Located directly east of Orlando along Florida’s central Atlantic coast, Rockledge is the oldest city in Brevard County and had a population of nearly 25,000 residents at the time of the last census.
Part of the Palm Bay, Melbourne, Titusville Metropolitan Area, it’s near the center of the state’s Space Coast, which is named after the NASA research and launch facilities in nearby Cape Canaveral.
Rockledge borders the Indian River, which is just inland from the barrier islands that lie between it and the Atlantic Ocean.
Below are 15 things to do in and around Rockledge, Florida.
1. Rockledge Country Club
Considered by many to be one of the state’s most scenic and popular courses, the 18-hole, par-71 course at Rockledge Country Club has been a local golf staple for more than 100 years, and is known for consistently exceeding visitors’ expectations.
The club’s amenities include a full-service restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a pro shop, and popular special event facilities as well.
During certain times of the year, the club offers tee time and greens fee deals. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to periodically check the ‘Specials’ tab on their website’s homepage.
2. Brevard County Riverwalk Nature Center
Comprised of nearly seven acres of waterfront land fronting the scenic Indian River, the Brevard County Riverwalk Nature Center is a multi-faceted community resource that’s perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, cultural events, and Florida photo-ops that are second to none.
The center’s boardwalk is its centerpiece and leads visitors from the pavilion to the river. For those interested in catching a glimpse of some of Florida’s unique wildlife, it’s common to see a variety of birds, snakes, and turtles that call the area home.
The center also hosts art and cultural events at different times of the year; one of the most popular is its Art in the Park art festival.
3. Autumn’s Crab
Though it’s a relative newbie on the Rockledge culinary scene, Autumn’s crab has been steadily growing a loyal following, who appreciate its reasonably priced food, comfy and relaxed atmosphere, and diverse menu.
The restaurant is located on South Fiske Boulevard; though it’s in a strip mall that’s seen better days, the interior is done in a traditional but trendy mix of Florida and Space Coast themes that are both fun and eye-catching.
Their mainstays are their seafood, which includes crabs, shrimp, clams, and a variety of fish dishes. Most first-time guests are already thinking about their return visits.
4. World of Beer
Rumor has it that between its bottled, canned, and tap beers, World of Beer in Viera has more than 500 options to choose from, so it’s pretty much a certainty that there’ll be something to tempt even the most finicky beer aficionados.
World of Beer is located in the Avenues shopping center, making it a great place to stop for a drink or two after an afternoon of shopping.
Their menu includes a number of wines and a variety of hearty and traditional fare, like burgers, soups, and salads that go well with beer in all its glorious variations.
5. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Located on the same barrier island that’s home to the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most well-preserved areas of coastal habitat in the Sunshine State. It’s home to a wide variety of amazing animals, including manatees, which are best seen from the manatee observation deck.
Established in the early ‘60s, the refuge is comprised of nearly 150,000 acres and offers guests a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and photography.
The refuge may close temporarily due to NASA activity, so check before you go.
6. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
No visit to Florida’s Space Coast is complete without exploring the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
It’s home to the Space Shuttle Atlantis and NASA’s launch headquarters, which have been ground-zero for America’s space program for decades.
The only way to visit the complex is as part of a guided tour; they start early and depart four times hourly until 2 ½ hours before the site’s closing time.
Tours include narration from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, and most guests are blown away by the things they see and learn along the way.
Admission includes several exhibits and an introductory 3-D move in the IMAX Theater.
7. The American Police Hall of Fame
For nearly 60 years, the American Police Hall of Fame has been the state’s preeminent law enforcement memorial and museum. Its exhibits include thousands of artifacts relating to the long, fascinating, and often macabre history of Florida’s police forces and criminal justice system.
Perennial favorites include weapons, crime-solving tools, and the original Florida electric chair nicknamed ‘Old Sparky’ – which is a cute name for a device designed to kill people in brutal fashion.
There are several kid-friendly interactive areas as well. Admission is inexpensive, and discounts are available for officers, veterans, children, and seniors.
8. Indialantic Boardwalk and Park
Located on State Road 192 in Indialantic, the Indialantic Boardwalk and Park are popular attractions for locals and tourists interested in stretching their legs and enjoying some of the most amazing vistas they’re likely to see on their trip.
There’s ample parking nearby, and though the boardwalk is only about five blocks long, most guests end up staying longer than anticipated.
Particularly beautiful during the sunset, there are a variety of dining and shopping options nearby, including some trendy surf shops.
It’s also the starting point for an annual triathlon that’s a festive and much-loved winter event.
9. Adventure HQ
Located just a short drive from Rockledge, Adventure HQ is one of the area’s most-visited family recreation attractions. It is comprised of more than 20,000 square feet of exhilarating and calorie-burning activities, like obstacle courses, climbing walls, and a ninja course.
Though it’s a great destination whenever you decide to visit, it’s especially popular when the weather isn’t conducive to being outdoors.
Depending on how long you plan on staying, you’ll have a variety of pass options to choose from that start at just an hour and go all the way to full-day; remember, it’s always better to err on the high side.
10. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum
Florida has a long history in military aviation and is home to a number of airbases and naval air stations; many of them have been around since the World War II era.
The museum consists of ten acres and is located on the grounds of the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. Over the years, it has continually expanded to include an impressive array of exhibits and lovingly restored warbirds from decades past.
Though admission isn’t the cheapest, most guests feel like they’ve gotten good value for their hard-earned travel dollars. Depending on when you visit, you may have access to the special events and air shows they host throughout the year.
11. Wild Ocean Seafood Market
Rumor has it that Florida is second only to Alaska in its length of coastline, so it’s no wonder that it boasts such a fantastic abundance of delicious seafood year-round.
What’s now the Wild Ocean Seafood Market in nearby Port Canaveral was once a family-owned shrimp packing company; though the facility has evolved with the times, it has retained much of its old Florida Charm. They now have a second location in nearby Titusville as well.
The market’s seafood options are known for their freshness and quality. Guided tours that last about an hour are offered regularly, and since each day’s catch is different than the last, you never know what you’ll see the fishermen bring in.
12. Wyland Galleries
For visitors exploring a new area, local galleries are great places to check out. They often capture the area’s vibe better than other attractions, and it’s possible to pick up a one-of-a-kind keepsake to remind you of your trip.
Featuring many works in different mediums by both well-known and developing artists, many of Wyland Galleries’ pieces feature Florida themes, including oceans, sunsets, and a variety of natural and manmade elements.
Located on Glen Cheek Drive in Port Canaveral, there are often artists working on-site, which is excellent for those struggling with their own artistic inspiration.
13. Yoga Surf School
Whether you’re interested in channeling cosmic powers to attain a Zen state or just learning to ride some tasty waves with a cool buzz like Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for at Yoga Surf School in Cocoa Beach.
The school is a unique business that’s owned and operated by veteran surfers and yoga instructors. For those who haven’t figured out what Florida is all about, this may just be the place to do it.
Many of the school’s students are vacationers and those in port on cruise ships. In addition to surfing and yoga, they also offer paddle-boarding lessons.
14. Liberty Bell Memorial Museum
Though the final resting place of the true Liberty Bell is in the City of Brotherly love more than 1,000 miles to the north, the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum on Oak Street in Melbourne is the next best thing for those who’d rather see an impressive replica and have access to world-class beaches than freeze to death in Philadelphia.
The museum is inexpensive to visit, contains a large number of historically significant artifacts, and serves as a memorial to the country’s servicemen and women.
Items touch on space exploration, military aviation, and the founding and development of Florida.
15. Florida Tech Botanical Gardens
Melbourne’s Florida Tech Botanical Gardens feature an impressive assortment of plants, flowers, and trees, and many of them come from distant corners of the world.
The garden’s grounds are really several distinct cultivated areas that include many native species as well. Most guests opt to give themselves their own tours, and the cost of admission includes a detailed map, so you’ll know where you’re going and what you’re seeing.
The gardens are located on West University Boulevard, and though they’re always beautiful, they’re particularly stunning during the spring bloom.
Check their website for directions, admission cost, and hours of operation.