Cocoa Beach and the
Florida Space Coast
Cocoa Beach Located on a barrier island, nestled between the great Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River. It is one of the closest beaches to Orlando, making it a great day trip for theme park visitors. Cocoa Beach is well-known for its surfing and its proximity to Kennedy Space Center.
Just six miles long, and mostly less than one mile wide, Cocoa Beach is truly a unique place! Where else can you choose between watching a space launch from the beach or precious animal species in their natural habitat? You can choose between a swim in the ocean, or a quiet kayak exploration off the Banana River islands. Play a round of golf at our 27-hole golf course, surf cast from the beach for dinner, or just enjoy a day at the beach where you will likely see dolphins at play or be lucky enough to see an occasional whale in migration. Widely known as the surfing capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach is the hometown of surfing champions.
Top Family Attractions
NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Tour the Apollo/Saturn V Center that showcases the tense moments of placing the first men on the lunar surface. The Launch Complex Observation Gantry gives you a birds-eye view of the space shuttle launch pads and the International Space Station Center is where you'll see the actual hardware being readied for placement into orbit.
Over 100 of the best surfing spots on the East Coast can be found right here on Florida's Space Coast. With the longest beach in the State and three of "Florida's Ten Best Beaches," as declared by Southern Living, the area offers a distinct beach getaway, which can be tailor made for any interest. Whether its kayaking at the break of dawn, soaring over the crowds on a parasail, skipping the waves on a boogie board or just soaking up some rays.
Ron Jons Surf Shop
is a THE surfers Mecca making it one of the Space Coast's most visited attraction. Hailed as the world's most famous surf shop, Ron Jons Surf shop has over 52,000 square feet spread across three levels. Expect a huge selection of boards, bikinis and Surfing articles.
American Police Hall of Fame.
This educational attraction offers thousands of items on display such as a crime scene, gas chamber, electric chair and a forensics learning area and several interactive displays. A helicopter ride and an indoor gun range are also available.
Historic Downtown Titusville.
The Space Coast boasts several historic downtown areas located in Titusville, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie and Melbourne. All of these districts are great destinations for dining, shopping, catching a play, perusing an art gallery or just taking an afternoon strolls
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
This is one of two National Parks located on Florida's Space Coast. The other being the Canaveral National Seashore. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge is home to American bald eagles, alligators, manatees, bobcats, armadillos and more. Built as a overlay of Kennedy Space Center, take your time and explore this natural wonder which provides opportunities to hunt, bird watch, observe manatees, hike (the refuge has 3 nature trails one that's handicap accessible) and kayak.
The Valiant Air Command & Vintage Warbird Museum
is a non-profit museum dedicated to America's military. Sitting on 10 acres of property at the Space Coast Executive Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida, the museum maintains and restores all types of aircraft that were indigenous to the world's military Air Forces starting before WW1 to the present.
Special Events in April
Air & Space Show 2017 - April 1 and 2.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show. Demonstrations and exhibits for the entire family.
The 13th Annual Fiesta Brevard festivities will include live entertainment with Latin music, salsa dancing, games, drawings, raffles, a salsa contest, Fiesta hat parade and contest, lots of food and more!
7th Annual ShrimpFeast - April 7. The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral will hold the 7th Annual ShrimpFeast on Friday, April 7 at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3, 220 Christopher Columbus Dr. This event features shrimp locally sourced from Wild Ocean/Cape Canaveral Shrimp Company and prepared by Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill chefs in a variety of ways. Cost is $40 per person, $70 per couple, and Scholarship Donor with VIP Parking tickets are available at $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at this link: ShrimpFeast 2017 and are available by visiting the Propeller club web site:
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