4 Ways to Winter on Florida’s Space Coast
Beat the winter chill
Besides the holidays, there’s many different reasons why winter is the most wonderful time of the year. The weather on Florida’s Space Coast provides the perfect amount of warmth and a welcome reprieve from Jack Frost’s winter chill. The crowds are smaller than during the spring, making it easier to experience more of what this area has to offer. So if you want to have a winter you won’t forget, here are four ways to “winter” on Florida’s Space Coast.
Yes, it is possible to go to the beach in the winter. The Space Coast proudly boasts 72-miles of shoreline for you to enjoy any time of the year, but all the more appealing when you need a break from the cold. With the weather hanging out around the mid-’70s during the day, you can easily walk the shoreline and make a sandman or sand angel without needing to layer on all the snow gear. And even on the days that seem a bit brisker, throw on a windbreaker and continue about your day.
The beach is also a great place if you’re looking for a way to soak up some vitamin D while reading a good book against the backdrop of sea oat lined beach dunes and the sound of the waves crashing. Doesn’t that sound so relaxing? And if you’re one of the brave souls who’d like to take to the water for a quick surf session, you may want to bring a wet suit to keep you warm in the cooler water.
The Space Coast is surrounded by many bodies of water. From the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian and Banana Rivers to the many canals, creeks, and lakes, most of them have restaurants available with one-of-a-kind menus. Enjoying your meal with a view is a great experience, but enjoying it during the time of year when the weather is almost near perfect is another thing. Not sure where to go or want to make your rounds to all the waterfront dining spots throughout the area? Here are some places for you to check out when you are here next.
Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral
Waterfront dining with a majestic view is what you will get when you dine at one of the many restaurants located at The Cove. You’ll see cruise ships and other watercraft, dolphins and more wildlife set the stage for a pleasant dining experience any time of the day.
Coconuts on the Beach
2 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach
Located just steps from the sandy beaches of Cocoa Beach, Coconuts on the Beach is the spot for gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean, all while sipping on your drink of choice and munching on good food as your ears are tickled with the live music entertainment.
Sand on the Beach
1005 Atlantic Street, Melbourne Beach
When you’re looking for a spot that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, Sand on the Beach has a seat for you. Located on the beautiful shores of Melbourne Beach, not only will you get to experience an area of the Space Coast that brings a unique beauty, but you’ll also have a one-of-a-kind experience when you dine there.
There are endless ways to explore the outdoors from attractions to nature trails and water tours to adventures perfect for family fun. The hardest part you may have is deciding which activity to participate in, especially when the weather is so nice to spend a full day outdoors. Locals and visitors alike find these activities on the top of the list of “must-do” when visiting the Space Coast.
8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne
The Brevard Zoo has been a long-standing attraction and a popular spot for locals and visitors alike for the last 20+ years. Take a walk on the wild side where the wildlife world comes to you. Discover the beautiful landscape as you walk around and get up close and even hands-on to more than 650 animals, some native to the area and some from all over the world.
Kennedy Space Center
Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island
Come visit the place that gave the Space Coast its name. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is your one-stop spot for all things space. Here’s your chance to meet astronauts, tour space shuttle Atlantis, go behind the scenes to see what all goes into a rocket launch, and if you time your visit right, you may even get to see one lift-off.
Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures
6419 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach
Get a birds-eye view of Cocoa Beach as you navigate your way through 48 unique challenges while being suspended in the air. With three levels of difficulty and a move-at-your-own pace course, you’ll find yourself tackling challenges you didn’t think you could do. This is great fun for all ages.
Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD)
587 W. Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne
If you are a fan of the arts and like to see it come to life, add a stop at the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD). EGAD is home to local, regional, and international artistry, which has given the Space Coast a creative diversity from shops and galleries to restaurants and the most recent addition, wall murals.
Cruise through Winter
When escaping colder weather, head to a place where the weather is warm and everywhere you look is a tropical paradise. Hop aboard one of the cruise ships that sail from Port Canaveral because now is one of the best times to cruise. When you sail away to the Caribbean, you’re bound to have plenty of sunny days and memories that will last a lifetime. Plan to arrive early and spend the night before you board your ship and enjoy the pristine Space Coast beaches and pick up any last-minute needs at one of the many beach shops, like Ron Jon Surf Shop.
So go ahead and make your plans to visit the Space Coast and soak up a Florida winter like never before. Check out the Space Coast Vacation Planner to find places to stay, more things to do, places to eat and so much more by perusing the online magazine or clicking the links below.
Let’s see how you spent your winter on the Space Coast, so make sure you post pictures and videos and tag us using #SpaceCoast.
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