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Space Coast Memorial Day 2020

There’s Space for You Here this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special day here on the Space Coast. Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms by spending time with our loved ones is what this holiday is all about. If you’re thinking of enjoying your long weekend with us on the Space Coast, here are some important things to know and exciting activities for the whole family!

Enjoying your time on the Space Coast is all about enjoying your surroundings and being safe. Please check out our Visitor Update page to learn to what extent parks and other areas are open for recreation, what restaurants and retailers are open for business, and other guidelines in place. 

What’s Open?

Phase 1 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, it’s important to call and check if your favorite restaurant/shop/attraction/park is open before you go!  

Hotels

Most Space Coast Hotels are taking reservations for leisure travelers at this time. All have stepped up their sanitation requirements to ensure your stay is clean and worry-free. 

Restaurants 

Restaurants are able to open outdoor seating and operate at 50% capacity inside. For diner safety and social distancing requirements, tables must be 6 feet apart from one another. And, bar seating is not available at this time. Most Space Coast Restaurants are open for delivery and takeout. Check out this article for an updated list of restaurants that are welcoming business. 

Beach Access

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. Groups must be limited to 10 people or less and all groups must remain 6 feet apart from one another. Further, littering on the beach is strictly prohibited and enforcement officials will issue tickets for non-compliance. 

*The Canaveral National Seashore and Playalinda Beach remain closed at this time. 

Space Coast Beach

 

State Parks

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. So make sure that you check out their website to reserve your tickets and become familiar with their new visitor guidelines! 

Kayak Tour at the Brevard Zoo

The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum

The American Police Museum in Titusville is open to visitors as well! Come check out police memorabilia, and take aim at their shooting rage for a lesson in firearm safety and weapons handling! See their Facebook Page for more information on exhibits and new guidelines. 

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. 

Cocoa Beach Pier 

Like many restaurants in the area, the 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. 

 

Take to the Trails 

There’s plenty of space to get out and about on the Space Coast. With bike, walking, and water trails around every corner, socially distancing this Memorial Day will be a breeze

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge protects and conserves one of the most amazing ecosystems on the Space Coast. Explore the many walking and biking trails on this vast expanse of conservation land to see native and migratory wildlife. Alligators, Roseate Spoonbills, Gopher Tortoises, Dolphins, and Manatees can all be observed on the many trails. Black Point Wildlife Drive is another fun way to socially distance while viewing wildlife at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - and you don’t even have to get out of your air-conditioned car! 

Family Cycling in Titusville

Titusville Trifecta

Love to cycle? Titusville is the place for your Memorial Day getaway. In Titusville, three major biking trails converge, the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, and the East Coast Greenway. There are plenty of places to rent a bicycle around these trails so you can pedal a portion this weekend!  

Take to the Water

The Indian River Lagoon affords many opportunities for you and your family to get some much-needed space on your Memorial Day weekend. Whether you decide to rent a boat, go out on a kayak tour or try some fishing, you’ll soon see why the Space Coast Loves our Lagoon so much. 

Kayaking on the Space Coast

Boat & Jetski Rental

Take a spin on the Indian River Lagoon by renting a boat or kayak from one of these great rental locations! Make sure you call and make your reservation, Memorial Day Weekend is a popular weekend for locals and visitors.  

Kayak and SUP Rental 

Paddling around the Indian River Lagoon is a must-try on your Space Coast Memorial Day getaway. You'll make your way through mangrove tunnels, get up-close and personal with dolphins and manatees in their natural habitats, and experience the magic of bioluminescence. Check out everything you need to know about SUP and kayaking in the Space Coast here

Fishing On the Space Coast

The Space Coast is an angler's paradise. with fresh water, inshore and offshore charters available from Sebastian to Port Canaveral, you're sure to catch the fish of your dreams. No matter if you're in search of trophy fish or dinner, you'll hook into it with these Space Coast charters. Don't forget to check out May’s fishing report from JT Kenney to see what’s biting in freshwater lakes and rivers of Palm Bay. 

Boat Ramps 

Bringing your own boat to the Space Coast this Memorial day? Check out the current list of open boat ramps from the FWC’s Boat Ramp Access website. 

Boat Ramp Status 

Space Coast Beach Day

Memorial Day Weekend is prime time to hit the beaches of the Space Coast. All the beaches, and their parking lots, on the Space Coast are open for recreation and leisure. Just make sure your party is no larger than 10 people and that you’re 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 looking for a change of scenery this Memorial Day Weekend, consider 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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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: