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The Space Coast boasts 72 miles of beaches, the longest stretch in the state of Florida and is home to the famous beach resorts of Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay and Titusville. The year-round warm weather, steady waves and world-class surf shops have earned the area the designation as the East Coast surfing capital of the United States. Home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the region obtained its name from its historic relationship with the nation’s space program. The Space Coast is located 35 miles east of Orlando, less than an hour from the airport and is Orlando’s closest beach.

The Space Coast is one of the largest intact eco-systems in Florida. There are more than 250 square miles of wildlife refuge, where Florida’s beautiful and rare creatures live. Bird nesting areas are found throughout the Indian River Lagoon. The beaches are home to a variety of sea turtle nesting areas.

Visit Space Coast is the home to Port Canaveral and this exceptional seaport is a popular gateway to the joys of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re cruising or not, it’s a great place to explore. The Port Welcome Center, contains state-of-the-art interactive exhibits depicting the rich history, resources, industries and recreational offerings of the Space Coast, observation decks will overlook the Port plus the exciting historical sites around it relating to early Spanish exploration, revolutionary battles, the voyage of mankind into space…and more.

Top 5 Experiences

  • Sea turtle walks – The Space Coast attracts the second largest population of nesting Loggerhead sea turtles in the world, also Green and Leatherback sea turtles. Guided evening walks offered during nesting season: March – October.
  • Bioluminescent kayaking evening tours – June – September. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as living lights in the water. Tiny luminous organisms are scattered underwater like sparkling stars amongst shimmering sea grass.
  • Meet an astronaut 365 days of the year at Astronaut Encounter, a half-hour, interactive session and for a once-in- a-lifetime experience, enjoy a delicious meal during Lunch With An Astronaut, and hear about inspiring space missions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Kayak through Brevard Zoo and see families of giraffe, gazelles, lemurs and rhinos. Named by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 small zoos in the U.S.
  • Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum maintains and restores aircraft that were indigenous to the world's military Air Forces starting before WW1 to the present and displays artifacts and memorabilia.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Brevard Zoo – Embark on this wild adventure where you can kayak through Africa or zipline through South America over gators and crocs. Payable locally from £10 per adult and £8 per child.
  • Kennedy Space Center Admission – NASA's launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas and have lunch with an astronaut. From £32 per adult and £25 per child.

Key Attractions

  • NASA's Kennedy Space Center
  • Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum
  • Port Canaveral
  • Brevard Zoo