Welcome to Melbourne, Florida
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Melbourne, the Harbor City, traces the Indian River Lagoon along its eastern edge. Its three causeways spanning the river—commonly used by cyclists, runners, and walkers—link mainland Melbourne to some of central Florida’s best family-friendly beaches on the Atlantic.
When you think Melbourne, think diverse. Melbourne’s riverside community has historic homes with large yards and mature shade trees; to the west, near I-95 is horse country with larger homes and acreage; within Melbourne’s interior, you’ll experience suburban living with close shopping, medical offices, and city parks.
With a population of 76,000, Melbourne is Brevard County’s second largest city, employing its workforce at several defense and technology companies, like Harris Corporation, DRS Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, and Embraer. Many start-up tech companies have made Melbourne their home, too.
Melbourne is convenient. It has what the bigger cities do but on a smaller, more relaxed scale. Commute times to work and school are short and traffic is rare. Plus, you don’t have to leave the city to fly out for business or vacation. Melbourne International Airport is easily accessible from any point in the city. Also close to home is Holmes Regional Hospital, Florida’s only state-accredited Level II trauma center—and home of the only air ambulance in east central Florida: Health First’s First Flight. Wuesthoff’s Melbourne campus in the center of town is known for its excellent medical care and quick emergency room visits.
Melbourne’s schools are top notch. Melbourne students have a diverse array of public and private school options when it comes to education, including Westshore Jr./Sr.High, a public school of choice, Florida Air Academy, Melbourne Central Catholic, and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy lower and upper schools. The distinguished Florida Tech, Eastern Florida State College, and local campuses for Florida State University and University of Central Florida are also in Melbourne.
Melbourne is quaint and artsy. The Eau Gallie art district—with its galleries, antique shops, and the Foosaner Art Museum—hosts art shows and concerts. The downtown Melbourne area is a collection of charming shops, pubs, galleries, theaters, restaurants, and coffee shops. Melbourne’s annual spring art festival in the spring and an Independent Filmmakers’ Film Festival in the fall are popular events.
Melbourne is outdoors. Its coast is dotted with marinas and places to rent sailboats, catamarans, stand-up paddle boards, and jet skis. Brevard’s largest freshwater lake—4,000-acre Lake Washington—is a prime site for fishing, boating, and alligator hunting.
Hike wooded trails in Wickham Park, or go for a swim in Wickham Lake. This one-square-mile city park also has an archery range, RV and primitive camping, a dog park, and equestrian competitions. Stroll through an exotic, subtropical forest at the Florida Tech Botanical Gardens, or hike on a boardwalk nature trail at Erna Nixon Park.
Melbourne's also got cinemas, roller skating rinks, golf courses, a country club, recreational complexes, community centers, a bowling alley, and Andretti Thrill Park, with its faster-than-the-speed-of-light go carts.
Whatever you desire—coastal, city, or country living—Melbourne has it all in one convenient, beautiful place.