I had the opportunity to try out an Ice Cream Shop in Satellite Beach, FL called Surfin’ Turtle recently. I popped in because of the name since I’m into turtles and my latest book, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, is about a turtle, obviously. So, I was intrigued.
I was beyond pleasantly surprised! When I first heard about Surfin’ Turtle, I assumed wrongly, that it was a restaurant. When I actually pulled into the parking lot, I realized it was an Ice Cream Shop. That’s good because I wasn’t sure if a restaurant named the Surfin’ Turtle might serve surf and turtle, get it?
They had many different flavors of ice cream but I saw Dole Whip on the menu. After asking the server in the window what a Dole Whip was, I ordered one. She explained it was a Pineapple Sorbet. Once I put that first spoonful in my mouth, my memory came back to me. I used to eat these in Hawaii. The Dole Pineapple Company was huge there and the Dole Whip was a staple all over the island. They’re delicious! They’re sweet, refreshing, and takes the heat right out of your body.
I sat under the awning and enjoyed the rather warm Florida summer heat (98 degrees but feels like 110). I noticed there were several board games for kids to play, a large checker game with a cloth checkerboard and a one-hole putt-putt mat. There was a father with his son enjoying the putt-putt when I noticed a two foot high wooden fenced-in area. It had a stick with a decorative ornament on it protruding above the fence. I thought it was just a plant area but decided I’d get up and look.
Guess what? It had turtles in it! Real live turtles!! I was so excited to see a place that celebrates turtles. I took out my phone and started taking pictures. They even had a turtle nest. I would love to see those little babies!
I went up to the window again and explained that I was a local children’s author who had just written a book about a turtle and wondered if I could leave a copy for the kids to enjoy with all the games. She said, sure. Her name is Nicki Brackett and she co-owns the Surfin’ Turtle with her husband, Todd Brackett. They’ve been open for 3 years now. She is a delightful lady!
So, if you’re in the area and need to cool off from the heat, pop into the Surfin’ Turtle (located at 1210 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937) and grab yourself a cool ice cream, play some games, and enjoy the turtles. It’s more than just an ice cream shop, it’s a destination.
And just FYI, I’m not getting paid for this article and this isn’t an advertisement, I’m just sharing a fun experience I had recently.