Founded by fishermen and their families along the Indian River in the 1860s, Cocoa, Florida, is today home to 16,000 people. Just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's "Space Coast," near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa boasts a selection of single- and split-level single-family homes in verdant neighborhoods priced to help you get the most for your home-buying dollar. Central Florida and its famous family attractions are only an hour away.
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Cocoa is committed to the preservation of its cultural heritage and history. The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science has exhibits on the region's history, from the dinosaurs to the citrus industry, as well as a butterfly garden and nature trails. The Brevard Cultural Alliance works to promote arts and culture as sustaining elements of a healthy community through educational programs. From the historic Aladdin theater, an old silent movie house and one-time stop on the vaudeville circuit, the Cocoa Village Playhouse showcases the performing arts through community theater productions. The Florida Historical Society produces a newsletter and maintains a library of documents, photos, and maps from the history of the region and the entire state.
While it celebrates its history, Cocoa is also dedicated to building and sustaining a strong economic environment for its residents and their future. A small business assistance program is just one of the ways the city supports local businesses. Renowned for its art galleries, Cocoa Main Street attracts shoppers from around the region as well as from the cruise ships that dock at nearby Port Canaveral. Its galleries feature the work of local artists, its many restaurants and shops are all locally owned, and it hosts a weekly farmers market. The area is architecturally diverse and maintains its historic murals. Once a month, Riverfront Park shows a movie in the park. These movies are free, with food trucks and live entertainment in the park before the show starts. The University of Central Florida has a campus in Cocoa, as does Eastern Florida State College, whose planetarium and observatory provides educational opportunities for students and community members at large. Those with a real passion for space exploration can visit the Kennedy Space Center, 20 miles from Cocoa, to peruse the exhibits or witness a launch. If your family is counting down to a move to Central Florida, check out our listings of homes for sale while you consider Cocoa.