Space Coast Vacations
Florida's Space Coast is a region of the Atlantic Coast where nature and pioneering space technology sit side by side. Launch pads and rockets point skyward, surfers compete in world-famous competitions and manatees seek refuge in warm waters. Enjoy lazy days on the beach, take nature walks and see some of the world’s most impressive spacecraft.
For more than 50 years, Florida's Space Coast has been NASA's gateway to the solar system, hence its name. America's first rockets blasted off from Cape Canaveral and all 135 space shuttle missions launched from the area.
Visit the Kennedy Space Center, the nucleus of America’s space program, to see the first rockets that went to the moon. Go to the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame to learn more about the men and women who went into orbit. Explore the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum to pick up insights into America’s military flight history and see aircraft from World War I to the present day.
The Space Coast is one of the largest ecosystems in Florida, with more than 250 square miles (647 square kilometers) of wildlife sanctuaries for Florida’s rare species. Walk along the hiking trails of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to see manatees and marsh animals. Learn about loggerhead sea turtle conservation with a nighttime guided tour to their nesting sites. Brevard Zoo is a good place to see more exotic animal species from around the world.
With so much beautiful coastline, the beach at Florida's Space Coast is a must-do on anyone’s itinerary. Spend some time at Cocoa Beach, known as the "East Coast Surfing Capital of the United States." If you don’t want to ride the waves, watch the action from Cocoa Beach Pier. World-famous surfing competitions are held here including the Easter Surfing Festival. After your day at the beach, walk along the tree-lined streets of Cocoa Village and browse specialty shops.
Florida's Space Coast’s sand, sea, rockets and wildlife are 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Orlando. With more than 72 miles (110 kilometers) of beaches, this area has the longest stretch of coastline in Florida.