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So. You’re contemplating the idea to move to Brevard county, but you are not quite sure what your prospective home area has to offer?
Well, if you’re like me, if you had absolutely no idea Brevard county existed, then this is the article for you. If you already knew about Brevard’s existence? Then you’re a lot smarter than me but, nonetheless, you’ll find this read just as exciting. Who knows, you may discover a few neat nooks and crannies to check out.
First thing to know, Brevard county is mainly known as the Space Coast and if you suddenly begin to feel a slight tremor or hear a distant rumbling followed by a distinct sonic boom you will understand why this county bears that name. Located in Merritt Island, just North West of Cape Canaveral, is NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Being the departure site for the very first human space flight to the moon, the Space Center is Brevard’s crowning jewel, rich with history, adventure and all things space. Want to live the experience of going into space? Perhaps you’d never thought you can meet a real astronaut?
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a perk we Brevardians (and tourists, we’re not stingy) can enjoy! Fully engaging exhibits, simulations, and displays along with historic spacecraft memorabilia, IMAX theaters, and shows will certainly give you bragging rights. Not to mention the front row seats to rocket launches pretty much anywhere you can park or simply from the comfort of your own front lawn.
Now let’s take a short drive Southeast to breezy, beautiful Cape Canaveral. The main attraction? Port Canaveral. When I first moved to Brevard county I fell in love with this place. “What’s so special about a port?”you might ask. This isn’t your conventional “red tape” , drop off and go port. With a number of breathtaking waterfront restaurants featuring fresh and delicious seafood, it’s the only spot you can dine while welcoming or sending off cruise ships.
Yup, you can enjoy major cruise line ships, such as Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival, entering and leaving the port all the while you take a bite of your mouth watering entree or sip on a relaxing cocktail. You also really get to appreciate how massive these vessels are, and gain a whole new respect for the people responsible for parking and safely securing the ship. Added bonus: it becomes a lot easier planning for a cruise, because it’s quite literally just a few minutes away.
But there’s so much more than just eating, drinking, and seeing cruise ships go by. The Exploration Tower is just a walk away from any of the restaurants, and it’s definitely a must-see. First impression: the building looks like it belongs in space; one of the coolest buildings you’ll see, and once you’re a Brevardian , it’s a place you definitely will want to show off. It is a uniquely designed museum with 7 floors of elaborate and educational exhibits detailing the area’s rich history dating back to the 1880’s. By the time you’ve reached the 7th floor, you will be fascinated by the sense of pride you’ve developed, and your fascination will just explode once you finish at the top observation deck. From there, you can fully appreciate the grandeur of Port Canaveral while feeling that indescribable ocean breeze that makes you want to sit on the sand and sip on something good, which leads me to the next highlight of living in Brevard.
The stretch of coast we call our home offers never-ending relaxation and recreation. You’ll quickly realize that Brevard County is all things SURF and water sports. From Cocoa Beach to the Sebastian inlet, our waters are the paradise for surfers, fishermen, kayakers, paddle-boarders, divers, and anything in between. But if you’re someone that’s not so much into these types of sports, there are so many other activities available.
One of those has become my absolute favorite, and that’s turtle watching. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as witnessing the emergence of a mother Leatherback turtle from the sea, trekking her way towards the dunes, building her nest, and laying her hundreds of eggs. Walking side by side these magnificent creatures, watching them disappear back into the great blue ocean is one of the most intensely intimate feelings you’ll ever experience. And in Brevard, we are blessed to have nature all around us, even on the drive to the beach all you have to do is glance out to the river and you may catch the site of a dolphin’s dorsal fin, or the dark shadows of manatees in search of warmer waters. In my opinion, our beaches and rivers offer the most unique experiences that other counties can’t.
So let’s say it’s too hot to go to the beach but you still want to do something outdoorsy with a little exploring. Have no fear; I’VE GOT YOU!! Brevard County has three captivating and enchanting historic districts: Downtown Titusville, Historic Cocoa Village, and Downtown Melbourne. Each of these gems hold their piece of history and contribution to what Brevard is today; it is something that residents hold very dear to their heart and are incredibly proud of.
Each downtown hosts the best events that support local wildlife and businesses such as the annual Sea Turtle Festival in downtown Titusville that educates people on simple things that can be done to protect endangered sea turtles with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and Canaveral National Seashore, along with local artists showcasing their creativity and the best food trucks in town! Cocoa Village also hosts beautiful art shows supporting local artists, antique car shows, festivals and concerts catered by local food trucks as well, all within view of the Indian River.
My personal favorite is the Movies in the park with each month featuring a different movie. All you need is a blanket or a lawn chair, and a few snacks.. OR you can grab a bite from, yes you guessed it, local food trucks that are conveniently located in the park. (Seriously the food is DELICIOUS). And lastly, something I have personally enjoyed in all three downtowns, besides the ‘mom and pop’ shops and restaurants (I’m starting to realize I’m a bit of a foodie), are the theaters! No, I’m not talking about film; I’m talking plays!
Each historic district has a Playhouse theater where you can enjoy local talent starring in Plays such Fiddler on the Roof, GREASE, MamaMia, Beauty and the Beast, just to name a few (because there’s a whole bunch that I can not remember right now). Even if you think it may not be your thing, give it a shot. It’s actually quite refreshing to enjoy real-life entertainment.
The perks of living in Brevard are innumerable. I mean, I’ve barely scratched the surface but at least I was able to share a local’s insight on what it’s like to be a Brevardian. But do not worry, I’ll keep on sharing our family’s experience including revealing a few hidden gems (that are both fun and free) and a major plus to living here. I hope you enjoyed the read, and until next time don’t look anywhere else to move to that’s not Brevard County Florida.
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