The jetty and fishing pier at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, FL

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3 Ways to Redo Your Labor Day Weekend

Although Hurricane Dorian was forecasted to impact Florida’s Space Coast over Labor Day, the storm pulled away from Florida and did not make landfall in the state. Our 72 miles of coastline was not impacted by the storm! Dorian, however, overshadowed Labor Day weekend, forcing many to forgo their end of summer vacation plans. Can we get a redo, please?

No storm can dull our shine here on Florida’s Space Coast! Our restaurants, hotels and attractions are open for business…and for fun! So plan to use that PTO day (you know the one you probably won’t miss at the end of the year anyway) and get ready to recreate “Labor Day weekend” here on Florida’s Space Coast!

Here are three ways to re-do your Labor Day weekend:

1) Take Vacation

Yes, you read that right! We’ve watched the same national news as you, and it’s easy to assume that the destruction other areas experienced made its way to Florida. That’s far from the truth! Our coast is clear, and it’s time to experience a sun surge. Labor Day weekend usually marks the end of summer for some, and we’re bummed so many of you had to cancel your plans and miss out on your favorite Space Coast travel spots. 

Our hotels are open and ready to host you. Plus, attractions like Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient CulturesBrevard ZooWestgate Cocoa Beach Pier and many more are open. We also made this cool list including the top 15 free things to do on the Space Coast here.

2) Try New Things

Autumn is a great time to visit Florida’s Space Coast – for many reasons. It may not be the end of summer, but the weather starts to cool down from those summer temperatures, there’s far less crowds and there’s fun things to do at every turn. Try visiting the Space Coast during a different season. You may be surprised at how much you love it here this time of year. Kick off your vacation strolling down our beaches, or dine waterside at The Cove and watch the cruise ships depart to sea.

The 34th Annual NKF Rich Salick Pro/AM Surf Festival was supposed to take place over Labor Day at the Cocoa Beach Pier. It has now been moved to Columbus Day weekend, October 12-14, giving you a chance to attend this annual event. If surfing isn’t your thing, the Cocoa Beach Half Marathon is right around the corner on October 20. And maybe you don’t want to be active on vacation. We have the Space Coast Art Festival and the Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival coming up this fall, too.

Only have 36 hours to spend? Check out this itinerary. You’ll find upon visiting that our area has barely skipped a beat, and we can’t wait to welcome you! Seriously, grab your flip flops and vacation for good.

3) Support Our Local Businesses

Many places loved by visitors had to shut their doors over Labor Day weekend in preparation of the storm, which means the service industry went without pay for almost a week. By supporting our local businesses, you are helping local hospitality team members. If you’re not able to redo your Labor Day weekend by visiting, consider buying a gift card for your next visit or start your holiday shopping now. Either way, you’re positively impacting the Space Coast. 

Perhaps you have a friend or relative that lives on the Space Coast. Consider getting them a “Thinking of You” gift card to their favorite restaurant at The Cove or in our historic downtown districts. Or do you have a favorite attraction you can purchase something from for yourself or as a Christmas gift? Contact them directly and make a purchase to support the Space Coast community.

We can’t thank those who love our little piece of paradise enough, and we hope to see you real soon on the Space Coast! Keep checking our page over the next couple of weeks for the latest happenings on Florida’s Space Coast.

Our thoughts go out to our neighbors throughout the United States and the Bahamas that were deeply impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Together, we will shine stronger than ever before.

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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: