*Brevard County Links

Senior Living Resources


OUTDOOR LIVING

1. Airboat rides, Camp Holly http://www.campholly.net/ on US192 or Lone Cabbage Fish Camp http://twisterairboatrides.com/ on US520 (You can order fried alligator in the restaurant)

2. Rent kayaks or canoes at Palm Bay marina http://www.palmbaymarina.com/ and explore Turkey Creek.

3. Take a guided kayak tour of Turkey Creek or several other locations, Karen’s Kayaks http://www.karenskayaks.com/tours.html )

4. River tubing at Ichetucknee state park www.floridastateparks.org/park/Ichetucknee-Springs (North of Gainesville near Fort White): Rent tubes just outside the park. The park has shuttles that will drop you off at the put in point and pick you up at the take out point. Spring fed river, low probability of alligators due to cold water temperature and how the park is fenced.

5. Scuba diving, Dixie Divers http://jndscuba.com/ , Hatt’s dive shop http://www.hattsdiving.com/_index.php

6. Charter a fishing boat out of port Carnival or Sebastian Inlet. https://www.firedupcharters.com/https://www.fishrelentless.com/http://www.artsadventures.com/

7. Surfing, Ron Jon Surf School Cocoa Beach http://www.ronjonsurfschool.com/

8. Jet Skiing, Hayley’s Jet Ski and Boat Rental, Cocoa Beach Jet Ski Rentals http://www.hayleysboatrental.com/ http://cocoabeachjetskirentals.com/

9. Water Skiing, learn to water ski at Orlando Water Sports http://www.aktionparks.com/orlando-watersports-complex/

10. Fly a kite (good beach activity) Kite World in Indialantic https://www.kiteworld.com/

11. Fish off a dock or causeway (I think FL residents can get a free license to fish from land or a pier) Mathers Bridge https://www.google.com/maps/@28.1488767,-80.6059424,18z, pier at Sebastian inlet https://www.google.com/maps/@27.8612335,-80.4471717,17z, Lake Washington https://www.google.com/maps/@28.147228,-80.7326479,17z, Rychman Park Melbourne Beach https://www.google.com/maps/@28.0684933,-80.5667383,19z

12. Snorkeling, Hatt’s dive shop http://www.hattsdiving.com/_index.php

13. Kayaking or canoeing thousand islands nature preserve in Cocoa Beach. Launch from west end of Ramp Road. Kayak through mangrove tunnels. http://paddleflorida.net/cocoa-beach-paddle.htm

14. Manatees viewing, Alex Goode Park on Turkey Creek in Palm Bay http://www.shrimpnfishflorida.com/alexjgoode_fishingpier.html , Crane Creek Promenade in Melbourne https://www.google.com/maps/@28.0772355,-80.6031267,19z ,or Desoto Park in Satellite Beach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hMu2U9LwQ0 . Desoto Park is excellent when the water is cold because Manatee will congregate in the warm canal on the NW side of the park. GPS coordinates 28.164322, -80.603045

15. Go tubing or swimming at Rock Springs in Kelly Park Apopka http://www.floridasprings.org/visit/map/kelly-park-rock-springs-run/

16. Adventure Kayaking in Vero Beach http://www.paddleflorida.com/

17. Turtle walk (guided beach tour discussing turtle nesting) Sea Turtle Preservation Society 111 South Miramar Avenue
Indialantic, FL 321-676-1701 http://www.seaturtlespacecoast.org/

18. Fee Avenue public swimming pool on the east side of Fee Ave. Park in Melbourne, summer swimming classes http://www.melbourneflorida.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/40/1539

19. Beach and Boards Surfing Event in Cocoa Beach (spring) http://beachnboardsfest.com/

20. Cocoa Beach, pier, shops, restaurants, sightseeing https://www.facebook.com/CBpier/

21. Grant Seafood Festival (yearly in late winter or early spring) http://grantseafoodfestival.com/

22. Palm Bay Aquatic Center, public swimming pool near Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus http://www.palmbayflorida.org/government/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation/aquatic-center

23. Various outdoor Easter sunrise services on the beach. A very large one with maybe 5000 participates is held annually on Canova Beach near Eau Gallie Blvd and A1A. http://www.brevardfl.gov/ParksRecreation/South/Canova/Home

24. Hiking on the nature trails in Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (raised boardwalk) http://www.palmbayflorida.org/government/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation/turkey-creek-sanctuary

25. Hiking on the nature trails in Erna Nixon Park http://www.brevardfl.gov/parksrecreation/south/ernanixon/home

26. Hiking on the linear trail (1.1 mile 10 foot wide boardwalk through natural oak hammocks and wetlands. Entrance at south end of Zoo parking lot, free) http://floridahikes.com/linear-park-at-brevard-zoo

27. Hiking in the Enchanted Forest nature sanctuary (near Titusville) http://www.brevardfl.gov/EELProgram/Sanctuaries/EnchantedForestSanctuary/Home

28. Wickham Park 2500 Parkway Dr. Melbourne, FL 32935, large park, lake, campgrounds, disc golf course, equestrian facilities, archery range, off-leash dog park, ball fields, event pavilion, picnic pavilions, playground, and nature trails http://www.brevardfl.gov/parksrecreation/south/wickham/Home

29. Fort Wilderness camping at Disney World in Orlando (tent, camper, or cabin, nice bathrooms, nightly outdoor movie) https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort/

30. Camping at Long Point Park 700 Long Point Rd, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 http://www.brevardfl.gov/parksrecreation/campgrounds/longpoint/Home

31. Space coast stadium baseball https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Coast_Stadium

32. Tennis, 4 free to use, lighted (look for the timer switch on south-west side) courts at Fred Lee Park in Palm Bay https://www.google.com/maps/@28.0142219,-80.6443784,122m/data=!3m1!1e3

33. Golf, par3, full size, driving range, The Habitat, Spressard Holland, Duran, Melbourne municipal, Jo Daddy’s, Bay Tree, and many more http://www.brevardfl.gov/ParksRecreation/Golfhttp://www.myfloridahomesforsale.com/brevard-golf-courses.php

34. Vero Beach Polo Club, www.verobeachpolo.com, Sunday games, January through May, general admission 10$ for car and driver, 5$ for each passenger. Park on east side of the field and watch a polo match, 7634 South Polo Grounds Way, Vero Beach, FL

35. Daytona International Speedway http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/

36. Orlando City SC professional soccer http://www.orlandocitysc.com/

37. High school or college (UCF or FIT) football or soccer game http://ucfknights.com/schedule.aspx?path=footballhttp://floridatechsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=football

38. Bike riding, there are several popular mountain bike trails inside the Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/turkey-creek-palm-bay.html

39. Brevard Extreme Sports Park, 555 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island, combined paintball and Skate Park. http://czpaintball.com/

40. Friday Fest in downtown Melbourne, 2nd Friday of each month. A short section of New Haven is blocked off for a street party from 6pm until 10pm. Free and open to the public. https://www.downtownmelbourne.com/main-street-events/friday-fest/

41. Annual Melbourne Art Festival, 4th weekend of April http://www.melbournearts.org/

42. Mount Dora Art Festival (4th weekend in October) http://mountdoracraftfair.com/

43. Historic Cocoa Village Arts and Crafts fair (4 per year) http://visitcocoavillage.com/art-craft-fairs/

44. Melbourne Air show held at Melbourne Airport, usually held in the spring, military jets and acrobatic demonstrations http://airandspaceshow.com/

45. Tico Air Show, usually held in the spring, military jets, acrobatic demonstrations, 6600 Tico Rd, Titusville, FL http://nbbd.com/festivals/warbird/

46. Old Town in Kissimmee off US192, shops, restaurants, rides, free vintage car show every Friday and Saturday night http://www.experiencekissimmee.com/things-to-do/attractions/old-town/

47. Walk through historic downtown Melbourne, shopping and restaurants https://www.downtownmelbourne.com/

48. Segway Tours, Mt Dora or Port Canaveral http://www.segwayofcentralflorida.com/MtDoraTour.html
http://www.spacecoastsegwaytours.com/

49. Andretti Thrill Park, 3960 South Babcock St., Melbourne, go-carts, video games, etc. http://www.andrettithrillpark.com/

50. Brevard Zoo, tree top trek, zip line, kayaking https://brevardzoo.org/

51. iFly indoor sky diving in Orlando, near Universal http://www.indoorskydivingsource.com/tunnels/ifly-orlando/

52. Hurricane paintball park, Palm Bay http://www.hurricanepaintballpark.com/

53. Horseback riding, Ace of Hearts Ranch, Cocoa https://www.facebook.com/aceofheartsranch/

54. Spaceport Rocketry Association meeting 3rd Saturday of each month in Palm Bay. www.spaceportrocketry.org

55. Florida EcoSafaris in St. Cloud, Zipline, Skycycle and Swamp Buggy tours, horseback riding https://www.foreverflorida.com/

56. Indian River County Public Shooting Range in Sebastian close to I95 and Fellsmere Road http://www.goshootingirc.com/

57. Various International Drive tourist attractions, outlet malls, restaurants, mini golf, aquarium, Ripley’s believe it or not, Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, helicopter tours, go kart racing, WonderWorks, etc. http://www.internationaldriveorlando.com/

58. Florida Institute of Technology 15 acre botanical garden and nature trail, free, open to the public sunrise to sunset, guided tours available, 150 W University Blvd, Melbourne, FL http://garden.fit.edu/

59. Rockledge Gardens Plant Nursery on US1, www.rockledgegardens.com. Garden talks and events, great place to just walk around. Similar to an arboretum or botanical garden, only the plants are for sale.

60. Palm Bay regional park off-leash dog park, 1951 Malabar Rd SW Palm Bay, FL 32907, free https://www.facebook.com/pages/Palm-Bay-Regional-Dog-Park/138404849534895

61. Feed the ducks at Wells Park next to Melbourne Auditorium http://www.melbourneflorida.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/56/1510

62. Visit B52 Park located near Orlando airport, decommission B52 bomber in center of park you can walk around. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-52_Memorial_Park

63. Patrick Air force Base (commissary for present and former members of the military) http://www.patrick.af.mil/

64. Orlando Speed World /Bithlo Motorsports Park, track, drag, mud, and motocross racing, 19164 East Colonial Drive, Orlando http://www.orlandospeedworld.org/ http://www.raceosw.com/dragway/schedule/

65. Fort Christmas Historical Park just off SR50 in Christmas FL, this is a full scale re-creation of the fort that was built at this location during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). http://www.nbbd.com/godo/FortChristmas/

66. Gatorland 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837 http://www.gatorland.com/

67. Wekiva springs state park, spring feed river, camping, swimming, tubing, kayaking https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Wekiwa-Springs

68. Wekiva Island 1014 Miami Springs Dr. Longwood, FL 32779, this is a commercial bar/resort on the Wekiva River just east of the state park, live music, cabana rentals, swimming, canoe, and kayak rentals. http://wekivaisland.com/

69. Ginnie Springs, 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd, High Springs, FL 32643, clear cold spring water, camping, snorkeling, tubing on the Santa Fe River, can get crowded. Lots of UF students. Entrance fee ~13$ per person http://ginniespringsoutdoors.com/

70. Malabar Disc Golf Course, 1845 Malabar Rd, Malabar, FL 32950, free http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=1512

71. Super Boat Grand Prix, held annually in early summer, Cocoa Beach, https://thunderoncocoabeach.com/

72. Tough Mudder endurance challenge, typically held in November in a large open area in SW Palm Bay locally known as the compound. This is a multiple mile obstacle course. Many of the obstacles incorporate mud or water. http://www.mudrunguide.com/event/saturday-central-florida-tough-mudder-2016/

73. Melbourne Yacht Club, 1202 River Drive Melbourne, Learn to crew on larger (24ft +) sail boats FREE, membership not required,1PM alternating Sundays. http://www.melbourneyachtclub.com/Fleet/?New=1 look for “Rum Race”, Learn to sail smaller boats in a fee based group instruction for beginners (youth or adult classes). http://www.melbourneyachtclub.com/Education/?New=1

74. Avalon Hydroponic U-pick Farm, https://www.facebook.com/AvalonHydroponics/

75. Florida Trails Association weekly guided hikes. They use https://www.meetup.com/ to announce hikes. Anyone can join. http://www.floridatrail.org/about-us/chapters/indianriver/

76. Space Coast River Tours http://www.spacecoastrivertours.com/

77. Good Natured River Tours http://www.goodnaturedrivertours.com/

78. DolFun tour of the Indian River https://dolfuntours.com/

79. Visit Juan Ponce de Leon Landing in Melbourne Beach, nice beach/park, and likely historic landing site of Ponce de Leon in 1513 leading to the discovery of Florida. http://www.brevardfl.gov/parksrecreation/south/PonceDeLeon

80. Airmasters RC Club, radio controlled airplane club in Sebastian FL. http://www.airmastersrc.org/index.html

81. Space Coast Paddlers canoeing and kayaking club, https://www.spacecoastpaddlers.com/

82. Hog Wild Paint Ball Club in Grant, http://hogwildpaintball.wixsite.com/hogwild

83. Bike Weeks in Daytona Beach, March and October http://www.officialbikeweek.com/

84. Miniature Golf, Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne http://www.andrettithrillpark.com/, Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf in Cocoa Beach http://www.lighthousecoveminigolf.com/cocoa-beach/index.cfm , Golf N Gator in Cape Canaveral https://www.golfngator.com/ , Jungle Village in Cape Canaveral https://www.facebook.com/Jungle-Village-Golf-Arcade-782410295211313/?ref=profile

85. Space Coast Runners https://thedriven.net/cs/spacecoastrunners/page.detail?page_id=123

86. Space Coast Model Sailing Club, meets at Wickham Park http://www.spacecoastmodelsailingclub.org/

87. Space Coast Audubon Society http://spacecoastaudubon.org/

88. Brevard County Airboat Association https://www.facebook.com/pg/Brevard-County-Airboat-Association-314146718600141/about/

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