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Seniors Discover Cocoa


Senior friends, have you heard of Cocoa, Florida? If you are a high school foot ball sports fan, you will. Their football team is ranked nationally and #14 out of the Top Preseason Super 25 teams. The Tigers won three consecutive state titles from 2008-2010 and have some great talent once again this year.

Cocoa with just over 17,000 people, is straight east of Orlando. It is part of the Palm Bay–Melbourne–Titusville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The origin of the city’s name is uncertain.

Cocoa was founded by fishermen with the first families arriving, they say, around 1860. A post office  was established at Magnolia Point, and the city’s first commercial building was erected later in 1881.

Seniors Seek Out Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse


Both Eastern Florida State College and the University of Central Florida have a Cocoa campus. Cocoa has four radio stations and its own TV station (WUCF). A couple of major points of interest include the Florida Solar Energy Center and the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science.

Me, I’d talk my wife into an evening at the historic Aladdin Theater, also known as The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. It has a really cool facade and is loaded with history.

In 1924 the Aladdin Theater first started showing silent movies and live acts. It was built for $80,000. The Sparks Theater chain purchased the Aladdin in 1939 and changed its name to the “State Theater.” Later, the city of Cocoa bought the building and renamed it the Cocoa Village Playhouse.

Seniors Also Enjoy Historic Cocoa Village


Senior visitors enjoy the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. Tucked away on the east end of 22 acres of a nature preserve, this museum teaches visitors about the unique history and nature of Brevard County, from Pleistocene fossils to 19th century living.

TripAdvisor agrees that the Theater is the #1 attraction for visitors along with Historic Cocoa Village. The Village is one of Cocoa Beaches most popular destinations. Take a hike and walk along old historic, tree-lined streets and enjoy some super shopping in a relaxing atmosphere.

A dinner cruise on the Indian River Queen is always a popular activity and senior visitors can board at the Cocoa Village Marina. Fishing, horseback riding, dining, spas, waterskiing and jet skiing, antiquing and more… it’s all available in Cocoa. So set your GPS and enjoy the plethora of amenities that the city has to offer.  -jeb

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