Brevard County Overview
Brevard County, otherwise known as the Space Coast, is located in the east-central area of Florida. Nestled in the middle of Osceola, Orange, and Indian River Counties, Brevard County, Florida’s second largest, is home to the Kennedy Space Center and some of the most beautiful beaches along the Atlantic.
Due to its location, Brevard County also is only a 60-mile drive to Orlando attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and International Drive. With its space-age technology, beautiful beaches, and terrific tourist destinations, the Space Coast is where the world lifts off.
Titusville, which for many years was the county seat, is rich with historical flavor, not to mention being one of the best areas to watch NASA’s numerous shuttle launches throughout the year. Mims and Scottsmoor are two of the Space Coast’s rural communities where life is quiet, quaint, and rustic. And Port St. John continues to be one of the area’s fastest growing communities with new housing developments and two of the newer elementary and middle schools.
There’s plenty to see and do in North Brevard. Kennedy Space Center is the hub of America’s space program. More than 2.5 million visitors travel to KSC each year to see the latest technological advancements in space travel as well as the roots of man’s adventure into space. From the “Rocket Garden,” which displays NASA’s early space crafts to the Apollo/Saturn 5 Center, which houses the rockets and equipment from the Apollo missions to Moon, to the two IMAX theaters, Kennedy Space Center is America’s launching pad to excitement.
Surrounding Kennedy Space Center is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is a sanctuary for numerous species of animals. Across the river from KSC in Titusville is the United States Space Walk of Fame. Overlooking the Indian River, this attraction is the first and only Walk in the nation that honors America’s astronauts as well as the men and women behind the scenes who helped America lead the world in space exploration. There are also monuments remembering the Mercury 7, Gemini, and Apollo missions.
If historical sights are what interest you, North Brevard has its share. Titusville, which was founded in 1873, has a refurbished historic downtown of shops and eating establishments that make for a pleasure-filled day. Emma Parrish Theatre is small venue where local theater groups stage plays ranging from dramas to musicals to comedies.
With all the Brevard County has to offer, North Brevard is a place here it all comes together — technology, history, and nature.
Beauty and the beach — that’s Central Brevard in a nutshell. This area is comprised of the communities of Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, Cocoa, Port St. John, Viera, and Rockledge.
Cocoa Beach, one of the world’s most famous beaches because of Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, is quickly becoming a hot spot for all beachgoers; locals and visitors alike. Its white, sandy shores along with a picturesque view of the Atlantic, make Cocoa Beach a sight in itself. The beach also is the stage for several annual surfing contests.
But if the beach isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Central Brevard has plenty of sights and scenes for land lovers as well. Historic Downtown Cocoa Village is a collection of shops, boutiques, and restaurants where there’s something for everyone. Cocoa Village also is the backdrop for numerous Arts & Crafts shows, events, and street parties each year.
Just north of Cocoa Beach is Cape Canaveral, home of Port Canaveral, which is the first quadramodal port in the world, interchanging cargo among sea, land, air, and space. Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and homeport for several cruise ships from cruise lines such as Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. Each year the Port hosts events of all kinds like the annual SeaFest and Chowder Cookoff, one of the most popular events in Central Florida. Port Canaveral also is the site of several major deep-sea fishing tournaments throughout the year, including the annual Florida Sport Fishing Associations’ Offshore Tournament, the largest single-day fishing tournament in the world.
Viera, one of Brevard County’s newest communities, has much to offer. It boasts a new hospital, a new high school, and many beautiful communities. Visit some of the more than 400 animals which reside at Brevard Zoo, visit Space Coast Stadium to catch a Washington Nationals spring training game or a Brevard County Manatees minor league game at Space Coast Stadium, or enjoy one of the many parks. Viera is a great place to live and play!
Central Brevard is a both a doorway to the Atlantic and the area’s rich history. Its spectacular sunrise views across the ocean and historic sights make this area a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike.
Comprised of the diverse mainland communities of Melbourne, Suntree, Palm Shores, Melbourne, West Melbourne, Palm Bay, Malabar, Grant, Valkaria, Micco, and Barefoot Bay; and the beachside communities of Patrick Air Force Base, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, and Melbourne Beach, South Brevard contains some of the best entertainment the Space Coast has to offer.
From Historic Downtown Melbourne to the new developments springing up in the growing Suntree/Melbourne area, residents make the most of the climate, enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities from hunting and fishing to golf, tennis and water sports.
Melbourne is the home of many cultural and entertainment facilities, such as the 2,000-seat King Center for the Performing Arts which offers a full calendar of singing, dancing, music, comedy and acting performances, plus regular Children’s Educational Theater Programs. Henegar Center for the Arts, the oldest public building in the county, is also a magnet for civic and cultural activities. Numerous galleries and museums display their exhibits whilst visitors can browse the many local arts and cr afts shows.
Palm Bay, one of Brevard County’s largest incorporated cities, stretches from the Indian River to west of Interstate 95. Retail centers, shops, restaurants, and commercial parks make up the foundation for this massive municipality. One of the largest employers in Palm Bay is the Harris Corporation. But the city isn’t all business. With its access to the Indian River, Palm Bay has plenty of boat ramps and prime fishing spots. There are also numerous parks equipped for all kinds of outdoor activities. Palm Bay also is home to the Turkey Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.
South of Palm Bay lie the communities of Malabar, Valkaria, Micco, Barefoot Bay and Grant. These small but thriving communities reap the rewards of being located close to a large city, whilst retaining the feel of the country and their own unique personalities.
Founded on fishing, Grant is the site for The Grant Seafood Festival, an annual event in February which is Florida’s oldest and longest continuous seafood festivals.
With parks galore, miles of sandy beaches, superb boating and fishing opportunities, and numerous golf courses, South Brevard makes enjoying the outdoors easy.