Things to Do in Melbourne
A few activities we enjoy around the estate are morning and evening strolls on the beach, grilling, laying under the sun, reading a good book around the pool or simply staring at the night stars. We love to watch rocket launches from the beach directly in front of the house, and walk at night (flashlights off of course) to find turtles laying eggs during turtle season. If you feel like going out of the house, here are some of our favorite Melbourne and area activities. Activities marked with ** are great for Rainy Days
Rigg’s Outpost (Pictured below)
7 minutes away from the property. Paddle Board Rentals, Kayaks, Bait and Tackle, Pontoon Boat rentals directly on Crane Creek in Downtown Melbourne. Spot manatees, dolphins, turtles, etc. A great 2-hour long adventure for both adults and kids. 990 E Melbourne Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901. Tel. (321) 676 8030. www.riggsoutpost.com.
Call Karen (321-848-8416) from Karen's Kayaks for a guided tour of Crane Creek. (Reservations must be made well in advance, and space and availability is on a first come first serve basis) Last time we went we saw dolphins, manatees, turtles and gators. It is a real fun adventure if the weather is nice. http://www.karenskayaks.com/
Kennedy Space Center (Pictured Below)
Address: State Road 405, between Range Road and East Avenue SW. Use the city Orsino with GPS., Cape Canaveral, FL 32899
Learn about Nasa’s Space Program, and have fun doing so. Great for kids and adults alike. https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
Paddle Board Rentals
Paddleboard House. 110 S. Miramar (A1A), Indialantic, FL 32903. Tel: 321) 676-9773.
Surf Board Rentals
Longboard House. 101 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic, FL 32901. (321) 951-8001
Complete Surfboard shop that in addition to the best boards in town for sale and rent, carries most major relaxed clothing and shoe national brands like Roxy, Life is Good, Toms and Billabong and their signature local printed Longboard T-shirts.
To check out the surf report, please go to:
Catalyst. 209 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951. Tel. (321) 728-2960.
Great to rent surfboards, take classes or shop their T-shirt line loved by all locals.
Ohana Surf School by Ashley Nolan
320 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. www.surfwithohana.com
Rocket Launches (Pictured below)
There is an average of 2 launches per month. You may see the launches directly on the beach in front of the property or drive closer to Cape Canaveral. Click here for upcoming launches: http://www.visitspacecoast.com/launches/. Most of our guests see the launches from the property, but if you want to get closer, check these viewing spots out: https://spacecoastlaunches.com/viewing-spots/
Bob's Beach Bicycle Works
113 5th Avenue | Indialantic, FL 321-725-2500
During turtle season (May 1 through Oct. 31) you may walk at night on the beach directly in front of the property and you might see one or several giant turtles nesting. We will give you many tips to find them. We have had guests who have spotted 8 in one short walk during the peak of the season.
Turtles Watching Tours
Barrier Island Sanctuary
Spessard Holland Golf Course
(5 minutes away from the property)
2374 Oak Street, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 Pro Shop: (321) 952-4529 Tee Times: (321) 952-4530 Course Open 7 am until 8:00 p.m. Pro Shop open 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Designed by Palmer Enterprises, this popular stretched executive 18-hole course offers an oasis of golfing pleasure between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. The 5,210 yard course features sailboats and birds along the inland waterway on the west. From the east, the constant, yet unpredictable breeze off the Atlantic Ocean offers exceptional seaside golfing — challenging use of all 14 clubs. Golfers will also appreciate the hole-in-one advantage of the six par-3 holes that vary from 128 to 191 yards. Weaving through more than 800 sabal palms, eleven par-4 holes and one par-5 hole complete the opportunity for first rate play at this well-manicured 67-par course.
At the fifth Street in Melbourne Beach park. First Come, First Serve.
Hiking (Hiking at Maritime Hammock Sanctuary Pictured below)
Download the app All Trails, for great local trail recommendations including the 3.5 mile Maritime Hammock Sanctuary. http://www.alltrails.com/
Incentive Fishing Charters. Tel 321-676-1948. www.Incentivecharters.com. Bruce’s boat is docked at Captain Hiram’s in Sebastian, a cool place to relax after a busy day fishing.
Park with playground and Melbourne Beach Pier (Pictured Below)
507 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
A full playground with swings and slides for the kids walking distance from the property. After they play you can walk to the Melbourne Beach Pier and see the local fishermen's catch of the day.
Shop, eat, drink and stroll in Downtown Melbourne
Located 7 minutes away by car from the property this historic and picturesque town is full of unique restaurants, bars shops and entertainment. Stop by for Dinner or Sunday brunch at Crush Eleven. (See description under restaurants)
Shop, eat, drink and stroll in the Eau Gallie Arts District
A little North of Downtown Melbourne is Downtown Eau Gallie, also known as the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD). Home to the Foosaner Art Museum, art galleries, noteworthy restaurants (like FM Pizza Oven, wood fire pizza served in a historic former bank), a local micro brewery (Intracoastal Brewing Company), and over 30 murals!
** Andretti Thrill Park
3960 South Babcock, Melbourne, Florida 32901
In the mood for some action? Head to Andretti and race in one of their 5 Go-Kart tracks, play in their 18-hole miniature golf course, test you batting skills in their batting cages, play lazer tag, let the kids go in the kiddie rides or play with them in the arcade. Definitely a few hours of fun.
S. Magnolia Dr / Orlando Blvd, Indialantic, FL 32903
Another fun park with a big playground with slides and fun activities for the kids.
8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940 Tel. (321) 254-9453
A 75 acre facility that is home to more than 650 animals representing more than 165 species from Florida, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The zoo features many extraordinary animal experiences including giraffe and lorikeet feedings, African kayak tours, paddle boats in the wetlands, and a train ride. Brevard Zoo is a not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo is divided into four loops: Expedition Africa, Australia/Asia, Wild Florida, and La Selva. These loops are accessed off of the main loop that encircles the flamingo pond.
Treetop Trek . It is an exciting addition to the Brevard Zoo. The attraction combines tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges, nets and zip lines, allowing visitors to experience nature and see animals in their habitats below. The attraction is comprised of three exciting aerial obstacle courses; one for children and two for participants over 56 inches. The most adventurous course, Treetop Challenge takes two to three hours to complete and guaranteed to get your heart racing. Fun for teenagers.
** Movie Theater
Premiere Oaks 10.
1800 W Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901
A great pre or after movie restaurant is Pane E Vino Italian Restaurant and Hemingway’s Tavern (See description under Restaurants)
Orlando Theme Parks and Shopping
Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Downtown Disney, etc, are all within a 1:30 hour drive, Great Designer and Outlet Malls too. Read more under Shopping Section.
Thee House of Yoga
412 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic, FL 32903 (321) 726-9642.
The Yoga Garden
1482 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935 (321) 831-4917.
Family Portraits at the property
Local photographer Liz Cowie shoots great family photos. She is familiar with our property, and does great and super fun work. www.lizcowiephotography.com
Camp Holly (Pictured Below)
Really fun airboat rides in the swamp. Tel (321) 723-2179
** Painting With a Twist
702 E New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901. Tel. 321-270-8397.
Looking for a fun night out in Melbourne? Unleash your creative side with Painting with a Twist! Bring your own wine or beer (no hard liquor), possibly a snack, and relax. Our talented team of instructors guides you step by step through the night's featured painting. Our classes are $35 for 2 hour paintings and $45 for 3 hour paintings, so there's something for everyone!
21+ for regular schedule classes. 15-21 if accompanied by an adult. 8+ kids classes and family day.
** Get Fired Up (Paint your own Pottery Studio)
536 E New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901. Tel.321-729-0222
Get Fired up is a paint it yourself pottery studio in downtown Melbourne. They have over 400 items you can choose from. Most items are priced at $25 or less and that price includes the whole process.
Pottery painting is a great activity for individuals, couples, families and small groups...and it is something even young children can easily do. They will show you everything you need to know.
You can take as long as you need to finish though many projects can be completed in about 2 hours or less. Once you are done painting they will fire your pottery and they can come back in about 3-4 days to pick up the finished pottery.
They operate on a walk in basis...Tuesday thru Saturday...10 am to 9 pm. They do recommend reservations for groups of 6 or more.
** Brunswick Zone Harbour Lanes (Bowling Alley)
1099 N. Wickam Rd., Melbourne, FL 32935 Tel. 321-242-2695
Super fun Bowling Alley for the kids and the entire family.
** Shopping at Melbourne Square Mall
(Ready-to-wear, Home Décor, Designer Boutiques and Jewelry)
1700 W New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32904. Tel. (321) 727-2000
Several youth Fast Fashion sores like H&M, Aeropostale, Hollister and American Eagle Outfitters. Dicks Sporting Goods and Macy’s Anchor the mall.
Day Trip Ideas
1) Melbourne Beach to Vero Beach (Florida’s Treasure Coast)
We drive south via US1 and stop by Grant Antique Mall (A really cool antique multi-vendor mall); Captain Hiram's for lunch (a cool beach restaurant) or Grant Station for lunch (BBQ ribs in a historic train station that recently opened. Then another good stop is Mel Fisher's Museum (the diver that has found many shipwrecks) When you get to Vero, walk around the shops in the area, visit Gloria Estefan’s Hotel, Costa d'Este for fun décor ideas or a drink, have a quick casual bite at El Sid Taqueria, and have dinner at Ocean Grill (An Old Florida Style Restaurant). Visit the impressive local Breweries like, Walking Tree Brewery, American Icon Brewery, or Orchid Island Brewery, among many others. We drive back via A1A for a different scenery. A great and fun stop along the way is Barrier Island Sanctuary to learn everything about turtles. http://www.brevardcounty.us/EELProgram/Areas/BarrierIslandSanctuary/
2) Melbourne Beach to Cocoa Village
Our favorite route is north via US1. Stroll around the village and visit it’s many shops or catch a play at Cocoa Village Playhouse. You can also take the short drive from Cocoa Village over the causeway to Cocoa Beach and visit the **Dinosaur Museum and **Adventure Zone arcade.
3) Melbourne Beach to Orlando
Pick among the many parks Orlando offers for a day filled with fun and action for the kids. Go shopping in the many malls and outlet malls there, Then head back to the property and relax and recharge in its serene atmosphere. Repeat after a few days of R+R.
4) Melbourne Beach to Winter Park
Stroll around the cobble stone streets, eat at great restaurants (Ravenous Pig, Mynt Indian Cuisine, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, Hillstone, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, and shop at the unique boutiques or national chain shops.