If you crave a fun loving crowd, Labor Day Weekend 2013 in Brevard County, Florida, rocks with three major events drawing large crowds for a wide variety of end of summer fun.
The National Kidney Foundation’s Surf Festival has thousands of surf and sun lovers coming to the Cocoa Beach Pier every year for a Labor Day Weekend fundraiser. There are live bands, surf contests, bikini contests, and beach fun all in the name of supporting a great cause.
“Cold-Blooded Weekend,” Brevard Zoo’s 2013 Labor Day Weekend reptile event, is themed Creatures Big and Small. Stingray and alligator feeding, as well as bug tasting are among the planned events. Sure to be fun and educational; Brevard Zoo knows how to put on a great event.
Brevard Caribbean Fest brings the Caribbean to Cocoa’s Riverfront Park Sunday, September 1. Artistic vendors, Caribbean cuisine, and upbeat music make for a great time and will have you dancing on the river.
However, if you’re more interested in seeking the solitude of nature, Brevard County offers that too. Here are a few options:
Erna Nixon Park is located at 1200 Evans Rd W Melbourne, FL 32904. Three thousand feet of boardwalk wind through gorgeous Florida greenery; Spanish Moss covered oaks and skyscraping palms. Keep an eye out for gopher tortoises and a variety of Florida birds. Bring a lunch if you care to picnic under the pavilion. Call 321-952-4525 for more information and hours of the nature center.
Turkey Creek Sanctuary, 1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Palm Bay, FL 32905, has almost two miles of boardwalk through pine and palm habitats. The tranquility of Turkey Creek will make it seem as though you are in the middle of nowhere. Take the trail to the canoe deck and you will be treated to a beautiful view of Turkey Creek where you may see alligators, manatees, and large alligator gar. A bobcat has been known to appear on occasion, but you will definitely see many turtles and catfish.
The Margaret Hames Nature Center has fun activities for kids of all ages. Use animal foot print stamps to make tracks in a sand tray or look at tiny creatures on slides under a microscope.
There is a small pavilion with a picnic table for eating among the trees. Call 321-676-6690 for more information and hours of the nature center.
A Day Away Kayak Tours will have you gliding along peaceful Florida waterways. Their Manatee and Dolphin Encounter Tour is a guided tour of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. You will get breathtakingly close to gentle manatees and amazing bottle nose dolphins. You will be treated to views of many beautiful Florida wading birds, such as the gorgeous pink Roseate Spoonbill.
For information regarding this, and other A Day Away Kayak Tour packages, call 321-268-2655.
Whether you choose to commune with people, porpoises, or pines this Labor Day weekend, have fun and play safe.