Free Attractions in Brevard County, Florida

Free Attractions in Brevard County, Florida
Brevard County is located in east central Florida and runs along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can enjoy many free outdoor activities, offered at the many attractions situated throughout the county. Brevard County's pristine outdoor conditions make this a popular destination for those seeking adventures in surfing, fishing, hiking and viewing wildlife, or just laying back in the sun.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Situated in the northern end of the Brevard County, lies the 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Located on property owned jointly by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the federal government, visitors can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities. Birdwatchers can enjoy the diverse grouping of wildlife that frequents the park, which include many endangered species, such as the wood stork and peregrine falcon. The refuge is comprised of coastal dunes, marshes, pine forests, flatwoods and hammocks encompassing palms and oaks. There are five hiking trails, a wildlife-laden scenic drive and boat ramps, where anglers can enjoy fishing the Indian and Banana Rivers, as well as Mosquito Lagoon. Threatened and endangered species, such as the Atlantic leatherback turtle and the Florida manatee, reside within the confines of the park.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
S.R. 402
P.O. Box 6504
Titusville, FL 32782
(321) 861-0667
fws.gov/merrittisland/

East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame

Surfing enthusiasts will enjoy the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, located at Ron Jon's Surf Shop. One can experience the history of surfing through various exhibits of old surfboards, photographs, magazines and other items, all relating to surfing of days gone by. There are also exhibits of current surf champions, such as Kelly Slater and Bruce Valuzzi. Visitors will also enjoy listening to surf music and the theater that shows classic surfer movies. Surfers will enjoy stepping outside and being greeted by the world famous Cocoa Beach that laps at the Hall of Fame's doorway.

East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame
4275 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32953
(321) 784-3005
eastcoastsurfinghalloffame.com

Coconut Point Park

Those wanting to experience the natural beauty of Florida beaches should venture to Coconut Point Park, located in Melbourne Beach. This 39.6 acre park is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, in an area of the county mainly preserved for wildlife. The park offers picnic pavilions, bathrooms and showers and is listed in the state's Great Birding Trail, due to the many species frequenting the area; it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Visitors can enjoy fishing, sunbathing, surfing or swimming. There is a ramp for wheelchair access to the beach.

Coconut Point Park
3535 S. Highway A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
(321) 255-4400
brevardparks.com/visittheparks/parks/prksa1.php

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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