Bask in sunshine~
on our exceptional barrier island paradise in Florida…
If you are coming for the beach, you will not be disappointed! Miles of quiet, sandy beaches and our blissful Florida weather help make Melbourne Beach the tropical escape of your dreams. Surf, fish, sunbathe, gather shells and seaglass… You will love it here and will marvel at the awesome wildlife that graces our shores in abundance, including dolphins, manatees and whales! We are also a designated sea turtle nesting area and a haven for magnificent birdlife.
All this and more, and yet we are around the corner from Orlando’s tourism attractions for those visitors wanting to enjoy a diversity of entertainment options!
Djon’s Chophouse (click to visit website) 321-722-2737
Incomparable fine dining in a romantic setting. Djon’s also features an elegant piano bar. Happy hour every day from 5-7
Located next door to the Sea Glass Inn
Sand on the Beach (click to visit website) 321-327-8951
Casual beachfront dining and cocktails. Weekends and happy hours sometimes feature live entertainment.
Located just ½ mile east of the Sea Glass Inn on the beach
Robburitos (click to visit website) 321-729-6244
Everyone’s favorite burritos!
Located one block east of the Sea Glass Inn, just past the traffic light on the south side of Ocean Ave.
Sandbar Pizza Grill 321-733-7977
Fabulous pizza and more!
Located one block east of the Sea Glass Inn, just past the light on the north side of Ocean Avenue
Old Downtown Melbourne
A short drive over the Melbourne Causeway will bring you to this charming historic shopping district, dating back to the late 19th century. Old Downtown Melbourne is filled with independent shops for antiques, art, gifts, clothing and treats and a wonderful assortment of local restaurants and pubs. Here, you can also enjoy the monthly Friday night Street Fests and the famous annual Melbourne Art Festival (April).
Getting there: Less than 4 miles. From the Inn, head west on Ocean Ave. towards the river. Within 1/2 a block, Ocean Avenue will turn north and become Riverside Drive. Stay on Riverside until you arrive at the first traffic light, where you will turn left to go over the Melbourne Causeway. At the bottom of the far side of the bridge, turn left onto E. New Haven Avenue. Follow this road to the top of the hill, across U.S. 1 and you are there!
Melbourne Square Mall
Macy’s, Dillard’s, JC Penny’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many other specialty stores, anchor this mall.
Getting there: 6.5 miles. From the Inn, head west on Ocean Ave. towards the river. Within 1/2 a block, Ocean Avenue will turn north and become Riverside Drive. Stay on Riverside until you come to the first light and turn left to go over the Melbourne Causeway. You will be on Highway 192. Follow this road straight for a few miles and the Melbourne Square Mall will be on your right.
Ron Jons Surf Shop and Cocoa Village
Take a ride through Cocoa Beach to Ron Jon’s Surf Shop and nearby Cocoa Village, another charming historic shopping district filled with boutiques and specialty shops, bars, restaurants, bakeries and a playhouse for community theatre known as Cocoa Village Playhouse. (Phone: 321-636-5050 or www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com)
Getting there: 28 miles. From the Inn, head east on Ocean Ave. towards the beach. Turn left at the first light (onto A1A) and settle in for a nice drive north, past Patrick Air Force Base and through Cocoa Beach, until you arrive at the famous Ron Jon’s Surf Shop at Highway 520. From there, you can head west on 520 and you will go over several causeways. Merritt Square Mall is on the left after the second bridge, with Macy’s, Dillards, etc. If you stay on 520 and continue past the mall, you will go over another causeway and arrive in the town of Cocoa. Turn left on Brevard Avenue (just a couple of blocks past the bridge) and you will be in Cocoa Village.
The Avenue in Viera
2261 Town Center Avenue Viera, Florida 32940 Mon – Sat 10 AM – 9PM Sun 12- 6PM 321-634-5390 www.viera.shoptheavenue.com The Avenue is an open-air, pedestrian friendly shopping destination featuring premier national retailers such as Chicos, Talbots, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, Coldwater Creek and more. The mall is also home to select local merchants and a large selection of specialty restaurants.
Getting there: 28 miles. From the Inn, head east on Ocean Ave. towards the beach. Turn left at the first light (onto A1A) and head north for about 10 miles to Highway 404 (Pineda Causeway), just south of Patrick Air Force Base. Turn left and stay on Highway 404 over the causeways and all the way to I-95. Take I-95 north one exit to Viera. Turn left at the bottom of the exit and you will come to a traffic circle with a big oak tree in the middle. Go 1/4 of the way around circle and turn right. The Avenue will be within view just down the road on your right.
Vero Beach Ocean Drive
A small enclave of exclusive shops and boutiques line the streets along Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. Lots of fabulous restaurants too!
Getting there: 32 miles. From the Inn, head east on Ocean Ave. towards the beach and follow the road as it turns south and becomes Highway A1A. And, just keep going for about 30 miles until you come to the light at Beachland Boulevard (Route 60). Turn left towards the beach and you’ll be in there.
Kayak/Canoe Tours and Rentals
Adventure Kayaking Tours
Tropical Kayak Tours
Honest John’s Fish Camp
Power boat, aluminum boat and Kayak rentals for full or half day rentals
Inlet Explorer & Marina Rentals
Lone Cabbage Fish Camp
8199 State Road 20, Cocoa, Fl 32926
Airboat rides are available as well as an extended ECO tour that lasts either 60 or 90 minutes. Reservations are required for the extended ECO tour as there is a 4 person minimum. Restaurant on site if staying on for lunch or dinner to enjoy Catfish, gator tail or frog legs
30 minute ride – Adult $24.00 Children $16.00 (12 years and younger)
60 minute ride – Adult $50.00 Children $30.00
90 minute ride – Adult $70.00 Children $40.00
Jet ski/ boat rental
Hayley’s Jet ski rental
96 East Eau Gallie Boulevard
Indian Harbor Beach
Spessard Holland Golf
Designed by Arnold Palmer Enterprises, the beautiful par 67 stretch executive course is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque Indian River Lagoon offering year round refreshing breezes and memorable views.
Please call for rates and tee times. Open 7am until dark.
Aquarina Country Club
Situated half way between Melbourne Beach and Vero Beach Florida on Highway A1A, Aquarina Country Club is a unique golf experience nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. As one of Florida’s few barrier island golf courses, residents and vacationers from all over travel to the friendly beach community of Aquarina and play one of the most beautiful golf courses in the region.
Our course is open to the public and offers a variety of membership options. Aquarina Country Club offers not only great golf in a sublime “Old Florida” setting, but also dining and a fully stocked bar at our Brassie Grill.
Designed by Charles Ankrom, the contoured par 62 layout incorporates plenty of challenge as it extends to 4313 yards from the back tees. This is a true test for advanced golfers, ladies, seniors and juniors! Aquarina is a host-facility for the game-changing PGA/USGA “Tee it Forward” program, which promotes faster play times, enhanced learning, better scoring and naturally more FUN!
Aquarina Country Club is set in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, famed for its abundance of wildlife, including sea turtles, osprey, wading birds, otters, manatee and dozens of other exotic subtropical species. Many of these creatures can be spotted on or near our course as it winds past groves of live oaks, through mangrove marshes and around eleven pristine lakes.
7500 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951
Sea Turtle Preservation Society Walks
The Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season peaks in Brevard County in June and July. Teams at the STPS provide Turtle Walks for the public several nights a week during June and July at three different locations in South Brevard County. Please call our office to schedule a walk with a guide.
Store address: 111 South Miramar Avenue Indialantic, FL 32903
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
In 1903, then President Roosevelt established this very first federal bird reservation. It was home to the Native “Ais” Indians for thousands of years and with the arrival of American settlers during the mid 1800’s, there was pressure from early influential naturalists to protect these thriving bird rookeries from slaughter as there feathers became increasingly valuable.
In 1963, the Secretary of the Interior because of its status designated Pelican Island as a National Historic Landmark as the first federal area set aside specifically to protect wildlife.
Peak migratory bird season-November through March
Peak nesting season-April through June
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open daily.
Current operating hours are from 9AM to 5PM. The US Astronaut Hall of Fame is open from 12PM to 5PM.
Tours start at 10AM and depart continuously every 15 minutes. Last tour departs at 2:30PM. Kennedy Space Center Bus Tours run approximately 2 hours and is included in admission.
$10 per automobile or motorcycle. All vehicle traffic is routed to a parking toll plaza equipped with parking toll booths.
$50 adult/$40 child (ages 3-11) plus tax
Kennedy Space Center admission include IMAX space films all exhibits and shows, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. Admission tickets include a second day free for use at the US Astronaut Hall of Fame is used within seven days to allow guests to get the full experience.
US Astronaut Hall of Fame (admission only)
$27.00 adult/$23.00 child plus tax
The Brevard Zoo is one of the Space Coast’s most popular and endearing attractions! Built solely by volunteers, The Brevard Zoo features over 550 animals including giraffes, alligator, giant anteaters, cougars, eagles, river otters, exotic birds, kangaroo, giant fruit bats, and more.
8225 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne, Florida
Treetop Trek is a thrilling outdoor adventure where visitors have the opportunity to sour through the treetops on Ziplines up to 40 feet above the ground and navigate obstacles including jungle bridges, nets, ropes, and crab walks.
Multiple courses available at varying level of difficulties.
Located at the Brevard Zoo (zoo admission not included but not required).
8225 North Wickham Rd., Melbourne, Florida
Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne, Florida
Hours: Tue –Sat. 10AM- 5PM, until 7PM on Thursday, Sunday 1PM – 5 PM
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts preserves and displays an international collection of textiles through rotating public exhibitions and educational programs. Highlighting the collection are traditional handmade textiles, embroidery, garments and related accessories from Africa, Japan, India and Central Asia; European and North American embroidery, lace and samplers from the 17th through the 20th centuries; and contemporary wearable art and fiber arts.
Tue-Fri 10AM-4PM, Sat 12-4PM on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology
Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
The Brevard Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility offering a diverse array of programming, including popular artists, Broadway touring shows, classical artists, ballet and contemporary dance, opera, country music artists, family-oriented events and children’s theatre. The 126,000-square-foot facility includes a 2016-seat performing arts hall, 250-seat Studio Theatre, art display areas, dance studios and rehearsal halls. In addition, the facility is available for meetings, weddings, business functions, graduations and other private events.
Located at the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College.
Based on Florida Today article written by: Jennifer Sangalang
January to April is peak time for festivals in Brevard, where several organizations celebrate things such as strawberries and frog legs to Indian traditions, cuisine and culture. Most, if not all, the festivals benefit local charities. Pencil these in on your calendar, then as the date nears, pick up TgIF or visit floridatoday.com/entertainment.
• Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, January
• Pirates at the Pier, January
• Florida Key Lime Pie Festival, January
• Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January
• Melbourne and Beaches Music Marathon, February
• Mardi Gras street parties, February
• Valkaria Airfest, February
• Grant Seafood Festival, March
• Greek Festival, March
• Zonta Chocolate Festival, March
• Easter Surf Fest, March
• Melbourne Art Festival, April
With five community theaters in Brevard, there’s something to see just about every weekend. Visit the websites below for shows and times.