Found in the center of Florida’s east coast, the cities of Palm Bay and Melbourne are only a few kilometres from Orlando. The first inhabitants of this formerly swampy region were the Timucua; Native American people historically linked to Florida. These individuals settled near Turkey Creek, a tributary of the Indian River and over six miles long. The first European settlers only arrived in 1850. In those days, you really required an adventurous spirit to deal with this miserably barren land covered with pines, palms and sand! At the end of the nineteenth century, the creation of a railway network stimulated the regional development that ushered in the history of these two cities.
Palm Bay was named in honor of the diversity of palm trees found in this part of Florida, the Sabal Palms. The city’s development benefited from the canal system created in the 1920s to drain the swamp, making the land suitable for agriculture.
The city invested in the citrus trade and exported massively to the north.
Known for its natural landscapes, many people visit the Palm Bay region to enjoy its variety of outdoor sports.
Palm Bay Regional Park and Turkey Creek Sanctuary are crisscrossed by dozens of adventure and hiking trails. They even have paintball!
If you are bored with days just “lazing” on the beach, Palm Beach offers an entirely different world.
Named after the hometown of its founder who came from Australia, Melbourne is part of the “Space Coast”, the region of Florida that is home to many aerospace facilities. As such, many astronautical engineers from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station live in Melbourne; its airport is a former military air base; the city is a few minutes from Kennedy Space Center, and every year you can join the crowds at the Aviation Day festivities. They even have an Apollo Boulevard and a Jupiter Street! Can’t afford a trip to the moon? A detour to Melbourne will get you close!
There’s a lot more to Florida than beaches and salty air; Palm Bay and Melbourne are two destinations that will make you see the peninsula in a whole new way!
When to Go
Events We Love
Grant Seafood Festival offers free admission and free parking. The event features over 100 crafters exhibiting, live continuous entertainment, delicious seafood and much more!
Easter Surfing Festival is held at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach Florida to benefit The Central Florida Humane Society. Spectators and competitors can participate in surf competitions, enjoy an Easter egg hunt as well as an incredible evening of entertainment.
A great way to get around Palm Bay and Melbourne is by car. Enjoy driving along the beautiful nature of the east coast.
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