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Things To Do With Kids in Cocoa Beach

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.

Best Cocoa Beach Water Activities for Kids

Go surfing at Nex Generation Surf School.

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.

Paddle a kayak at Wildlife Water Sports.

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.

Best Museum in Cocoa Beach

Hang ten at the Florida Surf Museum.

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.

Honorable mention: The Dinosaur Store and Museum

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

Things to Do Near Cocoa Beach

  • Brevard Zoo: Though small, this zoo careful curates its collection of animals, including local wildlife, such as alligators, snapping turtles, and barred owls.
  • Funtown: When it gets too hot, take a ride here for mini bowling, laser tag, roller skating, and other indoor fun.
  • Andretti Thrill Park: Take a spin on one of five go-kart tracks, or enjoy non-motorized fun, such as climbing and arcade games.
  • Kennedy Space Center: Marvel at the science of space travel as you touch an actual moon rock, explore the 363-foot Saturn V rocket, and explore other amazing exhibits.
  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society: Visitors to the Sea Turtle House learn all about the species and the work the society does to protect them.
  • Jungle Adventures: Knowledgeable experts lead visitors on tours  that navigate jungle terrain and animals, and at live exhibitions, such as the Gator Jamboree Feeding Adventure, experienced handlers coax critters from their hiding places.

Best Kid-Friendly Cocoa Beach Restaurants

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.

  • Barrier Jack’s: From breakfast to dinner, this restaurant is known for its vast menu that includes burgers, omelets, and seafood baskets.
  • ANY Pizza House: Pizza, pasta, subs—all of these family favorites are served by the basics, or with a high-brow twist, such as the Sheepshead Bay Pizza, topped with shellfish and a housemade scampi sauce.
  • Rock the Guac: Round out your meal with their housemade guacamole, which comes in three versions: classic, spicy, and pineapple black bean
  • Slow and Low Barbeque: At a barbecue restaurant, it’s okay to to be a messy eater, whether you’re 5 years old or 45.
  • Green Room Cafe: Kids will love pairing smoothies with sandwiches, while parents will love knowing they’re treating their family to an all-organic meal.
  • Roberto’s Little Havana: Florida’s known for its Cuban cuisine, and Roberto’s has served up authentic fare since 1980.