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Take a break from the cold (and the books) with a spring getaway

Top 3 Spring Getaways in Florida

Spring into fun on the Space Coast

The beautiful part about experiencing winter means that around the corner is the time of year where new things begin to bloom, warmer weather starts to make itself known, and you’ve recouped your energy from all the holidays. One of the many ways people have embraced the changing of seasons is by planning a little getaway.

Florida’s Space Coast is a great place to spring into some fun. This area is a family and budget-friendly spot with close proximity to two airports, Orlando (MCO) and Melbourne (MLB) and major cities like Miami and Gainesville (only 3 hours away) and Atlanta (only 6 hours away), making this a prime place to enjoy a spring getaway. The Space Coast has so much to enjoy, but here are three Florida spring getaway ideas that give you a break from the cold and also a much-needed break from the books if you or someone in your group have been studying hard.

Melbourne & the Beaches

Melbourne & the Beaches is an eclectic area that gives you beaches that provide a bit more of a serene, nature-inspired atmosphere, which is perfect if you are looking for a more low-key and peaceful getaway. But it also has a flair for the creative with art-inspired downtown areas such as Downtown Melbourne and the Eau Gallie Arts District, which include large wall murals, museums and other galleries, and a place where you can be the modern-day Picasso.

And if that isn’t enough and you’re looking for an adventure-packed one-stop spot, then head down to Sebastian Inlet, where you can camp out primitively or glam it up in your RV. Plus, here you can surf First Peak, fish, and snorkel. As for accommodations in the area, there are plenty to choose from including hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals. For more ways to enjoy the area check out other fun things to do here or the collection of free things here in Melbourne.

Cocoa Beach

If you want a place that has all of the amenities your heart could ever want, Cocoa Beach is your spot. Cocoa Beach is the quintessential authentic beach town and is unlike other beach towns in Florida. It’s home to several attractions that will keep you entertained for hours upon hours and days upon days without having to go anywhere else. The beaches of Cocoa Beach are world-famous as professional surfers like Kelly Slater and the Hobgood brothers have cut their teeth on the waves here. But surfing isn’t all that is offered.

Several of the public beach spots are parks that provide pavilions, barbecue pits, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts, and outdoor showers. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy a fun day at the beach! If you are looking for a beach that has activities, shopping, and dining all in one spot, then you’ll want to head over to Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. If you want to access a quieter area, check out “The Streets,” but make sure you check here for parking fee information. For all the things you could possibly do in Cocoa Beach, check out the list here or take a look over some free things to do.

Port Canaveral

One of the pleasant surprises for first-time guests to the Space Coast is they discover that this is the home to four different cruise lines (Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian). Port Canaveral is one of the top cruise ports in the world if you are looking to sail to a tropical destination and trips range from 3-day to 14-day cruises. You’ll definitely want to add a day or two before or after to get you ready for a shipload of fun or recover from sea legs. 

And don’t forget to check with the area hotels for the snooze-and-cruise packages, so you can eliminate the stress of not missing your boat all while checking out the area by having fun with the many things to do. So whether this is your first time to the Space Coast or not, consider making your spring getaway a cruise getaway.

Now that you’re ready to spring forward to the Space Coast for a little getaway, go ahead and start making your plans now. Check out the Space Coast Vacation Planner to find more places to stay, things to do, places to eat and so much more by perusing this online magazine or clicking the links below.

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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: