It’s a beautiful day in Merritt Island at Harbortown Marina – Canaveral, and you’re looking for something to do. With Harbortown’s crystal-clear swimming pool, fenced in dog-run area, picnic area with BBQ grills, marina store for snacks and supplies, Wi-Fi access, and an on-site restaurant, there are plenty of things to do without even leaving the marina. However, if you’re looking to venture out into the local area, we have some great recommendations for you!
Port Canaveral – Dining and Nightlife
Located only 2.5 miles away from Harbortown, Port Canaveral is home to some of the best restaurants and bars around, many of which are accessible by boat. Enjoy great food, live music, friendly faces, and the laid-back, carefree atmosphere of places like Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Grills Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and many others. Enjoy local history and the beautiful panoramic view from the top of the Exploration Tower!
Historic Cocoa Village Shops
With over 50 unique shops, restaurants, antique malls and galleries, Cocoa Village is a great place to spend the day. Browse enchanting tree-lined streets, check out the many specialty stores, and enjoy the atmosphere of a true riverside community. You can even take a sunset Paddle-Boat cruise along the Indian River. Other great places to shop near Harbortown Marina – Canaveral include Merritt Square Mall, Titus Landing, and The Avenue Viera.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
A stay in Florida isn’t complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Just east of many popular Orlando, Florida vacation destinations and theme parks, NASA’s launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.
World Famous Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach
Find a spot on this gorgeous beach, and hit the waves or soak up some sun! The Cocoa Beach Pier is home to 5 restaurants, 4 bars, gift shops, live music, and an 800-ft fishing pier, with beach rentals available for your convenience. Local parks like Manatee Sanctuary Park in Cape Canaveral offer paved walking trails, covered picnic areas, playgrounds, and views of the beautiful Banana River.
Visit Florida’s Popular Theme Parks
Visit some of the most popular theme parks in the world just a short hour drive away from Harbortown Marina – Canaveral with activities and adventure for everyone! Walt Disney World Resort includes Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and fans of Star Wars won’t want to miss Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Universal Orlando Resorts is also just an hour away and includes Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. Harry Potter fans will enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas of both parks. Sea World Orlando offers exciting rides and roller coasters, up-close animal encounters and more aquatic fun.
Stuck Without Transportation?
Lyft and Uber drivers are in the area. Don’t like using mobile apps? There are plenty of local taxi and rental car services available for hire! Please keep the following phone numbers handy for reference:
Banana River Yellow Cab Trust (321) 636-1234
888 Taxi Service (321) 868-8888
Port Canaveral Taxi (321) 455-9318
Rental Car Agencies:
Hertz Rent A Car (321) 783-7771
Budget Rent-A-Car (321) 784-0634
Avis Rent A Car (321) 449-5347