THINGS TO DO ON THE SPACE COAST

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PLACES TO VISIT DURING YOUR STAY

You won't find many places where nature exists in harmony with technology, but it does on Florida's Space Coast. You'll also find pristine beaches, fabulous fishing and great golfing all within easy driving distance of Florida's biggest attractions.
More than just rocket launches, sunshine and sandy beaches, Florida’s Space Coast is a thriving cultural, heritage and eco-destination.  The economy here features cutting edge communications, electronics, and aerospace technologies.   Over 200 cultural organizations are poised to enthrall you with a variety of unique performances and events.  Get to know our galleries, museums, theaters, concerts and festivals, and unique natural resources.  Performing arts centers include the King Center for the Performing Arts and the Henegar Center for the Arts, both located in Melbourne.

Stretching 72 miles along Florida's East Coast, the Space Coast is well-known as the home of America's space program, Orlando's closest beaches and excellent surfing.  The Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River divide the county North to South.

At Port Canaveral, the second busiest cruise ship port in the U.S., you’ll find boat tours and fishing charters.  The Port is home to the largest public art display in Brevard, with large, colorful canvas murals installed on a parking facility.  In the waterside dining and entertainment district of the Port known as The Cove, you'll find an open-air marketplace with unique arts, crafts, tastes and treasures of our local region.

More than 700 artists working in as many mediums as you can imagine, call Brevard their home.  Work by area artists can be found in many sites throughout the County, from healthcare facilities to the local airport.

The Brevard Zoo, with its natural habitats and children’s educational programs is home to over 120 species.  Brevard boasts one of the top planetariums in the U.S. on the Cocoa campus of Brevard Community College.

History is abundant on the Space Coast.  Brevard has three designated historical Florida Main Street areas (Cocoa Village, Eau Gallie Arts District, and Downtown Melbourne) that promote local culture, history and music through events and festivals.  Brevard has a rich and diverse history spanning nearly five centuries.   Brevard is noted for the presence of early Native American societies, and the place that humans first left this planet to expand our horizons in space exploration, which continues to this day at Kennedy Space Center.

Brevard is home to many historic landmarks and sites, many of which have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.  Eighty of these locations are featured in the Historic Brevard Landmark Guide, which features descriptions and maps and can be accessed at www.brevardcounty.us/history/documents/LandmarkGuide2010.pdf.

Are you a museum enthusiast? With over 15 museums, from space to surfing to textiles, there is always something special for cultural and heritage travelers to experience.

The Space Coast of Florida is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true.  A place of spectacular natural resources, you’ll find turtle nesting beaches, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge,  the unique Indian River Lagoon, the St. Johns River, lakes, wetlands, maritime hammocks and scrub.  Brevard is a haven for bird watching and provides a sanctuary for many birds including the osprey, eagle, egret, pelican, and various wildlife including sea turtles and manatees. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, one of the Top 20 Events (Southeast Tourism Society Winter 2011), is the largest birding festival in the U.S.  Eco-travelers will also find a thriving Canaveral National Seashore, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and botanical gardens on the Florida Institute of Technology campus.

Play one of over 25 golf courses, or the Space Coast Stadium for baseball Spring Training.

While on the Space Coast, you can see dolphins and manatees while taking a kayak tour through Cocoa Beach's beautiful Thousand Islands.  Jetskiing and parasailing are other popular activities.  Airboat rides on the St. Johns River or Indian River lagoon are also exciting diversions for visitors and residents.

Of the many parks and facilities available, those managed by Brevard County Parks and Recreation include 108 parks, 3 campgrounds, 3 golf courses, 6 nature centers, 42 beach access sites, 13 school athletic sites, and more than 17,000 acres of Environmentally Endangered Lands sanctuaries and conservation areas; visit www.brevardparks.com/visittheparks/ for more information.

The Eau Gallie Arts District, Historic Downtown Melbourne, Downtown Titusville, and Cocoa Village all offer a range of unique shopping options from art galleries, antiques and specialty shops, restaurants and cafes, to gift and flower shops, bookstores, and even horse drawn carriages rides in downtown Melbourne.  A1A is home to Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, the Cocoa Beach Surf Company, and other smaller surf and gift shops, as well as restaurants, coffee houses and nightlife options.  Each of the major malls includes big name department stores, restaurants and assorted specialty shops.

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