Just a short drive from Orlando you’ll find Florida’s Space Coast.  What exactly is the Space Coast?  Glad you asked!  It’s a region surrounding Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  There are 72 miles of beaches to bask on, offering sunny spots to getaway for your next vacation.  Cities in the area include Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Merritt Island.  Want to find out about what there is to see and do on the Space Coast? Read on.

No visit to the area is complete without a tour of Kennedy Space Center.  Even though shuttle launches are no longer planned, you can still view rocket launches.  Plan your visit around launch times with this helpful launch schedule.  On top of that, you Kennedy Space Center is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets and train in spaceflight simulators.     

Two new attractions for 2014 provide interactive fun for families.  Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo is an outdoor adventure filled with zip lines.  The all-new section features bigger and better challenges including a vertical climb, ultimate monkey bars and a vertical zip descent.  Over at the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures, opening soon, you can explore the ancient lives of dinosaurs.  See how your stature compares to these giant creatures!

Festivals are a big draw on the eastern shores of Florida.  The Runaway Country Music Festival, slated for March 21-23at Wickham Park in Melbourne is a top country music event.  Headliners include Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Chris Cagle, Charlie Daniels and Colt Ford.  The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition, scheduled for April 3-12, is a 12-day festival for the adventurer of all levels to get outdoors and experience what Florida’s Space Coast has to offer. Activities include hiking cycling, kayaking, horseback riding, paddle boarding, and more.  Another popular festival is the Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary Easter Weekend at Cocoa Beach Pier, this popular event includes a short board pro-am and a junior co-ed short board, the co-ed open, Boy’s 14 and under short board, the Girl’s under 12 divisions, and the co-ed S.U.P event. Spectators will also have a chance to learn surfing and skim boarding via onsite clinics, participate in celebrity signings, attend an Easter egg hunt and enjoy live entertainment. All for free! 
There are plenty of places to eat along the Space Coast.  In fact, there are more than 1,400 restaurants at which to dine, among which are waterfront spots, upscale restaurant and casual cafes.  The seafood here is fresh and delicious, and comes highly recommended, as do some favorite mom and pop places like the Yellow Dog Café.   Foodies can find a new favorite cuisine during Palm Bay’s Food Truck Wars and competition on May 3.  Over 40 gourmet food trucks roll into town and you can sample their unique menu items while you listen to live music. 
This is just a sample of the activities found on the Space Coast.  Connect with this beachside getaway for fun under the Florida sun!

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