Cocoa, a historic Florida city first settled in the 1880s and now home to over 18,000 locals, has a comfortable spot alongside the Indian River. Rockledge is to the south of Cocoa, while Lake Poinsett and the Saint John’s River are to the west. The Historic Cocoa Village is a staple must-see here, with old-fashioned shops, sidewalk cafes, and entertaining activities galore. Stroll along the tree-lined streets and enjoy this nostalgic feel of this riverside community.
Eat lunch, spend hours on a lengthy shopping excursion, then go see a movie before you enjoy dinner in a different restaurant on the strip. Families, be aware, there is a HUGE playground in the center of the shopping center for kids of all ages. The Village is home to Muddie’s Down Home Cookin’, a mom-and-pop restaurant that serves up southern cuisine with old-fashioned charm and a smile.
Set up like a diner, the restaurant features homemade meals, such as BLT with homegrown tomatoes and homemade mayo, fresh-cut fries, and a side of coleslaw. Keep in mind though that they stop serving at 1pm, so hurry in for breakfast or lunch.
Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science combines natural and cultural histories, both with a focus on dioramas, stunning exhibits, and stellar, real-world information. You can explore the wonders of the sea with a set of shark jaws, walk a short nature trail of botanicals and butterflies, and learn more about dinosaurs, outer space, and historic Florida architectures. Lee Wenner Park is a quaint, family-friendly place with close proximity to Cocoa businesses and restaurants. The boardwalk runs alongside the Indian River, and there is a boat launch ramp, playgrounds, pavilions, soccer fields, and an amphitheater. During festival season, the park hosts dozens of food trucks and cool activities.
Cocoa is home to a huge part of Florida culture, with plenty to do and see to fill your trip with history and fun. Several of the best hotels in Cocoa, Florida include the Best Western Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Apollo Inn Motel, and Campbell Motel. For updates about your favorite destinations in Florida, check TravNow regularly.
Best Western Inn
The Best Western Inn, located on King Street, is a Cocoa favorite because of their pleasant staff, modern accommodations, and overall peaceful vibe. Within 15-minutes of the nearest beaches, the hotel offers luxurious accommodations in some ways, with basic amenities and essentials in others. The free breakfast is a welcome change to regular hotel goers, especially since Best Western serves up some of your favorites, like pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, chocolate milk, and coffee.
Cocoa offers a cruise ship port, and this hotel is one of the options for those waiting to hop aboard. A few of the hotel’s accommodations include a swimming pool, on-site fitness center with updated equipment, free high-speed internet, free parking spots, and laundry services. The staff is multi-lingual and courteous, while clean linens, fresh towels, and toiletries are delivered to you via maid service daily.
For lunch or dinner, check out Grampa’s Steakhouse, located less than a mile from the Best Western Inn. Built inside an old train car, this is a local favorite. Begin with an appetizer of fried mushrooms with homemade ranch dressings, dive into medium-rare prime rib with a side of waffle fries, and finish up with homemade chocolate or banana puddings.
Holiday Inn Express
Seated alongside Tucker Lane, the Holiday Inn Express is a cozy, comfy hotel with plentiful accommodations for a wide range of guests. Hotel amenities include free high-speed internet, an on-site workout center, free daily breakfasts [biscuits and gravy, bacon, coffee, etc.], a swimming pool and hot tub, and self-serve laundry facilities. Online reviewers rave about the courteous, helpful staff, the spacious rooms, and the convenience meeting rooms for business professionals.
The hotel is around 15 minutes from Cocoa Beach, so visit the seashores anytime. Or, lounge around poolside to dip your feet in the water and soak up sunshine. If you want to explore the Indian River, rent a boat from the Indian River Queen Private Charters. Enjoy a guided tour with your own captain. Or, show your seafaring credentials to rent and captain your own boat, then sail into the proverbial sunset for an evening of beautiful views.
Apollo Inn Motel
The Apollo Inn Motel has earned a top three spot as one of the best hotels in Cocoa. Off of North Highway 1, the hotel is basic, but pleasant and comfortable. The rooms are clean and bright, while the motel itself is a bit outdated but equipped with modern accommodations. You get all of the niceties and amenities of a great hotel, such as a flat-screen television, kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, and meal prep space, a spacious bathroom with good shower pressure, and a super-comfy, fresh-sheeted bed.
There are 15 rooms—so, while the hotel does accept walk-ins, you should make reservations to ensure a vacancy for you and your travel companions. The Apollo Inn also offers free parking in their private lot and free high-speed internet. Nature-loving families to the area should visit Sam’s House at Pine Island, located 4 miles from the Apollo.
This place is historic, thanks to curious pioneers, and there are six miles of nature paths, five different habitats, informative plaques, and lots of shade trees. Guided tours are offered for the house interior, Brevard County's oldest standing cabin built in 1875. You may see wading birds, bald eagles, alligators, manatees, or possibly a bobcat. Plus, there is canoeing, kayaking, horse-back riding, hiking, biking and fishing readily available.
Highly-ranked by online reviewers, the Campbell Motel on North Cocoa Boulevard is a simple hotel with basic amenities. The Cocoa hotel is family-friendly, but great for business professionals too. There are 17 rooms, each equipped with adjustable air conditioning and a well-equipped kitchen. Guests also have access to free high-speed internet, basic cable, and free parking in a private lot. There are several places to eat in the area, as well as places to shop and things to do.
Locals love Arbetter Hotdogs on Dixon Boulevard, less than a mile from Campbell Motel. This mom-and-pop diner is a simple, all-American place, where walks-ins or drive-thru customers can grab loaded chili cheese dogs, fresh-cut fries, and a ginormous soda without breaking the bank.
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