Things to do merritt island florida

Things to do Merritt Island Florida

In this post, I will describe the many fun things to do  Merritt Island Florida while you are relaxing and unwinding on your vacation.

About Merritt Island

Merritt Island is a census-designated place in Brevard County, Florida, located on the eastern Floridian coast, along the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 34,743. Wikipedia

Merritt Island is interconnected to the Florida peninsula and adjacent islands by bridges and causeways,

With a Merritt Island Vacation, you can plan a memorable Florida vacation for your family that you have always imagined.

If Orlando theme parks are part of your plans, then Merritt Island is only forty miles away from Orlando. You can visit the parks by day and return to the comforts of your vacation rental by night.

We also provide you with great amenities for those days you just want to sit back and enjoy the comforts of your private pool and hot tub.

If spending some time on the beach is part of the plan, you can immerse yourself on nearby Cocoa Beach.

Or a multitude of beaches along the coast from Cape Canaveral Beach to Miami. Enjoy a unique experience of its natural beauty.

Soak up those sun rays while enjoying the beautiful waters of Florida. The weather is fabulous Merritt Island. Allow us to showcase the things to do on your vacation in Merritt Island to enhance your Florida experience.

Merritt Island is Florida biggest island with twice as much water than land. There are many interesting points of interest in Brevard County.

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

In addition to its proximity to Port Canaveral, this park boasts of several animals and plant species. As one of your things to do in Merritt Island, you should consider visiting the Merritt National Wildlife Refuge while visiting the park.

The refuge is about 140000 acres large and is home to numerous bird and wildlife species. If you are looking forward to exploring the various bird species, you should visit the reserve between autumn and spring.

This is a period when more than 350 bird species fly across the refuge during their annual migration. Additionally, the park has more than 1,000 plant species and is bustling with wildlife throughout the year including snakes, bald eagles, and sea turtles.

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 sections of land of land and is home to than 300 types of natural life species that guests may see including bald eagles, ocean manatees, gators and ocean turtles.

Tourists can also take a drive through the Black Point Wildlife Drive to view different types of plants, waterfowl, and shorebirds.

The Kennedy Space Center

Next to the wildlife reserve is the Kennedy Space Center. It is another place you should consider visiting during your vacation in Merritt Island. Should you time it right, you could even catch a rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

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. This is offered through a motion simulator ride for the kids.

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. 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.

Shopping Merritt Island Fl.

The Merritt Square Mall Located 777 E Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952 the Merritt Square Mall offers a variety of shopping options in an air condition environment. With over ninety stores you will defiantly find what you’re looking for.

Merritt Square Mall

Merritt Square Mall

It is a clean, quiet indoor mall in comparison to what you will find in Orlando or south Palm Beach County or Washington D.C. I have no problem with quiet; I choose Merritt Island to purchase my retirement home because I needed to get away from the madness of bigger cities. Plus we have a beautiful ocean and Cocoa Beach just around the corner.

Sure, it’s not perfect. But it has almost everything the locals need with some key anchor stores. The anchors are JC Penny, Macy, Sears, and Dillards.

Movies Anyone?

Cob theaters in the mall have sixteen theaters. It’s a well-appointed multiplex movie house featuring digital projection, stadium seating, IMAX, and 3D.

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Superstore Merritt Island

Walmart Superstore Merritt Island

The Walmart Supercenter on 1500 E Merritt Island Causeway is also a good bet for finding just about anything including groceries and general merchandise at a reasonable price, no need for me to say anymore because I’m sure most of you have a Walmart in your town.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Ron Jon Cocoa Beach

Ron Jon Surf Shop

The Ron Jon Surf Shop at 4151 N Atlantic Ave in Cocoa Beach is a landmark and a must visit. Open twenty-four hours for your convenience. In addition to the surfer shop and boards, you will find swimwear, apparel & accessories for beach life and collectors and souvenirs to take back home.

Bealls outlet

Bealls outlet across from the Ron Jon Surf Shop is a great place to dig around for deals that is if you like barging shopping. If you have the time to poke around, I guaranty that you will find something you want or don’t want at a ridiculously low price.

 

Golf

Fish

Beach

Paddleboard

Parasail

Cycling

Cruising

 

Brevard County Points of interest

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.

Magic Kingdom Park

Magic Kingdom Park

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.

Map Florida Space Coast

Map Florida Space Coast

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.

Florida flamingos

Florida flamingos

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

Florida Alligator

Florida Alligator

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.

Cape Canaveral, FL,

Cape Canaveral, FL,

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.

Rocker

Cape Canaveral, FL,

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.

Space Center

Space Center

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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Cocoa Riverfront park

Cocoa Riverfront Park

This 10 acres Cocoa riverfront park is right next to Historic Cocoa Village’s restaurants and shops! They provide restrooms, a sand volleyball court, huge, majestic oaks tree for shade and a kids’ playground. There is a fantastic ground level cascading fountain for kids – and big “kids”-  to run through and cool off.

The park has many beautiful shady areas, including a covered pavilion walkway around the open-air amphitheater where there are sometimes performances.

Riverfront Park Cocoa

Riverfront Park Cocoa

There’s always a fun event or festival going on and many summertime activities including monthly Friday kids’ movie nights on the grass in the remarkable amphitheater – and incredible fireworks and concert on July 4th! Lots of music events throughout the year!

There is also an extensive riverfront boardwalk that connects to Lee Wenner Park, which is predominantly a fishing spot, marina/boat ramp area.

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Destination Port Canaveral

When considering a Florida premier vacation destinations. People usually start looking at the traditional areas like Tampa, Miami, Orlando, and so on. The seldom think destination Port Canaveral a place to consider.

It is a common misconception. There are other destinations in Florida with the same lucrative amenities as beautiful areas. however, if you are a natural born Floridian, you wouldn’t think to associate Port Canaveral with more than just a destination where you would go to board a cruise ship.

After reading this article, you will see just how much more there is to do and see. The Cocoa Beach,   Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral destination can also be a one stop shop for pleasant family vacation. It’s no longer just a place to depart.

Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral is a customer-friendly entry to leisure destinations and leading consumer marketplaces.

Strategically situated on the east coast of central Florida, you can expect shippers, freight lines and cruise lines, companies and vacationers.

The abilities of a first class deepwater port with the advantages of relaxed approach and an uncongested setting.

Canaveral Cove

Welcome Canaveral Cove

Port Canaveral has more leisure facilities than all other Florida Ports joined, including Cove harbor-side and our new Quest Tower dining and retail space. You may also appreciate Port Canaveral’s fishing charters, Jetty Park and nearby Kelly Park. Jetty Park is a 5-acre ocean front beach complete with boat ramps, fishing pier, campground, picnic zones and new refreshment and food concession pavilion.

Cruise Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral is Florida’s quickest growing and is an original area of departure cruise port. Located only 45 miles east of Orlando in Florida space coast.

Numerous visitors have discovered how easy and pleasant it is to travel from Orlando’s Entertaining Port. Our uncongested highways feature digital signage along I-95 and State Road 528.

From our convenient airports Orlando International, Orlando Sanford and Melbourne International arriving at Port Canaveral are stress-free, easy and straightforward.

The cruise terminals are advanced, new and ultra modern, designed to improve your general cruise experience from the minute you enter the terminals until you board your luxurious cruise ship.

Port Canaveral offers a variety of package options that is sure not to break the bank. As a matter of fact, you can sail for just the weekend or up to ten days. Whatever you decide I’m sure there is a package tailored to your needs. Cruise to the Bahamas, Southern, Western and Eastern Caribbean and other tropical destinations.

The selection of ships includes  Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.

Victory Casino Cruise

You can also sail daily on five-hour junkets to nowhere. Victory Casino cruise can be the cruise for you if you need to test your fortune and the waters. They will take you into international waters where it is legal for you to gamble.

Destination Port Canaveral

Destination Port Canaveral Victory Casino Cruise

As a bonus, vacationers who rent spots on the camp grounds earn free tickets to board the casino ship. There is never a dull moment, with 600 slot machines, 30 game tables, and a verity of food options. In addition to trying your hand at the different games available on board, you can also enjoy cocktails that are hand delivered by the victory girls.

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