Fun Beyond the Beach on Florida’s Space Coast
A beach vacation is not only fun but also a great memory! The days are filled with plenty of sunshine, sand and splashing in the waves. Eventually, you’ll need a break from the beach and need some variety on your beach vacation to Florida’s Space Coast. Your kids will love exploring the area and your sun-kissed skin will thank you!
Here are four things to do on Florida’s Space Coast that do not involve sand, swimsuits or sunscreen.
Located just two blocks from the beach, The Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach features the largest array of fossils you have ever seen. Once you have perused all of the stunning dinosaur skeletons and fossils for sale in the front of the store, check out The Activity Zone - wristbands are $8 for kids and $6 for adults. The Activity Zone has unlimited arcade and educational games; live animal exhibits with snakes, lizards, alligators; and panning for fossils and shells. For an additional $3, thrill seekers may want to try the spinning raft ride that simulates a wild, white water rafting. Coming at the end of April is the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures! The Dinosaur Store is open from 10 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. DinosaurStore.com, (321) 783-7300
Parker Brother’s Concept Car Showroom in Port Canaveral is a place where Hollywood and reality meet. The showroom displays custom-made comic book and movie vehicles. Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker’s creations include the Batpod, Tron movie-inspired Light Cycle bikes, and the Ecto-1 from the Ghostbuster movies. Their TV show “Dream Machines” aired on SyFy in 2010 and they’re still manufacturing vehicles in the building. The showroom is open from 10 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. General admission is $10 per person. Children 6 and under admitted free of charge. VIP Tours are also available for $20. ParkerBrothersConcepts.com, (321) 868-2174
Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne offers Go-Kart races, rope courses, climbing courses, batting cages, arcade games and much more. Go-Kart racing is the main attraction and the most popular race is the Andretti Challenge, where racers can travel up to 40 mph. The Wave Rave paddle boats are loads of fun, but make sure to avoid the waterfall. Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes as many of the activities such as the Fast Track (Andretti Challenge) and the climbing courses require them. AndrettiThrillPark.com, (321) 956-6706
If you happen to be on a kid-free trip or have a babysitter for the evening, check out Victory Casino Cruises. It’s gambling at its best! Departing from Port Canaveral twice daily, the casino includes everything from slots, craps and roulette to bingo. Victory also has four dining options established to suit your mood. The menu choices provide a wide array of cuisines and appetizers to keep you happy while you bet on red. Enjoy live music or Vegas-style shows while setting sail. VictoryCasinoCruises.com, (855) 468-4286
Although you may think that every moment of your beach vacation can be spent physically on the beach, you won’t want to miss out on all the exciting attractions Florida’s Space Coast has to offer. To see more attractions, click here.