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The Fat Donkey

Address: 247 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL

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.

Sweeties Ice Cream and Candy

Address: 25 S Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL

Do you like the smell of fresh waffle cones? What about candy? What if we told 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

Address: 157 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL

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!

I Dream of Yogurt

Address: 4295 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, USA

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.

Does this sound familiar?

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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