Summer is just around the corner and there’s no place better to start the season than with a trip to beautiful Cocoa Beach, Florida. When your travel sights are set this direction, be sure to add the following Cocoa Beach activities to your itinerary to make the very most of the fun!

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Visit Exploration Tower to Start Your Summer Off Right

When you’re ready to get the summer going on the right foot in Cocoa Beach, heading over to enjoy time at Exploration Tower is the place to start! This must-see attraction and activity is located at Port Canaveral Jetty Park and offers guests seven stories of recreational fun to explore and experience. Even entering the tower is an adventure as the main door is accessible by crossing a promenade across the lake! Once you’re inside, you’ll find that the first floor hosts a savory café as well as an information desk and gift shop to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your visit. The second floor of Exploration Tower is where guests will enjoy access to the discovery center complete with exhibits and interactive displays that bring the area’s history to life in style! In total, the discovery center encompasses no less than 2,750-square feet of space! Making your way to the third floor puts you in proximity to a 72-seat theater while the fourth floor is home to meeting and event spaces. The fifth floor is where guests can enjoy simulating the experience of a harbor boat pilot. However, it’s the sixth and seventh floors that offer guests a new perspective on the terrain. From both floors, guests can access exciting and stunning observation decks where you can take in your surroundings or make the most of a prime place to watch a Cape Canaveral launch if your timing is right. Summer visitors can find Exploration Tower at 670 Dave Nisbet Drive.

Explore The Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary

Summer is an amazing time of year in Cocoa Beach to make the very most of wildlife encounters. The diverse habitats that make up this region provide a place for a variety of species to thrive—even in those times when they need a little bit of help in the way of conservation efforts. When you’re interested in learning more about land and wildlife protection, spending time at The Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary promises to inspire. Situated at 326 Barnes Boulevard in nearby Rockledge, just 14 miles west of Cocoa Beach, this sanctuary is a beautiful testament to how resilient the environment can be. The sanctuary is integrated into Florida’s Environmentally Endangered Lands program and covers 140-acres in total. A visit here puts guests in touch with exceptional pine flatwood habitats that are home to a variety of raptors. Sand pine scrub, freshwater marshes and oak trees also flourish within the parameters of the sanctuary. The best way to take it all in while promoting the area’s promise of environmental protection is to walk the mile-long nature trail on-site. From this vantage point, guests can take in the stunning scenery and observe wildlife in abundance.

Spend Time at The Kennedy Space Center

Cocoa Beach is a captivating summer destination where guests can pair their time on the sand with an emphasis on the cosmos when they head over to NASA’s nearby Kennedy Space Center. When you take some well-deserved time to explore the Space Center Visitor Complex, there’s no shortage of out-of-this world adventures waiting! Guests here can browse a variety of space memorabilia on display as well as get up close to historic spacecraft. There’s a space shuttle launch experience to enjoy as well as opportunities to try out an astronaut training simulator. Take a walk through the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during your summer visit or book a guided center tour with an astronaut for an even more memorable experience. There’s even a chance to book lunch with an astronaut when you’re looking for more time to dine and ask all the questions you have about space travel.

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Savor Time Under the Sun at Lori Wilson Park

Kicking off summer in Cocoa Beach style means getting out and making the most of time on the shoreline. There’s no better place to do exactly that then Lori Wilson Park while you’re in town. Found at 1500 North Atlantic Avenue, Lori Wilson Park offers up beautiful beaches to explore as well as dunes, boardwalks, picnic pavilions and beyond! Summer visitors will find this an ideal place to swim, hike the nature trail, enjoys a barbeque, or even spend time in friendly competition on the sand volleyball courts!

Visit Ice Cream Hut Cocoa Beach

When temperatures rise in Cocoa Beach, cooling off with a side of savory fun is easy to do at the Ice Cream Hut Cocoa Beach. Located at 1399 North Atlantic Avenue, this ice cream stop is a fan favorite for those looking to enjoy everything from milkshakes and sundaes to cones, shaved ice, smoothies, banana splits and beyond! The shop is open Monday through Thursday from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 11:00 pm and hours on Sundays from noon until 10:00 pm.

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