Splurging on vacation never looked so good
Planning for a vacation but don’t want to break the bank? You may be thinking that it’s next to impossible, but splurging has never looked so good than here on Florida’s Space Coast. And when we say splurging, we mean taking advantage of the many budget-friendly things you can do during your time here. Watch the sky light up with a rocket launch. Or explore the outdoors and take a walking art tour in one of our downtown areas. There is something for everyone, so whether you are on a budget or not, you don’t have to miss out on anything fun.
Go ahead and treat yourself by adding these 15 free things to do while here on your next vacation.
The Space Coast has 72 miles of coastline for you to enjoy, which makes it easy to benefit from our laid-back atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, a little rest and relaxation, or a full day of fun in the sun, pack a cooler with all your favorite refreshments and enjoy why so many people come from all over the world for our beaches.
Watching a rocket launch never gets old, just ask any local. Experience what the Space Coast is known for with these awe-inspiring and majestic sights up close at some of our top viewing spots, from beaches to riverfront parks and even Kennedy Space Center. Check the full launch schedule here.
Take a stroll down Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) and view the murals painted on buildings that make up what is known as the outdoor museum. With more then 15 creations to view from artists who are known around the world for their work, you’ll get to experience one-of-a-kind designs as you walk the historical streets of Olde Eau Gallie. And if your travels take you near Titusville, check out their wall murals in their downtown area as well.
Whether you are an avid surfer or just appreciate the sport and skill of those who ride the waves, stop by the Florida Surf Museum where you will get an inside look at the history of all things surfing and experience the heritage and traditions here in Cocoa Beach.
If you want to take advantage of the rich history of space exploration, the very reason why this area is called the Space Coast, then adding the Space Walk of Fame at Space View Park is the place to go. Walk along this public park that honors America’s astronauts, the men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help lead the world in space exploration, and features monuments in honor of the Mercury and Gemini missions. And this is also a great place to watch a launch with live audio feeds straight from NASA.
Enjoy the outdoors with a self-guided tour that will give you a walk to remember as you take in the natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast. The Botanical Garden at FIT hosts a trail that leads you along a stream bordered by a shady hammock of palm trees and other tropical plant growth all located through the heart of the Florida Institute of Technology’s campus. This is truly a unique botanical garden.
Get your camera ready for a photo-op in honor of Cocoa Beach’s hometown hero, Kelly Slater. Located at the entrance of Downtown Cocoa Beach, where A1A splits, is a life size sculpture by local artist Tasha Drazich of the 11-time world title champion. Work that angle because the Kelly Slater Statue is definitely “selfie-worthy.”
For those that are looking for a day of admiring art from all over the world, then plan a day with stops to both the Foosaner Art Museum & Ruth Funk Center for Textiles. These two spots are great for any age. Prepare to be intrigued and educated as you discover different aspects of art from textiles and embroidery to visual and wearable contemporary art.
Located down in the southern stretch of the Space Coast, the Barrier Island Sanctuary is a 34-acre sanctuary perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore the diverse natural habitats through interactive exhibits and the walking trails. End the day with a beautiful sunset as you breath in the salty sea air and exhale. Now that is how you enjoy a day!
10. Wine & Dine
Green Turtle Market offers a gourmet-to-go style deli and market with a café open from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Couple your gourmet dining experience with a free wine tasting happening every Friday and Saturday. And while you’re there, peruse their market for unique finds or grab a bottle of your favorite wine to take home with you.
Disc Golf, a sport created in the 1970’s, has started to become increasingly more popular over the last several years with courses popping up all over. Test your skills with a game that combines the laid back style of Frisbee tossing with the precision of a golf putt. Need a visual? Watch here.
Located in the heart of Cocoa Village, Riverfront Park is an open space where you can find kids and adults alike running through the fountains, throwing Frisbees, swinging and sliding at the playground, enjoying live music or craft fairs. This is a place where you can easily bring a picnic basket and enjoy the outdoors, soak up the sun, and not worry about tracking sand all in the car.
There is year-round fishing here on the Space Coast and with over 500 species of fish, whether you are fishing for the pure love of the sport and enjoy a good catch and release or if you’re scouting for your next meal, you are bound to catch something. Maybe it will be your biggest one yet.
Note: You will need to purchase a fishing license in order to enjoy your freshly caught fish.
Treat your ears to live music from some of our talented musicians all along our coast. With a variety of sounds for your preference of music genre, don’t be surprised if you start feeling the rhythm causing you to get out of your seat to shake your groove. For a full listing of live music with locations, click here.
15. What's happening
Because anytime is a great time to visit, there are always fun and exciting events for all ages to enjoy. Check out our events page, choose the dates you’ll be visiting, pick a category and peruse the listing of all available happenings taking place during your time here.
If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the Space Coast without burning a hole in your wallet, then stop what you’re doing and start planning your visit here today!
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