Things to Do in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Things to Do in Cocoa Beach, Florida
Cocoa beach isn't as popular as other beaches in Florida. The town is located on a barrier island, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Banana River Lagoon off the central east coast of Florida. While the town's outdoor recreation is not as famous as other beach towns, Cocoa Beach provides an interesting experience equal to other Florida beach towns. Things to do in Cocoa Beach include the original location of the Ron Jon Surf Shop, a bike trail running along the coast, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Florida Solar Energy Center

The Florida Solar Energy Center opened in 1975 in search of alternate energy sources. The establishment created items and received patients for energy-saving utilities such as a high-efficiency air conditioner condenser fan. In 2009, tours of the center featured an explanatory video. Tours are limited to 25 individuals the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. The tours last approximately 2 ½ hours.

Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922
(321) 638-1000

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge sits on 140,000 acres of land near the Kennedy Space Center. It houses 1,500 species of plants and animals. The refuge contains 15 endangered or threatened species and seven different habitats. Activates include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, manatee observing and wildlife watching. The refuge contains a visitor's center, which you should check out before heading out to explore. The refuge possesses several regulations regarding where individuals can do certain activities.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 2683
Titusville, FL 32781
(321) 861-0668

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Cocoa beach is the home of the original Ron Jon Surf Shop. The company began in 1959, just as fiberglass surfboards and the sport of surfing gained popularity. In 2009, the Cocoa Beach location was dressed in turquoise complete with a glass elevator and a waterfall. It remains open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. This location is the only location to offer local talent, such as a high school marching band, a place to perform

Ron Jon Surf Shop
4151 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321) 799-8888

Article Written By Amy L. Gouger

Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.

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