The Titusville area at the north end of Florida’s Space Coast is the only place on the planet where rockets blast off, sea turtles nest and soothing sunrises give way to inviting surf. The contrast of high-tech wonders of the space program and the natural beauty of the area places Titusville in a class by itself. It is a city that borders the Indian River Lagoon; it’s a gateway to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore.
Be sure to visit Space View Park with the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame, bronze handprints of the Mercury 7 Astronauts and monuments to Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. The American Space Museum and Walk of Fame nearby houses amazing artifacts not seen anywhere else, with volunteer docents who worked behind the scenes of America’s spaceflight missions. They love to tell stories of the early days of space exploration.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where astronauts sat atop a fiery explosion that hurled them 238,000 miles to the moon and then back. Here is the home of the men and women who dared to attempt the impossible and the geniuses who made it real. And it is where rockets still roar into orbit. That's why they call this the Space Coast.
You’ll love visiting this city with its many riverfront parks, fantastic fresh and saltwater fishing, year-round golf, kayak rentals, and animals and plants that are found nowhere else on earth.
Right across the Indian River Lagoon sits the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge with more threatened and endangered species than all other Florida refuges combined. Winter is prime bird watching time with over 300 species spotted, but anytime of year will reward visitors with views of alligators, deer, manatees and more.
Canaveral National Seashore is the last undeveloped stretch of beach on the East Coast. It runs 23 miles from Titusville to New Smyrna Beach, with Playalinda Beach as the southern access. This is one of the prime rocket launch viewing sites for daytime launches. It closes from sunset to sunrise, so seeing night launches from here is not allowed, but during the day, you’ll be very surprised how close you can get to the launch pads.
Florida’s Coast to Coast Trail, better known as the C2C, utilizes the East Central Regional Rail Trail alignment and will give users access to small towns, flowing springs, state parks, museums, and beaches along the way. Once completed, the C2C will stretch from the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County through Central Florida to Downtown Titusville, eventually terminating at the Atlantic Ocean and the Canaveral National Seashore. This multi-use trail corridor will eventually connect with two other regional trail systems – the East Coast Greenway and the St. John’s River to Sea Loop – all converging in Downtown Titusville.
Titusville entices vacationers of all ages with activities including rocket launches, bird watching, and thrilling airboat rides. This area is also home to five museums that honors the notable achievements of many, as well as the rich history of Florida’s Space Coast. Historic Downtown Titusville offers shops of all sorts including an art gallery, clothing and gift shops, charming restaurants, antique stores and the Titusville Playhouse at the Historic Emma Parrish Theater.
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