Destination guide

Escape to the Space Coast in Melbourne

This coastal metro area attracts travelers from all walks of life, such as space enthusiasts glimpsing launches at nearby Cape Canaveral, families strolling on sandy shores, and weekenders taking in fine dining and artistry in Melbourne’s historic core. Natural attractions in Melbourne are plentiful and include pristine golf courses, lush lagoons, and miles of beaches to enjoy. There’s no shortage of cultural attractions nearby, as festivals frequently liven Melbourne’s streets in celebration of space travel, filmmaking, Oktoberfest, and more. Melbourne vacation rentals are perfect for travelers seeking beachside fun beside an entertaining downtown scene.

Things to do

Things to see and do in Melbourne

There are plenty of attractions and cultural institutions to relish while staying at Melbourne vacation rentals. The Eau Gallie Arts District is lined with galleries and museums, while Melbourne’s downtown hosts bars, fine dining, and shopping options. Family-friendly attractions in Melbourne include community pools or a trip to the local amusement park, equipped with go-karts, a ropes course, laser tag, and mini golf. Museums documenting the wonders of space travel and aviation also abound in Melbourne and provide insight into the area’s history.

Activities

Melbourne offers points of interest for all

Melbourne vacation rentals provide the perfect opportunity for nature lovers to explore a bountiful coast. Melbourne’s Indian River Lagoon is the most biodiverse ecosystem in the entire northern hemisphere, boasting more than 10,000 species of plants and wildlife. Five state parks, 4 wildlife refuges, a national shore promise outdoorsy travelers a rich world to explore. Golfers, boaters, fine diners, and art-lovers delight in Melbourne’s leisure activities. Pilot a kayak along a 155-mile estuary, or practice putting at one of several nearby courses. Finally, retire to a world-class meal or enjoy a museum visit downtown.

Weather

How’s the weather in Melbourne?

Retirees, travelers, and families vacation here for good reason—the coastal weather is scenic and tropical, with plenty of free attractions in Melbourne to keep life interesting. With temperatures that rarely dip below 49 degrees and average highs that hover around 71, visitors to Melbourne enjoy plentiful sunshine along with a cooling ocean breeze. Summers are long in Melbourne, meaning you should be able to partake in a comfortable visit any time from April to November. Even the winter season maintains warmer temperatures, amounting to ideal conditions all year round.

Natural features

Melbourne’s rich natural offerings

There are few destinations in the continental United States that offer such a diverse natural spectacle than Melbourne. Miles of the city are dedicated to state parks, meandering beaches, lagoons, and sea caves. Because of this, birdwatching and fishing are known to be rewarding activities here. The city’s 150-mile estuary sets a stunning scene for sunsets and sunrises, while multiple federal wildlife refuges grant travelers an unfiltered scope of the Florida coast’s fertile ecosystem. Since the city sits just 60 miles from Orlando alongside the Space Coast, travelers enjoy easy proximity to central Florida hubs in addition to top attractions in Melbourne.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Melbourne

Fly into Melbourne, FL (MLB-Orlando Melbourne Intl.), the closest airport, located 2 mi (3.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Vero Beach, FL (VRB-Vero Beach Municipal), which is 31.7 mi (51 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Melbourne?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,055 vacation rentals near Melbourne. From 294 Houses to 627 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Melbourne for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Melbourne?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Melbourne:

  • Palm Gardens: 35 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Melbourne: 41 vacation rentals
  • Camps Of Melbourne: 32 vacation rentals
  • Orlando Beach: 24 vacation rentals
  • Avon By The Sea: 189 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Melbourne?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Melbourne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Space Coast Stadium: 1,321 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Square Mall: 952 vacation rentals
  • Brevard Zoo: 1,341 vacation rentals
  • Brunswick Harbor Lanes: 1,356 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Greyhound Park: 1,323 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Melbourne listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Melbourne?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 294 Houses in Melbourne. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Melbourne include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 627 rentals available
  • Villas: 9 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Melbourne?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 688 vacation rentals with pool available in Melbourne. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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