Start Planning your Summer Vacation on the Space Coast
Summer has never looked so good
It’s finally time! Time to plan your summer vacation. If you’re looking for an amazing place to get away, still beat the crowds, and enjoy one unique adventure after the next, the Space Coast is an ideal Central Florida destination.
Choose the Perfect Space Coast City to Stay In
Located in the northern part of the Space Coast, Titusville is most well-known for its numerous rocket launch pads and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, but has so much more to offer. On any given day you’ll find to live and interactive entertainment, beautiful nature trails, and some of the best spots to watch rockets launches any time of the day.
- Thriving Entertainment District: The Titusville Playhouse has been providing quality performances to the community for over fifty seasons. Enjoy local talent as they sing, act, and make you laugh in some of the world’s most recognized shows. For those of you not too keen on theater productions, Playalinda Brewery, open in two unique environments: The Hardware Store or Brix Project, offers interactive entertainment weekly, from live music, trivia night, brewery tours, run clubs for those who enjoy staying active while you’re on vacation, and kayak and paddle board excursions called Paddle and Pints. Summer vacations are a great time to sign up for a Pint and Paddle because it’s when bioluminescent activity in the lagoon is at its peak. Where else can you enjoy natural phenomenon, craft beer, great food, all in the environment? Only in Titusville, Florida.
- Explore the Trails in Titusville: Titusville is your gateway to nature with walking, biking, and running trails for that make you feel like you’re in a whole new world. The Enchanted Forest features several different ecosystems from oak hammocks, wet prairies, and the Atlantic Coastal Ridge full of native wildlife like the white-tailed deer, Florida scrub lizard, gopher tortoises, and so much more. Do not forget to bring your camera. End your time at the educational facility on-site where there is an interactive exhibit room, library, and gift shop to take home a souvenir. Want see a wide expanse of Florida ecosystems including coastal waterways, scrub forests, and everything in between? Check out the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, where over 500 species of wildlife including alligators, dolphins, manatees, hundreds of migratory birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals roam freely in their natural habitats. This refuge offers six different hiking trails, all giving you a different view of nature and wildlife, as well as other recreational offerings like bird watching, fishing, kayak launch access, and hunting.
- Launch into Titusville: Connect space to earth when you spend time at The American Space Museum and Space Walk Hall of Fame, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Americans in space and the people and programs that helped shape space exploration today. Enjoy a historic walk through video and photo stories, and if you plan your visit just right, you may catch an awe-inspiring rocket launches from the closest viewing spots on the Space Coast. Space View Park offers not only one of the best viewing spots for a launch, it also allows you to compare your hands to the bronze handprints of the Mercury 7 astronauts and explore monuments dedicated to the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs.
Your summer vacation needs to include a walk, or surf lesson, on famous Cocoa Beach. This world-renown hot spot for families will bring out the kid in everyone. Enjoy the prefect blend of sun and fun from indoor activities to outdoor attractions all in a one-of-a-kind beach town.
- A View From Above Cocoa Beach: When you’re looking to see beyond the horizon, getting some height for new perspectives is easy when you spend time in the Cocoa Beach area. The Exploration Tower, located a short drive north in Port Canaveral, is an elevated, educational pit stop. It not only gives you a look back to the area’s history, but provides seven floors of exhibits and interactive play, while giving you a panoramic view of Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral area. And you can stop at The Cove for a fresh seafood lunch overlooking the Port and watch the cruise ships head to sea. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures is great for families looking to add some zip to their summer vacation. Here you’ll find a full zipline and ropes course full of challenging courses ranging from easy to expert. Fun for all ages, enjoy the Florida sunshine all while testing your problem solving skills and moving your body. Or take to the skies and book a helicopter tour with Cocoa Beach Helicopters and see how beautiful Florida’s Space Coast really is. With 72 miles of shoreline, our beautiful Indian River Lagoon and active Port, you’ll be able to capture photos of the coastline and other landmarks as you smoothly glide through the air. It’s a summer vacation excursion you’ll never forget.
- Take a stroll through the past to present day: For another educational, indoor stop in Cocoa Beach, check out The Dinosaur Store and Museum of Ancient Cultures, where your dino-loving little ones can be an archaeologist for the day, explore the prehistoric age of dinosaurs, and have fun in the adventure zone.. This activity will keep your family entertained the entire day or for a few hours in between the beach and hotel. Looking for more Space Coast history? Head over to the Florida Surf Museum located in Ron Jon Surf Shop, where you come face to face with surf legends of the past and present. It’ll give you a better understanding of why Cocoa Beach is considered one of the surf capitals of the world, and maybe inspire a surf lesson or two.
- Picnic at the beach: For beach access points that feature covered picnic areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, playgrounds, nature trails, and other outdoor activities, Alan Shepard Park, Lori Wilson Park, and Sidney Fischer Park is where you can park yourself for the day. Each park offers different amenities, so make sure you pick the spot that has everything you need for the perfect summer vacation beach day! Not interested in packing up all the supplies for a picnic at the beach, then head over to The Cocoa Beach Pier. This is the perfect place for a day of relaxation, sun soaking, and sandcastle building where all the amenities you need for a day, including lunch, souvenirs, and a tiki bar, at the beach is located in one spot.
This charming town and its surrounding area is packed full of things to do from art and culture, beaches, nature, boutique shopping, and so much more. Take it easy as you stroll through historic streets and downtown areas or as you catch a sunrise with a leisurely walk along the shoreline or waterfront dining.
- The Art of Summer Vacation: Melbourne offers a gamut of ways to enjoy original pieces of art. Both Downtown Melbourne and Eau Gallie Arts District have larger-than-life wall murals that you can tour as you walk around or stop in some of the indoor art galleries like Foosaner Art Museum, Art Expressions, or Fifth Avenue Art Gallery for more creative pieces. Channel your own inner Picasso with a session at Painting with a Twist, where you can paint your own tropical souvenir.
- Stay active this Summer: Think you have what it takes to challenge yourself while on your summer getaway? Melbourne offers the great blend of indoor and outdoor excursions that will test your brain and muscle power and perfect for kids of all ages. See if you have the smarts to break yourself free at The Escape Zone. Or take your adventure to new heights with a zip line tour at Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo, or by scaling the walls at On the Edge Rock Climbing. End your getaway with a pat on the back for trying something new this summer.
- Fun with family and friends: Melbourne isn’t just art and escape rooms, there are tons of activities for families and groups of friends to get active and competitive in this part of the Space Coast. Check out Andretti Thrill Park, for go-kart racing and arcade games. Fun Town Family Entertainment, or Adventure HQ and The Backyard, for bumper cars, wall-climbing, roller skating and arcade and backyard games. Each have their own unique twist on family fun and activities and are non-stop fun for the whole day.
Next Plan your Space Coast Summer Activities on Land and Sea!
Live it up on Land
From beaches to backcountry nature trails, the Space Coast offers plenty of ways to stay entertained if you’re not spending the day out on the water.
- Get in touch with your wild side: For a day of fun and adventure where learning is a pleasure, The Brevard Zoo located in Melbourne, one of the Space Coast’s premier excursions, is suitable for all ages. With plenty of ways to experience the animals including a kayak past the giraffe enclosure, a zipline over the alligator exhibit, and walk amongst the kangaroos, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another world when you spend time here and tap into your own wild side. They even have a splash pad so the little ones can cool down on a hot summer day, bring your swimsuit!
- If you’re looking for something a bit more extreme for the teenagers and adults, then check out Tank America, where a Call-of-Duty theme park, also located in Melbourne, gives you the opportunity to drive a military tank and play tactical laser tag in a simulated combat facility. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, you’ll only-find-in-Florida, Space Coast Experience.
- Space and beyond: The Space Coast is home to NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. For a day or even two of all things space, past, present, and future, the KSC Visitor Complex is your headquarters to see what life is like for an astronaut, what technology has been created to discover more about our galaxy and other galaxies beyond. The best part, if your summer vacation lines up with the launch schedule you’ll be able to see a real rocket launch, right from the source.
- Relaxation around the corner: For some of you, finding other ways to relax besides lounging at the beach make for a well-rounded getaway. FIT Botanical Gardens is one way to have a bit of serenity while enjoying a leisurely stroll through perfectly manicured gardens under shady hammock of palm trees and other tropical growth. And if pampering yourself is more of what you are looking for, Cocoa Beach Spa, LaBella Spa, and Imperial Spa & Salon all provide the perfect blend of peace and relaxation with services that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to enjoy the rest of your time here on the Space Coast.
Sea-ize the Opportunity to Enjoy These Water Activities
All different bodies of water, from rivers, lagoons, and canals to the Atlantic Ocean, surround the Space Coast so there are plenty of ways to have fun on the water this summer.
- Surfing: You can’t visit the area and not at least try a sport that has made the waves here famous. Up and down the Space Coast, you’ll find plenty of beach and water access and surf instructors that will have you hanging ten in no time.
- Bioluminescent tours: The summer brings out the magic of the Space Coast. Bioluminescent tours give you an up close look at some magic that this area is one only a few that provide this mesmerizing phenomenon.
- Boat excursions: Explore a side of the Space Coast that is only accessible by boat. Whether you prefer kayaks, motorboats, or airboats, you’ll see wildlife and other landscapes that you won’t experience on the mainland.
Planning ahead to the summer season has never looked so good. So go ahead and start preparing for your getaway to the Florida’s Space Coast. You’ll find a smile making it’s way to your face as soon as you do. Check out the links below or the Space Coast Vacation Planner to help you discover all that you can experience while here on the Space Coast.
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