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Brevard at a Glance

Coastal Cities
Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbor Beach, Melbourne, Satellite Beach
Popular Spot Cocoa Beach
Sandy Beaches 71.6 miles
Public Accesses 182
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail 36 sites
State Parks & Lands Acres
Indian River Lagoon State Park 544
Sebastian Inlet State Park (Indian River) 971
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (Indian River) 22,362
Banana River Aquatic Preserve 30,000
Federal Lands Acres
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (Indian River) 252
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge 131,061
St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge 6,257
Canaveral National Seashore (Volusia) 57,661
Bays & Inlets
Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon
Rivers & Paddling Trails
Banana River, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail segments (Space Coast and Indian River/Pelican Island), Indian River Blueway Trail

Brevard County, at the middle of Florida's East Coast, has 71 miles of sandy coastline. Also known as Florida's Space Coast, Brevard County is the home of John F. Kennedy Space Center. Interlaced with small, coastal cities, Brevard offers numerous opportunities for learning about natural resources and coastal ecosystems

Surfing and fishing are among the most popular outdoor activities in Brevard. Home of iconic surf shops, Brevard County beaches are scattered with surf boards and surfers throughout the day. Fishing off of the Atlantic Coast and within the intracoastal waterways is a popular attraction to Brevard.

Indian River Lagoon is considered to be among the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. This lagoon provides vital seagrass habitat and is home to a myriad of invertebrates including oysters, clams, mussels, sponges and blue crabs. Larger marine life in the lagoon can include tarpon, snook, flounder, sea turtles and manatees, just to name a few. This important ecosystem is teeming with marine life, and provides a boating, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing paradise.

Many events occur throughout the year which range from surfing contests to sail boat regattas and numerous festivals. The largest and longest running seafood festival in the southeast, the Grant Seafood Festival occurs every February in Brevard County. This festival began in 1965, and admission is still free to all attendees. Brevard also has numerous fishing tournaments.

Brevard County's economy relies strongly on tourism. Some of the attractions that generate significant tourism include the Brevard Zoo, John F Kennedy Space Center, the beaches, and Port Canaveral.

The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge spans 20.5 miles along the Atlantic Coast. This area is an essential sea turtle nesting habitat. Loggerheads, leatherbacks and green turtles all lay eggs on this stretch of beach. Nesting in this area occurs from May through October.

Approximately 12,000 years ago, early inhabitants populated this area. In the mid 1980s, the Windover Archaeological Site was excavated to find hundreds of immaculately preserved burials. This collection represents one of the most well preserved finds from the Archaic Period.

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Last updated: April 26, 2012


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