Bountiful Treasures on The Space Coast
Guests in need of some shopping therapy while on the Space Coast are in
luck. The options are out of this world. Whether you are looking for
brand name fashions or one of a kind items to remember your visit by, the
Space Coast has them all. For traditional shopping mall connoisseurs,
check out the Melbourne Square Mall off 192, the Merritt Square Mall on
SR520 half way between Cocoa Village and Cocoa Beach, the Miracle City Mall
in Titusville or The Avenue, a relatively new outdoor shopping mall not far
from Space Coast Stadium in Viera. Each of the major malls includes
several big name department stores, restaurant and assorted specialty shops.
For those looking for historic downtown shopping districts, there are
several to choose form as well. Historic Downtown Titusville is a
quaint, nostalgic area offering arts and crafts, flower and gift shops and,
of course, clothing and consignment boutiques. Near Riverside Park,
the area boasts several popular restaurants. Be sure to check for the
monthly Art Walks and the bi-monthly TITUSNites Street Parties.
Shoppers can also include a walking tour of the shopping district's
twenty-four buildings on South Washington Avenue and Main Street which are
included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Cocoa village, located along SR520 near the bridge to Merritt
Island, features a plethora of antiques and specialty shops in a charming
shopping district bordered by a fantastic Riverside Park complete with
amphitheater, water play and children's playground. Walking tours and
ghost tours are available. highlights include the Almost Antiques
Factory Street Market which boasts a huge collection of unique vintage
items, Annie's toy chest which is the only other store besides the Kennedy
space Center Visitor complex where you can purchase the special TiViTz math
and strategy game, and Art Vue Gallerie which features one of the largest
collections of local art for sale on the Space Coast. Dining options span
the gamut from fine European fare to a prime steakhouse, a great Mexican
restaurant, Amish Ice Cream and casual riverfront dining. Looking for
vegetarian fare? Check out the Gardener's Cottage Natural Kitchen and
Healthy Mercantile. A Friday Fun Fest is held once a month and most weekends
there is a craft fair or special event a t the Riverfront Park.
The Eau Gallie shopping district in Melbourne is a hip, yet quaint
historic area that offers a wide assortment of art galleries, bookstores,
antique shops and restaurant alongside numerous unique specialty boutiques.
It includes a premier art museum and the Eau Gallie Civic Center. The
Historic Downtown Melbourne area along New Haven and Strawbridge Avenues
features very unique antiques and specialty shops selling everything from
upscale children's furnishings to handmade candles, jewelry and one of a a
kind clothing. An assortment of restaurant, coffee shops, chocolate
shops and even horse drawn carriage rides are also available.
Be sure to check out Heel Thy Sole where you can shop for shoes and get a
pedicure, all while checking out some great art. The Gauzeway and The
Albatross should make the "must see" vacation list for those in search of
casual and unique attire for a Florida vacation. for shoppers in need
of some surf apparel to hit the beach in or just to take home for the kids,
several top notch surf stores now span the length of A1A. The largest and
best known stores are Ron Jon Surf Shop and the Cocoa Beach Surf Company,
which side by side make for an afternoon's worth of browsing alone.
Everything from surfboards to swimsuits and beach rentals can be found
somewhere in these two complexes. Be sure to check out the smaller
surf shops too for some unique ideas and an good feel for the locals.
Surfer's Surf Shack caters to girls and at The Goods Surf and Skate
Boutique, you just might run into one of professional surfing's Hobgood
twins. Of course, shopping can be found outside of the malls and
historic city centers as well. Along the length of US 1 you can find
everything from fine furnishings in cocoa to original children's furniture
in Rockledge to stained glass studios in Melbourne. Just south of Port
St. John, be sure to check out Frontenac Flea Market for hundreds of deals.
In the area around Melbourne Square Mall along SR192 is an enormous
selection of big name stores and smaller specialty shops like Barnes and
Noble, Pier One and Marshalls.
For those who prefer to stay close to the beach, a drive along A1A
includes the major surf shop meccas., the specialty shops of cottage Row in
Cocoa Beach and a host of big name and unique shopping in the beachside
shopping plazas. from I-95 guests can also access many great shopping
areas from Titusville to Palm Bay, including the Super Flea & Farmers Market
in Melbourne that includes more than 150,000 square feet and 400 retail and
used-goods dealers. Free entertainment and special events are included