With over 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 72 degrees there are many things to do in Melbourne FL, especially in the great outdoors.
Besides the kinds of things that cost money and are largely indoor activities like going to Cinema World to see the latest movie, roller skating at Galaxy Skateway, bowling at Shore Lanes, rock climbing at The Edge rock climbing gym, or ice skating at the Space Coast IcePlex (Rockledge) there are tons of things to do in Melbourne Florida that are free. And other outdoor activities that have a fee attached to them. First the free stuff.
- Walking the Melbourne causeway and catching the sunrise
- 5th Avenue Beach (Sunrise is great)
- Viewing manatees at Crane Creek
- Hiking through Erna Nixon Nature Center
- Exploring or canoeing Turkey Creek Sanctuary known for its wildlife
- Sebastian Inlet State Park
- Fishing in the Indian River Lagoon
- Playing cricket at Palm Bay Regional Park
- Biking, camping and more at Wickham Park
- Running Fido at the dog park (Palm Bay regional and Wickham Park)
- Catching a sunset at Three Forks Marsh Conservation area
- Swimming at the Palm Bay Aquatic Center
- Picnicking at Front Street Park
- Antiquing in historic downtown Melbourne or Eau Gallie
- Bird watching in any of the local parks or your own yard
- Taking in an exhibit at Brevard Art Museum (Thursday is free)
- Stroll the botanical gardens at FIT
So you can see there is a ton of things to do in Melbourne FL that are absolutely free. Plan a day or half day and go to any one of the many parks in the Melbourne FL area for biking, tennis, basketball, kite flying, rollerblading, swimming or just plain relaxing with a good book. Don’t forget your folding chair!
There are also a few best kept secrets in the Melbourne area for things to do. These activities will cost you a little bit, but won’t break the bank.
Brevard zoo is tops on our list. It’s well worth getting a membership because when the weather is nice you will want to go frequently. They have lot’s of opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals. Our favorite is feeding the giraffes.
The historic Rossetter House and museum is a wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon and at the same time learn about the local Melbourne history. Besides the house and museum, there is a family cemetery, giant stag horn fern and if you show up on the right day you might even see the pristine old Model T.
After the tour continue down Highland Avenue and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the upscale but not too pricey restaurant cafes or just sit a spell in the park or on the public pier next to Squid Lips Restaurant.
Formerly the Brevard Art Museum, The Foosaner Art Museum, a department of Florida Institute of Technology, offers rotating exhibits throughout the year. They are located on Highland Ave. in Eau Gallie and if you plan your outing for Thursday your admission will be free. Go to their site to view upcoming exhibits.
The Washington Nationals and the Florida Manatees play and train at the Space Coast Stadium. Take the family out to the ball park and enjoy baseball and all the trimmings.
Some really fun things to do in Melbourne FL that will cost you some money, but are still within most peoples budget every now and then:
- Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle on the river
- Go Horseback riding
- Rent a jet ski
- Drive go carts at Andretti Thrill Park
- Make pottery at Get Fired Up in Historic Downtown Melbourne
- Go to a show at the King Center Melbourne