Brevard County/City Information
Brevard County is located on the east coast of Central Florida just 35 miles east of Orlando, and home to such businesses as Harris, GE, NASA and the Kennedy Space Center, the only facility in the world that launched the Space Shuttle; Port Canaveral, the second-busiest cruise port in the world; 72 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches; and the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States. With its tropical weather, cultural activities, educational opportunities, active and passive recreation options, high-technology industries, and family-friendly atmosphere, the Space Coast offers an exceptional quality of life that residents and visitors enjoy year-round. With a small town feel and catering to the Florida lifestyle it’s no wonder more than 500,000 people call its16 municipalities and unincorporated areas "home."
Brevard County is known to many residents as the Space Coast for its link with NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. Since the retiring of the Space Shuttle the question remains: what will happen with the Space Program? In addition to the rockets that launch periodically, plans are in the works for a new space craft coined the Orion. It will be a heavy lift rocket that will propel astronauts into the deeper reaches of space. Expected to be completed by 2017, Orion will be the future of our space program. Until that time residents, as well as visitors alike, can still gain access to the rich history of our country’s space program by visiting the Kennedy Space Center.
If golf is your passion, Brevard County is sprinkled with many excellent public golf courses at affordable prices. If golf isn’t your idea of fun, the Space Coast Stadium is the proud home of the Brevard County Manatees; our very own minor league baseball team. In addition to housing the Manatees, the stadium also hosts spring training for the Washington Nationals. Some other great outdoor area activities include; boating, jet skiing, air boat rides, parasailing, fishing, diving, surfing, eco-adventures, kayaking, horseback riding and much more. The Brevard Zoo and Forever Florida are also great option as it’s family-friendly and provides great views of Florida wildlife.
Are you looking to shop? You will find that antiquing, farmers markets, art festivals and street parties are home to many of our downtown districts from Titusville to Port Canaveral and Eau Gallie to Melbourne. If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity then you must visit the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach offering an assortment of surf and beach gear. But if mainstream shopping is what you prefer there are many shopping centers scattered from Palm Bay to Viera and beyond.
Brevard County provides the community and visitors to the area with many cultural opportunities throughout the year. The Maxwell C. King Center has live theater, Broadway shows, and concerts throughout the year as well as summertime children’s programs. You can also find exciting entertainment at The Cocoa Village Playhouse or The Henagar Center in Melbourne. If you are a country music fan you may want to plan to attend the 3 day Runaway Country Festival that is held in the spring of the year at Wickham Park.
Whatever you’re looking for we hope you’ll find it here in Brevard County. We think you just might be surprised by the treasures you’ll find!