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Melbourne, Florida

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The City of Melbourne, Florida features not one but two Main Street areas. The first is its primary downtown which spans New Haven Avenue. The other is the Eau Gallie Arts District. Eau Gallie had been a separate city just to the north of Melbourne and lasted from 1860 to 1969 when the voters of the city merged the two cities together. After that time, the Eau Gallie area maintained its own identity and Eau Gallie's downtown area became the Eau Gallie Arts District, affectionately known as EGAD! Melbourne itself is one of the main cities in Brevard County, which is home to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. Its downtown is a major destination for people tied to Space Coast industries. The downtown contains unique shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, giving the area a nightlife feeling.

Melbourne, Florida is about 72 miles from Orlando, Florida and 110 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida. Downtown Melbourne's primary Main Street area runs along New Haven Avenue from Livingston Street to U.S. 1, which is Harbor City Boulevard. The Eau Gallie primary Main Street area runs along Highland Avenue from Montreal Avenue to St. Clair Street. The two districts are about four miles apart. Other nearby Main Streets include New Smyrna Beach and Cocoa Village to the north and Stuart to the south.

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We'll start our tour of downtown Melbourne, Florida at the corner of Livingston Street and New Haven Avenue.  New Haven Avenue runs east and west.  We'll start on the west side of town and work our way east down New Haven Avenue, which is the primary Main Street for downtown Melbourne.
We'll start our tour of downtown Melbourne, Florida at the corner of Livingston Street and New Haven Avenue. New Haven Avenue runs east and west. We'll start on the west side of town and work our way east down New Haven Avenue, which is the primary Main Street for downtown Melbourne.
Here along New Haven Avenue we find some various hip restaurants.  This area is one of two downtowns we will be exploring today.  A little later we will be visiting the Eau Gallie Arts District as well, so stick around.  Many years ago the cities of Melbourne and Eau Gallie combined to form one much larger city.
Here along New Haven Avenue we find some various hip restaurants. This area is one of two downtowns we will be exploring today. A little later we will be visiting the Eau Gallie Arts District as well, so stick around. Many years ago the cities of Melbourne and Eau Gallie combined to form one much larger city.
Here we see a small complex that features various restaurants and shops.  In the background, we see some high-rise towers poking up.  Downtown Melbourne has a few high-rises in the vicinity but not as many as other Florida cities of comparable size such as West Palm Beach or Sarasota.  There has been some push back to stop large scale development from coming in.
Here we see a small complex that features various restaurants and shops. In the background, we see some high-rise towers poking up. Downtown Melbourne has a few high-rises in the vicinity but not as many as other Florida cities of comparable size such as West Palm Beach or Sarasota. There has been some push back to stop large scale development from coming in.
Now we have another view of the development we were looking at in the previous picture.  The historical marker states that this was the site of a Tin Can Tourist Campground dating back to the early 1920s.  Also, to the right, Melbourne has various signs indicating where their businesses are located.  Theirs are numbered.  As you can see, this one is number eight.
Now we have another view of the development we were looking at in the previous picture. The historical marker states that this was the site of a Tin Can Tourist Campground dating back to the early 1920s. Also, to the right, Melbourne has various signs indicating where their businesses are located. Theirs are numbered. As you can see, this one is number eight.
As we head further east towards the waterfront, we head past more shops located in a more modern building.
As we head further east towards the waterfront, we head past more shops located in a more modern building.
On a side street, Waverly Place, we find a candy store and a salon.
On a side street, Waverly Place, we find a candy store and a salon.
Also at the corner of Waverly Place and New Haven Avenue is this mural, called To Reach the Stars Through Science by Christopher Maslow.  It is part of a mural project by the Melbourne Main Street Organization.  The idea is to cover many of the walls in Melbourne with murals.
Also at the corner of Waverly Place and New Haven Avenue is this mural, called To Reach the Stars Through Science by Christopher Maslow. It is part of a mural project by the Melbourne Main Street Organization. The idea is to cover many of the walls in Melbourne with murals.
We continue heading west on New Haven Avenue.  This is an interesting looking restaurant with a large amount of outdoor space under cover.  I'm wondering if this was once a bank.  It does say ATM above the menu sign.  Either way, it is an interesting way to repurpose space for a more walkable atmosphere.
We continue heading west on New Haven Avenue. This is an interesting looking restaurant with a large amount of outdoor space under cover. I'm wondering if this was once a bank. It does say ATM above the menu sign. Either way, it is an interesting way to repurpose space for a more walkable atmosphere.
A rainbow assortment of shops and businesses along New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
A rainbow assortment of shops and businesses along New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
We're here in the middle of the day, as you can tell, but with all of these restaurants and clubs, it's easy to see that Melbourne has a pretty good nightlife for Brevard County and the Space Coast region.
We're here in the middle of the day, as you can tell, but with all of these restaurants and clubs, it's easy to see that Melbourne has a pretty good nightlife for Brevard County and the Space Coast region.
Next door is a burger joint that also has plenty of outdoor seating with a huge awning as well.
Next door is a burger joint that also has plenty of outdoor seating with a huge awning as well.
And further down New Haven Avenue we find a bakery and an antiques store.
And further down New Haven Avenue we find a bakery and an antiques store.
Across the street are more businesses, such as a gift shop, a store selling home decor, and an Irish Pub.
Across the street are more businesses, such as a gift shop, a store selling home decor, and an Irish Pub.
This is a pretty cool sign with a vintage art nouveau feel for a tavern on New Haven Avenue.
This is a pretty cool sign with a vintage art nouveau feel for a tavern on New Haven Avenue.
Next door is an outdoor plaza called La Galerie with various shops and eateries.
Next door is an outdoor plaza called La Galerie with various shops and eateries.
Here is another view of La Galerie.  You can see there are more shops if you walk further back into the plaza.  Also in the front is another sign with arrows pointing you to various businesses in the area.  This one is number six.
Here is another view of La Galerie. You can see there are more shops if you walk further back into the plaza. Also in the front is another sign with arrows pointing you to various businesses in the area. This one is number six.
We continue heading further east along New Haven Avenue past another gift shop, this one with a Native American theme.
We continue heading further east along New Haven Avenue past another gift shop, this one with a Native American theme.
Across the street on New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne is a cigar bar and lounge.
Across the street on New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne is a cigar bar and lounge.
We come to another cross street.  This one is Municipal Lane.  If we head down Municipal Lane, we find a few more shops, eateries, and other services such as these.
We come to another cross street. This one is Municipal Lane. If we head down Municipal Lane, we find a few more shops, eateries, and other services such as these.
Back out on New Haven Avenue, we find more shops such as these in the heart of downtown Melbourne, Florida.
Back out on New Haven Avenue, we find more shops such as these in the heart of downtown Melbourne, Florida.
Another view from the corner of New Haven Avenue and Municipal Lane.  In the foreground, we see one of Melbourne's directional signs.  In the background, we see a row of businesses along New Haven Avenue.
Another view from the corner of New Haven Avenue and Municipal Lane. In the foreground, we see one of Melbourne's directional signs. In the background, we see a row of businesses along New Haven Avenue.
This is another view of the corner of New Haven Avenue and Municipal Lane looking back at where we just were in the previous shot.  The tall building poking up in the background is the Melbourne City Hall.
This is another view of the corner of New Haven Avenue and Municipal Lane looking back at where we just were in the previous shot. The tall building poking up in the background is the Melbourne City Hall.
We continue heading down New Haven Avenue where we find more shops and services, including this shop selling office and art supplies.
We continue heading down New Haven Avenue where we find more shops and services, including this shop selling office and art supplies.
More shops, cafes, and other businesses along New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
More shops, cafes, and other businesses along New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
Across the street, we see more shops and businesses, including a salon and a bakery.  As you may have noticed, all of Melbourne's stores and eateries are unique with no national chains.
Across the street, we see more shops and businesses, including a salon and a bakery. As you may have noticed, all of Melbourne's stores and eateries are unique with no national chains.
Next we see several gift shops in a row, including one with a gourmet theme and one with a British theme.
Next we see several gift shops in a row, including one with a gourmet theme and one with a British theme.
This building is called the Railroad Emporium and contains several eateries, bars, and other businesses.  And if you couldn't tell by the name of the place we aren't far from the railroad tracks.
This building is called the Railroad Emporium and contains several eateries, bars, and other businesses. And if you couldn't tell by the name of the place we aren't far from the railroad tracks.
Across the street are some more gift shops and boutiques along New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
Across the street are some more gift shops and boutiques along New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
Here is a close up shot of the previous picture.  We are standing in front of the Melbourne Arcade, an indoor mall, which features several more businesses inside.
Here is a close up shot of the previous picture. We are standing in front of the Melbourne Arcade, an indoor mall, which features several more businesses inside.
If we take a look inside, we get this view of the Melbourne Arcade.
If we take a look inside, we get this view of the Melbourne Arcade.
We come back outside and find more boutiques along New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, Florida.
We come back outside and find more boutiques along New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, Florida.
Looking eastbound on New Haven Avenue we see a bridal boutique and another restaurant and quite a bit of plant life as well.
Looking eastbound on New Haven Avenue we see a bridal boutique and another restaurant and quite a bit of plant life as well.
Some more shops and restaurant space along New Haven Avenue just at the corner where it meets the railroad tracks.
Some more shops and restaurant space along New Haven Avenue just at the corner where it meets the railroad tracks.
On the right, the Flatiron Building opened its doors in 1925.  It gets its name from the triangular shape of land it sits on formed by the corner of New Haven Avenue and Melbourne Court.  On the left is Campbell Park.  The sculpture in the park is called the Vision of the Harbor Guardian by Harak Rubio.  Melbourne is known as the Harbor City.
On the right, the Flatiron Building opened its doors in 1925. It gets its name from the triangular shape of land it sits on formed by the corner of New Haven Avenue and Melbourne Court. On the left is Campbell Park. The sculpture in the park is called the Vision of the Harbor Guardian by Harak Rubio. Melbourne is known as the Harbor City.
If we circle around to the previously mentioned Melbourne Court we see this line of shops, restaurants, and other services located in historic buildings just across from Campbell Park.
If we circle around to the previously mentioned Melbourne Court we see this line of shops, restaurants, and other services located in historic buildings just across from Campbell Park.
Also we have some people milling around in front of this antique store on Melbourne Court just next to the railroad line that runs north and south and intersects with New Haven Avenue.  The railroad is part of the old Florida East Coast Railway and is still in use today.
Also we have some people milling around in front of this antique store on Melbourne Court just next to the railroad line that runs north and south and intersects with New Haven Avenue. The railroad is part of the old Florida East Coast Railway and is still in use today.
If we head further down Melbourne Court behind the businesses facing New Haven Avenue, we'll find a few more shops and businesses in historic buildings such as these.
If we head further down Melbourne Court behind the businesses facing New Haven Avenue, we'll find a few more shops and businesses in historic buildings such as these.
Let's head back out to New Haven Avenue and then head north onto Depot Drive which runs parallel to the railroad tracks.  Here we see this bar and grill themed after its proximity to the railroad.
Let's head back out to New Haven Avenue and then head north onto Depot Drive which runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Here we see this bar and grill themed after its proximity to the railroad.
And then back down on the south side of New Haven Avenue on the corner of New Haven and Depot Drive is this floral shop in a unique two-story building.
And then back down on the south side of New Haven Avenue on the corner of New Haven and Depot Drive is this floral shop in a unique two-story building.
We're no longer in the densest part of downtown Melbourne, but there are still a few more things to see.  Continuing further east along New Haven Avenue we find more shops and even a microbrewery.
We're no longer in the densest part of downtown Melbourne, but there are still a few more things to see. Continuing further east along New Haven Avenue we find more shops and even a microbrewery.
Here's one more restaurant we'll visit before heading down to the waterfront.  There are a few more eateries and marinas if you continue circling around Crane Creek, but for now let's head down to the water.
Here's one more restaurant we'll visit before heading down to the waterfront. There are a few more eateries and marinas if you continue circling around Crane Creek, but for now let's head down to the water.
This is Crane Creek.  In the distance are medical offices overlooking the water.
This is Crane Creek. In the distance are medical offices overlooking the water.
Here is Crane Creek Promenade, which gives visitors a park like setting around Crane Creek with gazebos and benches near the water.  You can also see train tracks crossing over the creek.  This concludes our trip to downtown Melbourne.  Now let's take a trip to the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Here is Crane Creek Promenade, which gives visitors a park like setting around Crane Creek with gazebos and benches near the water. You can also see train tracks crossing over the creek. This concludes our trip to downtown Melbourne. Now let's take a trip to the Eau Gallie Arts District.
The Main Street for Eau Gallie is Highland Avenue.  We'll start just north of the corner of Montreal Avenue and Highland Avenue.  Here we see one of the signs pointing visitors towards area businesses.  Eau Gallie was an independent city from 1860 to 1969, when the residents voted to merge with the rest of Melbourne.  However, the name and identity of Eau Gallie persists.
The Main Street for Eau Gallie is Highland Avenue. We'll start just north of the corner of Montreal Avenue and Highland Avenue. Here we see one of the signs pointing visitors towards area businesses. Eau Gallie was an independent city from 1860 to 1969, when the residents voted to merge with the rest of Melbourne. However, the name and identity of Eau Gallie persists.
Here is another view of the row of shops we were looking at before.  We can see a mural, an antiques store, and a music store.  Other businesses in the area include restaurants, art galleries, salons, museums, and much more.  The Eau Gallie Arts District was founded in 2010 around the commercial core of the original historic village of Eau Gallie.
Here is another view of the row of shops we were looking at before. We can see a mural, an antiques store, and a music store. Other businesses in the area include restaurants, art galleries, salons, museums, and much more. The Eau Gallie Arts District was founded in 2010 around the commercial core of the original historic village of Eau Gallie.
Across the street, along Highland Avenue, we see an art theme store featuring framing, gifts, and home decor.
Across the street, along Highland Avenue, we see an art theme store featuring framing, gifts, and home decor.
As we continue heading north along Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie, we come across a coffee shop and an art supply store.
As we continue heading north along Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie, we come across a coffee shop and an art supply store.
We get to the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard in the heart of Eau Gallie.  You can even grab a bite to eat here when you want a break from shopping.  This is the former State Bank of Eau Gallie.  It was built in 1925 and closed in 1928 but has been home to several restaurants since then.
We get to the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard in the heart of Eau Gallie. You can even grab a bite to eat here when you want a break from shopping. This is the former State Bank of Eau Gallie. It was built in 1925 and closed in 1928 but has been home to several restaurants since then.
If we look slightly further east down Eau Gallie Boulevard, we see a few more historic buildings also containing businesses.  Eau Gallie Boulevard is also Florida State Road 518 and connects Interstate 95 with the coast so a little further east is a causeway that can take you over the Indian River to Indialantic, Florida and the beach.
If we look slightly further east down Eau Gallie Boulevard, we see a few more historic buildings also containing businesses. Eau Gallie Boulevard is also Florida State Road 518 and connects Interstate 95 with the coast so a little further east is a causeway that can take you over the Indian River to Indialantic, Florida and the beach.
We head back to Highland Avenue.  Here we see an art gallery, a medical office, and oh yeah, if you look carefully, you can see a sign for a pie shop!
We head back to Highland Avenue. Here we see an art gallery, a medical office, and oh yeah, if you look carefully, you can see a sign for a pie shop!
Here we see a floral shop with an intricate mural on the wall.  This is the Karrick Building and was constructed in 1924 by Jesse Karrick.  It was used as a general merchandise and grocery shop until 1963.
Here we see a floral shop with an intricate mural on the wall. This is the Karrick Building and was constructed in 1924 by Jesse Karrick. It was used as a general merchandise and grocery shop until 1963.
Finally, we complete our tour of Eau Gallie and Melbourne with a stop at the Foosaner Art Museum.  It helps to have an Art Museum in your Arts District.  The museum opened in 1978 and has amassed over 5,000 objects, spanning 2,000 years of creative history.
Finally, we complete our tour of Eau Gallie and Melbourne with a stop at the Foosaner Art Museum. It helps to have an Art Museum in your Arts District. The museum opened in 1978 and has amassed over 5,000 objects, spanning 2,000 years of creative history.

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