Melbourne is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. Located in Brevard County, Melbourne is 60 miles southeast of Orlando. It sits on the Space Coast, midway between Jacksonville and Miami.
Melbourne’s economy is enhanced by the location of the Melbourne International Airport near the city. There are several defense and technology companies in the area. Companies with office space or other facilities in the area include DRS Technologies, General Electric Transportation Systems, GE Energy Management, Harris Corporation (corporate headquarters), Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Embraer, and Ares Defense. Another headquartered company in Melbourne is LiveTV.
Entertainment And Dining Out
One of the most unique things to do in the area is visit the Melbourne Bone Bed. This paleontological site at Crane Creek is filled with fossils from the Pleistocene period (10,000 - 20,000 years ago). Scientist have uncovered a variety of extinct animal fossils that include several types of camels, giant armadillos, giant beavers, giant bison, giant ground sloths, mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats, and tapirs. Performing arts groups in the Melbourne area include the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the City of Melbourne Pipes and Drums Corp. Dining options in Melbourne include Chart House, Matt’s Casbah, Melbourne Main Street Inc, Meg O’Malleys Restaurant & Irish Pub, The Firehouse Restaurant & Lounge, and Continental Flambe. Bonefish Willy’s Riverfront has been named the best grille in the area and is a prime location is you are looking for fresh seafood or steak.
The nearest major airport to Melbourne is the Melbourne International Airport. Offering domestic flights only, this airport is just 3 miles from the city center. Another major airport in the area is the Orlando International Airport, featuring international and domestic flights 64 miles from Melbourne. Public transportation is provided by Space Coast Area Transit, which operates a public bus service in Melbourne.