This coastal city coasts along the Indian River—and never strays far from the beach.
There’s much to do and see throughout Brevard County, but camping in Melbourne is its own attraction. The coastal city provides direct access to some of Florida’s most notable beaches, parks, and cultural hubs. Campers will love kayaking around the Indian River, as well as at the Brevard Zoo. Meanwhile, space enthusiasts are sure to show enthusiasm for Cape Canaveral and its galactic activities. Visit a campsite in Melbourne, and you can spend your mornings soaking up the sun at Wickham Park—and your evenings soaking up the culture at the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Rent a canoe to paddle over the river and through the wetlands. The River Lakes Conservation Area welcomes boaters, hikers, and paddlers, not to mention all kinds of local wildlife. It’s a prime spot to spot storks, cranes, and river otters, so keep your eyes up and out. Campers can check-in to a nearby campground with RV hookups or get even closer to nature at a backcountry campsite.
Head across the Indian River, and you’ll encounter a range of campgrounds that wind up Florida’s Space Coast. North of Melbourne, you can savor a leisurely beach day and spend the night at a Cocoa Beach campsite. Or, take the coast’s alias to heart and pay a visit to Cape Canaveral. All along the water, you’re guaranteed some sun—and a few waves.
Surf’s up. Once you cross the Indian River, you can alternatively drive south of Melbourne. You’ll quickly reach Sebastian Inlet State Park: a surfer’s paradise. For campers who’d rather keep their feet in the sand, the park is a treasure trove for finding seashells and sea turtles. Due to the park’s location, it stretches along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River. Pitch your tent—or park your RV—according to your desired view.
The Sunshine State upholds its name year-round, so a Melbourne campsite promises warm weather regardless of the season. However, campers may find May to September less-than-ideal for sleeping outside. Summer is peak hurricane season, but even if the winds remain calm, the bugs—and the humidity—make no promises. Plan your getaway for the cooler months, when you’ll bask in a less extreme version of Florida’s trademark sun.