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Enjoy the Space Coast at Cape Canaveral & Cocoa Beach
Be inspired on a three-part adventure to Florida’s Space Coast, centred on the Kennedy Space Center but also including some superb nature areas and all-action Cocoa Beach.
Start with Cape Canaveral and visit the famous Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, one of Florida’s must-see attractions these days, with interactive exhibits depicting decades of space exploration as well as a superb showcase for the retired Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Also here is the 140,000-acre nature preserve of Merritt Island State Park, where you can see a wide slice of Florida animal life – including the ever-present alligators and some of the best bird-watching in the state – on the seven-mile Black Point Wildlife Drive.
Port Canaveral is departure point for several major cruise operators, and, even if you’re not heading to sea, you can enjoy this larger-than-life scene from the many harbourfront restaurants of the port’s The Cove area, where you’ll also find the eye-catching new Exploration Tower, a combined museum and observation platform.
For the seaside component hereabouts, Cocoa Beach is the happening beachfront epi-centre, a bustling stretch of family-friendly territory focused on its iconic Pier, offering plenty of hotel and restaurant choice and the signature shopping of Ron Jon Surf Shop, a 24-hour emporium dedicated to the surfing lifestyle.
Be sure to visit historic Cocoa Village for a lively mix of shopping and dining, take an eco-tour to see dolphins and manatees with Island Boat Lines, go kayaking through the splendid Thousand Islands conservation area and try that Floridian speciality of an airboat ride with Airboat Rides of Midway (and their pet pig, Porkchop!).
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Hotels in Cape Canaveral
Holiday Inn Cape Canaveral Beach Resort
The Holiday Inn Cape Canaveral is the perfect holiday spot for holiday makers looking for facilities and attractions to keep the whole family occupied. The close location to the beach as well as facilities provided like the lazy river, pool and mini golf course, offers guests endless entertainment.
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Things to do on Cape Canaveral & Cocoa Beach holidays
Finding Cape Canaveral’s Historical Landmarks
Sam’s Cabin and House
Historic Cocoa Village
This original 1880s settlement remains a lovely ‘downtown’ area of shops, cafes and waterfront park, including notable buildings like the 1885 Travis Hardware Store and 1891 Parish Grove Inn.
Cape Canaveral & Lighthouse
From the times of early Spanish exploration, Cape Canaveral has been a site where people have attempted to push the limits of their world. In addition to the lighthouse, this 3-hour tour includes stops at Air Force Space and the Missile History Center, as well as at two historic launch complexes. It also includes admission to the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral.
Cocoa Beach Pier
Dating back to 1962, this historic landmark is at the centre of Cocoa Beach and has been lovingly restored under a $4million renovation project by Westgate Resorts to make it a major family feature.
Creativity in Cape Canaveral
Art lovers can head to Wyland Galleries at Port Canaveral to see a variety of artists and mediums. Shows are scheduled throughout the year and there are even opportunities to watch the artists in action.
Cape Canaveral adventures
All Water Adventures
Docked at Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral, this company offers excursions around Port Canaveral and the Indian River Lagoon. You can join a paddle boarding or manatee tour, while offshore fishing enthusiasts can catch grouper and snapper or troll for mahi-mahi, kingfish and wahoo. Inshore, the Indian River Lagoon is an opportunity to catch redfish, tarpon, black drum and sea trout.
Cocoa Beach Parasail
Cherie Down Park
This beautiful little park in Port Canaveral offers camping, rental cabins, bike paths and a playground. The main attraction is the beach, where you can watch the cruise ships sail serenely past the jetty on their way to the open sea. An accessible, lit fishing pier extends into the ocean to provide sunset fishing opportunities for anglers and novices alike.
Island Boat Lines
Take a wonderful eco-tour of the conservation area of Cocoa Beach’s Thousand Islands, where dolphins and manatees can often be seen and the many islands are home to thousands of sea birds.
Don’t miss this great overview of Port Canaveral from this seven-storey exhibition centre, museum and observation platform, right at the heart of the bustling cruise port.
Go deep into the Cocoa Beach backwaters on a two-hour eco-tour that explores the rich array of natural wonders and ecosystems that includes the profusion of marine and land-based wildlife.
Dine finely in Cape Canaveral
Port Canaveral is the place for fresh, quality seafood. Most restaurants feature a catch-of-the-day from the many fishing charters located here. So sit back, take in the spectacular view and enjoy all this beautiful destination has to offer.