People from all over the world visit the Space Coast, so you might think that sightseeing or finding something unique to do might cost a pretty penny, but don’t worry because we’ve found plenty of fun, free and cheap things to do in Brevard. Here is our guide on things to do in Brevard that won’t break your bank.
The Exploration Tower
The state-of-the-art Exploration Tower is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get a spectacular bird’s eye view of Port Canaveral. Each floor of the Exploration Tower has interactive exhibits and galleries so guests can learn about the history and depth of Port Canaveral and all of Florida. The 7th floor outdoor observation deck is the place to be to watch a rocket launch. For more info, call (321) 394-3408.
Parker Brothers Concepts
Parker Brothers Concepts, in Port Canaveral, is known for designing and building the most outrageous custom vehicles on the planet, including the Bat Mobile, the Neutron Bike and the Ghostbuster’s car. Previous clients of the Parker Brothers include world-famous rapper 50 Cent, and WWE superstar John Cena. Parker Brothers Concepts is currently doing a $5 schools out special for tours of their Hollywood Auto Museum. For more info, call (321) 868-2174.
Cocoa Beach Pier
“It’s not just a pier, it’s an adventure!” The Cocoa Beach Pier is one of the Space Coast’s most popular destinations and a true Central Florida landmark. The pier spans 800 feet in length and is home to five restaurants and bars. The newly renovated pier is the perfect place to fish, surf, shop, relax and enjoy delicious food and drinks. The pier has both indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars. For more info, call (321) 783-7549.
What better way to see the Florida wildlife up close and personal than with a kayaking tour through the Thousand Islands. Calypso Kayaking will guide you through the channels that provide a once in a lifetime experience. Guests can see dolphins, manatees, birds and other wild animals. Rates start at $10 to rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard for an hour. For more info, call (321) 639-7350.
Florida Tech’s Botanical Garden
The 15-acre Botanical Garden is bordered by a lush hammock of trees and plants. Guests can explore the Botanical Gardens through the winding paths and wooden walkways. The garden represents Florida’s tropical beauty with breathtaking flowers, plants and trees. The Botanical Garden is the perfect place to go if you want a relaxing afternoon exploring Florida’s nature. For more info, call (321) 674-8536.
Manatee Sanctuary Park
With over 10 acres of stunning views of the Banana River, Manatee Sanctuary Park has something to do for everyone. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or just relax and enjoy the scenery, Manatee Park has what you’re looking for. Annual events are hosted at the park including the Cape Canaveral Founders Day Spring Festival. Amenities include horseshoe pits, fitness trail, exercise stations, covered boardwalks, picnic tables and grills. For more info, call (321) 868-1226.
Golf-N-Gator, located in Cape Canaveral, is home to two epic mini golf courses that weave through tropical landscaping with streams, waterfalls and a giant pond with live alligators, turtles and fish. All-you-can-play-mini-golf for adults is $15.99. Not only is this a mini golf course, but it is home to 30 alligators of different sizes and ages. While at Golf-N-Gator, guests can have the chance to hold the smaller gators and feed the larger ones in the swamp. Golf-N-Gator is also home to birds, lizards, snakes and a tortoise. Hey parents; Golf-N-Gator is now serving beer and wine (yay)! For more info, call (321) 799-4545.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 1,500 species of plants and animals. Consisting of 140,000 acres of coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, pine flatwoods and other habitats, this Wildlife Refuge provides the perfect home for animals including manatees, bobcats, otters, deer, alligators and more. While here guests can explore on the seven mile auto tour to view wildlife, fish, bird watch and hike on one of the six trails. Daily passes are $5 and yearly passes are $15.
By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer