Florida’s Space Coast is on the East Coast of the state Florida and is mostly located in Brevard County. In the north, it begins in Titusville, includes Cocoa & Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne and Palm Bay on the south end. This area is bordered by the Treasure Coast on the South and the Central Florida region on the west & North sides with the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
Obviously, the Space Coast got its name from being home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station but there is so much to this area in addition to being a space exploration hub.
The Space Coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches but you won’t find the crowds as you will around the state and this region seems to be one of the best kept secrets in Florida. We have pristine, white sand and sparkling blue waters but without the traffic or mobs of tourists. The coast is littered with exquisite beaches with easy parking, most accompanied with food trucks, sand volleyball courts, parks and playgrounds. One of the biggest attractions is The Sebastian Inlet State Park located in Melbourne Beach. This incredible treasure includes 3 miles of beachfront with excellent fishing, world-class surfing along with dazzling snorkeling/scuba diving. Interested in more than a quick trip? Camping, hiking & biking trails, RV parking and accommodations for weddings, large gatherings & retreats make this state park a favorite on the Space Coast.
With one of the best rated Zoo’s in the nation, Brevard Zoo, is a popular destination to see wildlife, but you don’t have to pay an admission to see all the flora, fauna and animals the Space Coast has to offer. Home to 250 square miles of federally protected wildlife refugees, 4000 species of animals as well as countless plants, there is so much keeping this region beautiful and thriving. Some of the more popular and well loved animals are the manatees, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and alligators. Bird-watching is an avid hobby of many on the Space Coast and there are hundreds of species that have been identified in this area. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was created from unused land that was obtained for the Kennedy Space Center, obtained in the ’60s. Here you will a habitat that houses all the species of the Space Coast, protects endangered species and strives to educate on the importance of the preservation and maintenance of these ecosystems.
Culture & Food
Don’t be fooled, it’s not only seafood you will find in Brevard County. As the area population and commerce continues to grow, so does the diverse food scene. Looking for the best Philly Cheesesteak? It definitely depends who you talk to because they may name a beachside trailer or a chain of many locations. Looking for fine dining, there is no shortage there. Melbourne’s downtown dining scene shines with elegant dining like Crush 11 or if you want Riverfront seating, Yellow Dog Cafe is always a win. There is no shortage of eclectic choices from Titusville and Cocoa all the way south to casual beachside watering holes with great snacks.
Of course, if it is seafood you seek, there is no shortage of choices. Fresh sashimi or fried fish, the Space Coast has it all and will send you home VERY full.
Well this blog would be remiss if it didn’t mention the glaringly obvious part of this region, the space! The heart of it all is on Merritt Island in Cape Canaveral. Here you will find The John F. Kennedy Space Center. NASA’s primary launch center of human spaceflight since 1968. All the big names; Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs were launched from this location. There are about 700 facilities and buildings grouped across the center’s 144,000 acres and it works closely with Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in terms of resources and facilities.
The attractions surrounding this incredible facility are absolutely amazing and can fill days and days to see it all in its entirety. You can tour the Astronaut Hall of Fame, walk through the Rocket Garden, participate in a simulation at the Shuttle Launch Experience, just to name a few. The history and current program at The Kennedy Space Center is so impressive and rich with stories, science and wonder. The residents of the Space Coast know how lucky they are to have such a treasure in their backyard. Whether you are on the campus or 50 miles away, seeing a launch for the first time is a life changing moment that is difficult to put into words or even capture in a picture or video.
The Space Coast is truly a unique and beautiful region of Florida and the United States. Filled with lush plants and vibrant animals, delicious food and friendly people as well as exquisite beaches, this area can only be called paradise.
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