Brevard County is located on the east coast of Central Florida just 35 miles east of Orlando, and home to such high-tech businesses as Harris, GE, NASA, Northrup Grumman, Space X, and Kennedy Space Center, and host to Port Canaveral, the second-busiest cruise port in the world. With 72 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches; and the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States, more than 500,000 residents enjoy its tropical weather, cultural activities, educational opportunities, active and passive recreation options, and high-technology industries. The “Space Coast” offers an exceptional quality of life that residents and visitors enjoy year-round.
The nickname “Space Coast” comes from the fact that it’s home to the famous Kennedy Space Center, where launches have become frequent and historical again, and have contributed to the current strong economic growth in the county.
Fun Fact: The county’s area code, 321, is directly based on the 3-2-1 countdown sequence used during shuttle liftoffs.
Schools: the Brevard County school district operates over 80 different schools and serves over 74,000 students (2015.) Brevard County also offers higher education at Eastern Florida State College and the Florida Institute of Technology.
Geography: The county has a total area of 1,557 square miles, 72 miles from north to south, and 26.5 miles wide. More than thirty-four percent (34.8%) of the county is water; most being the Atlantic Ocean, St. Johns River and Indian River Lagoon. The underlying limestone is relatively young at 150,000 years old, which means that the ground is not susceptible to the sinkholes that are prevalent in the spine of Florida.
Weather: January is the coldest month, with an average low of 50.7 °F (10.4 °C) and an average high 71 °F (22 °C). The warmest months are July and August with average highs of 90 °F (32 °C) and average lows of 72.2. The driest month is April with 1.6 inches (4.1 cm) of rainfall; the wettest is September, with 6.6 inches (17 cm).
Offshore ocean temperatures have averaged from 62 °F (17 °C) in February to 72 °F (22 °C) in April.
Brevard County is less frequently hit by direct hurricane landfalls than are portions of the Panhandle or South Florida due to its more northerly latitude, and the storm’s tendency to lessen to tropical storm or depression strength before reaching the county. No major hurricane, defined as category 3 or higher, has struck Brevard since the beginning of recorded climate (1850.)
Areas: The county is unofficially divided into three sections:
North County, comprising Titusville, Mims, Cape Canaveral, and Port St. John;
Central Brevard, which includes Cocoa, Rockledge, Merritt Island, Palm Shores, Viera and Cocoa Beach;
and South County, which includes Melbourne, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and the South Beaches which includes South Patrick Shores, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, and Melbourne Beach.
Activities: Brevard County is home to the Manatees; both our very own minor league baseball team, and our real beloved wild manatees that can often be observed at some of our various parks. Great outdoor area activities include; golf, boating, jet skiing, air boat rides, parasailing, fishing, diving, surfing, eco-adventures, kayaking, horseback riding and much more. At the right time of the year, you can experience Bioluminescence on the river or the hatching of sea turtles on the beach. The Brevard Zoo, Florida Adventure Petting Zoo, or Airboat Rides Melbourne are always a great family-friendly options.
In our downtowns you can find antiquing, farmers markets, art festivals and street parties. Shop at the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Renninger’s Super Flea in Melbourne, or the many shopping centers scattered from Palm Bay to Viera and beyond.
Cultural opportunities abound throughout the Space Coast. The Maxwell C. King Center has live theater, Broadway shows, and concerts throughout the year as well as summertime children’s programs. The Cocoa Village Playhouse and The Henagar Center in Melbourne provide exciting entertainment, as do numerous annual festivals, like the Grant Seafood Festival, the Brevard Renaissance Fair, and the Brevard Caribbean Fest. Country music fans won’t want to miss the 3-day Runaway Country Festival in the spring at Wickham Park.
This is just a snippet of what Brevard County is all about. Come join us in calling Brevard County home!