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Whether it’s basking on miles and miles of wonderful sand or trying your hand at water-sports, Melbourne Beach in Florida is a fantastic destination for a family vacation.

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About Melbourne Beach, Florida

The first people to inhabit the area around what is now Melbourne Beach were probably the Ais or Ays—native American Indians who inhabited the Florida region in Pre-Colombian times. But it's thought that the first European to set foot on Florida soil was Juan Ponce de León who landed near Melbourne Beach in 1513.

Modern Melbourne Beach was developed in the 19th century, when Major Cyrus Graves, a veteran of the Yankee army, began buying government land in 1883.

The Eau Gallie Arts District gives visitors insights into the arts and culture of Melbourne Beach Florida. Find out more about the area’s fascinating story by paying a visit to the historic Rossetter House museum and gardens in the district.

Seafood and fish, especially lobster, are very much part of the local cuisine in Melbourne Beach. You can also enjoy Cuban, Thai and other international dishes here.

What to do in Melbourne Beach, Florida

If you go to Melbourne Beach with your family, go to Treetop Trek for a day. The course is excellent, safe and lots of fun. A word of warning, though—you do have to be reasonable fit to complete it.

Visit Paradise Beach & Park where the kids can swim as the surf isn't big. There are lifeguards on duty for their safety, too.

You should also visit the nearby Kennedy Space Center for an interesting, educational day out for the whole family. 

If retail therapy is more your thing, you can shop till you drop in the malls and specialty shops in Melbourne Beach. There will certainly be something that will catch your eye.

Take a river tour along the Indian River and into the Banana River. You might be lucky and see some dolphins. You’ll also hear about the fascinating history of the area.

You can even hire a charter boat and go fishing, or take an airboat ride and see the alligators lumbering on the river banks. There are so many tours to choose from and they’re a perfect way to experience all that Melbourne Beach has to offer. You might want to sample alligator meat for for a different culinary experience.

Top travel tips for Melbourne Beach, Florida

Fly to Melbourne International Airport (MLB), and then pick up a rental car so that you can travel independently around the Melbourne Beach area. Alternatively, take a taxi to your accommodation—they’re readily available.

As far as public transportation goes, there is a bus network called SCAT (Space Coast Authority Transit), and locals use this to get around the Melbourne Beach area.

If you’re driving, try to avoid rush hours when traffic is heavy in Melbourne Beach.

Visit the Barrier Island Center and learn about the conservation programs for sea turtles. Kids love these marine animals and it’s an unforgettable experience.

If you’re looking for a vacation which is both leisurely and educational, go to Melbourne Beach, Florida. There's something for all family members. As it’s on the beach, there are many water sports to try—fishing is one of the most popular pastimes. To find the perfect vacation rental, check out what's available on FlipKey.