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.
Helen and Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary - Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
Acquired in partnership with the State of Florida, the Helen and Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary is part of the sanctuary network established by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program.
Formerly a turpentine mine and farm, the 140-acre sanctuary is... Learn More
Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach - Attractions, Extraordinary Experiences, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Tour Operators, Tours
Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach invites you to slip away on an unforgettable kayaking adventure-
Come experience the natural beauty and diverse eco-system of the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands area ”up close” on one of their exciting, guided kayak eco-tours- Fun for all ages,... Learn More
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Attractions, Family Activities, Fishing/Boat Rentals, Onshore Fishing, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks, Tour Operators
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge one of two National Parks located on Florida's Space Coast- It's home to more threatened and endangered species than any other refuge in the continental U.S., such as the Florida Manatee, Bald Eagle, Wood Stork, Gopher Tortoise... Learn More
Jordan Scrub Sanctuary - Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks
A variety of habitat types can be found in Jordan Scrub Sanctuary a 354-acre protected sanctuary maintaned by Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands program. The sanctuary features beautiful natural landscapes such as scenic lakes, seasonal marshes, and scrubby... Learn More
Here’s a bit of trivia for the sport fishermen in the crowd: since 1991, where have more 10-pound bass been caught than in any other lake in the world? The answer is right here on Florida’s Space Coast, at the Stick Marsh and Farm 13 Reservoirs at the headwaters of the St... Learn More
Calypso Kayaking - Attractions, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Tour Operators, Tours, Water Sports
Slip away on an unforgettable kayaking adventure on the Indian River Lagoon with Calypso Kayaking-
Enjoy seeing exotic wildlife up close while taking one of their 2 1/2 hour tours- You'll see manatees and bottle nose dolphin along with a wide assortment of marine life and... 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
Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science - Arts & Culture, Attractions, Cultural, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Souvenirs
The Brevard Museum, Inc., also known as the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, is conveniently located in Cocoa, Florida bordering the Brevard Community College Cocoa campus. The museum traces Brevard County's natural history from the days of the woolly mammoths... Learn More
Erna Nixon Park - Beaches, Family Activities, Nature & Wildlife (Nature-Tour Providers), Parks, Tours
Over 54 acres, Erna Nixon Park & Nature Center is a large public park which is popular for nature walks and outdoor festivals, including the annual Crackerfest. Featuring a natural Florida hammock and nature preserve, the park boasts a 2,345 ft- long elevated boardwalk... Learn More
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