Brevard County Points of Interest
Going to Florida nowadays, particularly when you are visiting Orlando theme parks, can be pricey. A family of four will spend around $210.00 just to get into Disney World. The price does not include the cost of stopping, snacks, dinners, memorabilia, and snacks.
Instead of staying in Orlando, you should consider staying and visiting the east coast referred to as the Space Coast. It will provide worthwhile inexpensive activities to make your family never miss the team parks. However, if you wanted to visit Minnie and Mickey, they are within an hour’s drive.
Some of you may be asking yourself, where is Florida space coast, well most of the areas are within Brevard County. They include the areas of Titusville, Satellite Beach, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Indialantic, and Palm Bay. Plenty to see and do in this diverse area of Florida. It starts with endless beaches, Kennedy Space Center, cruise ports and a Zoo just to name a few. I guarantee everyone will find something to do while visiting. I will highlight some of the things to do in this post.
Traveling to Florida
If you are a Canadian snowbird traveling by car, the Florida Space Coast can be reached directly by either Interstate 95, a typical route for northerners or Interstate 75 if you are coming from elsewhere.
You have four options if you are planning on flying – Orlando International, Orlando Sanford International Airport, Daytona Beach and Melbourne International.
After arriving on the Space Coast, you will find many cities to stay in– Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach will be the most popular selections.
You will find other smaller coastal cities that have lodgings that are great and affordable at the same time, including Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Satellite Beach, Titusville and Palm Bay.
It is one of the most reasonably priced vacation spots in all of Florida, with plenty of exhilarating things to do and see in and around Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral.
Florida’s Space Coast offers much more than only a bird’s-eye view of the country’s shuttle launches, and surfing is not only a pastime. You will want to become familiarized with Florida’s Space Coast.
The beaches are home to many different sea turtle nesting places. The area has a fantastic zoo, museums, plenty of movies and excellent restaurants. Wet or dry, it is a fantastic vacation destination.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
For visitors keen on fun open air exercises, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge might be a decent alternative. This untamed life shelter comprises of about 140,000 acres bushland. Its home to more than 300 types of natural life species including bald eagles, ocean manatees, gators, and marine turtles
Spend an afternoon driving through a seven-mile course, looking for several varieties of birds and alligators in their natural habitat. Visitors are encouraged to stay in their cars but don’t forget to bring your camera.
Its $5 a day pass if you are in a vehicle, the cost is ideal for gatherings or family. When you enter the recreation center, there is a checkpoint to pay your charge, and after that, your excursion starts!
This is a fabulous drive to watch flying creatures, particularly in the winter months when they move here. It is one path on a sand street through boggy and mangrove ranges. Other than a variety of birds, alligators can be spotted sunning themselves. We have also seen gators cross the street.
The Kennedy Space Center
Next to the wildlife reserve is another area you should think about seeing throughout your holiday on Florida’s space coast, the Kennedy Space Center.
Next to the wildlife reserve is the Kennedy Space Center–another place you should consider visiting during your vacation on Florida’s space coast.
Space travel has gotten almost routine. Here, visitors can learn more about the awesome shuttle up close with interactive pursuits and the first space simulations.
Not only is this the only functioning space shuttle site in the country, but also features a rich history and an array of attractions.
Some of the attractions offered by the center include IMAX movies, which are screened in the Visitor Complex.
If your child is taller than 44 inches, he or she will have the opportunity to experience the Shuttle Launch Experience. A motion simulator ride for the kids offers a sample of a launch experience.
For space enthusiasts and tourists, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex may be a fun attraction, offering bus tours, the chance to have lunch with astronauts and the ability to view more than 60 interactive exhibits.
Bus tours drive visitors through sites of launch pads, and they get to see a Saturn rocket that is 363 feet in length, notes KennedySpaceCenter.com.
At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, another popular attraction is the Shuttle Launch Experience, a simulation of a shuttle launch.
Canaveral National Seashore
Florida’s Canaveral National Seashore is a 23 mile stretch of beaches that eschews progress for beauty. What you lose in that equation is the usual proliferation of surf shops, condos, motels and beach parties. What you gain is what nature intended. The trade off for this peacefulness is that you will need to bring in any food or drink yourself and you should be aware of where the limited number restrooms are before you wander about. Most visitors feel this is a small price to pay for the experience.
PLAYALINDA is a series of 13 separate beaches along a natural seashore, unspoiled by commerce. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the East coast, it is reminiscent of what Florida used to be like. Quiet and unspoiled, you can walk for miles along the water’s edge, stop for a picnic, take amazing photos and nap on the dunes. Be forewarned that beaches 11-13 are clothing optional, so you may want to stay within beaches 1-10 if that concerns you. It is considered bad manners to walk down to those areas with binoculars and camera at the ready, so be considerate.
If you are seeking a peaceful, uncrowded retreat, the beaches of Playalinda are for you. (Note that the beach closes during launch preparations at Kennedy Space Center.)
BANANA River is actually a lagoon situated between Port Canaveral and Merritt Island. It is notable as a wintering home to many migratory waterfowl as well as a residence for a diverse population that includes a wide range of species from bald eagles to egrets. In addition, the sport fishing is world class, making the lagoon a perfect resting spot for nature lovers.
TITUSVILLE is where nature and progress coexist. Sea turtles nest alongside rocket launch pads. With that in mind, visit the American Space Museum followed by some quiet time bird watching. The town also has an abundance of museums, an art gallery, quaint restaurants and antique shops. There really is something for everyone here.
PORT CANAVERAL is cruise central, home to the industry’s top cruise lines. It is also an important cargo port and has many fishing charters all of which can be viewed from the many waterfront dining establishments. It is said that Port Canaveral serves some of the freshest seafood in Florida. The port’s entertainment district, known as “The Cove”, features shopping, dining and live music.
BLACK POINT WILDLIFE DRIVE is a self-guided seven-mile drive along a dike road that takes you through marshland and flatwoods. It is an excellent place to observe waterfowl, alligators and even bobcats among scores of other natural inhabitants
Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier
Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier is a 1,200-foot public fishing pier. Open 24 hours. It’s a concrete pier, well lighted, and equipped with complimentary fish-cleaning tables and completely accessible to the physically challenged. The view of a cruise ship going out to the ocean is fabulous from that vantage point.
The first two-thirds is just 4 feet. The fishing goes and comes but is consistently entertaining. I ‘d urge you attempt to be there during the Mullet run through early November. A river of Lady Fish and enough Mullet Blue Fish for everyone. The finest fishing I’ve ever had.
But the pier is considerably a lot more than only for fishing. Additionally, it is unbelievable to find the large boats with the Dolphins leading the way to come in and out of the channel. Perhaps best of all is the fact that quite rarely have I gone that there was not a few Manatee next to the pier swimming. It’s also common to see the giant sea turtles coming up for air.
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