Two things we pride ourselves on in Cocoa Beach are our local parks and beautiful beaches. We are the 'East Coast Surfing Capital' and we always suggest that visitors take a few hours and spend it at the beach to surf, swim or just relax in our year round sunshine. “How do I get to the beach?” A simple question with an easy answer, our beaches are all public access. Most beach access roads have readily available spaces with easy to use meters.. Many visitors choose to take advantage of beach side parks which offer abundant parking and a variety of amenities. Here are a few favorite beach access parks, click on the park's name for a direct link to their website.
Shepard Park is a 5-acre, ocean-front park, providing picnic, shower, and restroom facilities. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches. Facilities include 10 large picnic pavilions, several smaller covered picnic tables and a bathhouse. More than 300 parking spaces are available for automobiles and recreational vehicles. Many popular tourist related retail shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
The parking fee for Shepard Park is $15.
Located a little south of Cocoa Beach in the town of Indialantic, this is the only dog friendly beach along the Space Coast. Although free to access there are a few rules to be followed. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times and have tags with up-to-date vaccine information and address visible. Owners are responsible for picking up after their dogs and there are complementary waste bags/cans available. Showers and restrooms are available.
CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE
The Canaveral National Seashore contains 24 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach along the Atlantic coast and is prime habitat for many threatened and endangered species providing nesting beaches for several thousand protected marine turtles. It is home to more than 1,000 plant species and 310 bird species. Canaveral National Seashore cost is $10 per vehicle for the day. You can rent canoes and participate in a Night Sky Exploration event.
Cherie Down Park is located in Cape Canaveral, adjacent to and north of Cocoa Beach, It is a 7 acre beach park featuring a 200-foot boardwalk along sand dunes. This park also offers restrooms, showers and picnic areas. Parking is free.
One of the must see attractions in Cocoa Beach, the pier is a top destination among visitors and locals alike. With 800-feet of boardwalk you can spend your time shopping for unique items, grabbing a bite to eat from one of the five dining options, fishing off the pier (costs apply), playing arcade games, surfing or just relaxing in the sand. Beach rentals are available for a cost and parking fees are $15 per vehicle, which includes all vehicle occupants entry to the Pier.
Jetty Park offers 4.5 miles of beach and is one of the only places with lifeguards on duty year round. Beach rentals are available including chairs and umbrellas, boogie boards and kayaks. Jetty Park's unique location beside Port Canaveral's ship channel provides close up views of cruise ships, cargo vessels, submarines, space industry barges and is a great viewing location for any launch.. Features include a concession stand run by local restaurant favorite Fish Lips, bike paths, a fishing pier, playground, showers and pavilion rentals. It costs $5.00 per vehicle for Brevard County residents and $15.00 per vehicle for non-residents (ID is required). Jetty Park is also an excellent location for camping offering a variety of options.
LORI WILSON PARK
Lori Wilson is one of the more popular park locations, centrally located on A1A in Cocoa Beach. It offers visitors a playground, BBQ grills, a dog park, showers, picnic areas, nature trail and beach rentals. The park is open from sunrise to sunset with a lifeguard generally on duty during these hours. Lori Wilson's parking fee is $15 per vehicle.
This small 2 acre park provides picnic tables, picnic shelters, showers, restroom facilities, showers, fishing and free parking, it is also ADA accessible and located south of Cocoa Beach near Patrick Air Force Base.
This is a family favorite park boasting over 10 acres of grass and beach. Sidney Fisher Park is ideal for those who would like to enjoy a swim and picnic. Little ones can play on the playground, while adults grill out on one of the BBQ grills, and enjoy fishing, volleyball and swimming. Parking is $15.00 for cars and recreation vehicles.