Introduction to Satellite Beach, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida, in Brevard county, is 6 miles N of Melbourne, Florida (center to center) and 115 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city, which is considered part of the Melbourne - Titusville - Palm Bay metropolitan area, has a population of 9,577.
Satellite Beach History
The city of Satellite Beach is situated on Florida's 'Space Coast' in Brevard County. It was named Satellite Beach in 1871, because of its proximity to Cape Canaveral. Originally, it was largely comprised of palmettos and oak scrub. In 1951, the remaining public land came under private ownership, but no permanent houses were built. Even during World war II, the area was only inhabited by animals. A widow named Stephanie Snaith, was the first person to build a permanent home, which she did in 1951.
Satellite Beach and Nearby Attractions
- Zora Neale Hurston House
- Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
- Brevard Museum of Art and Science
- Canaveral National Seashore
- Kennedy Space Center
- Sebastian Inlet State Park
Things To Do In Satellite Beach
Satellite Beach's main asset is its scenic beauty. Many recreational opportunities are available including numerous parks such as Gemini Beach Park, Pelican Beach Park, and Hightower Beach Park. Two prominent museums nearby are Brevard Museum of Art and Science and Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. There is also a historical site, the Zora Neale Hurston House, nearby.
Satellite Beach Transportation
Air transportation is available at Melbourne International Airport.
Satellite Beach Higher Education
Brevard Community College - Cocoa Campus, Florida Institute of Technology and University of Central Florida are some of the colleges nearby.