Historic Cocoa Village - Janet Bellacera




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Shopping...

     If you're looking for a wonderful morning stroll through a beautifully restored historic district, then you have to make it out to the Historic Cocoa Village.  Nestled in downtown Cocoa, Florida is a quaint little shopping and dining district full of unique restaurants and eclectic boutique styled stors.  There is always something to do and see in Cocoa Village, most weekends you will find various festivals, wine walks, chili cook offs or maybe even an antique car show.  Be sure to click the link below and check out what's happening on their website.


What's Happening In The Village!

     Spring time in the village always brings the Spring Fine Art & Craft Festival, with hundreds of vendors setting up shop right on the streets of Cocoa Village you are bound to fall in love with something.  This year was the busiest I've ever seen, hundreds of people came out to take advantage of the unique gifts, crafts and art found at the festival.  Not only do the vendors go out of their way to welcome you to the Village but the store owners do as well.  This year, my favorite store was Tails at the Barkery, not only were they hosting a massive custom made dog cake to share with furry guests, they had Sangria and treats for the humans while we shopped.  I managed to snatch up a sweet little bandana for my tiny Italian Greyhound Kobi.  The store/bakery not only has treats that are baked fresh right on site every day, they have designer wear for dogs and cats.  If you're looking for a special gift for your furry friend, I highly suggest checking them out.  Super cute place, with friendly owner and staff.  I will definitely be back.  You can find them at...



Tails of the Barkery

308 Brevard Ave

Cocoa FL 32922 

www.tailsatthebarkery.com


Dining...

     For me, no stop at the Village is complete without a stop into my favorite rooftop bar and restaurant Ryan's Pizza and Pub located on Harrison Street, just a short walk from the Village.  Ryan's has the best view of the Indian River from their rooftop bar, great food, great drinks and friendly servers.  There has never been a time where I have been there and it was not busy.  On the menu that day was a huge BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza for the entire family and of course a sweet Pina Colada for Mommy.  Check out the full menu right here...

Ryan's Pizza and Pub Menu.


Touring...

     After you have done a little bit of shopping, it's time to really take a look around.  The Cocoa Village has several historic sites within walking distance of the shopping and dining district.  Let's start with the Cocoa Village Playhouse, that first opened its doors in 1924 showing silent movies.  While several owners and several decades have gone by the life of this once grand playhouse is still in operation today.  It's a magnificent site and can be seen right in the center of Cocoa Village.  Through various donations from individuals, organizations, businesses as well as the State of Florida, this playhouse has been beautifully restored and now runs movies, as well as plays throughout the year.  For a full list of performances click the link below.

The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse  

Porcher House

     The Porcher House stands today as a magnificent example of 20th century revival architecture built completely out of native coquina stone.  Construction on this home began in 1914 and was completed in 1916.  The home at the time featured 10 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a teak grand staircase, oak floors and cedar wainscoting.  While Mr. Edward Porcher a local citrus grower, and his wife lived in this home until after World War II, the city of Cocoa obtained the home from the Porcher family in the 1950's.  For a little while this home served many purposes, at one point in time it was City Hall, a hotel, and a home for boys.  While many of the parts of this home are original, other parts have been lovingly restored with money from State grants as well as funding from the City of Cocoa.  Today the Porcher House in all its grandeur is used for rental space for wedding, events, parties and special occasions.  Tours of this home can be arranged by calling Main Street Cocoa at 321-633-0806, sadly on the day that I was walking around, it was closed.    


Relaxing...

     After walking around the art festival all morning long and checking out a few historic places here and there, I am exhausted and there is no better of a place to relax than the Cocoa Riverfront Park.  This nearly 10 acre park gives the community a place to relax and take in the gorgeous riverfront view of the Indian River.  The park not only has a recently renovated boardwalk running the length of the river's edge, but the park has a large water feature for kids, a massive open grassy area for flying kites or laying in the sun, an amphitheater that often hosts live concerts, covered pavilions for picnicking, and volleyball nets.  Just next door to this park you will find Taylor Park, complete with a large playground nestled under the massive oak trees.  Oh, and the icing on the cake is that this entire area is pet friendly so don't worry about having to leave your furry B.F.F home many stores offer water bowls outside for them and restaurants allow them on the outdoor patios.

Cocoa Riverfront Park

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