One thing we love to do with our grand kids is to take them shelling at what ever beach we go to. Pop Pop makes sure he ALWAYS has plastic bags to put all the shells in so they can take them home. This is so much fun when they are this age, so make sure you have your camera at the ready! Don't forget extra batteries.
We were there only for the day and hope to go back soon, The beach was clean, clear water, white sandy beaches for miles, located just down from Cape Canaveral Space Center. We took the grandkids here for some fun shelly too!
A visit to KSC is a must if you are in the Merritt Island area. The Visitors Complex is much more impressive than the air and space museum in Washington DC (in my humble opinion) since KSC is where the real action is.
I have been spoiled in the past, going on the VIP tours of KSC where I was able to view the launch platforms up close and personal since my Grandad gave tours to VIPs (I was one of them of course) in early retirement after being an engineer at KSC for 40 years!
Here are some details about admission:
*Space Shuttle 25th Anniversary Celebration* - Special Event
$70.00 adult/$50.00 child (ages 3-11)
Friday, April 7- This is your chance for an up-close and personal opportunity to share in the excitement as John Young and Bob Crippen tell you their personal stories and experiences of being the crew of the first Space Shuttle mission.
Maximum Access Admission
$38 adult/$28 child (ages 3-11)
Tour Kennedy Space Center, see IMAX? space movies and all exhibits and shows. Also includes the Astronaut Hall of Fame and interactive space-flight simulators.
$31 adult/$21 child (ages 3-11)
Tour Kennedy Space Center, see IMAX? movies and enjoy the exhibits and shows.
ATX - Astronaut Training Experience
$225 adult (includes ATX gear and meal)
Kennedy Space Center's new immersive interactive Astronaut Training Program.
There are more price options on their website.
From Orlando on State Road 528
Travel east on SR 528 until you reach the SR 407 exit going to Kennedy Space Center and Titusville. Take SR 407 until it dead ends into SR 405. Turn right (east) onto SR 405 and follow the signs for Kennedy Space Center. You will travel approximately 9 miles on SR 405. The KSC Visitor Complex will be on your right.
At the moment there are not many shuttle launches, but when they start up again, it is definitely worth checking if any are scheduled during your visit to Brevard County.
You can view any Kennedy Space Center launches from Titusville, Cocoa, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, or Cape Canaveral with a good view. The best spots are probably on the western bank of the Indian River or on Cocoa Beach. Great excuse for a picnic. :)
If they ever get night launches happening again, they are certainly NOT TO BE MISSED.
Below is the link to the Nasa launch schedule for rockets and shuttles. Looks like the shuttle Discovery is due to launch in May 2006.
Be sure to visit the Cocoa Beach Pier, which has shops, restaurants and great views. The Atlantic Ocean Grill has a famous champaigne brunch on Sundays, which I can personally vouch for as being great! Been there a dozen times with my grandparents. :)
The Pier has a raw bar, several restaurants and shops as well. You can take a walk past the shop and restaurant area and head out to the end of the pier which goes out over the Atlantic Ocean. From there you can fish or just hang out with the pelicans (but don't feed them!).
You definitely want to take a nice long drive down A1A. There are numerous restaurants through Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, and Melbourne where you can stop or stop and get some delicious Publix subs. A1A is a state long route (don't go all the way!!) but just drive down the beautiful barrier islands through Melbourne and all of the "fancy beach houses." It's a must.
ok, it's 3 a.m. on Christmas day. You are in Cocoa and still need assorted gifts such as a Thong, a surf board, and an oversized beach towel. What can you do? Why, go to Ron Jon's. Open 24/7 365 days per year. Not the cheapest place around, but they are reasonable. Besides, they did help me out when I had a wardrobe malfunction. Ron Jon's is an institution.
Each March, the Space Coast hosts spring training for Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. Come on out to the ballgame, smell the pine-tar, enjoy peanuts and hot dogs as you cheer on your favorite team. A great chance to see all-stars and newcomers as they prepare for the official major league season.
Following spring training, baseball continues at Space Coast Stadium through early September. The Marlins Florida State League franchise, the Brevard County Manatees, play an extensive schedule against 12 intrastate rivals.
Stretching 840 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the historic Cocoa Beach pier is open year-round. Food and beverages are readily available, with four restaurants. Live entertainment is frequent and souvenir shopping is plentiful. From an outdoor cafe table, guests can dine on casual fare and see for miles down the beach. For those wanting to drop a line, fishing equipment can be rented nearby.
And if you plan things right, this is a great spot from which to view a launch, too. Dress is casual -- most people are still in their bathing suites.
Adjacent to the pier is Ricky's Ice Cream Parlor & Arcade, a huge building that looks like an over-sized arquarium. Inside, you can buy ice cream, cookies and candy. A separate room is filled with video and arcade games.
JETTY PARK - Located at 400 E. Jetty Rd., Cape Canaveral
Campsites, general store, concession stand, soda machines, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, barbecue grills, pavilions, playground, bike path, and seasonal lifeguards make this park a favorite of visitors. A newly renovated boardwalk along the jetty allows for great fishing and views of the cruise ships entering and leaving the port. It's also an excellent site to view shuttle launches. Parking is $1 for cars, $5 for RVs, $10 for buses. (321) 783-7111
CHERIE DOWN PARK - 8492 Ridgewood Ave. in Cape Canaveral
Preserving sand dunes and sea grasses, this scenic 6.99 acre community beach park in a neighborhood setting invites beach activities and surf fishing. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a small pavilion, a dune crossover and two sheltered picnic areas at either end of a 320' boardwalk along the dunes. Parking is $1 for cars, $10 for buses. (321) 455-1380
ALAN SHEPARD PARK - Located at the east end of State Road 520
Shepard Park is a two-acre, oceanfront park providing picnic, shower, and restroom facilities for guests. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches. Facilities include 10 large picnic pavilions, several smaller covered picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a bathhouse. More than 300 parking spaces are available for automobiles, recreational vehicles, and tour buses. The parking fee is $3 for cars, $5 for RVs, and $10 for buses.
SIDNEY FISCHER PARK - Located in the 2100 block of State Road A1A.
A 10-acre, oceanfront park, Fischer is a family favorite. The park is ideal for a picnic and a swim in the Atlantic. About 200 parking spaces, picnic pavilions, and recently renovated shower and restroom facilities are provided. The park was named after Sidney Fischer, who served as the mayor of Cocoa Beach from 1956 to 1960. The parking fee is $3 for cars, $5 for RVs, and $10 for buses. (321) 868-3274
LORI WILSON PARK - Located at 1500 N. Atlantic Ave.
This 32.5-acre, oceanfront park is operated by Brevard County and has seasonal lifeguards. Facilities include restrooms, three pavilions along a 1,000' boardwalk, six dune crossovers, maritime hammock, volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills, and a 274-space parking lot conveniently located on both the north and south sides of the park. Parking is $1 for cars, $10 for buses. (321) 455-1380
ROBERT P. MURKSHE MEMORIAL PARK - State Road A1A and 16th St. South.
This two-acre, oceanfront park, operated by Brevard County, offers a boardwalk, parking, restrooms, picnic and shower facilities. The park is named after Robert P. Murkshe, who served as Cocoa Beach mayor from 1963 to 1972. (321) 455-1380
Port Canaveral -- FREE -- Sterling Casino, 'THE world's LARGEST and most LUXURIOUS casino ship'
WOW -- a FREE Five-hour ocean cruise, free snack buffet, chance to gamble, FREE entertainment!! -- we LOVED it
World Class fishing trips. If you've always dreamed of fishing in Florida, Cocoa Beach and it's surrounding waterways and estuaries are teaming with oceanlife and gamefish. Rare manatees, alligators, turtles, eagles, ospreys and other wildlife are abundant and everpresent while fishing with expert fishing guides.
Take a boat ride or a kayak trip through the islands and canals in the Banana River.
Cocoa Beach, at it's widest point is about 1 mile wide. The Atlantic Ocean is on one side, and the Banana River on the other. There are canals that run through downtown which are home to year-round birds and water life (manatees, dolphins, tarpon, herons, falcons, eagles) as well as part-timers (rare white pelicans, rosebills.)