After crossing a long and high bridge just east of Cocoa Village, you drop down upon a barrier island. A few miles farther and you'll reach the Atlantic Ocean and picture-perfect Cocoa Beach at Route A1A.In the early 1960s Cocoa Beach was a sleepy, little-known town. But in 1965 the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie premiered. The endearing show centered on an astronaut, played by Larry Hagman, and his "Jeannie" in a bottle, Barbara Eden, and was set in Cocoa Beach. Though the series was never shot in Florida, creator Sidney Sheldon paid homage to the town with local references to Cape Kennedy (now known as the Kennedy Space Center) and Bernard's Surf restaurant. Today the town and its lovely beach are mecca to Florida's surfing community.
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Spend a day at the Kennedy Space Center. Explore the interactive exhibits and tour the Apollo/Saturn V Center and the launchpad area.
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The flagship store of the world’s largest surf shop is open 24/7. Take the family for suits or souvenirs, then rent beach bikes to cruise the shore.
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Wander the wide paths to view siamang gibbons, bald eagles and giant anteaters. Try the rhino encounter or kayak on 22 acres of restored wetlands.
This landmark pier, with restaurants, bars and gift shops, juts 800 feet into the ocean. Fish, enjoy free live music or just sit down with a drink.
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The park sits at the tips of two barrier islands. Swim in the surf or in a protected lagoon area. Explore the Indian River Lagoon with a park ranger.
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