15 Thrilling Activities on Florida’s Space Coast

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Welcome to Florida’s Space Coast, an exciting vacation destination where endless adventure meets natural beauty. From the iconic Kennedy Space Center to the pristine beaches and bustling communities, this coastal paradise offers a plethora of experiences to suit every traveler’s taste. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a thrill-seeker, the Space Coast promises an unforgettable journey. Join us as we explore the top 15 must-visit attractions that make Florida’s Space Coast a standout in the Sunshine State.

Playalinda Beach

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Playalinda Beach Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Known for its quiet environment and atmosphere, Playalinda Beach provides beachgoers with privacy and serenity found in few other local destinations. Located inside the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, visitors can unwind with a book and enjoy one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. 

Erna Nixon Park

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Erna Nixon Park Photo Credit:Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

With almost 54 acres of greenery and natural wonder, you’re bound to find a quiet place to read in Erna Nixon Park. Located in beautiful Brevard County, this nature preserve has a free lending library for any who need something new to read. The space also hosts events after dark, including the Moonlight Stroll, which includes live music and food vendors. 

Kennedy Space Center

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Kennedy Space Center Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Kennedy Space Center is a wonderful place to learn about space travel and astronauts. As NASA’s primary launch site for American space exploration, this iconic facility has been featured in countless books and movies, both fiction and non-fiction. Lovers of science fiction and space can enjoy attractions of all kinds, including the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Space Mirror Memorial, and more.

The Wizard of Oz Museum

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Wizard of Oz Museum Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Published in 1900 by author L. Frank Baum “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is one of the most enduring children’s stories ever. Few locations will be as exciting to lovers of literature as this, an entire museum dedicated to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The museum features historic memorabilia, immersive experiences, and an animal scavenger hunt for children. 

Bioluminescent Lagoons

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Nature’s Light Show – Experience the ethereal beauty of bioluminescent lagoons on a captivating kayak excursion. Witness luminescent organisms illuminating the dark waters in bright colors, accompanied by stunning sunsets and wildlife encounters. Don’t miss this enchanting natural phenomenon during the peak season in the summer months.

Watch a Rocket Launch

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Rocket Launch Photo Credit Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Witness the Unveiling of the Cosmos – Experience the thrill of witnessing history in the making as you watch rockets launch into space on Florida’s Space Coast, where over 80 spacecraft launches are projected this year alone.

Meet the New Arrivals at the Brevard Zoo

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Brevard Zoo Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Connect with Wildlife Wonders – Celebrate 30 years and delight in the diverse inhabitants of the Brevard Zoo – a sanctuary to an array of fascinating animals. With over 900 animals, you can Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom and forge unforgettable connections with furry and feathered friends.

Summer Sea Turtle Walk

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Brevard County is home to the densest sea turtle nesting beaches in the world and  expansive stretches of coastal ecosystems. Embark on a guided sea turtle walk and witness the marvel of these ancient creatures during nesting season. Join conservation efforts with organizations like the Sea Turtle Preservation Society for a sunrise adventure filled with awe and enlightenment.

Surfing – Ride the Waves of Adventure

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Surfing Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Dive into the surf culture of Cocoa Beach, hailed as the surfing capital of the East Coast. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, catch some waves and embrace the spirit of surfing where legends like Kelly Slater and Caroline Marks made history.

Cruise from Port Canaveral

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Port Canaveral Photo Credit: Port Canaveral

Set Sail for Adventure – Embark on a voyage from Port Canaveral, voted Best U.S. Cruise Homeport, the gateway to unparalleled cruise experiences. Choose from a fleet of exceptional ships, including the world’s largest cruise ship, and set course for unforgettable destinations with premier cruise lines.

Historic Homes – Step into the Past

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Historic Homes Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Explore the rich heritage of Titusville, Melbourne, Cocoa Village, and Merritt Island through their historic homes. From Queen Anne architecture to pivotal moments in Civil Rights history, journey through time and uncover the stories woven into these architectural treasures.

Go Fishing

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Go Fishing Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Cast Your Cares Away – Indulge in a fishing adventure along the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. Whether you prefer shore fishing, deep-sea excursions, or tranquil riverside angling, discover a bounty of fishing opportunities on Florida’s Space Coast.

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Tour

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Port Canaveral Lighthouse Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Guiding Lights Through History – Embark on a tour of the iconic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, steeped in maritime history and space exploration lore. Ascend to breathtaking heights and learn about its pivotal role in ensuring the safety of seafarers and space pioneers alike.

American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame

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American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Tribute to the Stars – Pay homage to the heroes of space exploration at the American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame. Explore captivating exhibits showcasing artifacts from NASA’s storied history and the awe-inspiring legacy of space exploration.

Kayaking – Paddle Through Paradise

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Couple Kayaks Photo Credit: Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Embark on a kayaking adventure through the Indian River Lagoon and the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach. Discover the rich biodiversity of these aquatic ecosystems and encounter enchanting wildlife, from playful dolphins to majestic manatees.

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Margarita Ibbott is a travel and lifestyle blogger. She blogs about travel in Canada, the United States and Europe giving practical advice through restaurant, hotel and attraction reviews. She writes for DownshiftingPRO.com and other online media outlets.