Lori Wilson Park Beach
GPS coordinates: 28.335170, -80.608488
Location: Lori Wilson Park is located on A1A 1.4 miles south of S.R. 520. There are two
entrances to the park. The south entrance is at “I Dream of Jeanne” Lane and is closest to the dog park.
Hours: After sunrise to dusk.
Lori Wilson Park is the only beach park with amenities that provides plenty of free parking as well as a dog
park. The dog park does NOT have beach access.
This 32 acre park has two large parking areas (north and south) separated by a maritime hammock with a very
shady 3,000 foot nature trail / boardwalk. Another 1,000 foot boardwalk parallels the dunes and provides access to
the beach via 6 dune crossovers.
This is my favorite beach access in Cocoa Beach. It is one of the largest beach parks. Almost every time I visit
this park there is a wedding (or two) being set up out on the beach in the late afternoon. If you prefer a more
natural landscape without the overpowering presence of tall condominiums and hotels, Lori Wilson Park provides
that, though it is certainly not a remote beach. It is quite popular.
- Free parking.
- Lifeguards year-round, 10am to 5pm.
- Restrooms and changing areas.
- Outdoor rinse-off showers.
- Three covered picnic pavilions with grills along the boardwalk overlooking the dunes and beach.
- 2 off-beach picnic pavilions. Each seats 60.
- Fenced dog park.
- ADA accessible parking, restrooms, pavilions, playground, boardwalk and dune crossovers, nature boardwalk
and paved walkways.
- No animals on beach or in park (service animals allowed). Dogs are allowed in the dog park, which does not
have beach access.
- No glass containers on beach.
- No open alcohol containers on the dune crossovers.
- No fireworks.
Above: Many beaches do not have picnic tables that overlook the ocean, they are usually overlooking the parking
lot. Lori Wilson Park does, and they are right on the boardwalk.
Above: Free parking, restrooms and lifeguards make Lori Wilson Park an attractive place to go surfing.
Above: A long stretch of greenery and wooden boardwalks marks the location of Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach,
Above: A smattering of shells (mostly old or broken) come to rest on Cocoa Beach at Lori Wilson Park. The sand
on Cocoa Beach is brownish-gray, not because it is "dirty," but because it has tiny shell and mineral fragments
mixed in with the quartz crystals.
Above: Almost every day you'll see a wedding ceremony being set up at Lori Wilson Park. The park is right
next to the Hilton Hotel (below), which is very convenient for wedding guests.
Above: Lori Wilson Park has one of the nicest dog parks I've seen. Dogs are not allowed out on the beach
Above: If you'd like to do some birding, study the coastal plant life, or just take a relaxing walk on a shady
boardwalk, Lori Wilson Park's 3,000 foot long nature trail is a great little natural oasis right in the middle of
busy Cocoa Beach.