If you’re planning to forego a white Christmas in favor of the Florida sunshine, you’re not alone. Florida is a holiday vacation hotspot, and depending on where you go, that could mean crowds. 

And lines. And waiting. And waiting in lines with crowds — especially if you plan to visit the theme parks in Orlando.

With Walt Disney World historically reaching capacity every year from December 22 to December 31, and ride times averaging 100+ minutes during peak hours, why not plan an excursion to Florida’s Space Coast? Experience the best of both worlds by hitting up the parks early, and then heading over to the beach to relax and recharge. 

The following are a few ways you can incorporate the attractions on Florida’s Space Coast into your Florida vacation:

Book a Room Away from the Chaos

Why book a pricey hotel in the midst of the madness, when you can be lulled into a blissful slumber by the sounds of waves crashing on the beach? With lodging options for every budget — from large hotel chains to quaint bed and breakfast inns — you’ll be grateful for the opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate away from the holiday hustle of Orlando. 

Get Back to Nature

Did you know that tourists aren’t the only things flocking to the area? Located where the sub-tropic and temperate climate zones meet, Florida’s Space Coast is a haven for rare animals, birds and plants. 

Featuring 20,000 acres of freshwater rivers and lakes bordered by approximately 170,000 acres of wetlands, we have one of the most diverse ecosystems in the western hemisphere — making the area an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. 

Enjoy Florida’s natural beauty with an airboat ride through Central Florida’s Everglades, or take a kayak tour along the Indian River Lagoon. Check out our outdoor guide for a comprehensive list of activities.

Embrace Your Salty Side

If you prefer your water salty, we have 72 miles of sandy coastline awaiting your arrival. Located less than an hour from Orlando and the parks, our beaches are the closest to Central Florida’s attractions, and offer numerous family friendly activities, including fishing, boating, jet skiing and more. Plus, with the crowds headed to the theme parks, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect spot in the sand. 


Experience Out-of-This-World Thrills  

Sorry, Mickey, but not even Space Mountain can hold a candle to the excitement of witnessing a rocket launch in person at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. With two rocket launches during the month of December, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. 

Not here during a launch? You can still stargaze, meet an astronaut, see Space Shuttle Atlantis and experience the wonders of outer space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex.

So what are you waiting for? Download our vacation planner now, and we’ll see you soon! To see what accommodations are available during your vacation, click here.