24 Hours in Port Canaveral

24 Hours in Port Canaveral

Before your cruise vacation from Port Canaveral starts, kick if off by arriving early and exploring Florida’s Space Coast. Only have 24 hours? That’s no problem

Whether your interests include strolling the beach and taking in the sunset with a drink, or you prefer to visit area attractions and taste the local food scene, there’s plenty of sun, sea and space for you to discover. There’s no better way to kick off your cruise vacation then arriving early and alleviating any stress of missing the boat.

If you’re looking to experience the trip shared in this video, here’s the same spots they visited.

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A couple looking at a life-size dinosaur skeleton at the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures at The Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach

Located in Cocoa Beach, you'll have the opportunity to view the most elaborate array of dinosaur fossils and ancient cultures. From King Tut's tomb and ancient Egypt to stories of fossils and dinosaurs, the museum's staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to share all there is to know about the museum's items.

Posing in front of the Kelly Slater Statue in Downtown Cocoa Beach

At the north entrance of Downtown Cocoa Beach along A1A, you can snap a photo with a bronze statue of 11 time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater. He's kind of a big deal on the Space Coast since he's from Cocoa Beach and is the greatest surfer of all time. 

A panini sandwich from the Tiny Turtle in Cocoa Beach, FL

Grab a bite to eat at this chill, mom and pop restaurant in Downtown Cocoa Beach. Serving flavorful Caribbean infused food like salads, wraps, and bowls, this laidback environment is perfect if you're just arriving to town or coming in after a day at the beach. 

Ice cream at the The Fat Donkey in Downtown Cocoa Beach

Next door to The Tiny Turtle, you will taste some of the best desserts on Florida's Space Coast. From ice cream scoops and sorbet to one-of-a-kind treats like the Zonkey and Jack Smasher, it's a great way to kick off that cruise vacation. Remember, vacation calories don't count! 

Starman enjoying a frozen cocktail at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

This historic landmark stretching out 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean is a popular attraction and surf spot. Visitors can play a game of beach volleyball, splash in the surf, or enjoy food and drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars.

The exterior or Rising Tide Tap & Table in Port Canaveral

The Cove at Port Canaveral is home to many waterfront dining restaurants. Rising Tide Tap & Table joined The Cove in 2017 and has a fresh, eclectic menu with items like Smash Iron Burgers, Street Tacos, Stone-Baked Pizzas, and much more. Plus, there's over 60 beers on tap. 

Breakfast at Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar in Port Canaveral

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Grills Seafood is a casual restaurant in The Cove that serves seafood with a waterfront view you don't want to miss. Before you sail out, stop by Grills and grab a bite to eat in a relaxing atmosphere. 

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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: