Go Beyond a Rocket Launch Experience on Florida’s Space Coast

Just because it’s called the Space Coast, doesn’t mean the only fun activities here have to involve rocket launches! Have you ever wonder what other exciting, lesser known activities the area offers? Read below and you may just find your new favorite activity to enjoy when visiting Florida’s Space Coast.

 

Beautiful Beaches

This area may be known for its connection to the cosmos, but did you know that the Space Coast is also world-renowned for its amazing beaches? There’s 72 miles of coastline to explore here. From serene beaches down in Melbourne Beach to amenity driven in Cocoa Beach and Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, there’s no shortage of fun at these beaches.

You can catch some waves and become the next Kelly Slater at the Ron Jon Surf School, watch baby sea turtles hatch, or just have a relaxing day catching some rays and enjoying the water. There are also tons of options to go fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and other fun beach-related activities.

 

The Nationally-Ranked Brevard Zoo

Where else can you see wildlife animals, kayak through exhibits, and ride on zip lines all in the same place? The Brevard Zoo has a little bit of everything for everyone. Kayak through an African-inspired jungle, let giraffes eat from your hand, pet animals and encounter more than 650 animals during your journey through the zoo. Plus, take part in Treetop Trek, an aerial obstacle course that combines tightropes, crab walk, jungle bridges, nets and zip lines. This activity will allow you to experience nature and see animals from an exciting view. Named one of the top 30 zoos in the nation, you’ll never experience wildlife this close up anywhere else on the Space Coast.

 

Nature Viewing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary that offers nature enthusiasts and visitors a place to explore and see animals, birds and plants native to the Space Coast region. It is considered a “gateway site” for the Great Florida Birding Trail.

The refuge has more than 140,000 acres providing a habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals. Visitors can also do activities like bird watching, manatee watching, fishing and hunting in specific seasons.

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Okay, so you might not completely get away from rocket related activities here; it is the Space Coast after all! Visit the only place on Earth where you can see a real Saturn V moon rocket, train like an astronaut in spaceflight simulators, see the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and meet veteran astronauts.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. and the infamous bus tours start at 10 a.m. Ticket prices include the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, the Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D films in the IMAX theater, and much more.

So what are you waiting for? Come see all that the Space Coast has to offer. Request a free vacation planner today!