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Things to do on the Space Coast this Labor Day

Relax and enjoy your 3-day weekend on the Space Coast

It’s finally Labor Day and you’ve earned this vacation! There are so many ways to unwind on the Space Coast it’ll be hard to choose a few. Check out some our favorite things to do, and places to stay, for 3-day weekends on the only beach that doubles as a launchpad.

Go Fishing

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There’s an absurd amount of fishing you can do here on the Space Coast. Offshore charters out of Port Canaveral or the Sebastian Inlet will have you reeling in big fish like mahi, grouper and sailfish. Take things a little easier when you take a guided lagoon trip. Don't forget that snook season opened September 1st! Head west and stop in Palm Bay for some of the best bass fishing in the country. Or take it to the beach and go surf fishing where you can reel in pompano, sheepshead, and others.

4 Ways to Fish on the Space Coast 

Plan a Beach Day 

There are 72 miles of beaches to explore on Florida’s Space Coast. If you’re looking for some serious space to spread out this Labor Day weekend, we’ve got you covered. A few of our favorite beaches are perfect for you to lay out a towel, pop your umbrella, and enjoy some quiet time with your loved ones. 

Sebastian Inlet State Park
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Sebastian Inlet State Park 

If you want it all, go to Sebastian Inlet State Park. With hiking, biking, and kayak trails you’re going to have a few decisions to make. Or you can cast a line into the lagoon or the Atlantic from the fishing pier. A restaurant and gift shop are on-site, so you can spend your whole day here. Or you can do it the Space Coast way and reserve a campsite for 3 days of Sebastian Inlet sun and smiles! 

Top Campsites on the Space Coast 

Patrick Space Force Base 

Just south of Cocoa Beach, this stretch of shore line is some of the best sea shelling and wide open space on the Space Coast. Check out one of the many beaches (with free parking) for the day and when you’re hungry, keep driving south to Satellite Beach for some great local restaurants. Looking for a more lively Labor Day? Head north to Downtown Cocoa Beach for live music and a huge selection of bars and restaurants

Melbourne Beach

Melbourne Beach is a great option for families looking to get off the beaten path. Further south on the Space Coast, Melbourne Beach is known for its blue waters, sparse population, and tons of sea turtles. Add a sunrise stroll to your day and maybe you’ll see some hatchlings make their way into the deep blue! 

Rent a Boat or Jet Ski 

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Relaxing on the Space Coast is a day on the Indian River Lagoon. Book a sail on a catamaran with Sail Cocoa Beach to enjoy the day without having to lift a finger, that is unless you want to. Or if you’re looking to captain your own ship, 321 Boat Club & Cape Crossing Marina offer a fleet of sport, fishing, or pontoon boats so you can explore our waterways on your own. Feeling some need for speed? Head over to Surf & Ski Watersport in Cocoa Beach for a Jet Ski experience you won’t forget. Remember to lookout for manatees! 

Sail Cocoa Beach | Merritt Island  

321 Boat Club | Eau Gallie

Cape Crossing Boat Rental | Merritt Island

Surf & Ski Water Sport | Cocoa Beach

Group Games

Stay in the air conditioning but still enjoy plenty of room in the Space Coast’s unique indoor activity and game establishments. Escape rooms, hatchet throwing, go-karts, climbing walls, Check out all fun you can have with your crew in the cool central air! 

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Andretti Thrill Park | Melbourne 

Beachside Grand Prix | Cocoa Beach

Trampoline Parks 

Skyzone | Rockledge 

Urban Air Adventure Park | Viera 

Defy Palm Bay | Palm Bay

Axe Throwing & Yard Games 

Stumpy's Hatchet House | Cocoa Village 

Lumberjacks Axe House | Downtown Melbourne

The Backyard | Palm Shores

Escape Rooms

Escape Cocoa Beach | Cocoa Beach

Epic Escapes | Cocoa

Escape Room Entertainment | West Melbourne & Downtown Melbourne

Stay on the Space Coast

There are so many ways to enjoy your stay on the Space Coast.  Oceanfront Vacation rentals, quirky homes and luxury spaces, they're all just a click away. Search Space Coast Vacation Rentals. 

There are tons of new and incredible hotels here on the Space Coast as well. Check out the brand new metropolitan Hotel Melby or stay at a family favorite in Cocoa Beach or Port Canaveral. Search Space Coast Hotels.

Bringing your home on wheels? RV Campgrounds provide Space Coast Visitors incredible experiences. Check out some of the most "Space Coast" spots to park you RV and enjoy a quick getaway this Labor Day weekend. 

No matter how you like to relax, there are plenty of cool activities you can enjoy this Labor Day weekend right here on the Space Coast.  


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