5 Things To Do In Melbourne, Florida
Just a short flight away on Porter, there are lots of things to do in Melbourne that are bursting with outdoor activities for everyone. The beaches are dotted with hotels, inns and eateries – serving the freshest coastal seafood available. Beyond the beach, downtown Melbourne is steeped in history with stunning buildings, art-adorned streets and classic Victorian mansions in the Arts District.
1. Go beaching
When it comes to water sports, everything is available, from parasailing to Banana Boat rides; scuba diving, fishing, dolphin watching or boat cruises. Staying at beach hotels, like the Crowne Plaza, will give you instant access to Melbourne Beach and all of these water adventures.
2. Commune with nature at Sebastian Inlet State Park
Venture off the main beach and get in touch with nature at Sebastian Inlet State Park. The park offers miles of uncrowded beaches with swimming, snorkelling, shelling and some of the best fishing on Florida’s east coast. Take canoe, paddle boarding or kayaking lessons with BG’s Surfside Grill & Adventures at Inlet Park. Chances are you’ll see a manatee or two, pet a few dolphins and spot a variety of birds swooping overhead.
Stroll the boardwalk and watch the anglers bring in their catch while massive waves crash nearby. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a surfer riding those waves.
3. Lunch, with a side of history in Melbourne
Historic downtown Melbourne has a variety of restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from. Enjoy lunch on a terrace, visit Jacqueline’s Bakery for fresh coffee and baked pastries, or sip a beer at historic Hell ’n Blazes Brewing Company. If shopping is more your thing, there’s a quaint little area that is uniquely Melbourne with antique shops and boutiques where’ll find anything from art to unique designer bridal gowns and boho chic brands. After all that shopping, settle in at Ole Fire Grill for happy hour. Sip on a cool cocktail and snack on chips with Pico de Gallo.
4. Adventures await at Brevard Zoo
From exotic to local, there’s a long list of animals waiting to be discovered. You’ll even get to feed some of the animals and learn all about their native habitats. If you’re looking for a physical challenge, explore the zoo from the river via kayaks. Or test your mettle by taking a course at the Tree Top Trekking adventure – zip, climb, and crawl through the lush Florida forest.
5. Take in Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD)
This area of Melbourne is being revitalized; a redevelopment of the community of art galleries, shops and restaurants. Take a selfie with the EGAD murals and visit the Foosaner Art Museum, along with the historic Rossetter House Museum. Come and meet the artists, poets and potters who all call EGAD home.
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