Located on the mainland along the Indian River, Cocoa boasts a beautiful meandering riverfront lined by mature oak trees and impressive houses including Victorian homes built in the late 1800s. Also located on the riverfront is the bustling historic downtown area of Cocoa Village, which features wonderful boutiques and cafes, and the Cocoa Riverfront Park which includes an Amphitheatre. Further inland is Eastern Florida State College which shares a campus with UCF and the EFSC Planetarium and Observatory. Across the 520 bridge is Merritt Island, home to the John F. Kennedy Space Center and further east are the beaches and Port Canaveral, where all major cruiselines depart. Cocoa residents and visitors enjoy spectacular views of rocket launches across the Indian River, a short jaunt to the beach, and a 45-minute drive to Orlando.