The sun, the surf, the beach—it seems that there’s be no shortage of things to do in Cocoa Beach with kids. But all parents get stuck in a rut when it comes to kids’ activities, and they need something new to do, just like their kids do.
Or maybe you’re planning a trip to the area, and you’re wondering what types of things to do in Cocoa Beach with kids. We’re here to help, with activities that will take you from the seaside to the shore, and back again.
According to experienced surfers, the waves at Cocoa Beach are just the right speed for a beginner to learn how to ride them. To that end, the experienced surf instructors start newbies out on soft boards, which make it easy to get up again and again, while the lead advanced surfers in trying out competition-level tricks and flips.
Rent a glass-bottom kayak from Wildlife Water Sports, and little ones can ride along in a jump seat that allows them to also get a view of the manatees and dolphins that might be swimming below. Older kids can paddle along with Mom or Dad in a tandem kayak, that also allows room for a younger sibling to ride, too.
When people think of surfing, they think West Coast—California, most likely. At the Florida Surf Museum, the exhibits documents the culture East Coast surfing, showcasing surfers, surf spots and East Coast surf legends, such as Kelly Slater and Todd Holland. And since it’s nestled inside an enormous Ron Jon Surf Shop, visitors inspired to take to the waves can gear up on site.
In the museum’s hall of dinosaurs, dinosaur skeletons and models are posed in lifelike dioramas, such as the parasaurolophus guarding her eggs amongst a flourish of pretend greenery. Upstairs, visitors can explore relics of ancient cultures, such as an Egyptian sarcophagus and a replica of Chinese terracotta soldiers. Backtrack to the dinosaur store, and you can take
Kids can be hard to feed: they’re picky and have super short attention spans. So we’ve put together this list of family-friendly restaurants in Cocoa Beach that will keep just about everyone engaged.