SPACE COAST, FlaDuring Central Florida's warmer months—and even beyond the traditional summertime—the waters of the Indian River Lagoon come alive with bioluminescent creatures called "dinoflagellates." The microorganisms create their own blue-green light, like fireflies.

The best way to experience this incredible display is by kayaking on the lagoons.

At night.

After sunset, every movement in the water is illuminated—a manatee's wake, mullet schooling by the hundreds, even the gentle splashing made by the kayak paddles. A light rain makes the display even better, as each raindrop creates its own glowing splash.

It's a must-see Central Florida phenomenon and the Space Coast is one of the few places in the U.S. where visitors can kayak in bioluminescent waters. This year’s bloom is considered to be one of the best in recent years.

The Indian River Lagoon is considered North America’s most diverse estuary and home to more than 2,100 species of plants and animals. The Lagoon also includes 35 species listed as threatened or endangered, more than any other estuary in North America.

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About Florida’s Space Coast

Located 35 miles (56 km) east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast is home to Orlando’s closest beaches. Encompassing Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay and Titusville, this family-friendly destination offers more than 10,000 guest rooms, and is an ideal, value getaway. Guests will discover 72 miles (110 km) of beaches, the longest stretch in the state and more than 250 square miles of wildlife refuge. It is home to one of the nation’s busiest cruise ports; is the nation’s East Coast surfing capital and the location of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where all 135 shuttle missions launched and rockets continue to launch on a schedule that’s busier than ever. The Space Coast is home to Space Shuttle Atlantis and is one of only four destinations nationwide where visitors can view an orbiter. For more information, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at (877) 572-3224 or visit Visit learn about upcoming rocket launches. Find us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at