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When you’re excited to swap the daily routine for a well-earned vacation, Cocoa Beach is always a great place to land. Especially when you have your family at your side! The following are just a few of the many Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Cocoa Beach, FL to add to your itinerary when you’re looking to make the most of the fun together this summer.

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Get into Nature at Sidney Fischer Park

When you’re a traveling family with sights set on scenic Cocoa Beach, Florida this summer, making time to get into nature by visiting Sidney Fischer Park is something everyone will enjoy! Located at 2200 N. Atlantic Avenue, Sidney Fischer Park is a pristine place to kick back in style. In total, the park has 10 acres of land and offers up a seaside setting that promises to thrill. Here, it’s entirely possible to customize your day according to everyone in your traveling crew’s preferences. There are options to get in the water, spend time on the playground or serve up a savory bite in the pavilion for a picnic. Sidney Fischer Park also has a lovely boardwalk to stroll when you’re hoping to take in the sites or have a love for bird watching.

Check Out the Dinosaur Store

Those heading to Cocoa Beach with little ones in tow who are fascinated by everything prehistoric will find adding a stop at the local Dinosaur Store to the itinerary to be a highlight activity. This iconic Cocoa Beach stop is located at 250 W Cocoa Beach Causeway and offers visitors two floors of dinosaur-themed exhibits and displays to enjoy! Step into the past when you step into this fun stop which sprawls over more than 26,000 square feet of museum space. Along the way, you and your family will learn a lot not only about these incredible prehistoric creatures, but the ancient human cultures that existed in their wake. The Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach first opened its doors to the public in 2017 and continues to capture minds and imaginations with every visit. It’s a wonderful addition to the itinerary if you happen to find yourself in Cocoa Beach on a rainy summer afternoon as well. The exhibit halls are sure to fascinate, and you won’t want to miss swinging through the gift shop before you go to commemorate your fun with a unique souvenir.

Sail the Indian River Queen

When you’re looking to get on the water in style, booking a sail on the Indian River Queen in nearby Cocoa is bound to be a great option for the entire family. This historic vessel is docked downtown at 90 Delannoy Avenue and provides passengers with three decks to explore during their sightseeing adventure. There are all types of sailing options to choose from when you book your place ranging from dinner cruises with a show included to scenic sightseeing options as well. This 2-hour cruise brings old-time elegance into the mix but provides plenty of space to stretch out and explore as well. On the way, you’re likely to spot everything from dolphins and sea birds to manatees! Onboard guides provide insight into the area’s history while you sail, making this an excursion that promises to be as educational as it is fun!

Make time for the Shoreline

There’s nothing better than a beach day when you and your family make your way to this part of Florida together. Cocoa Beach is known and loved for its scenic shorelines that are ideal for sunbathing, sandcastle building, shelling, and volleyball alike! Mid-summer, the beach here is filled with a vibrant energy that brings travelers of all types to the water’s edge. When you’re looking to cool off, Cocoa Beach is a wonderful place to get in the water and go for a swim, snorkel, or even try some surfing if you’re up for it. Making the most of a summer picnic on the sand is always a delight while those looking for scenic photo opportunities will find no shortage of options for the right angle and background when visiting these inviting beaches.

Swing by Ice Cream Hut Cocoa Beach

Top off your summer adventure in savory style by making time for a trip to Ice Cream Hut Cocoa Beach while you’re in town. This delicious eatery is located at 1399 N Atlantic Avenue and is open from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, noon until 11:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and noon until 10:00 pm on Sundays. Offering up extreme milkshakes and donut sundaes as well as a wide variety of dairy and sugar-free ice cream flavors, there’s bound to be something tasty for everyone here!

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Book Your Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Cocoa Beach, FL Today!

There’s never been a better time to make your way to sunny Cocoa Beach, Florida with the family. Reach out to Stay in Cocoa Beach today so we can help you get settled in just the right vacation rental to match your amazing getaway! We look forward to seeing you in Florida soon.

The world-famous Kennedy Space Center is a must-experience for Space Coast visitors of all ages. People always ask us if it’s worth the visit, or if all members of their family will enjoy it – the answer is YES! Each time we visit, we uncover something new or inspiring that we missed the last visit.

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!