Brevard Recreation

Brevard County Outdoor Recreation Overview 

Located in the middle of Florida’s East Coast, Brevard County has more than 71 miles of sandy, relatively undeveloped coastline. Also known as Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard County gains its name as the home of John F. Kennedy Space Center. The area is characterized by the small, coastal cities and townships which are encountered along the Scenic A1A Highway as Florida visitors travel along the Atlantic shoreline.

Home of some of the world famous iconic surf shops, Brevard County beaches are often found scattered with surf boards and surfers throughout most of the day when the surf is high. Fishing off of the Atlantic Coast and within the intra-coastal waterways is also a popular attraction drawing visitors to the Brevard coastline.

While surfing and fishing are among some of the more popular outdoor activities in this relaxed Florida destination, the Space Coast area offers visitors abundant additional outdoor activities as well. Brevard County offers numerous recreational opportunities, along with the chance to learn more about coastal environments.   The diverse array of ecosystems encountered throughout the Space Coast provides adventures for all.

Brevard County Recreation At a Glance:

Brevard’s Coastal Cities
Cape Canaveral
Cocoa Beach
Indialantic
Indian Harbor Beach
Melbourne
Satellite Beach
Popular Tourist Destinations
Cocoa Beach
Cape Canaveral
JFK Space Center
Sandy Beach Shoreline
71.6 miles
Public Beach Accesses
182
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail Sites
36 sites
State Parks & Lands
Total Acres
Indian River Lagoon State Park
544
Sebastian Inlet State Park (including Indian River)
971
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (including Indian River)
22,362
Banana River Aquatic Preserve
30,000
Federal Lands
Total Acres
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (including Indian River)
252
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
131,061
St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge
6,257
Canaveral National Seashore (including Volusia)
57,661
Brevard County Bays & Inlets
Brevard County Rivers
Paddling Trails
Indian River Lagoon
Mosquito Lagoon
Banana River
Indian River
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail Segments
  1. Indian River/Pelican Island Segment 21 maps 2 & 3
  2. Space Coast Segment 22 maps 1-5
Indian River Blueway Trail

 

Indian River Lagoon is often considered to be among the most biologically diverse estuaries found in North America. The lagoon provides vital sea grass habitat. This local ecosystem is home to a myriad of invertebrates including oysters, clams, mussels, sponges and blue crabs. Some of the larger marine life commonly encountered in the lagoon can include tarpon, snook, flounder, sea turtles and manatees. This important marine ecosystem is teeming with aquatic life, and provides abundant boating, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing recreational opportunities.

Many events occur in Brevard County’s Space Coast area throughout the year, ranging from annual surfing contests to sail boat regattas and parades, along with numerous festivals in the surrounding townships. The area has been host to one of the largest and longest running seafood festivals found in the southeast. The Grant Seafood Festival occurs every February in Brevard County’s southern area. This festival began in 1965, and admission is still free to all attendees. Brevard also has numerous fishing tournaments, including an annual redfish tournament which draws attendees from far and wide.

The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge spans 20.5 miles along the Atlantic Coast in the southern area of Brevard County. This undeveloped coastal area is an essential sea turtle nesting habitat, and one of the largest encountered in North America. Loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles come to this area every summer to lay eggs on this stretch of sandy beach. Nesting and hatching activities are common in this area occurs from May through October, and evidence of the previous nights activities are observed during even a short stroll along the shoreline.

 

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