Looking for more than a day at the beach?
Just 35 miles east of Orlando, you'll find 72 miles of picturesque Atlantic beaches known as Florida's Space Coast. Along this colorful stretch of coastline, unspoiled nature preserves exist in perfect harmony with manmade wonders. Florida’s Space Coast is home to legendary Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beaches, Titusville, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Port Canaveral and all of the attractions and activities that Florida visitors want including:
> Florida’s longest, most accessible beach and the U.S. east coast surfing capital with 72-miles of ocean coastline
> Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, dramatic rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
> THE nature lovers paradise featuring the world’s largest sea turtle nesting area and the world’s largest manatee population
> The world’s second largest cruise port with vacation and casino cruise ships, deep sea fishing charters, dining, and entertainment
Florida's Space Coast offers a remarkable variety of unique experiences in all directions. Due North in Titusville are space attractions and the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Go west and wild with a airboat ride from Lone Cabbage Fish Camp in Cocoa or a kayaking tour past giraffes and rhinos at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. Head east for a gambling cruise out of Port Canaveral, for live entertainment at the Cocoa Beach Pier or for shopping galore at Ron Jon’s, Cocoa Beach Surf Co., and the Dinosaur Store & Museum. Or head south to camping, fishing and surfing at the Sebastian Inlet.
Join visitors from across the world as they explore the only place in the United States where man is launched into outer space, Kennedy Space Center. Marvel at the spectacular technology and feats representing mankind’s greatest achievements. Little astronauts-in-training can learn to take small steps and giant leaps at Camp KSC.
Fly across the scenic St. Johns River on an airboat ride. Kayak among the playful dolphins and over magical bioluminescent waters. Or enjoy a narrated tour on the world-famous Indian River Lagoon. With more than 35 educational excursion operators, the Space Coast offers a variety of options to venture into the heart and soul of Natural Florida.
Orlando’s closest shore also boasts three of "Florida’s Ten Best Beaches," as declared by Southern Living, and is home to more endangered species than any other American refuge. Whether casting from three piers, fishing with in-shore guides or trawling on a deep-sea charter, anglers have fantastic fresh and saltwater fishing options to suite chase and taste they want. During season, you can even dive for lobster.
The area hosts more than 30 special events and festivals year-round. Three historic clusters provide a quaint atmosphere from antique boutiques to old-time theaters. Near the spring training home of the Washington Nationals, you’ll find fantastic surfing, 310 species for bird watching, links and links of golf, and Florida’s longest wilderness zipline.
For more on Florida’s Space Coast, call 1-877-572-3224 or visit www.space-coast.com. Be sure to check out the online Special Events Calendar.