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Cocoa Beach - Things to Know Before Visiting

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, USA


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About Cocoa Beach

In the 1960s, Cocoa Beach began its rapid growth. As a result of the U.S. space program, there was a 1000% increase in population from 1950 to 1960. NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center is located about 24 kilometers north of town. A lot of people moved to Cocoa Beach in search of new opportunities and because of jobs related to the space program.

Attractions Near Cocoa Beach

Thousand Islands
Thousand Islands2.04km from Cocoa Beach

A group of natural, modified, and spoiled islands in the Banana River Lagoon are known as the Thousand Islands. Florida acquired the Thousand Islands in 1988. It leased them back to Cocoa Beach in 1991 under the condition that they are used for recreation and conservation.

Canaveral Lighthouse Tour
Canaveral Lighthouse Tour9.66km from Cocoa Beach

Cape Canaveral Light is a historic lighthouse located on Florida's east coast. First constructed and lit in 1868, the current 151-foot (46 m) lighthouse tower was relocated inland between 1893-1894.

Air Force Space and Missile Museum
Air Force Space and Missile Museum14.27km from Cocoa Beach

As part of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's "Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour," the museum is open to the public four days a week. The Air Force 45th Space Wing Community Relations office also offered free tours until June 2013.

Brevard Zoo
Brevard Zoo14.83km from Cocoa Beach

More than 900 animals representing more than 195 species can be seen at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1986. They wanted a zoo to serve as a "conversation hub where people could learn about animals and nature" for Brevard County.

Brevard Zoo Linear Park
Brevard Zoo Linear Park15.1km from Cocoa Beach

More than 900 animals representing more than 195 species live at the Brevard Zoo. There are four loops at the zoo: Expedition Africa, Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond, Wild Florida, and Rainforest Revealed.

Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science

At the museum are the remains of the Windover Woman, the oldest human remains found on the North American continent. Visitors can see how Native Americans lived and how Florida pioneers survived.

Where is Cocoa Beach

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Brevard County
Brevard County
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Brevard County is located in the east-central portion of the U.S. state of Florida. There are more than 100 parks and three campgrounds in the county that are managed by local government agencies. In 11 sanctuaries that protect natural ecosystems, the county's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program offers passive recreation opportunities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, biking and paddling.