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Inspiration is easy to find along our 72 miles of coastline. 

If you’re looking for a launching point, check out the topics below. Florida’s Space Coast has something for everyone.

Countdown County

You may have noticed our area code is 321! A visit to the Space Coast isn’t complete without experiencing a piece of our namesake. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is your gateway to space – here you can learn about the history of the space program and find out about upcoming missions, including Mars 2020, the return to human space flight from US soil, and more. While you’re in the area, pay a visit to the American Space Museum and Walk of Fame to see artifacts up close and even hands on. While you’re at it, head over to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum via a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bus tour, or their Sands Space History Center, which does not need any special pass or ticket for entry.

Surf’s Up!

Cocoa Beach is world renowned as the East Coast Surfing Capital, and home to Ron Jon Surf Shop (the world’s largest surf shop open 24/7) where you can also sign up for surf lessons. Right next door is the Cocoa Beach Surf Company. To the South we have Sebastian Inlet State Park, one of the best surfing breaks along the East Coast and a stop on the Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series where pro junior surfers can level up to higher championship competition opportunities. Over on Melbourne Beach we also have the Eastern Surfing Association’s Southeast Regional Championship. Want to know more about the history of surfing on the Space Coast? Head over to the Florida Surf Museum. Don’t forget to get your picture with Kelly Slater’s statue while you’re in town!
 

Embark on Extra Experiences

Why not add a day before or after your cruise to enjoy what the Space Coast has to offer? Even if you don’t have time to leave Port Canaveral before your cruise, you can still shop, dine, enjoy a park, or visit Exploration Tower. Plan to take time to relax between theme park days in Orlando. From enjoying the beaches to visiting Kennedy Space Center, there are so many reasons to include a Space Coast day on your vacation.
 

Come See our Sea Turtles

Approximately 90% of sea turtle eggs in the US are laid in Florida, and Space Coast Beaches and Indian River Lagoon (one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America) provide nesting and foraging sites for the loggerhead, green, and leatherback sea turtles. Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is located in Indialantic and is the second-largest loggerhead sea turtle nesting location in the world. It is also a part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) is based near Archie Carr and conducts night-time Turtle Walks during May, June, and July.

Natural Florida 

Brevard County has more than 20 sanctuaries and conservation areas as part of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program. Close to Kennedy Space Center, you will find the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which supports one of the highest numbers of endangered and threatened species found within the National Wildlife Refuge system. The Space Coast is home to nearly 40 Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) sites; more than any other county! The GFBWT is along the Atlantic Flyway, an important stretch for migrating birds. While there’s plenty of reason to kayak through the Space Coast’s waterways during the day, you should make time for a nighttime bioluminescent tour between July and September. No nature trip would be complete without a visit to the Brevard Zoo.

Beaches

$39 Million Beach Restoration Project Protects Wildlife While Protecting Way of Life

$39 Million Beach Restoration Project Protects Wildlife While Protecting Way of Life. Beach restoration on Florida’s Space Coast began as an effort to protect the 72-mile-long coastline from threats posed by beach erosion and storms. Today, the project is receiving national recognition for creating healthy habitats for coastal wildlife and...

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