A local favorite, The Fat Donkey is a walk up window in downtown Cocoa Beach with cute murals and bench seating outside to enjoy your treat.
They offer a ton of flavor options for scoop, as well as soft serve with various toppings, and some other treats like ice cream sandwiches (we recommend the churro!) A great spot to grab a cone and wander around the area.
Do you like the smell of fresh waffle cones? What about candy? What if we told you you could have them BOTH in the same spot!
Welcome to Sweeties, home of sweet treats and fun eats. It is located in the heart of downtown Cocoa Beach, only one block in from the beach. The store is clean & spacious (perfect for a rainy day treat), or take it to go and walk around exploring the shops nearby.
Oasis Shaved Ice has over 40 flavors and no additives. You can even get your shaved ice “stuffed” with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. With flavors like “Bahama Mama” and “Tigers Blood,” everyone in the family is sure to find something to quench their taste buds (they even have sugar free syrups, so you can have a yummy treat guilt free!)
Be sure to say hi to Ms. Viki. She knows all the local kids by name and even gives out free snow cones for good grades!
While technically not ice cream, I dream of yogurt sells…..you guessed it…..frozen yogurt (and lots of it!) They always have new rotating flavors and tons of toppings to choose from.
Our 2 favorite things about it? First – its got an ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ theme, so you can browse photos and memorabilia throughout the store, and second is it’s located right near the Ron Jons surf shop, a perfect afternoon combo.
With so much to see, we thought we would count down to top 5 activities.
5..4..3..2..1.. Here we go!
5. Journey to Space IMAX Theatre
Watch “Journey to Space” on the massive IMAX screen. With the massive screen and 3D projection, you’ll feel like you’re part of journey to space right from the comfort of your seat – and with popcorn!
4. Astronaut Training Simulator
Learn to pilot, dock and land the Space Shuttle Atlantis with high-tech simulators that allow you to train like an astronaut. What a great way to bring space to life for all members of your family. Who knows, maybe one day it will come in handy!
3. Rocket Garden
Take a walk through a garden that is unlike any you have seen before! This outdoor section of the KSC shows you all of the different NASA programs from the past – and the scientific & engineering feats they accomplished! A guided tour is a great way to mix fun with history.
2. Private Tour..by a Veteran NASA Astronaut!
Get the VIP tour from a veteran NASA Astronaut. The day includes a tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the Shuttle launch experience and even a private lunch with the Astronaut. Click here for the upcoming schedule.
1. Shuttle Launch Experience
Strap yourself in and feel like you’re ascending into orbit in this exciting simulator ride. Starting with a prelaunch briefing, you’ll then strap in and begin your journey into space!
BONUS – See a launch live!
If you’re staying with us in Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach during a shuttle launch, you’ll be able to see the launch right from an oceanfront balcony or the beach!
Click here to see the upcoming list of launches!
Florida Key Lime Pie Festival in Merritt Island
Date: January 19, 2019
The 8th annual event features an eating challenge, pie toss, outdoor entertainment and, of course, the chance to try some world famous key lime pie!
If you can’t make it here, and you LOVE key lime pie, you can make this super easy version right at home!
Space Coast Food Festival in Port Canaveral
Date: February 9, 2019
Get ready for the 34th annual chowder cook-off! There is also live music, a beer garden, a silent auction and great restaurants vying for the top prizes.
The port area not only has the cruise terminals and has a ton of great restaurants, but you can also pop by the Exploration Tower nearby to make it a full day outing!
Seafood & Music Festival in Viera
Date: March 7-10, 2019
Who doesn’t love seafood, and music?! This is a famous 4-day event that attracts the best seafood restaurants from across the country (and over 10,000 people!) If the kids don’t like seafood, don’t worry, there is also tons of other activities including an arts & crafts show a Kids Zone and lots more.
Tickets can be purchased for a single or multiple day for the seafood festival, and the concert tickets are sold separately. Viera is about 15 miles from both Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
You are sitting down to plan your vacation, but not everyone can agree. Part of the family wants to relax on the beach and become mermaids never leaving the water while others want Disney fun and action packed days. How do you make everyone happy!?
We may have a solution for you – do both!!
Cocoa Beach is just a mere hour from Walt Disney World, allowing you to stay at the beach and easily spend a few days at the park.
Here are some tips on successfully doing both
1. Plan early
If you are limited to school holidays, things book up quickly so its best to start early. If you are flexible or your kids are younger, we recommend visiting late fall through spring. There are fewer people and not quite as hot!
You can also reference this calendar to see if your dates line up to any festivals or special events at the park!
2. Determine your transportation
You can simply drive the hour each way when you want to visit the park. Another option is to take a shuttle so you don’t have to worry about parking.
3. Figure out your itinerary
If you are planning a couple of days at Disney, be mindful of the best times to visit. For example, Magic Kingdom is very busy on Monday’s, so you are better off doing it mid-week.
Here is a great guide for 1 and 2 day itineraries at the various parks.
4. Don’t forget about the activities around Cocoa Beach!
We love Disney (and so will your kids!), but it can get busy, tiring and expensive. In additional to the beautiful beach & ocean, there are so many fun & inexpensive activities to do nearby.
As a reference, you can browse these to get some ideas 5 family friendly activities, or these 5 unique experiences right in our backyard.
Join the vacation rental trend and enjoy the best of both worlds. The beach & Mickey Mouse. Camp fires and smores on the beach one night and dinner with the Disney princesses the next. It’s nice to know you can have it all!
It’s no secret that the Space Coast is an amazing place to explore and plan lots of fun activities with your family.
Nestled between the beautiful ocean and the Banana river and close to Disney, Orlando and the Kennedy Space Center, it’s impossible to see everything in one trip!
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