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Hang Ten at the Florida Surf Museum

Regardless if you are an experienced surfer, just starting the sport, or have never surfed a day in your life, you will enjoy all of the exhibits at The Florida Surf Museum. Located just five minutes away from the International Palms Resort, this unique museum has interesting exhibits that showcase some of the history of surfing.

Let’s be honest; surfing and surfers are really cool. You can learn all about the unique history of Florida surfing at the Florida Surf Museum. Founded by Sean O’Hare, a former teammate of surfing legend Kelly Slater, the museum provides insight into the heritage and community of the Florida surfing scene. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and is conveniently located next to the Ron Jon Surf Shop. The price of admission is only a $2 donation to help keep the museum operating. Right now the museum features an excellent exhibit called “Sidewalk Surfing: The Florida Factor” which investigates the relationship between skateboarding and surfing and how the two sports have influenced each other throughout the years. You will also not want to miss “Shortboard Evolution Revolution,” an exhibit that examines the transition from longboards to shortboards in the 60s and 70s. Of course, the highlight of the museum is the collection of photos and other memorabilia of local surfing legend and global sensation Kelly Slater. This museum is a must see for surfing enthusiasts, but everyone is sure to be entertained by all of the amazing exhibits and collections.

Once you have finished learning all about the history of the local surf scene, and maybe even tested the waters out yourself, make your way back to the International Palms Resorts to unwind for the evening. Enjoy a nice dinner of Caribbean cuisine on the beach at Mambo’s Beachside Bar and Grill to make the perfect end to an exciting day.

The Florida Surf Museum: 4275 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

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We stayed here before our cruise with as a group of four friends and had a great time!... We really enjoyed the tiki bar -- the rum buckets were great! Live music was also nice on Friday night. There were quite a few family friendly amenities and the property was right next to the beach. Would stay again!
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