Titusville: more than just NASA
Now that school is in session, giving your kids an opportunity to gain new experiences, learn about different cultures, and ways of living alongside the general required subjects is something that can be done even while on a fun getaway. Florida’s Space Coast offers opportunities to expand yours and your kid’s horizons without it feeling like you are still in school. One of the top areas to maximize the educational spin on your getaway here is to explore the city of Titusville.
Titusville is steeped with history and fun experiences and is tucked away in the northern part of Florida’s Space Coast. From nature trails to rocket viewing and all things space-related, there is so much to discover and explore with your kids. A popular attraction that brings visitors from all over the world is NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and no trip to Titusville is complete without visiting there, but did you know that there is so much more to experience? If you are looking to go beyond Kennedy Space Center for you and your kids, here are a few places to see that will be fun for everyone.
If you have a kid who loves all things aircraft related, the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum offers over 45 historic warbirds to see. The museum also offers STEM aviation educational experiences. Each participant gets to use their mind and hands to complete critical thinking tasks, all geared to aid young people in meeting the increased needs of skill sets that are no longer taught in school systems.
Be a hero for the day when you walk the American Police Hall of Fame. With fun for every age, experience a crime scene lab with demonstrations ranging from DNA analysis and ballistics to learning about a career in fighting crime. You will also be able to walk through a museum with interactive displays, simulators and artifacts where you learn about the history and current trends in American law enforcement.
For more space history and interactive fun, head over to the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame where you and your kids can continue your space adventure. Highlighting some of NASA’s greatest moments, travel back in time as you view space memorabilia ranging from uniforms and equipment to space food and more. The Discovery Room is an interactive experience inviting young minds to create their own idea of space exploration.
Disney isn’t the only place to find an enchanted forest. Right here in Titusville, you can step into another world as you explore different ecosystems from majestic oak hammocks, wet prairies, pine flatwood, and the Atlantic Coastal Ridge all in just a short hike. The natural landscape is the perfect environment for some of the most beautiful native wildlife that calls this sanctuary home. You and your kids will be mesmerized by the white-tailed deer, Florida scrub lizard, tortoises, woodpeckers, and a variety of butterflies, you may just want to bring your camera. And don’t forget to listen in close because the magic of this enchanted forest will have you hearing the songs of the wildlife. Stop by the educational facility to make the most of your magical day.
Do you and your kids love birds? The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge hosted the annual birding festival for over 20 years and is a great way to experience this wildlife sanctuary, but birding isn’t the only fun activity for you and your kids to enjoy. The sanctuary also offers fishing areas, several hiking trails, and a visitor center. And you don’t want to miss the 7-mile drive along Black Point where you get to follow a dirt road around several marshes, giving you viewing access to wading birds, alligators, river otters, bobcats, and so much more. A self-guiding brochure is available so you know exactly what to look for on your outdoor adventure.
There’s nothing better than being out on the water and for those of you with kids that enjoy a fun paddle around, then going on a kayak eco-tour is a great way to discover hidden channels, canals, and native wildlife like manatees and dolphin. And if you time it right, you make just be able to catch a rocket launch giving you a view you won’t soon forget. BK Adventure, A Day Away Kayak Tours, and Kayaks by Bo all have kayak access points in Titusville and provide a great time on the water.
Now that you have more ways to explore Titusville with the kids, go ahead and start planning your getaway now. And don’t forget to check out the Space Coast Vacation Planner to help you plan for more ways to enjoy the area.