magazine, Sonya’s at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is popular for a reason. Delivering a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and serving up top quality seafood, steaks, and chops, no wonder it was voted in a second time by Florida Trend. Whether you are looking for a fine dining restaurant or a casual dining experience Brevard County is sure to deliver a five-star experience no matter which restaurant you choose. Our restaurant directory can help you with your selection. Follow the link: http://www.everythingbrevard.com/Restaurants
Are you looking for something fun to do? Our county has some of the finest museums, dance academies, music societies and theaters’ around. Cocoa Beach is home to the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame Museum where some of the big names in surfing are honored as well surfing memorabilia. Named the Space Coast for a reason, our county is well known for its association with the NASA Space Program, making the Space Walk of Fame Museum a must-see. There you will find monuments and museums dedicated to the astronauts.
Do you enjoy dancing? If so, we have several top-notch ballet academies to partake in as well as a performing arts center. Oftentimes these dancers showcase their talents in big productions such as The Nutcracker. Music lovers will have an assortment of choices to participate in or simply enjoy as there is the Space Coast Jazz Society, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Municipal Band Association to name a few. Finally, we offer several theaters that offer quality productions at such places as the Henegar Center for the Arts, the King Center and the Cocoa Village Playhouse. Whatever your niche, Brevard County is sure to give you your fill of the arts.
Libraries aren’t just for reading anymore but with over 1,250,000 books that’s sure a reason to pick one up and start! If you are interested in reading with others why not join a book discussion group? Or if you prefer you can listen to audio books or try one of over 27,000 e-Books and read your favorite book online. Are you in the mood to watch a movie but don’t want to pay for a movie ticket? Choose from over 24,562 DVDs or 24,593 videotapes currently in our Brevard County libraries for free. Take into consideration they won’t be the newest movies to hit the theater but they offer recent DVD releases as well as classic movies. Not only do they have movies for your entertainment but they also have 6,409 instructional DVDs or 16,006 videotapes. Do you need a quiet place to study? Study rooms are available for check out for an allotted amount of time. Are you writing a paper and having trouble finding just the right source? Look no further than your local library with a multitude of research books to choose from or try their online database for convenience sake. If you’re into discovering your ancestry, try looking in the special genealogy collections found at the Central, Melbourne and North Brevard libraries. With over 17 public libraries in Brevard County you’re sure to find one close by as well as find a number of things to do in addition to reading.