*[Incorporated in 1895, the city of Cocoa had no choice but to grow along with the space program in the 1950’s. Many families of the space program still reside in the city of Cocoa and surrounding areas. The many facets to this area include a diverse array of cultures, interests and lifestyles. Riverfront, lakefront or canal front homes and condominiums are abundant throughout the area as well as smaller communities, gated subdivisions and horse farms with acreage.
Nestled along the Indian River Lagoon, lies the bustling Historic District of the city of Cocoa. The Historic Cocoa Village is filled with a myriad of shops, antiques, boutiques, entertainment, casual and fine dining. Enjoy lovely bakeries and café’s or a casual lunch or dinner dining at Murdock’s Southern Bistro & Bar. The Brasas Grill, Café Margaux and the Black Tulip are just a few of the fine dining experiences to be]* had in the village. Entertainment is always nearby, whether it’s an outdoor concert in Riverfront Park, an arts and crafts festival, music from a local establishment or a musical production or play at the Cocoa Playhouse. The Cocoa Playhouse continues to be a thriving community theater known to locals as “Broadway on Brevard”. The playhouse features theatre, dance productions, and live music. Be a part of the theatre, volunteering or participate in an audition for a summer musical theatre project or one of the other high quality productions throughout the year. It’s all here for your enjoyment!
Get away for the weekend and stay at the Parrish Grove Inn or the SolRisa Inn, two of the local, beautiful bed and breakfasts minutes from Riverside Park, the Cocoa Civic Center and the Porcher House. Located in the heart of Cocoa Village and included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Porcher House has long been a magical, romantic setting for couples to wed. Stroll amidst the hovering oaks, along the brick walkways and picturesque gardens and embrace the charm of Cocoa Village.
The Florida Historical Society maintains an extensive archive of historical documents and maps relating to the history of Florida in the Library of Florida History. The historical society educates the public about Florida history through programs and projects and operates the Florida Historical Society Archaeological Institute at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. The museum features ongoing exhibits including dioramas showing Brevard County’s main ecosystems to include the Central East Coast Barrier Reef and the Saltwater Marsh, a butterfly garden, picnic area and 22 acres of trails.
Located on the Cocoa Campus of Eastern Florida State College the EFSC Planetarium and Observatory is one of the finest planetariums in the country. Explore the many science exhibits in the Science Exhibit Hall, browse through the art gallery showcasing local artists and shop in the gift store. In the evenings, stargaze through one of the largest public telescopes in Florida on the roof-top observatory. Experience a laser show at the Star Theatre or an IMAX movie in the Discovery Movie Theatre. The Planetarium and Observatory has something for every astronomical interest.
Head west on State Road 520 and look to the sky for the bright stadium lights of the revived Cocoa Expo Sports Center. The once newly refurbished facility is now a superior resort style sports complex offering MLB style facilities and training centers for baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball, complete with lodging, dining and entertainment for athletes. Cocoa Expo was once the Spring Training home of the Houston Colt 45’s (later known as Houston Astros) from 1964-1985. The park then began to host NCAA, High School and youth tournaments. In 1993, the Florida Marlins used the Cocoa Expo as their Spring Training their inaugural season and later played their first game in Cocoa Stadium. The complex is centrally located in Brevard County, less than an hour away from Orlando attractions and close to the world famous Cocoa Beach. Just down the road from the complex take a guided tour of Lake Poinsett on a Twister Airboat Ride at the old Florida style, Lone Cabbage Fish Camp on the banks of the St Johns River. Lake Poinsett, lake along the St Johns River, bass, speckled perch. Old Florida style fish camp on the banks of the St Johns River.
Whether it’s the close location to the rivers, lakes and beaches or the culture and arts that attracts you to the area… it’s all her for you to discover. Cocoa the historic heart of Brevard County!