We’re going to let you in on a little secret that few people outside of Florida’s Space Coast are privy to: Fall is one of the best times to visit Melbourne & The Beaches. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The following are six reasons you’ll fall in love with Florida’s Space Coast this fall. 

  1. Claim your stake in the sand. Fewer tourists mean you won’t have to fight over prime personal real estate on the beach. It also means fewer crowds at popular hotspots, so if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center, what are you waiting for?
  2. Wine and dine. Give your taste buds a vacation from the mundane at the inaugural Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival on Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., in historic downtown Melbourne. The event will feature live entertainment and cooking competitions in addition to world-class fare from Brevard County’s culinary elite. 
  3. Save on lodging. Dwindling crowds mean big deals for off-season travelers. Get amazing rates at some of the best beachfront properties, and enjoy a little laid-back luxury at a fraction of the high-season cost.
  4. Soak up the culture. The ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival in the historic district of Eau Gallie is truly fun for the entire family. Making this festival especially unique, all of the artists give public demonstrations. So whether you’re looking for inspiration, a new conversation piece for your home, or you simply want to experience the live music, food and activities, you won’t want to miss the ArtWorks Festival on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  5. Bask in the balmy weather. Fall temperatures on Florida’s Space Coast are ideal for outdoor activities. With temperatures topping out in the low 80’s during the day, and dipping into the 60’s in the evening, you won’t want to stay cooped up indoors. Try zip lining at the Brevard Zoo, or reel in some fish at the Melbourne Beach Pier. 
  6. Take a hike. Or a kayak. Discover the rich, natural beauty of Melbourne by foot — or by boat. The fall months are the most ideal for exploring the habitats of the birds and wildlife at the Turkey Creek Sanctuary, or kayaking down the Indian River Lagoon – the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere, and home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals. 

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