Itineraries on Florida's Space Coast

Suggested vacation itineraries that pack MORE.

Spending a week in Florida’s Space Coast?  Three days?  Maybe you are a port-of-call visitor spending only precious one day in this paradise.  How can you spend your time here making memories that will bring you back for more?

Below are suggested itineraries that can help visitors determine what to do in the area during a specific number of days. These are sample itineraries based upon visitor reviews. Many more adventures await on the Space Coast!

See the Space Coast like a local!

Day 1

Start your day early by taking a walk on part of our 72 miles of beaches to see the sunrise and look for treasures like Sea Beans, Mermaid’s Purse, Spirula and Barnacles which can be found in the sea wrack near the dunes.  Before the sun gets too high in the sky it’s time to head to the boat ramp to meet your local fishing guide for an unforgettable day on the Indian River Lagoon.  North America’s most diverse estuary is home to over 700 species of fish, but today you’ll target Giant Redfish! Our red’s, actually a Red Drum, grow larger here than any other place on earth.  Have your guide motor over to River Rocks Restaurant for a casual lunch on the deck. Stroll off some of your lunch in old Downtown Eau Gallie. Antique shops, the Foosaner Art Museum and original Florida Cracker houses make this a quaint, unique area to explore. This afternoon see another special waterway, the St. Johns River, like a local—on an Airboat.  Skim over the quiet waters to spot alligators, bald eagles, deer, an occasional bear and sometimes the elusive Florida panther. This 310 mile river is one of the few in the US that flow northward and was a major transportation route for the Timucuan Indians and later Spanish settlers.  This evening the Eastern Florida State College Planetarium & Observatory beckons you to search the stars through the Southeast’s largest public telescope.

Day 2

Rise early to see the many species of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge start their day. These 220 square miles of land and water are contained within the same boundaries of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and are home to more endangered and threatened species than any other refuge in the continental US. Located on the “Atlantic Flyway” this is a key resting stop for many migrating birds. Canaveral National Seashore is just to the east and consists of 24 miles of undeveloped beach and wetlands. Here is the coast of Florida as it must have looked to Ponce de Leon in 1513—no buildings or seawalls, just sand and dunes. Have a picnic lunch at Eddy Creek Pavilion on Mosquito Lagoon. This afternoon visit the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, a place where subtropical and temperate plant species are found together and where you can see the exposed layers of coquina rock that form ancient high dunes. Later kayak with A Day Away Kayak Tours to enjoy river views of the massive shuttle assembly building and towering launch pads of KSC. Sample a local delicacy, rock shrimp, at Dixie Crossroads Restaurant. Tonight join the Sea Turtle Preservation Society for a “turtle walk” along the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Witness the nesting process, which has been repeated over millions of years. Loggerheads, Leatherbacks and Green Sea Turtles will return as adults to nest on the same stretch of beach.

Day 3

Check out Sebastian Inlet State Park beaches, dunes, hammocks, mangroves and maritime forests. This is one of the most popular parks in the state with catwalks and two jetties for anglers, a wading pool for kids and many sites for birders. Nearby you’ll find the McClarty Museum showcasing the story of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet which sank offshore during a hurricane. This afternoon visit Turkey Creek Sanctuary, a refuge to endangered plants and animals. Three distinct environments overlook the “blackwater” creek, which is home to manatees, river otters, turtles and many types of birds including the rare white pelican. Take flight on a scenic flight with Florida Biplanes in an authentic 1940’s fully restored WACO UPF-7 biplane. Experience the thrill and adventure of flying in an open cockpit biplane as you enjoy the unsurpassed views of the beaches, Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center and the many other incredible sights of Florida’s Space Coast. Dinner tonight will be at Café Margaux in Historic Cocoa Village. Catch a performance at the Cocoa Village Playhouse then stop in at Murdock’s Bistro for a nightcap.

Port-of-call visitor!

One Day Visit

Rise early to board Island Boat Lines spacious deck boat for the Early Morning Birding Tour. You will cruise the calm waters of the Banana River sighting manatees, dolphins and many species of birds. Take a trip by Bird Island, a rookery for egrets, herons, gulls and pelicans. Have lunch at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, a local landmark since 1961. You can dine 244 meters out over the Atlantic Ocean. Watch the surfers below carve the waves or check to see what the local fishermen are bringing up on the end of the Pier. This afternoon take a leisurely stroll through Historic Cocoa Village. The tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks offer antique shops, craft stores, ladies apparel and jewelry. After shopping, enjoy dinner at one of the many casual and upscale restaurants. Later, find "everything under the sun" all night long at the world renowned 24-hour Ron Jon Surf Shop, a psychedelic palace of surf gear, swimsuits and souvenirs.

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