When thunderstorms, showers and tornado warnings are in the forecast during your Cocoa Beach vacation, you don’t have to retreat back to your hotel for the day. There are several indoor activities and attractions to enjoy in Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island, less than a 15-minute drive away, so you can enjoy your Cocoa Beach getaway even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Here are some rainy day activities to enjoy in Cocoa Beach, Florida:
Shop at Merritt Square Mall
Merritt Square Mall is located about a 15-minute drive from Cocoa Beach and is home to several men and women’s apparel stores, a movie theatre, gift shops and accessory stores. Head here to shop at Dillard’s, Foot Locker, the Dakota Watch Company and several other retailers. The mall is home to several restaurants including Ruby Tuesday, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Outback Steakhouse and TGI Fridays. It’s located at 777 East Merritt Island Causeway. Call (321) 452-3270 for more information.
Visit the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science houses an extensive collection of fossils, specimens and artifacts, and also features simulations of a 7,000+-year old archaeological dig, replicas of a local hardware store and bank, and dioramas showing Brevard’s ecosystems. You can see hundreds of specimens of mollusk, fish, birds, mammals and reptiles native to the region.
Go Ice Skating at The Space Coast Ice Plex
The Space Coast Ice Plex is located in Rockledge, a short drive from Cocoa Beach. It hosts public skating sessions, as well as hockey and figure skating events. Head here to watch a figure skating competition or other event on the ice, or rent some skates and enjoy an afternoon of skating in the indoor rink. Call (321) 504-7500 for more information.
Play at TRAXX
Traxx at Jungle Village is located in Cape Canaveral, a short drive from Cocoa Beach, and features go-karts, a batting cage, miniature golf, a laser tag arena and a large arcade center. The venue is open 365 days per year until midnight, and can be a fun destination for all ages on a rainy day in Cocoa Beach.
Relax with a Spa Retreat
Make an appointment at Cocoa Beach Spa to enjoy a few hours of pampering and relaxation on a rainy day in Cocoa Beach. The spa offers an extensive lineup of therapeutic massages, exotic body scrubs and body treatments, hydrating wraps and custom facials. It’s located at 117 Barlow Avenue in Cocoa Beach, and is open Tuesday through Saturday until 7 p.m. Appointments may be available by request on Sundays and Mondays. Call (321) 613-2943 for more information.
If you’re willing to drive about 45 minutes, you can make your way west to Orlando to enjoy the theme parks, attractions and wealth of shopping options. In many cases, the sun will be shining in Orlando when it’s rainy in Cocoa Beach, so you may be able to soak up some Florida sunshine during your trip!