city in Brevard County, Florida, United States of America

Melbourne is on East Central Florida's Space Coast in Brevard County.

UnderstandEdit

 
Melbourne

While most of Melbourne is on the mainland, a small portion is located on a barrier island. The Indian River Lagoon separates the mainland from the island. The island is a narrow strip of land that separates the Lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean.

Spanning the Indian River Lagoon to connect the mainland to the barrier island are a pair of four-lane, high-rise bridges -- the Melbourne Causeway and the Eau Gallie Causeway.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Orlando-Melbourne International Airport (MLB IATA), 1 Air Terminal Pkwy, +1 321 723-6227 (ext. 222). Serves Florida's Space and Treasure Coasts with domestic and international passenger and air freight service. Utilizing convenient, state-of-the-art facilities, the Melbourne International Airport is served by Delta/Delta Connection and American Eagle. Plans are underway to include TuiFly from Great Britain which is expected to begin service to Melbourne FL and cease service to Orlando-Sanford in 2022. The Airport also provides services including charter passenger flights, private aviation, and air freight flights.    

Other nearby airports include:

By carEdit

  • Interstate 95 Melbourne is accessed from exits #176 ("Palm Bay Rd/Palm Bay") through #188 ("FL Hwy 404 Patrick AFB Satellite Beach") along I-95. There are five exits from I-95 into town. Downtown can be accessed from Exit #180 ("US Hwy 192 Melbourne West Melbourne") from both directions of I-95.
  • US Hwy 1
  • US Highway 192 Connects Melbourne to Orlando through Kissimmee. US Hwy 192 east of its junction with I-95 (Exit #180) into town as West New Haven Ave.
  • FL A1A Coastal highway connecting Cape Canaveral in the north, through Melbourne Beach to Stuart Beach in Fort Pierce in the south.

See By car under Get around in below for a more local description of the above.

By busEdit

  • 2 Greyhound, (bus stop) West New Haven Mobile Mart/Gas Station at 4050 W New Haven Ave (Off of Exit #180 of I-95.), +1 321 723-4323, toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. Travels primarily on Interstate 95 (Miami, Ft Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Ft Pierce, Titusville, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville). Another variation of this route connects West Palm Beach to Orlando through Ft Pierce, Titusville and points in between along I-95/FL Hwy 50. Passengers transfer in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Miami or Orlando to reach other cities. Check Schedules.

Get aroundEdit

By busEdit

  • Space Coast Area Transit is the name of the local Brevard County bus service. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. $1.25 per ride, or $35 for a monthly pass.

By carEdit

The best way to get around Melbourne is by car. Major Roads include:

  • U.S. Highway 1. Harbor City Boulevard is the local street name, and it runs parallel to the Indian River on the eastern side of the city. This road allows easy access to the beaches over 3 causeways: the Pineda Causeway (Florida State Road 404), Eau Gallie Causeway, and Melbourne Causeway.
  • U.S. Highway 192. Locally named New Haven Avenue or Strawbridge Avenue (historic downtown), US 192 is one of the major commercial, entertainment, and retail areas of Melbourne. Many businesses, large and small, are located on this busy avenue. It serves as a route to Kissimmee and the tourist corridor of Orlando to the west, and the town of Indialantic to the east via the Melbourne Causeway.
  • Interstate 95. This 6 lane interstate highway passes through the city limits, 4 exit ramps located in the Melbourne Vicinity. It serves as the main north-south route in the metropolitan area.
  • Florida State Road A1A. This road runs along the beaches and provides easy access to other areas of Brevard County.
  • County Road 509 (Wickham\Minton). Wickham serves as a second north to south route in the Melbourne area.

SeeEdit

 
Map of Melbourne (Florida)

DoEdit

  • Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida (Zipline Safari), +1 407 957-9794, . Journey deep into Forever Florida, a 4700 acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area, preserved just as nature intended. This beautiful site boasts 9 distinct Florida ecosystems and an endless array of natural flora and fauna including alligators, black bears, nearly two hundred species of birds and the endangered Florida panther. Choose your own fully-guided adventure: Coach Safari, Horseback Safari, soar through the treetops on the NEW Zipline Safari. Reservations Required.
  • Andretti's Thrill Park, 3960 S. Babcock St, +1 321 956-6706, . Go Kart's, Mini Golf.
  • 8 Brevard Zoo, 8225 N Wickham Rd (between Rockledge and Melbourne), +1 321-254-9453. Animals and exhibits of different habitats, along with a treetop trek.    
  • Galaxy Skateway, +1 321 259-3366. Roller Skating Rink.
  • Brevard Symphony Orchestra, 1500 Highland Ave (offices are in the historic Winchester Symphony House in the Eau Gallie Arts District), +1 321-242-2024. Founded in 1954, the orchestra-in-residence at the King Center for the performing arts. Brevard's only professional orchestra.
  • CrossFit Rise Above, 1973 Guava Ave (Gym is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District), +1 321-254-0002. Founded in 2011, CrossFit affiliate located in Melbourne.

BuyEdit

  • 1 Melbourne Square Mall, 1700 W New Haven Ave (W New Haven Ave & Evans southwest of airport grounds), +1 321 727-2000. Su 12PM-6PM; M-Sa 11AM-7PM. Melbourne Square Mall hosts Dillard's, Macy's, JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods and numerous other hotels, shops & restaurants in the mall and in the immediate surrounding area not part of the mall (Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Pet Smart, Ross Dress for Less, Extended Stay America, Marriott Courtyard, among others). There are other smaller strip malls & free standing establishments across the street along W New Haven Ave.
  • 2 Longboard House, 101 5th Ave, Indiatlantic (5th Ave & Miramar in Indiatlantic/Melbourne Beach), +1 321 950-8001. Su 8:30AM-6PM; M-Sa 8:30AM-9PM. Veteran Surf shop stocking an extensive selection of surfboards and other oceanic recreational gear.

EatEdit

  • Squid Lips, 1477 Pineapple Avenue. "Where the locals eat & drink." $5-$15 per person. Located on the Indian River.
  • Siam Orchid Best Sushi in town!
  • Makotos.
  • Cedar's Cafe. Authentic Lebanese food wonderful! Best Tabouli in town!
  • The Wagon Wheel, 3082 Lake Washington Rd, +1 321-254-7411. In business for over 40 years, known for Pizza and Stromboli.

Historic Downtown DiningEdit

Beachside DiningEdit

  • Longdoggers Great local food for $5-$10 per person
  • Coasters Pub, +1 321 779-2739. 971A E Eau Gallie Blvd (Wal-Mart Plaza). 100+ Awesome Beers and Great Food

DrinkEdit

SleepEdit

Near AirportEdit

The airport locations are located southeast of the airport terminal, southeast of the intersection of NASA Blvd & MLK along MLK Blvd:

Jct I-95 and US Hwy 192 (W New Haven Ave)Edit

There are several chain hotels & motels located on W New Haven Ave (US Hwy 192) east of its intersection with I-95 (Exit #180). Ideal for travelers passing through along I-95 by car or by Greyhound bus and need a break from a long drive or bus ride:

Bed & BreakfastEdit

Go nextEdit

Routes through Melbourne
Daytona BeachRockledge  N   S  Palm BayFort Pierce
Daytona BeachRockledge  N   S  Palm BayVero Beach
OrlandoKissimmee  W   E  → Jct  End
Cape CanaveralIndian Harbour Beach  N   S  IndialanticVero Beach


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