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Sidney Fischer Park Beach

 Sidney Fischer Park beach

 

GPS coordinates: 28.344748, -80.607695

Location: 2426 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL

Directions: This park is on A1A (North Atlantic Avenue) about half a mile south of S.R. 520 at Fisher Park Drive.

Hours: After sunrise to dusk. Bathhouse open from 9 am to 6 pm.

Entrance Fee: $5 paid via machine. The machine says it accepts $1, $5, and $10 notes, but I wouldn’t trust it to provide change for a $10. I had problems with it accepting my 5th $1 bill and it wouldn’t give me a refund even after repeated presses of the “refund” button. Finally after numerous tries I triumphed.

This rather unremarkable beach access park is squeezed in between two medium-sized condominiums and has about 200 parking spaces. It has restrooms and outdoor rinse-off showers. It also has very good picnic pavilions and a small children’s playground, but both are several hundred feet from the beach. There is a small gazebo with benches with enough foliage around it for some privacy.

Sidney Fischer Park beach, Cocoa Beach, FL

Amenities:

  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor rinse-off showers
  • Boardwalk and dune crossover to the beach
  • Picnic pavilions with tables
  • Playground for small children
  • Lifeguard protection varies

Rules:

  • No alcoholic beverages in the park or picnic pavilions.
  • No open alcohol containers on the boardwalks
  • No animals on the beach
  • No glass containers on the beach

Restroom facilities, Sidney Fischer Park

Above: Bath house / restroom building at Sidney Fischer Park.

rinse-off showers, Sidney Fischer Park

Picnic pavilions, Sidney Fischer Park, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Playground equipment, Sidney Fischer beach park, Cocoa Beach, FL

Entrance to Sidney Fischer Park, Cocoa Beach, FL

Above: Entrance and pay station for Sidney Fischer Park.