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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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Make the most of your Cocoa Beach adventure and make sure you have the accommodations to match by partnering with Stay in Cocoa Beach. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting property options and to start planning your trip!

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As we get into 2022, you may be thinking of your next vacation getaway. The winter season is the perfect time of year where you can sit back and start planning for another sunny summer getaway. We too are excited for the upcoming summer here in Cocoa Beach, as our travel destination features a variety of fun activities and attractions. What really sets Cocoa Beach apart from the other nearby Florida communities is our selection of vibrant vacation rentals. Each property is privately owned and offers a variety of unique features and amenities. A stay in one of our properties will have you feeling like you are at a home away from home. The summer season is a busy time of year for the local activities and also renters reserving these properties of ours. You can get a step up above the rest by planning ahead for the summer season right now in the winter. Take a look at how reserving one of our vacation rentals in advance can set you up for the best summer vacation possible in Cocoa Beach:

Find the Perfect Vacation Rental

When it comes to finding the perfect vacation rental in Cocoa Beach it always helps to start early, especially now. The summer season is our busiest time of year in Cocoa Beach. If you are like most and wait until right before your trip to find a vacation rental, you may find all of our most popular properties will be taken. When you browse our rentals now during the winter season, you will find that most of our rentals are available to reserve. Each rental is ready to be reserved just in time for an exciting summer in 2022!

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Save On Your Rental Costs

Our vacation rentals are all privately owned units right here in Cocoa Beach. We offer each vacation rental at a fair price. However, the summer season typically sees increased prices all around due to the demand of local activities and rental properties. You can save on these potential costs by reserving early when the prices are set during the slower travel seasons.

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Book Your Summer Activities in Advance

The summer season is not just busy for rental reservations but also for summer activities you can enjoy. Many of these activities include special tours that will have you explore the beautiful surroundings. Since the summer season is so popular many of these tours can be booked up in advance leaving you less activities to enjoy. Book some of these wonderful tours that include kayaking down the Indian River Lagoon, taking a nighttime kayak tour that shows off the beautiful bioluminescence underwater, and snorkeling just off the coast. These tours are offered by a variety of tour services in the area so make sure to do some browsing. Best of all, our customer service will help you before and during your stay to ensure you find everything you want to do.

Look Forward to the Warmer Weather

Many areas around the country are experiencing a colder than usual winter with some places even covered with snow way before it was expected. One of the best ways to get through an especially cold winter is to look ahead at summer. When you visit Cocoa Beach in the summer, you will find sunny skies and beautiful beaches that welcome you. It’s never too hot and the water never too cold. By planning for your summer vacation early, you will find that the winter season will be over before you know it.

Get Ready for a Sunny Cocoa Beach Summer

As you can see, there are a variety of reasons to start booking ahead for your summer vacation. You too can save on your rental costs, find the perfect vacation rental for your family, and save on all of the wonderful activities in the area. Book now for your summer vacation so you can celebrate the perfect summer 2022 season with us in Cocoa Beach.

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An opportunity to head to Florida’s Space Coast any time of year is a chance not to be missed. That said, there’s something special about packing your bags and heading this way to enjoy a Cocoa Beach 4th of July 2021 celebration! In 2021, Cocoa Beach, Florida is particularly appealing after a year of pandemic lock-downs and canceled travel plans. If you’re in the mood to let loose and celebrate Independence Day in style, there are plenty of options for holiday fun waiting for you in Cocoa Beach. The following are just a few to make sure you’ve added to the top of your itinerary.

Cocoa Beach 4th of July 2021 BBQ and Symphony Under the Stars

If music, flavor, and fun are all elements that make up your idea of a great 4th of July getaway, booking tickets to the annual 4th of July BBQ and Symphony Under the Stars in Cocoa Beach this year is bound to please! This fun and music event beginning at 6:00 pm on July 4th and tickets can be purchased in advance for $75 per person. This tasty event begins with a BBQ dinner hosted at Cocoa Riverfront Park. Around 8:00 pm, full and satisfied guests will enjoy a Symphony concert that’s quite unlike any other. At 9:15 pm, the evening tops off with a spectacular fireworks display over the water with a background orchestra to set the Independence Day scene. Be sure to purchase tickets for this event soon because it’s a popular Cocoa Beach experience that’s sure to sell out quickly.

Sonic Rendition Band at Island Time Marina & Restaurant

Cocoa Beach is known and loved by travelers from near and far for its collection of delicious dining options in the way of restaurants, bars, and cafes. While they’re all worth checking out while you’re in town over the 4th of July, Island Time Marina & Restaurant takes the Independence Day celebration to a new level of fun that you won’t want to miss out on! Located at 400 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, this eatery and launch site will be hosting a Sonic Rendition band between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on July 4th. Music, food, and fun are all on the afternoon and evening lineup, so be sure to get here early and settle in for a great time!

Celebrate at Sandbar

Enjoy an amazing holiday view and an exciting live soundtrack to match when you make plans to head to Sandbar on the 4th of July and enjoy a performance by Tru Phonic. This well-loved musical group blends rock, blues, and funk to create a one-of-a-kind sound that’s sure to inspire. Make your way to Sandbar at 4301 Ocean Beach Boulevard between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the 4th of July to make the most of this exciting musical event. Sandbar’s tavern-inspired atmosphere and robust listing of beverages and fare make it a great place to grab something savory to eat and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

Independence Day Parade Merritt Island on July 3rd

If you’re the type of traveler that can’t imagine a 4th of July getaway without time spent at a holiday parade, be sure to arrive in town a day early and make the most of the annual 4th of July parade on Merritt Island July 3rd between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. This family-friendly event keeps you close to Cocoa Beach and puts a unique twist on nostalgic 4th of July fun so many travelers crave! Instead of crowds lining the streets and watching the floats pass by, the parade will come to a stand still as guests drive their vehicles by and enjoy the view! What started as a pandemic solution to keeping the parade going has become a hit and will continue into 2021 with much anticipation.

Rockledge Independence Day Picnic

On July 4th between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Cocoa Beach travelers looking for some picnic-themed fun will find everything they’re looking for and more in nearby Rockledge at McLarty Park. Enjoy taking part in the 34th annual 4th of July Picnic where guests can enjoy a hot dog or hamburger, drink, and chips for just $1.00! Games, activities, music, and more can be expected, so bring the entire family and get ready for an afternoon of fun.

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Whether you’re planning a trip to Cocoa Beach just for fun or can’t wait to make the most of the Cocoa Beach 4th of July 2021 festivities, the property professionals at Stay in Cocoa Beach are readily available to make sure you’re settled into just the right vacation rental to match your plans. Our property options are vast and versatile, ensuring our guests enjoy a customized stay from the moment they arrive in town. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning your next Florida-bound adventure.

Finding time to get out of town and enjoy a well-deserved vacation isn’t always easy, but it’s important! This year, set aside time during the early summer to beat the heat and enjoy the fun waiting for you in Cocoa Beach, Florida. As scenic as it is inviting, this is a destination that caters to travelers of all interests and ages. When you’re ready to explore, the following summer activities should definitely be added to your itinerary.

Visit the Florida Surf Museum

An early summer getaway to scenic Cocoa Beach, Florida promises to be a blast. While you’re here, there’s plenty of adventure to enjoy outdoors but in the event, you get caught up in a rainy day, be sure to make time for a trip to the Florida Surf Museum. This one-of-a-kind and engaging stop is a great place to browse displays and exhibits that highlight the popularity of this water sport along the Florida coast. You’ll enjoy photographs and artifacts that belong to some of the greatest surfers around, while also getting up close to a variety of surfboards on display. The Florida Surf Museum is a place the entire family can enjoy, even if you’ve never stepped foot on a surfboard.

Try Surfing

If The Florida Surf Museum leaves you itching to give surfing a try, or it’s just an activity that’s always piqued your interest, the opportunity to get out on the waves while you’re in Cocoa Beach is one that shouldn’t be missed! The Cocoa Beach Surf School on Meade Avenue is a good place to start. Alongside knowledgeable and friendly instructors, those who are new to surfing will get the thorough introduction they need before heading out on the water and putting their balance to the test. Instructors focus on safety before moving onto the fun that is this exciting sport. The surf school is open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm giving participants plenty of flexibility to fit lessons into their schedules. Organize a private lesson or make it a small group experience if you’re in town with family and friends.

Test Your Skills at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park

If you’re the type of traveler that has a knack for high-energy sports and is looking for a challenge during your early summer getaway to Cocoa Beach, then an afternoon savored at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park promises to please! Complete with innovative ramps, rails, and tempting angles, skaters will find this park offers up plenty of space and the scenery to match. Come with friends and test your skills or simply drop by and watch the experts at work. Either way, it’s a fun and entertaining way to spend a Cocoa Beach afternoon.

Visit Lori Wilson Park

For a more relaxing experience enjoyed near the water and sand, time at Lori Wilson Park should definitely top your list of must-do activities. This public beach is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike thanks to its expansive stretches of sugar-white sand, gentle waves, and options to let the little ones have fun on the beach playground too. Enjoy sights of seabirds as you settle in and work on your Florida glow. If you’re up for some fun under the waves, this is a good place to grab your snorkel gear and take a look at the fish and plant life that live just below the surface. The park is equipped with picnic tables and a BBQ grill for those that are in the mood for an alfresco moment during their visit.

Stroll the Pier

Combine scenery and savory moments when you make a point to explore the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier while you’re in town. Stretching out over the blue waves, this is a great place to simply stroll and take in the sights and sounds or make the most of the restaurants and shops that dot the area too. This tends to be a bustling place where you can mix and mingle with others. For a touch more tranquility, head down to the beach below and find a spot where you can settle in and watch the waves roll by.

Enjoy Time at The Dinosaur Store

For travelers to Cocoa Beach with a heart for history, a stop at The Dinosaur Store and Museum is a must! This exciting locale is loved by families for its multi-floor displays that feature replica dinosaurs, information on these prehistoric creatures, and plenty of follow-up on ancient cultures too. An extensive collection of minerals and fossils are on display and before you go, you won’t want to miss a chance to swing by the fun gift shop and find just the right something to commemorate your prehistoric journey!

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Adventure is waiting for you in Cocoa Beach and there’s never been a better time to enjoy a visit. When you’re ready to turn travel plans into a reality, the team at Stay in Cocoa Beach is happy to help you get settled into just the right rental. Reach out today to learn more!