Residents and visitors alike find plenty to do along the Space Coast. There are more than 33 miles of unspoiled beaches and the year-round semi-tropical climate allows for other outdoor recreational activities such as golf, snorkeling and swimming. The Sebastian Inlet State Recreational area features 578 areas of fishing, boating and camping.
Fishing is plentiful with snook, tarpon, shark, flounder, bluefish and seatrout. Area lakes offer the finest freshwater fish, while the Atlantic Ocean is home to saltwater species. Golf enthusiasts have dozens of courses from which to choose. There area features a myriad of parks, including eight beachside, 27 general locations, and 12 recreation and community centers. Brevard Zoo is open seven days a week. Space Coast Stadium is the spring home of the Florida Marlins and the summer home of the Brevard Manatees.
In nearby Melbourne, there are plenty of cultural events to enjoy. The Grant Seafood Festival is the third weekend in February. The Melbourne Art Festival is held the fourth weekend in April. The Melbourne Harbor Festival is held in late November. There is also a variety of entertainment, including Broadway and celebrity performances at the Maxwell King Center as well as local performers at Melbourne Civic Theatre and other community theaters. Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the local municipal bands and community orchestra offer performances year-round.
Many museums and galleries, including the well-known Museum of Art and Science, showcase the works of local artists and traveling exhibits. Shopping is a pleasure at Shoppers World of Indian Harbor Beach and Simon Melbourne Square Mall with many other fine centers located throughout the South Brevard Area. A favorite bargain spot is the Super Flea and Farmers Market.
The history of the area dates back several hundred years. The Timucuan Indians, attracted to the mouth of Turkey Creek at the Indian River by fresh water springs and plentiful fish, oysters, and wildlife, are thought to have been the first civilization in the area.
The area's recent history began in the 1850s when the first white settlers, also drawn by the bounty and beauty of the area, built homes along Turkey Creek. Originally referred to as Tillman, the settlement was described as a "small strip of hammock...on each side of Turkey Creek...mostly pine and palmetto, miserable sandy barren oak scrub, some ponds and interspersed with sawgrass and gallberry."
While the city wasn't incorporated until 1962, the history of Malabar itself dates back to the late 1800s when the area got its first official post office and name. On Dec. 4, 1883 R.A. Ward was named Postmaster by President Chester A. Arthur. Two times a week, a boat traveled down the Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville and delivered mail to the palmetto shack post office along the river bank at Malabar. The mail was dumped on the counter for the population of 25 to shuffle through. With the coming of the railroad in 1893, the mail boat was no longer needed. Now goods could be brought in and produce could be shipped to market faster, encouraging more families to immigrate to the area.
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