The Scoop: Central Florida | June & July 2024

The Scoop: Central Florida | June & July 2024

School’s out, and summer is here. It’s the season when Central Floridians catch a wave, boat and fish along the Indian River, and pack up the car and take the kids to Orlando’s many theme parks. They also have a SpaceX launch and lots of terrific food and music festivals coming their way. Please enjoy more tips for Father’s Day and Independence Day from ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. Here’s to creating great memories this summer.

 

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is rolling out several new experiences. On June 14, it introduces nighttime lagoon show “CineSational: A Symphonic Spectacular,” castle projection show “Hogwarts Always,” and DreamWorks Land’s rides, entertainment, interactive play and character meet and greets inspired by “Shrek,” “Trolls,” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Its largest daytime parade “Universal Mega Movie Parade” commences July 3. Florida, U.S. and Canada residents receive summer discounts.
universalorlando.com

 

Due west of Cocoa, Universal Orlando Resort is easily accessible to Space Coast residents in less than an hour’s drive. Many visitors also take advantage of the proximity to enjoy theme parks, beaches and Kennedy Space Center. Brightline’s new station in Orlando is another boon for central Floridians. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island

 
 

Burgers, BBQ & Rosé

Local restaurants like returning champ Wilke’s 14 Bones BBQ compete at United Against Poverty Indian River County’s Burgers & Brews Festival (Riverside Park, June 29). Support Port St. John Community Foundation’s “Thunder Over the Indian River” with its Red, Hot & BBQ, entertainment and fireworks (OUC Indian River Plant Field, July 6). Heaton’s hosts Rock & Rosé Beach Party (Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel, July 13).
burgersandbrews.org | portstjohncommunityfoundation.com | heatonsverobeach.com

 

Vero Beach has blossomed beyond the beach and golf course. Its vibrant lifestyle beckons with fitness, family-friendly events, hip breweries and more. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Vero Beach

 
 

Father’s Day

If dad likes to fish for largemouth bass, treat him to a day on Blue Cypress Lake. Middleton’s Fish Camp offers fishing charters and eco-tours around Indian River County’s largest lake with 21 miles of shoreline. Sign up for Florida Academy of Baking’s “Father’s Day Ultimate Surf & Turf cooking class (June 16). Watch SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s launch together (Kennedy Space Center, June 25).
middletonsfishcamp.com | fabbaker.com | kennedyspacecenter.com

 

Vero Beach has blossomed beyond the beach and golf course. Its vibrant lifestyle beckons with fitness, family-friendly events, hip breweries and more. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Vero Beach

 

Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island

 
 

Nature & Art

Revel in the beauty of McKee Botanical Garden’s annual Waterlily Celebration, which opens early to view night-blooming varieties, with a photo contest, plant vendors and plein air art (June 15). Sample and learn how to grow exotic fruit at “Taste of the Tropics” (Martin County Fairgrounds, June 15). Browse Art Wave Fest’s vendors while enjoying music and food trucks (Downtown Cocoa Beach’s Minutemen Causeway, June 22).
mckeegarden.org | sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu | cocoabeachmainstreet.org

 

Vero Beach has blossomed beyond the beach and golf course. Its vibrant lifestyle beckons with fitness, family-friendly events, hip breweries and more. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Vero Beach

Part of the Treasure Coast that encompasses Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties, Stuart is associated with top-notch fishing. Pastel-painted historic buildings and breathtaking waterways make it a favorite destination, too. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Stuart

 
 

Live Music

Though held indoors, Melbourne Municipal Band’s summer concert series featuring the legendary music of Henry Mancini to Sammy Nestico encourages attendees to pack picnics (various venues, June 5-August 8). Fans will appreciate Viera Country Fest’s upgraded amenities with its move to Melbourne’s Wickham Park (July 13). Stay cool inside as well during Ballroom Bluesfest with national acts (Space Coast Convention Center, July 13-14).
mmband.org | vieracountryfest.com | vieracountryfest.com | ballroombluesfest.com

 

Melbourne balances the historic charm of a small beach town with the urban excitement of nearby Orlando. With its prime oceanside location along the Space Coast, as well as other bodies of water like the Indian River Lagoon, it’s a fishing, boating and water sports paradise. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Melbourne Beach

Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Merritt Island

 
 

Fourth of July

Watch downtown Melbourne’s old-fashioned parade (East New Haven Avenue) in the morning followed by a celebration at Liberty Bell Memorial Museum, and return at night for MelBoom’s fireworks (Front Street Park). Rockledge’s Independence Day Picnic serves hot dogs and hamburgers with music and games (McLarty Park). After its second annual Golf Cart Parade, Stuart’s longtime “Fire & Ice” takes over Flagler Park with food trucks to fireworks.
downtownmelbourne.com | cityofrockledge.org | cityofstuart.us

 

Melbourne balances the historic charm of a small beach town with the urban excitement of nearby Orlando. With its prime oceanside location along the Space Coast, as well as other bodies of water like the Indian River Lagoon, it’s a fishing, boating and water sports paradise. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Melbourne Beach

Brevard County’s oldest incorporated municipality dating to 1887, Rockledge takes its name from the natural coquina rock along the Indian River. The area benefits from its proximity to Melbourne, Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island

Part of the Treasure Coast that encompasses Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties, Stuart is associated with top-notch fishing. Pastel-painted historic buildings and breathtaking waterways make it a favorite destination, too. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Stuart

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