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Space Coast Memorial Day 2021

Honor their sacrifice and celebrate your freedoms on the Space Coast

 

Memorial Day is a time of reverence on the Space Coast. We celebrate our military’s presence here every day from the Kennedy Space Center, the historic Canaveral Lighthouse, to the Patrick Space Force Base and beyond. When you visit the Space Coast this Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll have a chance to honor the fallen and celebrate the freedoms their sacrifice has granted us. Here are some of our favorite ways to honor and celebrate Memorial Day on the Space Coast. 

 

Military Museums and Memorials on the Space Coast 

Liberty Bell Memorial Museum  - Melbourne
Memorial Day Program
May 31, 2021, 11 am to 12 noon, Free Admission
Hear Brevard County Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, honor the fallen. Listen to the Melbourne Municipal Band members patriotic music and explore this hidden gem with a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell, historical memorabilia and artworks dating back to pre-revolutionary times. Also see military uniforms, technology, household items, posters, and curiosities from all eras of America’s history on display.
Free Parking on Site, Boy Scouts will sell food and beverages.

Bronze Balde Eagle head at Liberty Bell Museum with a blurry spirit of 76 flag in the background
Image courtesy of the Liberty Bell Museum in Melbourne

Veterans Memorial Park - Merritt Island 
With an amazing array of military artifacts ranging from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts in the Middle East, The Veterans Memorial Center strives to educate the public on our military’s efforts both past and present in our FREE museum, library, plaza, and park.

Valant Air Command - Titusville 
Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum honors the past, educates the future, and preserves the heritage of military aviation history. You’ll see more than 50 historic aircraft on display and learn from incredible docents about the history and heritage of these planes.  

A plane sits in front of the American flag at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Canaveral Lighthouse Tours - Cape Canaveral 
Canaveral Tours provides a 4-hour tour of the Canaveral Lighthouse and Canaveral Air Force Station. History of the Cape from early settlers to current space programs is provided on your tour. The tour takes you first to the lighthouse, where you are provided a guided tour by a Lighthouse Foundation guide.  Then, continues on a ride through the Air Force Station to see launch complexes from the beginning of spaceflight programs to current commercial ventures. Stops at the historic launch pad facilities of the Mercury and Apollo missions allow you to walk where the astronauts launched into space.

Explore these Space Coast Parks with your Family

We love our outdoor spaces here on the Space Coast. If you're looking for a quick, free and unforgettable experience this Memorial Day, check out a few of these great parks with your family. 

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Take to the Trails 

There’s plenty of space to get out and about on the Space Coast. With biking, 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 view wildlife at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - you don’t even have to get out of your air-conditioned car! 

A family of 4 cycling on a trail 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 relaxation 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. 

A manatee swims under a kayak
Image by @BKAdventures

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 freshwater, inshore, and offshore charters available from Sebastian Inlet 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. Also see what fishing piers are near you with the FWC Florida Fishing Pier Finder. 

Boat Ramp Status 
Florida Fishing Pier Finder

Space Coast Beach Day

A man in the water at the beach throws his giggling child into the air
Image by @floridakidco

Memorial Day Weekend is prime time to hit the beaches of the Space Coast. Discover your beach personality and find your perfect beach getaway. 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: