Little boy runs on a boardwalk toward the ocean

Fun for everyone this holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Where leaves change color, snow starts to fall, and the magic of the season is all around. As plans of holiday fun start to fill the calendar, the idea of venturing to another place to celebrate the holidays may be just the adventure you and your family are after this year. Florida’s Space Coast is nestled within a day of driving from major cities across the south, which makes this an ideal spot for a family getaway this holiday season. So how do you make this a getaway you and your family won’t soon forget? By making sure everyone has something to do with a few choose-your-own-adventure options for all to enjoy and maybe make this a new holiday tradition.

Man tees off while bystander watches with palm trees in the background

Golfing for the Grands

That’s right! Grandparents may be living the retired life so hitting a few golf balls is a great way to add some fun to the holidays. And with the many golf courses all throughout the Space Coast, a day out on the green could be the best gift this holiday. If putting around is more their style and you want to make it a family outing, head over to one of the miniature golf courses to score that coveted hole-in-one. Better yet, if you want to really make it a unique experience for the entire crew, take a stab at Smash Golf. Not sure what that is? Smash golf is where golf and tennis combine to create a one-of-a-kind experience that made its debut here first on the Space Coast. 

Golf Courses: PGA-style

Miniature Golf Courses

Smash Golf

Woman tries surfing while her trainer cheers her on in the waves

Surf Lessons for the Kids

What better way to treat your kids to a true Space Coast sport than giving them surf lessons where Pro Surfer Kelly Slater spent some of his formative years crafting his skill. All along the coast you can find locals who will give your kids a ride of a lifetime. 

Man and woman shop for surf boards and wet suits in a surf store

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Enjoy quaint, boutique shopping where you’ll find one-of-a-kind works of art and fashionables as well tasty treats and collectibles as you stroll along historic tree-lined and cobblestone streets. The Space Coast has a few downtown shopping districts where those who want to peruse the stores can shop ‘til they drop while the rest of the family can play outside, enjoy wall murals, or satisfy those hunger pangs at one of the many local restaurants. 

Man and two boys fish off the pier

Snag the Catch of the Day

You can’t come to the Space Coast and not experience a sport that is great for family bonding time. When you set out for a day on the water, you’re bound to snag the catch of the day. Whether you go out in the Atlantic Ocean for deep-sea fishing or stay inland and fish the waters of the Indian and Banana Rivers, there are plenty of fish to be caught when you’re here. 

Deep Sea Fishing

Inland Lagoon Fishing

3 girls paddle in a kayak passed giraffes

Who Needs Disney with These Local Attractions

Although Disney World is a tough attraction to beat, you’d be surprised at how many fun things to do as a family are here on the Space Coast. The magical and mesmerizing world of space and the history that has shaped this area is one of many entertainment hot spots along with animal encounters that make you feel like you’ve traveled to another continent and even traveling back to the Prehistoric Age. Special holiday events will be added for extra fun. 

trail surrounded by trees with a direction sign saying Biodiversity Loop and Enchanted Crossing

Get Outside and Enjoy the Sunny Skies

The Space Coast is known for its great weather pretty much anytime of the year, making the holiday season all the more appealing when you’d like to trade the brisk, chilly air for sunny, tropical days. If you’re planning to spend part of the holiday season on the Space Coast, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors while you’re here. Full of trails, hidden pathways to enchanting nature walks, wildlife to see like manatees, birds, otters, and alligators, as well as canals to explore, the opportunities are endless on how you can get out and enjoy the sunny skies and the natural beauty of the Space Coast. 

Bird Watching

Hiking Trails

Nature Tours

Parks Galore

Rossetter House Museum at Christmas. This yellow two story house is decorated with wreaths for Christmas

Pop-Up Events

The Space Coast offers plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit and have a fun time with your family and friends. Here are some of the pop-up events that make this time of the year worth a trip here.

Come one and come all to the Space Coast State fair. If you’re planning on being here before Thanksgiving, this fair is the area’s largest and most popular annual family event and is a must to add to your itinerary. 

This twinkling light and animated display is a favorite this time of the year. Enjoy a drive through the lighted winter wonderland for a truly magical holiday treat with the family.

This fun night has become a local favorite. Stop by the Santa letter writing station to get in those last requests, then sit back and enjoy an evening of bright lights and holiday entertainment.

Creativity and art in on display in the storefronts along the streets of the Eau Gallie Arts District. Enjoy Christmas trees all decked out for the holidays. A special lighting event on December 4 will feature trees and wreaths up for auction 

Take a walk back in time as you experience the joy of Christmas past in these Victorian homes. Tour all six homes throughout the Space Coast and receive a special Victorian Christmas ornament as a souvenir.

This annual event is scheduled, but a final decision will be available by December 1 to determine if it’s safe for you and your family to attend in light of the pandemic. Modifications to the event will be in place if it does go on as scheduled so you can enjoy this fun outing with you and your family. 

group of runners run on a bridge next to a body of water

Take Home the Prize

Run off all the pumpkin pie and jingle your way to the finish line with these annual Space Coast races. Make it a family affair, dress up, and capture photos along the way for a fun way to celebrate the holidays. 

Get a jump start to your Thanksgiving with a little run to make room for all the yummy food you’ll eat that day! Dress up, have fun, and if you’re fast enough, you may just score your own pumpkin pie. 

This annual event is Florida’s oldest marathon. Whether you enter and participate or come to be a cheerleader along the course, the energy buzzing around Coca Village makes this a “can’t miss” happening on the Space Coast. And with a space theme, don’t be surprised if you see a runner dressed as a rocket race by, leaving a sonic boom in their track.

Chase down Santa in this fun and short race where everyone, young and old, wins when you cross the finish line. Start your day here before heading to the Jingle Bell 2-miler and make a jolly good day of fun for you and your family.

Get in on the fun and jingle your way to the finish line. Dress up festive with your family for an evening of holiday fun!   

Now that you have all that you need to plan out the most perfect holiday getaway here on the Space Coast, the only thing left to do is book your accommodations and work in the restaurants you’d like the check out. The links below will help you find the best place to rest your head and fill your belly with some of the best food around.

May this be a holiday season you won’t forget! See you soon on the Florida’s Space Coast!

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