This summer’s full of places to go, things to do


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Julie Sturgeon

Summer in Brevard County is a good time to enjoy some new experiences. There is no shortage of things to do and see without ever leaving the Space Coast. From the acclaimed Brevard Zoo to the Brevard Veterans Memorial museum, one of the state’s best military museums, to a host of outdoor activities, the Space Coast has a lot to offer. Thanks to Brevard’s mix of natural beauty and infused culture, seniors can make a local bucket list of things to do right here:

 

Foosaner Art Museum

1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne

The Foosaner Art Museum, located in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD), contains several galleries to view art from around the world.

In June, the museum will display its collection of Clyde Butcher’s photographs. Butcher is a well-known Florida legend for his wilderness photography.

EGAD is an interesting area to stroll through and view murals that artists have painted on buildings.

 

Florida Tech Botanical Garden

150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne

Visitors can meander through this shady hammock adjacent to a picturesque stream. The garden trails weave through 15 acres of stunning palms and tropical plants. The garden’s Dent Smith Trail is named after the founder of the Palm Society.

 

Guided Sea Turtle Walk

111 South Miramar Ave., Indialantic.

Call to register for a tour.

Summer is turtle nesting season. The best way to see sea turtles is by taking a guided sea turtle walk through the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge has more nesting loggerhead turtles than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Lifelong Scholar Society lectures at Florida Tech

6 p.m. on select Thursdays at
1050 West NASA Blvd.

For information, go to fit.edu/continuing-education/lifelong-scholar-society/thursday-night-lectures/

The Lifelong Scholar Society lectures at Florida Tech’s Center for Aeronautics and Innovation. It provides thought-provoking topics for discussion. Summer Thursday night lecture topics include the Canaveral Port Authority, Vampires in literature and media, and the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.

 

Barrier Island Sanctuary

8385 S. State Road A1A, Melbourne Beach

brevardfl.gov/EELProgram/Sanctuaries/BarrierIslandSanctuary

This pristine nature area, along with many other places in the county, has been left in its natural state to preserve flora and fauna. From the natural barrier island sanctuary in south Brevard to the historical Sams House on Merritt Island, the sanctuaries are located throughout the county.

 

Cocoa Village Playhouse

300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa

cocoavillageplayhouse.com/

The Cocoa Village Playhouse features popular musicals. The playhouse first opened in 1924 and it is on the National Register of Historical Places. June performances include “All Shook Up” with Elvis Presley’s music, and Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World.”

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