PLAY IN DOWNTOWN MELBOURNE
Here in Downtown Melbourne, we’re never at a loss for fun things to do. Composed of more than 300 businesses, Downtown Melbourne is one of the Space Coast’s premier entertainment districts for locals and visitors alike. With options ranging from restaurants, bars, shops, arts and culture, and so many other cool experiences, Downtown Melbourne is a playground for all ages. Come let loose!
Want to try out something different? New experiential businesses, such as axe-throwing ranges and eco-tours, have landed in Downtown Melbourne, making it easier than ever to find something to do for the entire family, day or night. Try your hand at candle-making, sign painting, or sign up for a whiskey tasting!
Slip on your walking shoes and step into a pedestrian-friendly haven. Covering roughly one square mile, from edge to edge, Downtown Melbourne is as walkable as it is idyllic. Sidewalks are stroller-friendly and well-maintained, with plenty of marked crosswalks for safety.
Downtown Melbourne’s waterfront location on the Indian River Lagoon makes it ideal for everything from boating and fishing, to enjoying manatees, dolphins, cranes, and pelicans. Want to walk, jog, or bike ride along the water’s edge? Crane Creek Promenade and the Melbourne Causeway are idyllic choices. Hitting the water? Find bait, tackle, marine fuel, rentals, and a public boat ramp at Front Street Park and the Melbourne Harbor Marina.
ARTS & CULTURE
Exploring the local art scene in Downtown Melbourne will both inspire and entertain. View or buy at one of five art galleries. Create your own masterpiece at a DIY art studio. Marvel at 16 large scale murals featured on building sides throughout town. Prefer the performing arts? Downtown Melbourne features two historic theaters, The Henegar Center for the Arts and The Melbourne Civic Theatre.
Downtown Melbourne is home to a variety of independent music venues featuring live music from local bands and touring acts. Like all other art forms, we believe that music fosters an environment of creativity and innovation. We thank our local musicians for helping to add to these lively venues and keep Downtown Melbourne hopping. Visit the Events page to see who’s playing next.
After dinner, hit the sidewalks to experience Downtown Melbourne’s bustling nightlife. Whether it is craft cocktails, hookah, kava, beer, or wine, Downtown Melbourne’s wide variety of bars and nightlife options make it easy to find somewhere with the right vibe to dance or laugh with friends.
FOOD & DRINK
Enjoy a meal at one of over 40 restaurants and bars available in Downtown Melbourne. Choose from seafood restaurants, waterfront dining, breakfast restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and fine dining. Thirsty? Experience Downtown Melbourne’s charm with outdoor cafés, coffee shops, craft cocktail bars and breweries. There are a multitude of spots perfect for watching live music, catching the game on a big screen, or enjoying a casual hang with coworkers.
If you are in the mood to pamper yourself, Melbourne’s Historic Downtown District has nearly 20 spas, salons, and barbershops — each with its distinctive atmosphere and talent. Are you in need of hair, nails, or a fresh shave? A fitness class or a sports massage? You’ll find an impressive collection of wellness-based businesses, calling Downtown Melbourne home.