Visit Brevard County, Florida

Posted by Beach Towne Team on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 2:40pm.


The canal at Cinnamon Court in Satellite Beach, Florida


Brevard County is a unique, beautiful and amazing place to live. If you've never been here, come visit! We put this blog together for people new to the Brevard County area, and for those who are thinking of purchasing a home here. If you have questions or want to learn more, give us a call at 321-727-7722 and we'll be happy to get you the information you need.

Location

Home to Kennedy Space Center and the busiest cruise port in the world (Port Canaveral), Brevard County, Florida is located halfway between Jacksonville and Miami. It is just 35 miles east of Orlando — Orlando International Airport and all of the city's attractions, including Disney, are less than an hour away. In addition, Melbourne International Airport in Southern Brevard is easy to reach via I-95 or US-1.


Click here for an interactive map of Brevard County by Google


Brevard and the Indian River Lagoon


Brevard is a geographically long county — it stretches 72 miles north to south, which includes 72 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. It's about 26 miles wide on average and is home to the biggest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental US. Along with the tremenously ecologically diverse Indian River Lagoon, in which over a million people fish annually, Brevard has lakes, rivers, and many state and federal wildlife refuges and parks.

Manatees and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins frequent the lagoon. Biologists estimate there are approximately 400 dolphins that spend their time in the Indian River Lagoon. Check out the Smithsonian Marine Station Field Guide to the Indian River Lagoon for more on the flora and fauna of the lagoon.  Click here for information on Brevard parks and more

Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are a major part of Brevard's beaches.  Loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles nest along the shoreline every year. Click here for information

County Government

 Due to its length, Brevard has more than one county courthouse and sherrif's office. Titusville serves as the county seat, as it has since 1894, but much of the government administration is done in Viera, an unincorporated community within the northern city limits of Melbourne, just south of Rockledge.


Homes, Schools, and the People

Nearly all of Brevard homes are east of I-95 and within 10-15 minutes of the beach. It is an extremely affordable, beautiful and family friendly area. Featuring an excellent public school system, Brevard has eight of Florida’s Top 25 Elementary Schools, five of Florida’s Top 25 High Schools and ALL of its middle schools are A rated.


Satellite Beach High School, an A-rated Brevard school

Over half a million people call Brevard County home. With beautiful sub-tropical weather, a reduced risk of extreme tropical weather compared to the Gulf and the Panhandle areas of Florida, its history, beaches, preserved natural areas, and a resilient high-tech economy, it's no surprise we call Brevard County home!

For links to detailed community information, please visit our Communities page.

Climate

You'll find warm, sunny, dry weather in the winter, breezy weather in the spring and fall, and cooler than you may expect weather in the summer. The chance of seeing a snowflake in Brevard County is extremely slim and January tends to be the coldest month, with average lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. July and August are undoubtedly the warmest months, with temps ranging on average from 72 to 90 degrees.

Click here for more on Brevard County Weather

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Economy

The diverse economy is rich in engineering, technology and aeronautics. Many space and defense contractors are based in Brevard and ensure good jobs for many residents. Local entrepreneurs are plenty, and family focused tourism is, of course, a BIG deal. There is plenty of shopping, and excellent local businesses in every community. Antique and thrift shops are also very popular and plenty in Brevard. You can also find great yard sales year-round.

Farmers Markets


There are five farmers markets in Brevard, some which run year-round. You can find local produce, hand-made items and more at the markets in Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Eau Gallie (in Melbourne), Melbourne (on Wickham Road), and in Cocoa Beach. Click below for more information.

Brevard Farmers Markets

Brevard County Farmers Market

Part of the Eau Gallie Farmers Market


State & Federal Parks, Refuges and more



Part of Samson's Island Nature Preserve, as seen from the Banana River, Satellite Beach, FL

These are just a few of the many city, state and federal parks, nature preserves and refuges in Brevard County.

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has over 140,000 protected acres and is home to hundreds of unique species of wildlife and plants, including 12 endangered species. It is one of the world's premier birding sites, and is one of the gateways to the Great Florida Birding Trail. It also hosts the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival every January

The Canaveral National Seashore, located north of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, encompasses more than 57,000 acres of land and water and includes miles upon miles of unspoiled beaches. It is second in all of the National Park Service areas when it comes to threatened and endangered animal species. Thirteen federally listed threatened and endangered animal species call it home. Turtle Mound, a prehistoric archaeological site, is located within the park.

The Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary in Titusville is a unique 471-acre sanctuary where you can observe wildlife and plant life, including endangered and threatened species, on over 4 miles of hiking trails. Walking tours take visitors down 15 to 20 feet from desert-like scrub on the ancient Atlantic Coastal Ridge into the jungle-like Mesic Hammock with its rain-forest-like canopy. It also has an outdoor, open-air butterfly garden, a hands-on exhibit room, a discovery room, gift shop and more.

Sebastion Inlet State Park is the premier salt water fishing spot on Florida's east coast. Just 15 miles south of Melbourne Beach, the park is a favorite for anglers and surfers. Major surfing competitions are held there every year. Discover the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet  at the McLarty Treasure Museum, and learn about the area's fishing industry at the Sebastian Fishing Museum. Sebastion Inlet State Park features three miles of gorgeous beaches, waterfront pavillions, picnic areas, full-facility campsites and a boat ramp.

Samsons Island Nature Preserve is a 52-acre island owned and maintained by the city of Satellite Beach. Situated in the Banana River (part of the Indian River Lagoon) it is just one of many nature preserves in Brevard County. It can only be reached by boat but Satellite Beach runs a free boat every Sunday at 1 p.m. from the fire department dock, weather permitting. For more information, see our Satellite Beach Parks page. And for even more information, click here.


The pond on Samsons Island


Sea Turtles

At the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society holds educational Turtle Walksduring June and July. Tour nesting sites and watch a sea tortoise lay her eggs at this 248 acre refuge which stretches from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach. The most important nesting area in the western hemisphere for loggerhead sea turtles is believed to be along the coast of Florida, south of Melbourne Beach. Many Brevard residents participate in beach clean-ups and preservation activities to make sure sea turtles have clean and undisturbed nesting sites.



Juvenile green sea turtle. Image used under Creative Commons license. Source:  NOAA's National Ocean Service


Brevard Zoo and Things To Do




In 1992, the Brevard Zoo was built by over 16,000 people from the community. It is the largest volunteer-built zoo in the world. It has over a hundred different types of species, a petting zoo, an aquarium,and so much more. Ride a kayak through Expedition Africa, or visit the free-flight aviary and see cockatoos, eclectus parrots, kookaburras, cockatiels and more. Check out the different types of exhibits available ... click here.

Brevard has a host of hiking trails to discover. Click here for a list!
And for more information, see the Brevard County Parks and Recreation web site

Arts & Culture



Artist's palette at the ArtWorks festival in Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Florida

In addition to being so close to all the excitement and attractions in Orlando, Brevard has much entertainment to offer. Cultural centers feature theater productions, nationally known musicians, bands and much more. The Maxwell King Center, the Henegar Center, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Titusville Playhouse and Surfside Players are just some of the great theaters, playhouses and entertainment facilities in Brevard.

For more information, visit the Brevard Cultural Alliance. Addional cultural information can be found on VisitSpaceCoast.com.

There are many art galleries in Brevard County, and the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne is just one of the great areas to visit. There you can find many galleries, shops, dining and the Foosaner Art Museum. There are two large art festivals in Brevard every year, including the Space Coast Art Festival in Cocoa Beach and ArtWorks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival.

Click here for a map of art galleries in Brevard County

                                                Artists both display and demonstrate their art forms at the ArtWorks festival in Eau Gallie.

 

Museums & History


Brevard also has plenty of museums, and many other ways to explore its rich history, including but not limited to the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science in Cocoa, self-guided tours of ancient sites, or the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center which includes a civil rights museum and a replica of the Moore family home. The Moores, organizers of the Brevard County branch of the NAACP in 1934, were leading human- and civil rights activists who were killed in the early 1950's when a bomb exploded under their home.

Collage from http://www.nbbd.com/godo/moore/


There are many additional historic landmarks and areas to explore in Brevard. For a full list of museums, click here. And for more historic hidden gems, click here.

Additional Links:

Historic Landmarks of Brevard County
Windover Archaeological Dig
More Brevard History

Port Canaveral



Cruise ships at Port Canaveral. Photo used under a Creative Commons license.

Port Canaveral is a first-class deepwater port located in Northern Brevard County at Cape Canaveral, which was incorporated in 1962 at a meeting at the Tropicana Juice Plant at Port Canaveral.  Originally thought up as a port in the late 1800's, the port wasn't dredged until the early 1950's.

Limited cruise traffic started in the mid-1960's but didn't pick up until the 1980's. Now, with seven cruise terminals, millions of people pass through the port each year on ships which travel to the Bahamas, Mexico's gulf, the Caribbean on Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean. Additionally, over 2 million tons of cargo move through the port every year.

Travel Tips & Helpful Links for Newcomers & Visitors

As you can see, Brevard is a pretty special place, rich in history, nature, wildlife and innovation. We hope you take the time to visit us soon. If you still need some convincing, or just want to learn more, check out the additional links we've compiled below. And, as always, if you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at 321-727-7722 or send us an e-mail

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These travel links might save you time and money. The Melbourne International Airport code is MLB, and the Orlando International Airport code is MCO.

Kayak.com is a great site to compare hundreds travel sites at once. And we recommend visiting Tripadvisor.com for locating accomodations in Brevard County. Ocean-front, beach-side hotels (on the barrier island) are reasonably priced, and all have been recently remodeled. Mainland hotels usually have good specials on Friday and Saturday nights because most rely on business travel. Keep in mind Brevard's busy season is January through April and so rates will be higher then. Lowest rates are usually found in the spring and fall when tourism to Florida is generally slower.

General Brevard County Information

Brevard County Beaches

Parks in Brevard County

Fishing

Golf

Spas

World class entertainment just an hour away in Orlando

Spring training baseball fun

Links For New Residents

Register to vote
Connecting utilities: Water & Sewer, Trash, Recycling
Get your Florida driver's license

Fire Stations
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County Sheriff
Volunteer Opportunities
Space Coast Area Transit
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Court Services
Chambers of Commerce
Churches
Marriage License
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Television and Cable
Home Health Care
Assisted-living Facilities
Hospitals
Brevard Health Alliance
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Community News
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