United States

Space Coast, FL

The Best Places to Run in Titusville, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Viera, and Palm Bay

Florida’s Space Coast, a region stretching from Titusville/Canaveral south to Palm Bay, is so named for the NASA-launched manned space flights that depart from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The area has become a desirable destination for its pristine beaches, cruise ports, proximity to Orlando, and tech businesses. Our guide to running on the Space Coast covers Canaveral/Cocoa Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and some inland area. Thanks to the team at Running Zone, Inc. in Melbourne for their help with this guide!

The Space Coast beaches are probably our favorite running option, but there are also some great coastal road routes on the Tropical Trail and Rockledge Drive. For some hill work and great views, the pedestrian lane along the Melbourne Causeway is a good choice. There are also some generally easy-to-moderate path and trail running options in at Wickham Park, Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Fox Lake Sanctuary, and the Viera Wetlands.

The Orlando-Melbourne International Airport and the cruise ship port at Port Canaveral are the main point of entry for most visitors to the Space Coast. Once here, driving is the easiest way to get around, but the Space Coast Area Transit offers several bus lines throughout the region. Note also that the weather in this area can be hot and humid from May-October. Plan accordingly!

For more nearby running in this area of Florida, see our guides to Orlando and Daytona Beach.

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Some of our favorite runs in Space Coast, FL

Space Coast Beaches

Our favorite option for running on Florida’s Space Coast? The beaches! The flat firm sand between Titusville... more...

Melbourne Causeway

A protected sidewalk enables running over this causeway to enjoy great views of the Indian River. It’s... more...

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Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach

Space Coast, FL

About 70 miles east of Orlando, Cocoa Beach is one of the greats for beach running in North America. You can run for nearly 10 miles along this wide beach, and at mid to low tide, the surface is firm and fantastic for running.
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Melbourne Causeway

Space Coast, FL

A protected sidewalk enables running over this causeway to enjoy great views of the Indian River. It’s one of the few options for some hill work on the otherwise flat Space Coast. An out and back through the Crane Creek Promenade is 4.5 miles.
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Tropical Trail

Space Coast, FL

A waterfront route along the length of Merritt Island with some great waterfront views and lovely homes. It's 10 miles out and back between Oars and Paddles Park and the Pineda Causeway. Traffic calming measures have mitigated lack of shoulder/sidewalk.
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Rockledge Drive

Space Coast, FL

Another good road running route from Cocoa Village to southern Rockledge, Rockledge Drive hugs the coast of the Indian River, exploring beautiful neighborhoods and Historic Cocoa Village.
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Fox Lake Sanctuary

Space Coast, FL

Great trail running in this 2,500 acre preserve located in Titusville. There are 7+ miles of interlinked trails. A loop around the main hiking trail is about 5 miles. Enjoy views of the marshy lakeside and the Spanish moss draped oaks of Moss Point.
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Viera Wetlands

Space Coast, FL

Between Palm Shores and Rockledge, this popular wildlife viewing destination is encircled by some 4+ miles of dirt roads, a great spot for a quiet and scenic run. Nice water views and relatively little traffic.
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Melbourne Causeway

Space Coast, FL

A protected sidewalk enables running over this causeway to enjoy great views of the Indian River. It’s one of the few options for some hill work on the otherwise flat Space Coast. An out and back through the Crane Creek Promenade is 4.5 miles.
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Tropical Trail

Space Coast, FL

A waterfront route along the length of Merritt Island with some great waterfront views and lovely homes. It's 10 miles out and back between Oars and Paddles Park and the Pineda Causeway. Traffic calming measures have mitigated lack of shoulder/sidewalk.
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Rockledge Drive

Space Coast, FL

Another good road running route from Cocoa Village to southern Rockledge, Rockledge Drive hugs the coast of the Indian River, exploring beautiful neighborhoods and Historic Cocoa Village.
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The weather on the Space Coast is typical of the central Florida area. Hot, humid summers with near daily thunderstorms, and delightfully warm and drier winters. It’s generally delightful for running from November-April, with cool-ish nights: a layer may be needed! Summers can be brutal — temperatures averaging in the low 90s, with similarly sultry nights. There can be rain year-round, but lots of downpours June-September.

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There are hotels in most of the major Space Coast cities, including Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Titusville, Melbourne, Viera, and Port Canaveral. See a list of accommodations at the Space Coast Office of Tourism website.

Running Zone in Melbourne is the top running store in the area when it comes to great gear and great advice. Most of the awesome running routes in our guide came from Don, Denise, and the team there.

Check out a list of upcoming races in Brevard County at RunningZone.com.