6 Experiences That Are Uniquely Titusville
The Space Where History Lives
Florida’s Space Coast is full of one-of-a-kind adventures that make lasting memories. When you’re looking for an experience you truly can’t get anywhere else, you’ll book a trip to Titusville. People from all over the world flock to the town that NASA built to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and experience the history and future of the US space program. However, there are a few other adventures to experience in Titusville that will prove that space exploration is only one chapter of the Space Coast story.
6600 Tico Road
Titusville, FL 32780
Founded in the 70’s by a group of aviation enthusiasts, veterans and pilots, the Valiant Air Command Museum brings an ever-expanding collection of historic Warbirds from the beginning of aviation history to present day. With the desire to educate and preserve the history of the Warbirds from all different eras, this museum captures the essence of the nation’s military aviation history. Stroll through the museum to view their extensive collection of Warbirds ranging from Pre WW1 replicas to modern fighter jets in use today. Visit the Restoration Hangar to learn how these machines are preserved and given new life. Finally, schedule your visit during an airshow to see these birds take flight for a truly Titusville experience.
1987 Scrub Jay Way
Titusville, FL 32782
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge gives visitors a peek into Florida’s natural history. This diverse collection of ecosystems is where you’ll find all the real Florida natives including American alligators, Rosette Spoonbills, herons, otters, manatees, dolphins and all other manner of local wildlife. This national wonder was preserved after an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was established to create a refuge with land NASA didn’t use after building launch complexes and space-related facilities. It creates a safe place for natural Florida to thrive while providing seclusion and space for NASA. A true win-win. Head to this Titusville gem to experience sea turtle walks hosted in tandem with the Cape Canaveral National Sea Shore, bird watching festivals, self-guided driving and walking trails through the marshlands and water access to the Mosquito Lagoon where visitors can kayak with manatees and dolphins. If you like to explore nature and capture it in its truest form, this is the spot for you.
(Enter at Playalinda Beach)
Florida State Road 406/402
Titusville, FL 32796
Continue your outdoor exploration by visiting Cape Canaveral National Seashore, which showcases and preserves one of the Space Coast’s most beautiful beaches. Here you’ll leave with a great education on how this seashore has helped create stability for the barrier island ecosystem and how its biodiversity encourages a healthy sea-side environment. There are 25 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach, perfect for taking photographs of sunrises and nesting sea turtles. The Mosquito Lagoon makes up more than two-thirds of the national seashore and is one of the most diverse and productive estuaries in North America. It’s a great opportunity to get out on the water by boat, kayak or paddle board. To put the cherry on top, this spot is a great rocket launch viewing area, so if you time your trip right, you may just get to experience one of these awe-inspiring launches on one of the most well-preserved beaches in the United States.
2180 Freedom Avenue
Mims, FL 32754
Harry V. and Harriet T. Moore were the leading civil rights activists in Florida during the 1930s and 40s. He and his wife fought against injustices against the state’s African American population and were forceful advocates against racial violence and lynching in Florida. Visit their cultural complex to learn about their unique contributions to the early civil rights movement. Walk the grounds to see their museum, historic exhibits, a library and a restoration of the Moore’s home before it was bombed in an act of racial violence. Enjoy the picnic pavilion with kitchen, the gazebo and Walk of Freedom walkway with your family while you reflect on their historic work.
6350 Horizon Drive
Titusville, FL 32780
For a different kind of experience that includes fighting crime and solving mysteries, head over to the American Police Hall of Fame. This museum is the nation’s first national law enforcement museum and memorial dedicated to officers killed in the line of duty. It’s an immersive, interactive experience. Stop by the on-site, indoor shooting center, where you can rent pistols, revolvers, rifles and more to train like law enforcement with experienced instructors. Learn about the history and current trends in American law enforcement with interactive displays, simulators and roughly 11,000 artifacts. Explore a collection of historic and futuristic police cars, learn about how law enforcement agencies do their forensic investigations, and get the inside scoop on how crime scenes are analyzed. It’s a perfect educational experience and a great way to support law enforcement officers.
Space Commerce Way
Merritt Island, FL 32953
What is a trip to the Space Coast without visiting the place that has helped give this area its name? We’re talking about the Kennedy Space Center. The Visitor Complex on site is jam-packed with adventures, experiences, behind-the-scenes information of what goes into a launch and so much more. Take a bus tour through active and historic launch pads, drive past the Vehicle Assembly Building and end where it all began, the mission to put men on the moon. Learn about the shuttle program and other NASA initiatives in interactive exhibits great for the whole family. Make time to say hello to a real astronaut and listen to their space adventure or see if you want to test your astronaut skills in the ATX Experience. However you choose to spend your time at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, know that this will be a time you won’t soon forget. In fact, you may even want to make this stop a 2 or 3-day excursion in order to explore everything, it’s very difficult to do in one day.
*COVID-19 has affected some operations and tours of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. See their website for more information about safety considerations.
Titusville is a town of history and progress. From the sea to the sky, there’s more than enough to plan a vacation around whether you’re here for a few days before a cruise or Titusville is your final destination. Don’t forget to check out many of the great restaurants in the area, you’ll absolutely work up an appetite while exploring these six uniquely Titusville experiences. Get started planning your Titusville vacation today!
Have more than just a couple of days here on the Space Coast? Check out the Space Coast Vacation Planner to help you discover other experiences and adventures, as well as finalize all your plans for your trip to Titusville.
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