Water Activities

Look for the Kid-friendly and Dog-friendly icons to see what activities and recommendations are accessible for the whole family!

Bioluminescence Tour

Why We Love It

Departs from Haulover Canal Launch Site, Haulover Canal Launch Site, Haulover Canal, Mims, FL 32754. Seeing the water light up is fascinating. The tours are wonderful for everyone, adults and kids alike however we wouldn’t recommend it for small children.

Local Tip

Season is from June to October and the best viewing is when there is a new moon. make reservations well in advance, especially for the new moon. Wear A LOT of insect repellent!

Nearby Southbound Stays: Lunar Beach Bungalow

Kid-Friendly

Cocoa Beach Jet Ski Rental

Location

1872 E Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952

Why We Love It

Some of us aren’t coordinated enough to surf (that’d be me), jet skis (or wave runners) are a fun way to enjoy the waves.

Local Tip

Save time before you rent by taking the temporary boater license class online (it’s fast and easy).

Kid-Friendly

Manatee & Dolphin Kayak Tour

Location

599 Ramp Road or 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd (both Cocoa Beach, FL 32931)

Why We Love It

Because manatees are so cute and how could you say no to hanging out with Flipper, too?

Local Tip

Manatee season is from March to October (they like to head South for the winter, too) so time your trip accordingly.

Kid-Friendly

Sail on a Catamaran (by Day or at Sunset)

Location

290 Marine Harbor Dr, Merritt Island, FL 32953

Why We Love It

Boating is a way of life on the Space Coast. We love taking in the scenery and feeling the fresh air- and though it’s still hot, the breeze helps beat the heat.

Local Tip

Definitely book in advance and plan to make a day (or night of it). If you’re looking for a more romantic experience, opt for the sunset.

Kid-Friendly

Surf Lessons

Location

Multiple location options in Cocoa Beach, FL

Why We Love It

This is a favorite pastime for us – Richard riding the waves while I watch from the beach. It’s how we spent our summers since high school.

Local Tip

Take the lesson before going it on your own. Though there are spots great for beginners, Cocoa Beach surf is legendary for a reason. 🙂

Kid-Friendly

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