Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

The Ultimate Space Coast Gift Guide

Unique gifts and experiences fresh from Florida!

Looking for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this year? How about checking in with your favorite destination, Florida’s Space Coast!  From thrilling adventures to enjoy when you decide to travel again, and unique gifts sent right to your door, Space Coast small businesses and attractions are ready to send a little Florida sunshine your way this holiday season!

Space Coast Stay! 

There’s nothing better than opening a vacation during the holiday season! From Melbourne, to Cocoa Beach, to Titusville, and every city in between there are quaint motels, and familiar hotels perfect for a weekend getaway. Book a room for the holiday or choose another quiet weekend to look forward to in 2021. Looking for a unique place to lay your head after a day at the beach? Vacation Rentals in Brevard County are known for their prime locations along the Indian River Lagoon, Beaches and quiet neighborhoods where you and your loved ones can enjoy privacy and the comforts of home! 

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Space Coast Adventures for the Holidays

These outdoor experiences are perfect for the thrill-seekers in your family. Stuff their stockings with surf camps and water-sport lessons for the next time you take a weekend getaway to the 321! 

              Surf Lessons & Rentals

The Space Coast is the East Coast Surf Capital because it’s a great place to learn to surf and perfect your skills. If you’ve got a grom in the family looking to go pro, surf lessons are the perfect gift. Not only will your little surfer get exactly what they asked for this year, but it’s also a built-in beach vacation for your whole family while they work in the waves! There are many surf schools along our 72-miles of shoreline, here are just a few to get your search going

space coast surfing

              Watersport Rental and Lessons:

Looking to try something new beyond the surf? Check out the amazing watersport rentals and lessons to spark a new obsession! Kayak rentals and tours, SUP rentals and tours, and kiteboarding lessons and rentals all make great gifts this holiday season when you’re ready to travel and escape the ordinary. Check out this blog to learn what watersport will make the perfect experience for your family!   

Fill Your Stockings with Space 

Surprise the space-lover in your family with an Astronaut Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! It’s a unique opportunity for your children to learn what it’s like to be an astronaut for the day and the perfect way to spark the love of space exploration this holiday season. What’s better is that you still have time, before the year is out, to take advantage of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Explore More deal. A single-day admission ticket comes with a complimentary admission ticket valid beginning January 1, 2021. Just want some official NASA swag? Check out their online gift shop for apparel, toys, hard-to-find memorabilia, and more shipped straight to your door. 

Astronaut inspiration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Wild Florida Gifts for the Adventurers in your Family

There’s plenty of ways to get wild this holiday season on the Space Coast. Memberships to the Brevard Zoo is a great gift for the grandkids and is something they can enjoy all year long! Membership includes animal encounters and discounts for adventures like Treetop Trek, concessions, and merchandise in the gift shop! 

Girl at Brevard zoo

Looking for something a little more wild? Snap up an airboat experience from one of the many. airboat tours available across the Space Coast. These high-speed boats zip your thrill-seeking family through wetlands and the St. Johns River in search of American Alligators and native and migratory birds. With hilarious commentary and information from airboat captains, it’s an experiential gift that your family will remember forever!

Golf FORE the Holidays

The Space Coast is a golfer’s paradise. With more than 20 courses on the Space Coast, including two par 72 championship courses and a par 67 stretched executive course, you’ll have your pick of the pack this holiday season. Many of these courses offer memberships and discounts for Florida residents, so make sure you ask for any specials when you pop in for your holiday round! Check out these fantastic Space Coat golf courses and choose your tee-time!  

Cocoa Beach Golf Course

           

Wishing you a Fishy Little Christmas

Looking for a gift that will blow all the others out of the water? Check out one of the many inshore and offshore fishing charters offered here on the Space Coast. Trips offshore in search of monster Mahi or trophy sailfish are perfect for experienced anglers.  But there are plenty of family-friendly charters both offshore and inshore in the Lagoon that are perfect to spark a love of fishing in your kids or grandkids. Check out these amazing captains leaving out of both Port Canaveral and the Sebastian Inlet!        

Offshore Fishing Out of Port Canaveral

 

Dash Downtown! 

Florida’s Space Coast has several unique downtown areas that make our little slice of paradise shine bright - especially during the holiday season! Check out this Shop Local Guide to learn a more in-depth look at our eclectic downtown areas for any unique last-minute gifts if you’re in the area! Here’s just a quick teaser with a few fun ideas from each area. 

downtown cocoa village

Downtown Titusville 

For the theater-lovers, foodies, and beer drinkers, Downtown Titusville offers surprises for all. Purchase season tickets for the Titusville Playhouse for a gift that your loved one will be able to enjoy all year long. Or head down to Playalinda Brewing Company which operates out of a historic hardware store for creative brews you can purchase to-go in crowlers and growlers. Make sure you grab a gift card to their second location, the Brix Project, for some inspired pub food that pairs perfectly with their craft beers! You can also pick up gift cards to some great waterfront restaurants such as Shiloh's Steak and Seafood, or the famous Dixie Crossroads, and many more.  Not traveling this Holiday season? No problem, you can purchase season tickets, gift cards, t-shirts, and more from many of their online stores for a contact-free shopping experience.

Downtown Cocoa Beach  

Send your loved ones a bit of surf and sun directly from Cocoa Beach! Downtown Cocoa Beach features some unique surf shops and boutiques filled with coastal apparel, decor, and more! Get the hottest beachwear from Drifthouse’s online shop. Restaurants like Coconuts on the Beach, Flavour Kitchen, Fat Kahuna, and Tiny Turtle are all great places to grab gift cards for stocking stuffers and gifts you can enjoy with your family next time you’re in town! 

Other Cocoa Beach Gift ideas

Ron Jon Surf Shop
Beachwave Beachware

Space Coast Apparel 

We wear our love of the Space Coast on our sleeves, and you can too by checking out these local apparel companies!

Villon Clothing 

Give the gift of Space Coast style with apparel from Villon Clothing. This local group finds inspiration from all over the Space Coast and creates collections you won’t find anywhere else. Shop online and they ship directly to your door! 

Space Coast Foodies

You may recognize the Space Coast Foodies from your Instagram feed. They’re the ones posting all those mouth-watering food photos. But you may not know they’ve also designed an amazing line of Space Coast shirts and gifts on their website. Check them out and grab a tee for everyone in your family! 

Orange you Glad! 

Did you know the citrus industry shaped the Space Coast long before we started designing and launching rockets. This holiday season, keep this legacy alive by sending a slice of sunshine to your loved ones! Sullivan Victory Groves sends the freshest,  Space Coast Produce all over the United States and offer free shipping in select boxes! 

oranges

Donate to Space Coast Organziations

The holiday season is all about giving. And sometimes the best gift is a donation to an important organization in a loved one’s name. The Space Coast is home to several organizations that would benefit greatly from your generosity this holiday season. 

Sea Turtle Preservation Society

The STPS is an organization that helps protect sea turtles and their habitats by educating the public about their behaviors and working with local organizations like the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission to rescue injured turtles, protect their nests, and make sure the hatchlings make it to sea. Your donations help further their mission to help sea turtles survive. If you return to the Space Coast during Sea Turtle Nesting Season, you’ll be able to participate in their guided turtle walks to witness sea turtles nesting in their natural habitats! 

sea turtle tracks

Stella Maris Environmental Research

Stella Maris is another Space Coast Sea Turtle Organization that works to help inform county and city officials on the most beneficial ways to protect and conserve sea turtle habitat in Brevard County. Their work educates policymakers as well as provides Eco-camps for young conservationists to learn about sea turtles and the ecosystems they thrive in. During Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Stella Maris hosts, night turtle nesting walks, early morning hatchling digs, and eco-schools for school-aged children! 

Brevard Zoo

The Brevard Zoo is an invaluable part of the Space Coast. Not only were they named one of the top 5 zoos in North America in 2020, they also help to heal sea turtles, release injured manatees, and are working to conserve and improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon through their shoreline restoration program! A donation to the zoo helps to keep the Space Coast thriving, and the animals inside the zoo as happy as can be! 

Sea turtle healing center

 

No matter who you’re shopping for, Florida’s Space Coast can help you find the perfect gift! Make your way to our coast or shop online today. 

 

 

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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: