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Space Coast

Known for Beaches, Excursions and Ports

The home of NASA and space shuttle launches is also known for its untamed beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and surfing contests.

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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.

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Visit the space launch headquarters of NASA and you may see a rocket catapulted into the stratosphere.

Enjoy a trip to Cocoa Beach Pier, a well-known attraction in Cocoa Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

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Blast off into interstellar adventure as you check out NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Learn about the history of American space exploration in this highly interactive and educational facility packed with exhibits, shows, and films sure to bring out your inner astronaut.

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Venture out of Orlando to visit the Kennedy Space Center, enjoying hassle-free, air-conditioned transportation to and from the visitor center at NASA's Florida space center. Buy a ticket when you get there to explore the hands-on exhibits before catching your easy ride back to Orlando when you're done.

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Walk in the footsteps of America's space pioneers on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center. Enjoy professional service with comfortable roundtrip transportation from your Orlando-area hotel, explore the facility's incredible history, and learn about amazing careers in space travel.

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Space enthusiasts and novices alike can launch into the Ultimate Experience at Kennedy Space Center. Skip the lines to discover the machines and mechanics of space exploration, take a guided tour, and savor a delicious buffet lunch while a NASA astronaut details the ins and outs of the job.

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Join an expert guide to paddle up the river with Florida's most majestic, playful, and yes, cute creatures on the river—the manatee. Travel along the gorgeous Indian River aboard a kayak and try not to smile from ear to ear as you become acquainted with these gracious beasts.

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Head to the Everglades, about 45 minutes outside of Orlando, and discover the diversity of flora and fauna in Florida’s amazing wetlands.