States. The 75-acre nonprofit attraction
is home to more than 900 animals. And
more than 16,000 volunteers helped
make the zoo a reality.
Readers of USA TODAY 10Best, a travel
and lifestyle website, voted Brevard Zoo
one of the top 10 zoos in North America.
It placed sixth overall and is the only
Florida facility on the list. Zoo guests
often cite unique animal experiences,
such as kayaking next to giraffes and
ziplining above monkeys and otters;
lush, jungle-like landscaping; and the
friendliness of staff and volunteers as
the highlights of their visit.
Brevard Zoo’s Aquarium Project is
bringing together business leaders,
educators, scientists and the citizens of
this community to fulfill a grand vision
of building a world-class aquarium at
The Police Hall of Fame and Museum
is the nation’s first law enforcement
museum. In addition to exhibits and
special events, visitors can check out the
state-of-the-art indoor shooting range,
which offers firearms rentals, training
and target practice.
The Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient
Cultures, located on the top two floors
of the Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach,
showcases hundreds of authentic artifacts
and fossils from around the world. It is
also home to the Adventure Zone, an
interactive, hands-on activity area and
the live animals of Reptile Run.
The Florida Surf Museum, also in Cocoa
Beach, highlights Florida’s surfing history
and culture. Located at Ron Jon Surf
Shop, the museum showcases the people
and places that make Florida’s surfing
Melbourne’s Andretti Thrill Park is a minitheme
park that offers entertainment for
all members of the family. Attractions
include several heart-pounding go-kart
tracks, the seven-story Drop N Twist
Tower, roller coaster, climbing wall,
minigolf and an arcade that includes the
7D Dark Ride, a state-of-the-art shooting
game with seven dimensions.
The Wizard of Oz Museum in Cape
Canaveral places visitors in Dorothy’s
shoes as she travels the Yellow Brick Road.
Sea turtles take center stage at the
Barrier Island Center in Melbourne
Beach. The educational center is in
the heart of the Archie Carr National
Wildlife Refuge, a major nesting site for
Cocoa’s Brevard Museum of History and
Natural Science explores local history
and culture from the Ice Age to the Space
Age. The museum sits on a 22-acre nature
preserve with trails winding through
several Florida ecosystems.
The Merritt Island National Wildlife
Refuge provides hiking and driving trails,
with opportunities for observing a rich
variety of wildlife. An observation deck
near the drawbridge over the Haulover
Canal is a prime spot for manatee viewing.
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