National Parks / Natural World in COCOA BEACH with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Cocoa Beach has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Cocoa Beach, Florida offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Cocoa Beach itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Lazy Days Eco Kayak Tours

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    (4 miles) Cocoa Beach

    Enjoy nature at its finest when you get Ric Hinman's "Lazy Days" Kayak Eco-Tours to take you on a relaxing journey through Cocoa Beach, Florida's beautiful Thousand Islands... ...

  • McKee Botanical Garden

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    (51 miles) Vero Beach

    18 acres of nature ready to be explored in Florida, with gardens, kids fun, and history!

  • Avalon State Park

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    (61 miles) Pierce

    One of the state's newest seaside parks, Avalon has more than a mile of increasingly rare undeveloped beachfront. The park provides habitat for many species of wildlife. Threatened and endangered sea ...

  • Blue Spring State Park

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    (61 miles) Avenue Orange City

    The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. For centuries, ...

  • Hontoon Island State Park

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    (64 miles) Deland

    This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence ...

  • Pushin Water Kayak Charters

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    (76 miles) Port Saint Lucie

    A friendly kayak fishing guide service providing charters to the Treasure coast and Palm Beaches of Florida. They cater for beginners, so great for all keen kids. Eco paddling tours too.

  • Splash Pad at Indian Riverside Park

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    (79 miles) Jensen Beach

    The standout family feature is the interactive play fountain suitable for kids of all ages to cool off in the summer.

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  • Kennedy Space Centre

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    (15 miles) Titusville

    NASA's launch headquarters is still the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet an astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch!

  • American Police Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (18 miles) Titusville

    The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1960. It is the nations first national police museum and memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.The ...

  • Holy Land Experience

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    (52 miles) Orlando

    The Holy Land Experience is a beautiful, educational, and fun experience that offers kids a unique and interactive way to experience God and the bible.

  • Ripleys Believe It Or Not

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    (53 miles) Orlando

    An amazing museum that appears to be sinking into one of Florida's infamous sinkholes! Filled with oddities from all around the world...including shrunken heads and a spinning vortex!

  • Museum Of Arts And Sciences

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    (66 miles) Daytona Beach

    The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, history and science museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida preserve the 86,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 ...

  • The Childrens Museum of the Treasure Coast

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    (79 miles) Jensen Beach

    Offers a wide selection of equipped roleplay environments for imaginative and social play for kids of all ages.

  • Elliott Museum

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    (81 miles) Boulevard Stuart

    Explore a range of interests from regional and social history to art and technology through interactive displays and downloadable, self-guided tours.

  • Brevard Zoo

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    (9 miles) Melbourne

    Small zoo whose mission is Wildlife Conservation Through Education And Participation. An inspiring, fascinating and fun visit.

  • Jungle Adventures Nature Park and Zoo

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    (27 miles) Christmas

    Explore the REAL Florida in this natural jungle habitat, with guided wildlife tours, bears, deer, swamp cruises, and over 200 alligators! With a 16th Century Spanish Fort too - it's a WILD day out!

  • Gatorland

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    (48 miles) Orlando

    A one-of-a-kind family park within 110 acres of protected habitat where adventures lurk around every corner!

  • Discovery Cove

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    (52 miles) Orlando

    A one of a kind experience where you can SWIM with dolphins, play near otters and walk on the ocean floor!

  • Seaworld Orlando

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    (52 miles) Orlando

    Get ready for a one of a kind journey to explore under our amazing ocean, at Sea World! With up close animal encounters, exhibits, rides and lots of family fun!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (54 miles) Kissinnee

    Hands-on interactive education at this friendly petting farm in Florida: a sensory learning experience with over 300 animals as your teachers!

  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (55 miles) Sanford

    Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, animal encounters, train and carousel rides and ZOOM Air Adventures. ...

  • Manatee Observation and Education Center

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    (62 miles) Fort Pierce

    A beautiful waterfront environmental, education and wildlife viewing center in Florida's Fort Pierce where kids can get up close to the endangered Florida manatee, as well as other wonderful ...

  • Florida Oceanographic

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    (81 miles) Boulevard Stuart

    Facilities include Game Fishing Lagoon, Children's Activity Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, Nature Trails, Touch Tank Pavilion and the Frances Langford Visitors Center.

  • Fun Spot Action Park

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    (53 miles) Orlando

    Theme park fun in Orlando with coasters, go-karts, arcades, and even alligators! Snapping fun in Florida for kids!

  • Wonderworks

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    (53 miles) Orlando

    An amusement park for the mind with over 100 interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages to experience! Great family fun in Orlando!

  • Universal Studios

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    (53 miles) Orlando

    The iconic epitome of theme parks, they're bigger and better than ever with new additions including Hogsmeade!

  • Walt Disney World

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    (60 miles) Orlando

    A magical theme park with eight different lands, that hold over 40 attractions for kids of all ages, and the young at heart. A magical, unforgettable experience in Florida for kids and the family!

  • Legoland Florida

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    (70 miles) Winter Haven

    Amazing family entertainment from this iconic park chain. Interactive creations, rides, play areas and thrills galore! It can only be Legoland in sunny Florida!

  • Aquatica Florida

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    (52 miles) Orlando

    Rides, animal encounters, and 80,000 square feet of beach...it could only be Aquatica, Florida!

  • Wet N Wild

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    (53 miles) Orlando

    30 acres of flumes, slides, sun and surf are waiting for YOU in Orlando with the classic Wet N Wild! Great family fun for the day in Florida!

  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

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    (56 miles) Lake Buena Vista

    Make a splash in one of two Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, with fast waterslides, rafts, a children's area, and even a Shark Reef—with real sharks!

  • Disneys Blizzard Beach

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    (59 miles) Lake Buena Vista

    Thrilling water rides and fun drops....a fun way to spend a hot summers day!

  • Daytona Lagoon

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    (67 miles) Daytona Beach

    Twists, slides, turns, and over 1 million gallons of water at this Daytona water park, great for the whole family!

  • Sailfish Splash

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    (83 miles) Stuart

    Facilities include a beach entry 7,326-square foot water playground full of interactive jets and other features; 2 differing 4 storey waterslides and 1000 ft lazy river ride.

  • Calypso Kayaking

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    (1 miles) Cocoa Beach

    Guided kayak tours on the Indian River Lagoon in Florida, where kids can get an up close encounter with nature, including manatee and dolphins! Great outdoor adventure