When we came in to Port Canaveral, I saw a park along the side of the entrance. I think this was Jetty Park
Jetty Park is one of the most popular recreation spots in Brevard County. Besides the 4.5 acre family beach with its designated areas for swimming and surfing (lifeguards on duty year round), one of this park's best-loved features is the 1,200 foot Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier - open 24 hours, paved, lighted, equipped with fish-cleaning tables with running water and fully accessible to the physically challenged. Specially designed beach wheelchairs give access both to the beach and pier. A recently renovated and expanded building on the boardwalk houses an air-conditioned refreshment center and a bait and tackle shop.
Jetty Park also contains a 126-site campground with options from rustic tent areas to full RV hook-ups.
There are fees for day parking and camping at Jetty Park. For cars, day parking is $10.00. Camping fees range from $25 to $47, depending on the utilities included and the season.
The beaches of Cape Canaveral can be considered a hidden treasure of the Space Coast, since many people use the beaches of Cocoa Beach, the next city south. The key to this hidden treasure? The locals work, on their own time, to maintain its beauty, especially the dunes. We love to see you enjoying the beauty the teamwork of the city, the locals, and mother nature have worked SO HARD to maintain and preserve. The locals, ask one thing of you: PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN THE DUNES. Each time you step in the dune, whether to find a new path, avoid people, or just because, know that you are irreparably damaging years of hard work, and endangering the safety of the environment around the dunes. These dunes are not only beautiful treasures-they keep the hoses near the beach safer from hurricanes, prevent beach erosion, shelter wildlife nests, and are home to many species of plants and animals. Please take into consideration those who remain once your vacation ends. Thank you.
The pool on the Sovereign of the Seas was small but very nice. One section was for kids and the other was for over 18 guests. There were two jacuzzis at withe end of the pool. The first time we went in the pool Liz was surprised it was salt water.....she figured it would be chlorine just like any other pool. It was funny to watch her emerge from the water saying"Chris the water is salty"....it was amusing to me.
The pool during the day is pretty packed so make sure to reserve a chair early by putting your beach bag and towels on one. At night it's leass crowded, and that's when we like to go. There is also less of a chance of a bad sunburn when the sun is down. We enjoy the pool and jacuzzi especially and at night we almost feel like we are alone.
Funntasia minigolf in Cape Canaveral is excellent.
One of the nicest courses I've played on. It has two 18 hole courses. Waterfalls a cave and lot's of native species running around.
The staff there was super nice and willing to go out of their way to suggest and find info for other local activities. I met Brad there and he was incredibly nice and interested in travels.
You will see KSC's industrial area to see NASA HQ, the operations & Checkout building, as well as the International Space Station Centre. In addition you'll get a close up look at the Space Shuttle launch facilities from the scenic AB Camera stop, the Vehicle Assembly Transporters, as well as the Shuttle Landing Facility.
The Rocket Garden is a little boys dream come true - rockets placed strategically around the garden as though they are decorative sculptures and there are chances to walk across real walkways, used by astronaughts, sit in cockpits and of course - play in the fountains water!
It's very child friendly, the information given is easy to digest, even for the little people - for example "see that building over there with the American flag painted on it? Well, the stripes are SO big that each one you could drive a coach down"!
It is fab and if you don't go... more fool you!
If you can plan your trip to coincide with a launch - yippeee!
Contact Kennedy Space Centre, 321 867 4636 www.kennedyspacecenter.com/html/see_launch.html
to find out if there is a luanch during your visit. You can order tickets to watch the whole launch but it is also possible to get good viewing from various places around (including the Brewer Pkwy bridge in Titusville). If you are nowhere near Kennedy it is still possible to see the rocket soar up - I was in The Magic Kingdom when one went off and, whilst I didn't see the ground level action, I certainly heard it and saw it zoom off into space leaving a vertical trail behind it.
It is important to remember that things can go wrong, conditions may change for the worse and the launch may be postponed. The luck of the draw I am afraid!
The Space Shuttle program was originally conceived to carry all kinds’ payloads into space for NASA However two accidents in 1986 and 2003 brought the program into troubles. Here one can see the Space Shuttle from close up.
The land that is used as restricted areas is today a haven for nature. Many water ways and swamps are home to more then 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibian live. Also many alligators are at home there.
Here one can see the discomfort the first astronauts underwent on their voyage to outer space. I tried to imagine to be put inside this capsule but honestly – for four days on the way to the moon…. and then back again… I am not sure….
Imagine the power of those thrusts to carry this heavy rocket into space. Now one can walk below it and simply fall into astonishment as to how technology carried humans to the boundaries of 20th century exploration.