Merritt Island on the east coast of Florida is a conglomeration of several metropolitan areas including Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville. Also on the island are Coco Beach and Cape Canaveral. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and John F. Kennedy Space Center are located on the northern part of the island. The rest of the area is residential, commercial, and moderately industrial.
Merritt Island is mostly known for its pineapple and orange production. The famous Indian River oranges and grapefruit are raised on Merritt Island. Places to visit on Merritt Island are Allenhurst, Angel City, Banyan, Courtenay, Fairyland, and Tropic. For those not interested in seeing the other cities of Merritt Island, there is the Merritt Square Mall.
Merritt Island is located on the water, which makes it an important port stop for cruise ships. Individuals wishing to shop at Merritt Square Mall can bring their cruise ticket for a discount coupon book at many of the retail stores. The mall is located near Coco Beach on the main highway out to the island. The mall is open Sunday from noon to 6pm, and Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm. There are special holiday hours that may change the open times of the mall.
Merritt Square Mall houses over fifty different retail shops for the potential shopper. Their stores are 5-7-9, A La Mode, Accessory Connection, Ace Luggage, Aeropostale, Ameritel, Audibel Hearing Center, Bath Fitter, Birney's Treasures, Body Centerl, Bon Worth, and Books-A-Million. Anchor stores are Dillard's, Macy's, JC Penny, and Sears. Champs Sports, Claire's, Dakota Watch Co, Dollar Star, Finish Line, Foot Locker, Frame Decor, and FYE are other retail locations at the town center.
Among the retail shops are fine dining restaurants as well as the food court. In the food court Chick-fil-A, Cook's Cove, European Crew Corner, Flamer's, Nature's Table, Pretzel Twister, Sbarro and Subway are available. Sit down locations at the mall are China Max, Outback Steakhouse, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Ruby Tuesday, TGI Fridays, and UNO Chicago Bar and Grill. Some of these restaurants are not attached to the mall building but instead in the surrounding area, such as a bit farther out than the parking at the mall. Hotels in the area sit near some of these restaurants, making this region of Merritt Island important for tourism. Tourists can bring their hotel key with them for a discount coupon book.
Merritt Square Mall provides more than shopping and dining. They also have entertainment for their shoppers. There is a 16 screen movie theater on location with the newest releases. Among the entertainment choices are events like Momtopia. Momtopia happens each year to help students and moms get their children ready for college or any other school they may be attending. During the summer there are free shows at Cobb Theater with movies from the past. Movies like Space Chimps, the Tale of Despereaux, and Shrek the Third are just a few offered during the free events. Stores also have their own events for shoppers.