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Reach for the Stars in Space Coast, Florida


Florida is one of America’s favorite destinations thanks to its man-made attractions and its beautiful coastline. If you prefer dreaming of trips beyond Earth’s atmosphere, the Sunshine State’s Space Coast might be the right place for your next vacation. This area covers a large portion of its east coast, and according to the official tourism office, it includes the towns of Viera, Palm Bay, Titusville, Port Canaveral, Melbourne and Cocoa Beach.

What to do

If you or someone in your family is interested in NASA and its research into our universe, you have to visit the Kennedy Space Center when you’re on the Space Coast. The large complex is sorted into Mission Zones, such as the moon landing and shuttle program, plus a look into the future of America in space. That might sound a bit confusing, but there are several tours throughout the day and helpful guides to ensure you see everything you’re interested in. If you plan your trip just right, you might even be able to catch a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center’s viewing bleachers.  

You probably recognize Cape Canaveral’s name if you’re a space buff. While it is the name often given in national launch broadcasts, it’s also the name of a protected space for wildlife. The Canaveral National Seashore protects the natural world on one of Florida’s barrier islands. There are several hiking trails and camping spots you can use independently. With park staff you can participate in night sky viewing programs and wait for baby sea turtles to crawl out of their nests and head for the sea.

Where to stay

Florida’s Space Coast has many hotel options, such as national chains where you can earn or redeem loyalty points. For something a bit more off the beaten path, consider The Resort on Cocoa Beach. It is right on the water, and there are daily activities put on by staff, like Kid’s Club and bingo games, to keep everyone in your group happy. The International Palms Resort, also located on Cocoa Beach, has a similar family-friendly atmosphere. Besides spacious rooms, this resort has three restaurants, two bars, fire pits, beach chair rentals and a game room to make your stay as easy as possible.

What to eat

After you find somewhere to stay, the next hurdle is finding something everyone will agree to eat. The Tiny Turtle in Cocoa Beach has a fun kids menu with staples like hamburgers and grilled cheese, as well as a menu for adults that is great if you are vegetarian, vegan or sensitive to gluten. Diners rave on Trip Advisor about its tasty Caribbean dishes and friendly service.

If you have some hot dog fans in your family, head to Titusville for Dogs R Us. This eatery has the sausages served with condiments from around the world, with choices like a Coney Island or Old Fashioned, and sides like fries and fried mushrooms.

Florida’s Space Coast is a great vacation spot, no matter how much you dream about riding a rocket to the stars. Consider adding its unique attractions to your bucket list.

This article is presented by BMW of Cincinnati North.
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