Destination: Space Coast. Preparing for Travel Again
Travel has changed and so has the Space Coast. Here’s what to expect on your next trip to Orlando’s Closest Beach.
While travel has certainly changed, the desire to explore can never be tamed. Thankfully, for families and antsy travelers, the Space Coast is unlike any other Florida destination. Where most see crowded beaches and theme parks, we pride ourselves on our wide-open and diverse ecosystems, tranquil and uncrowded beaches, and safety conscious attractions, hotels and restaurants. Choosing to travel at this time is a personal decision. Check out the ways the Space Coast has prepared to keep our residents and future guests as safe as possible.
Enjoying your time on the Space Coast is all about being safe and comfortable while enjoying your surroundings. Please check out our Visitor Update page to get in-depth information about how the Space Coast is responding to the threat of COVID-19. You’ll learn what guidelines are in place for parks and other areas open for recreation, to what capacity restaurants and retailers are open for business, and what other procedures are in place to keep visitors and residents safe.
What’s Open on the Space Coast?
Phase 2 of the Florida State Recovery plan means that with social distancing and proper sanitation guidelines in place, there are many things open for fun in the sun!
- Remember guidelines and hours of operations are subject to change and vary by business, it’s important to call and check if your favorite restaurant/shop/attraction/park is open before you go!
Space Coast Hotels are open and taking reservations for leisure travelers at this time. They have stepped up their sanitation requirements, check-in operations, and common area procedures to ensure your stay is clean and worry-free. Staying in a hotel is a great way to secure a private and prime launch viewing location, have a clean “home base,” and get to know the local areas of the Space Coast. Check rates and book your room here.
Vacation Rentals are taking reservations for trips less than 30 days. Contactless payment and communciation remain standard, and plans to increase frequency of sanitation between guests ensure rentals are clean and worry-free. Please see the Vacation Rental Plan for more information about what owners of vacation rentals are doing to keep their guest's safe.
Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants are able to open outdoor seating at 100% capacity and operate at 50% capacity inside. For diner safety and social distancing requirements, tables must be 6 feet apart from one another. Most Space Coast Restaurants are open for delivery and takeout and some have even adjusted their menus for take-and-bake items.
Beach parking and access along the 72 miles of the Space Coast have been opened. Stop at any of the city or county beaches for a fun day of socially distanced fun in the sun. All groups must remain 6 feet apart from one another for social distancing guidelines. Further, littering on the beach is strictly prohibited and enforcement officials will issue tickets for non-compliance.
*The Canaveral National Seashore and Playalinda Beach have begun their phased approach to opening. More information can be found here.
Florida State Parks, such as the Sebastian Inlet State Park are open for day trips and campground reservations at 50% occupancy. Call ahead to make sure there’s a spot for your tent if you intend to camp! Otherwise, have fun at the beach and paddling around the lagoon.
The Brevard Zoo
The Brevard Zoo is opening its doors to the general public Saturday, May 23! They are opening at limited occupancy and have some new rules. All of the exhibits and most of the encounters, such as Treetop Trek, kayaking, lorikeet feeding, and kangaroo walk are open for visitors. Make sure that you check out their website to reserve your tickets and become familiar with their new visitor guidelines!
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens to the public May 28th! The attraction has implemented some important procedures to become a Trusted Space for their employees and visitors. Be part of the change and purchase your ticket in advance for a contactless admission and enjoy Space once again!
Ron Jon Surf Shop
You can’t leave Cocoa Beach without a souvenir from Ron Jon Surf Shop. Stop by to browse their wares and check out the Florida Surf Museum at this legendary, flagship store. Check their website for updated hours and guest guidelines. At this time face coverings are required while shopping.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Like many restaurants in the area, the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier is open for outdoor and indoor seating. At this time, bar seating at the Riki Tiki Tavern is prohibited, however, there is room for visitors at socially distanced tables all along the pier. Check out their Facebook Page for updates.
Explore The Wild Side of The Space Coast
Wildlife refuges, scenic trails, and the Indian River Lagoon are native playgrounds for you and your family and the perfect way to socially distance yourself while on vacation. The best part is, they’re all open ready for you to experience the wild side of Florida. No lines, no crowds, no worries.
A Beach Day on the Space Coast
If a beach vacation is what you need to restore your peace of mind, the Space Coast is where you belong. All Space Coast beaches, and their parking lots, are open for recreation and leisure. Just make sure your party is practicing social distancing and staying 6 feet away from other groups. If you’re looking to steer clear of crowds, check out this blog to find a few of the Space Coast’s least crowded beaches. Don’t forget to use your best beach etiquette while visiting our beaches! We need to keep them clear for sea turtles and other native wildlife.
If you’re ready to travel and looking for adventure, consider making a trip to the Space Coast. Between our beaches, socially distanced attractions, and native ecosystems to explore, there’s plenty of space for you here.
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