Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Merritt Island

Kennedy Space Center

Whether you're mildly interested in space or a die-hard sci-fi fan, a visit to the Space Center is awe inspiring. To get a good overview, start at the Early Space Exploration exhibit, progress to the 90-minute bus t…
Top Choice Seafood in Titusville

Dixie Crossroads

Rodney Thompson developed the rock-shrimp fishery off Canaveral’s coast in the early 1970s and in 1983 his daughter, Laurilee, opened the Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant. The aim: to put local shrimp back on the…
Top Choice Zoo in Melbourne

Brevard Zoo

For more than 22 years this community-built zoo has set standards for imaginative design, immersive wildlife experiences, education and conservation. Since hammer-holding locals came out in force in March 1994 to st…
Top Choice Seafood in Cocoa Beach

Fat Snook

Hidden inside an uninspired building, tiny Fat Snook stands out as an oasis of fine cooking. Under the direction of Mona and John Foy, gourmet seafood is expertly prepared with unexpected herbs and spices influenced…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Merritt Island

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

This unspoiled 140,000-acre refuge is one of the country's best birding spots, especially from October to May (early morning and after 4pm). More endangered and threatened species of wildlife inhabit the swamps, mar…
Top Choice Modern American in Titusville

Chef Larry's

The best meal in Titusville is procured in a historic pink home filled with old Americana and run by a Hollywood chef who 'retired' to Titusville. He runs a tight, somewhat odd ship, opening for just a couple of hou…
Top Choice Seafood in Cape Canaveral

Seafood Atlantic

With deep roots in Canaveral's fishing industry, this restaurant (with outdoor deck) is one of the few places to serve locally sourced shrimp, crabs, mussels, clams, oysters and fish. If they're in, order a bucket o…
Top Choice Seafood in Melbourne

Ocean 302

Melbourne Beach has gone fancy with this new, dock- and farm-to-table establishment ensconced in an otherwise unimpressive shopping plaza. With adventurous offerings such as octopus confit and Seminole pride grass-f…
Top Choice Beach in Canaveral National Seashore

Klondike Beach

The stretch between Apollo and Playalinda is as pristine as it gets: there are no roads and it's accessible only on foot or by bike (if you can ride on the beach). You need to obtain a back-country permit ($2 per pe…
Top Choice Modern American in Cocoa Village

Crush Eleven

Sister restaurant to the Fat Snook, Crush Eleven gets top marks for its modern American menu and crafted cocktails. Don't miss the bacon-infused Old Fashioned cocktail.