Hidden Gems On The Space Coast in Florida

Everyone has heard of the Kennedy Space Center and the beautiful beaches stretching across 72 miles of coastline, but there are some hidden gems that only locals know about. Of course, we can’t give you all our well-kept secrets, but we have decided to let you in on a few. If you are looking to move to Brevard County, there are so many ways to keep active and you should know that there is more to offer than just your average tourist attractions and shopping

Mrs. Mango and Company

Cup of tea and snacks on a plate

Head over to Rockledge and you will find Mrs. Mango & Company. When you walk into the herb shop, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and a complimentary cup of hot or iced tea. Guests can purchase anything from medicinal and cooking herbs to teas and natural honey. Anneke Langendonk (a.k.a Mrs. Mango) opened the shop back in 1983 in order to share her family’s ongoing traditions of natural healing. After her passing several years ago, her granddaughter and youngest daughter have happily carried on her store. They have recently opened back up to the public but are still happy to ship their products all over the world.  

Cocoa Beach Surf Company

Cocoa Beach Surf Company aerial shot
Source: Cocoa Beach Surf Company

The Cocoa Beach Surf Company has everything you need for a beach day or a caffeine fix. Its surf shop offers brand name swimsuits and clothing as well as surf and skim board rentals. If you get hungry, stop by the Shark Pit Bar & Grill for a bite and enjoy the 5,600-gallon shark and exotic fish tank. Coffee lovers, have no fear, as there is a Starbucks inside for all your caffeine needs. The Cocoa Beach Surf Company has a little bit for everyone. Make sure you visit so you can prepare yourself for the many great surfing spots found along the Space Coast. 

Fox Lake Sanctuary 

Fox Lake Sanctuary
Pelican Island Centennial Trail. Source: Fox Lake Sanctuary

he 2,568 acres of nature in the Fox Lake Sanctuary is home to various habitats. It is located in Titusville and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Anyone venturing here can enjoy its 7 miles of mountain biking, hiking, and beautiful scenic views. Fox Lake Park is adjacent to the sanctuary and guests can go fishing, kayaking, and attend the upcoming Fox Lake Sanctuary Hike & Trailer Tour

Manatee Cove Park

Manatee Cove
Source: Brevard County

Have you ever wanted to see a real-life wild manatee? Look no further than Manatee Cove Park in Merritt Island. The community river park offers a refuge for the manatees as well as fishing and canoeing. You may get lucky and spot a bottlenose dolphin, too! There is even a picnic area with grills so you can relax and share a meal after a fun-filled day. 

The Historic Pritchard House

Historic Pritchard House
Source: North Brevard Heritage Foundation.

Travel back in time at the Pritchard House in Titusville. Built in 1891, it is furnished with furniture and accessories from that era. Guests can take a tour of the house and the gardens. It is even available for rentals for weddings, private parties, and other occasions. Even though it has been restored, much of the house has its original features. 

These hidden gems are part of the reason why Melbourne, Florida is one of the best places to call home. Brevard County has a rich history and a wide range of activities for the whole family! 


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