The Historic Cocoa Village is located in the heart of dowtown Cocoa Beach. The area was first settled during the middle of the 1800’s, and has since evolved into one of the premier entertainment and shopping districts of Brevard County, as well as one of the most popular attractions of the Space Coast of Florida. Historic Cocoa Village is among the most popular destinations along the Florida Space Coast for visitors who are seeking a unique dining and shopping experience with a village vibe and a relaxing atmosphere.
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Visitors and locals alike can stroll down the tree-lined historic streets of the Historic Cocoa Village as they shop and relax in the enjoyable atmosphere of small and nostalgic community along the river. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the number of gourmet restaurants in Cocoa Village before they watch a show at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. Visitors can also choose to visitor the Florida Historical Society if they’re interested in learning more about the history of the state of Florida. The Historic Cocoa Village is also a great place to enjoy a night out with family or friends, enjoying some live music at one of the popular night spots in the village, or enjoying a casual dinner, such as seafood, tapas, sushi, pizza, Italian cuisine, and more.
The Historic Cocoa Village Association is representative of most of the businesses in the Historic Cocoa Village. The association exists to help in the promotion and growth of the historic riverside community of Cocoa Village, as well as to help the City of Cocoa by organizing and hosting various events for the community and fun activities in the Historic Cocoa Village. Funds raised by the Historic Cocoa Village Association support a variety of promotions, the development of tourism, and advertising. The most prominent events hosted by the Historic Cocoa Village Association include four Sip and Strolls throughout the year, the Central Florida Car Shows in the spring and fall, and four Arts and Crafts Fairs hosted during the year.
Cocoa in Florida was originally founded by fisherment. The first families arrived in Cocoa around the year 1860. Around the year 1881, the firsto commercial building of the city was built, and a post office was created at Magnolia Point. The new settlement’s first plans were drafted in 1882 on land belonging to Captain R.A. Hardee under the name “Indian River City.” The United States Postal authorities deemed the name unacceptable, claiming “Indian River City” was too long to be used on a postmark.
There are several stories as to how the City of Cocoa got its name. One story is that it was chosen due to the city’s association with the cocoa tree. Another tale suggests that a woman was inspired by her baker’s cocoa and suggested the name. A third story mentions a woman who would give sailors hot cocoa as they traveled down the Indian River. It’s uncertain which story is true, but the city became known as Cocoa by 1884.
600 Florida Avenue, Cocoa, Florida, Phone: 321-631-9075