About Palm Bay
Palm Bay offers many sites for recreation, entertainment, and culture. The Wildlife Turkey Creek Sanctuary and Florida Tech Botanical Garden offer displays of native and exotic species of plants and animals. The Sebastian Inlet State Park offers a strategic fishing location as well as chartered fishing fleets. The city’s theatres and entertainment venues such as the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, the Phoenix Theatre and the Melbourne Civic Theatre play host to a variety of performing arts, including Broadway musicals, symphonies, opera, jazz, ballet and comedy. The Brevard Museum of Art & Science offers interactive children's exhibits as well as art classes throughout the year. Also located in the area are a number of other cultural sites like the Margaret Homes Nature Center, the Titusville Historic Museum, the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science and the Air Force Space Museum.
Palm Bay, FL At a Glance
- Metro Population: 558,000
- Major Industries: Telecommunications, Technology
- Gross Metro Product: $19.9 B
- Median Household Income: $46,973
- Median Home Price: $145,200
- Unemployment: 6%
- Job Growth (2014): 2%
- Cost of Living: 5.4% below national average
- College Attainment: 26.5%
- Net Migration (2014): 2,100
With breathtaking sunsets and beautiful conservation lands and World Class Golf at the Major's Golf Club, Palm Bay provides numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure and eco-tourism. The City of Palm Bay has a small town flavor, cultural diversity and a down-to-earth hard working mentality. Palm Bay is family and citizen focused with parks, outdoor adventures and healthy living!
Turkey Creek Sanctuary
A tributary of the Indian River with its mouth in the bay of Palm Bay, Turkey Creek is a 4.1 mile-long waterway that runs through the Town of Malabar and City of Palm Bay. Take a guided tour through the Turkey Creek Sanctuary which offers two distinct habitats, each home to endangered plants and animals. The iconic Turkey Creek Sanctuary is the heart of Palm Bay offering 9 miles of biking trails that wind along the banks of the creek. The sanctuary also boasts a 4,000 ft. boardwalk, a nature trail, and 1.5 miles of jogging trails... all excellent for discovering wildlife. From most of the spots in the sanctuary, you'll see manatees, alligators, Florida cooters (turtles), and you might even see an otter or a gar fish. Birds abound in the old pine canopy, include ospreys and owls. The sanctuary can also be accessed by canoe or kayak. Further north is Castaways Point Park, a newly renovated park that provides one of the few natural beaches along the Indian River Lagoon. Castaways also provides fishing from two piers, both overlooking the Indian River, and is equipped with picnic tables, pavilions, and grills.