• The city was named Melbourne in honor of its first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, an Englishman who had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia
  • The first school in Melbourne was built in 1883 and is now owned and on permanent exhibit on the Florida Tech campus
  • In late 1942 the Naval Air Station Melbourne was established as a site to train newly commissioned Navy and Marine pilots for WWII. The program ran until 1946, and the land that was used for that program makes up most of what is currently the Melbourne International Airport
  • Melbourne was an official host city for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay
  • Explorer Ponce de Leon discovered Melbourne Beach in April of 1513
  • Florida’s Space Coast contains 250 miles of protected wildlife sanctuaries
  • According to Melbourne Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, residents enjoy an average temperature is 72 degrees and 300 sunny days per year
  • The Sebastian Beach Inn is housed in Brevard County’s last remaining Coastal Watch Station that served our nation during World War II. During the late 1960’s and 1970’s the S.B.I house drink, the “Bahama Mama,” became a legend.
  • Old Town Hall – Originally built in 1908 in Ryckman Park facing the river. The Old Town Hall has been moved to a new location and rehabilitated; it now shows exhibits of history such as Ais Indians, Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish shipwrecks, and development of the Town of Melbourne Beach.
  • Pineapple-Man Triathlon- Swim from the historic Melbourne Beach Pier in the Indian River Lagoon. Run through peaceful beachside neighborhoods. And, bike one of the best bike courses in Florida — 15 miles on A1A, beside nature preserves, parks, and the beach where the first Europeans set foot on the place they would call “Florida”. Sponsored and organized by the Rotary Club of Melbourne Beach.
  • Iceman’s Ball Fall Festival takes place in October and is an all day even filled with fun family activities.
  • In 2009, Forbes ranked the area 18th out of 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas and first out of 8 metros in Florida for affordable housing, and short commute times, among others.
  • Only minutes away from Florida Tech, which was founded on only 37 cents and hosts miles of botanical gardens.
  • In the 1960s, the motto of Melbourne was, “Crossroads to the Universe”
  • Melbourne Bone Bed is a paleontological site located at Crane Creek in Melbourne, Florida. This site contains fossils from the Late Pleistocene period 20,000 to 10,000 years before present. The fossils include extinct animals such as varieties of camels, giant armadillos, giant beavers, giant bison, giant ground sloths, mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats and tapirs.
  • The region where Melbourne, Florida lies is commonly referred to as the Space Coast. It is due to the close proximity of the Kennedy Space Centre and because NASA launched a large number of their space shuttles from the region.
  • The Melbourne area code 321 (3-2-1) resembles the blast off sequence that occurs before a space shuttle launches. The area code pays homage to the vast number of space shuttles launched through the area, and was the brilliant idea of one local resident.
  • While most of Melbourne is located on the Florida mainland, a small portion is located on a barrier island. The Indian River Lagoon separates the mainland from the island