Brevard County, Florida
Central Florida Coastal Cities
Nestled in Brevard County on East Central Florida's Space Coast you will find Melbourne. Significantly located on the mainland, a diminutive portion of Melbourne rests on a barrier island separated by the Indian River Lagoon. Known as The Harbor City, the estimated population as of 2006 was 76,371, making Melbourne the second largest population on the scenic and serene Space Coast. Approximately 60 miles southeast of Orlando, along Interstate 95, Melbourne is in a prime location that allows for residents and visitors to be a mere hop, skip and jump away from Disney World and Orlando's entertaining attractions.
But why go anywhere else when there are a number of things to do around here? In addition to the enticing balmy climate, peaceful views of glittering azure waters and towering palm trees, you'll discover an abundance of activities for everyone to participate in. Restaurants featuring succulent fresh seafood, shopping centers, ample water activities, and much, much more are all right here in Melbourne.
Enjoying the outdoors and water features are a large part of Melbourne's allure. From the Brevard Zoo, Andretti Thrill Park to Batter's Choice', there's plenty to enjoy alfresco. For the golf enthusiast there are several courses to choose between: Baytree National Golf Club, as well as Crane Creek Reserve and Mallards Landing-- the latter two are ranked among the best public golf courses in Central Florida.
Make your way to the tip of the Melbourne Causeway to visit the Melbourne Harbor Marina, where you can charter a yacht for the weekend or enjoy a romantic dinner on the water. Right across the street from the marina is Melbourne's Historic Downtown District brimming with hotels, antique and gift shops, bed & breakfast inns'There are countless areas of Melbourne to explore and easily fall in love with.
The city's engaging social calendar of events throughout the year give residents something to look forward to. In April the crowd-drawing Melbourne Arts Festival is held'in 2006 the event brought in about 70,000 visitors. Every November the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers' Festival provides a venue for new innovative filmmakers to showcase their talent, while the Melbourne Area Pilots Association hosts a General Aviation Day at Melbourne International Airport in September. There is sure to be something to pique your interest.