A distinctive getaway, Florida's beautiful Space Coast offers miles of natural adventure, across coastal scrub and pine flatwoods to mangrove forests and salt marshes to casual walkable beaches where turtles nest in season.
When you think of the coast you naturally think of our beaches, but what's amazing about this area is that the natural wonders only start on the beach. The Space Coast has 20,000 acres of fresh water rivers and lakes bordered by approximately 170,000 acres of wetlands. We are located where temperate and sub-tropical climate zones meet, which means that you can find animals and plants here that are so rare they are found nowhere else on earth.
Grab a kayak and paddle alongside manatees or dolphins. Look in the air and you may see Bald Eagles on the wing or a flock of Roseate Spoonbills resting in a lagoon—two of more than 300 species of birds here along 40 stops on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Ride on horseback, on a bike, try standup paddle boarding or just take a walk. It’s only natural that you’ll love the outdoors on the Space Coast.
The Space Coast is rich in tours and expert tour guides, for land and water excursions, amazing wildlife observation treks and Hidden Gems, our curated self-guided adventures reveal secrets only the natives know. For those looking for something unusual and unique, adventurers can look no further than nighttime bioluminescent kayaking. This phenomenon is unique to the area in that tiny luminous organisms that are scattered underwater like sparkling stars amongst shimmering sea grass. Think darting colorful fish to pods of dolphins and manatees and bioluminescence gives light to all the busy nighttime underwater activity.
Maritime Hammock Sanctuary - Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
The Maritime Hammock Sanctuary is a 150-acre sanctuary located inside the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge west of A1A on Melbourne's barrier island-
The sanctuary features a hiking trail with 2 bridges, boardwalk over wetland areas, and an observation deck over a... Learn More
The Barrier Island Sanctuary Management and Education Center - Attractions, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
Barrier Island Sanctuary Management & Education Center is a modern educational facility which is the focal point of the Barrier Island Sanctuary and Archie Carr National Refuge.
The center features a gift shop, interactive exhibits, a presentation hall, library,... Learn More
Cocoa Beach Kayaking - Attractions, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Tour Operators, Tours, Water Sports
Cocoa Beach Kayaking is where mother nature and relaxation come together- Come explore the pristine Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach with Cocoa Beach Kayaking- Paddle at a leisurely pace through a mangrove estuary located in the Indian River Lagoon, home of Bottlenose... Learn More
Coconut Point Sanctuary - Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
Coconut Point Sanctuary is a 62-acre habitat of coastal strand, oak scrub, coastal oak forest, and mangrove forest located in Melbourne Beach, FL-
Encompassing, ancient sand dunes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River Lagoon, Coconut Point Sanctuary was once... Learn More
The Great Outdoors R.V., Nature & Golf Resort - Fishing/Boat Rentals, Fishing Creek, Fishing Piers, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers)
Resort guests are invited to drop a line into one of The Great Outdoors RV, Nature & Golf Resort carefully stocked lakes, which are equipped with fishing docks and hanging fish feeders. Catch the fighting largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, perch and catfish! ... Learn More
North Buck Lake Scrub Sanctuary - Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
The North Buck Lake Scrub includes 9,638 acres of woodlands and wetlands historically used for timber production and cattle ranching-
The EEL Program manages about 300 acres of upland scrubby flatwoods and oak hammock in a partnership with the St- Johns River Water... Learn More
Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary - Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
Named after an endangered mint plant, Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary is a 44-acre protected sanctuary featuring a hiking trail- This beautiful sanctuary was established to protect scrub, scrubby flatwoods, depression marshes, and the Dicerandra thinicola, also known as... Learn More
Samsons Island - Family Activities, Fishing/Boat Rentals, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
Samsons Island is a 52-acre island situated in the Banana River lagoon-
Operated and maintained by the City of Satellite Beach, Samsons Island is a passive recreation park and nature preserve popular for its fishing, nature trails, bird watching, and camping- Educational... Learn More
Barrier Island Sanctuary - Attractions, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
Located inside the Archie Carr National Refuge, Barrier Island Sanctuary is a 34-acre sanctuary that offers nature enthusiasts and visitors a place to explore the barrier island's diverse habitats through interactive exhibits at the Management and Education Center and... Learn More
8385 South Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL Melbourne Beach 32951
Malabar Scrub Sanctuary - Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
The variety of habitats found on the 395-acre Malabar Scrub Sanctuary make it an ideal place for visitors to learn how wetland and upland communities interact-
The sanctuary's protected habitats include xeric (dry) hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sand... Learn More