Space Coast, FL

The oceanfront is know for America’s space program stretches greater than 70 miles along Florida’s Chesapeake bay, from Titusville to south of Melbourne. White-colored sand and ripping surf will invariably draw beach bums and sun enthusiasts, but a period of spaceflight ends this season. The final two takes space shuttle launches ever are slated for September and November. Go ready for crowds.

STAY

Titusville has motels in abundance, but Cacao Beach’s accommodations are nearer to shopping and nightlife. Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort, named for that world’s largest surf shop a couple of miles lower highway A1A, offers condo-style studios and bedrooms with full kitchens. Having a pool, waterslide, lazy river, restaurant, health spa, and accessibility beach and nearby Jetty Park (an excellent place to look at a launch), the amenities may tempt you to definitely ignore all of those other coast. The Inn at Cacao Beach suits couples, with romantic balconies, parrot mascots, a beachside private courtyard, as well as an evening cheese and wine service. In Melbourne, take in the laid-back atmosphere in a local B&B like the waterfront Crane Creek Inn, merely a two-minute walk in the quaint historic district’s shops and restaurants.

EAT

Watch the launch or celebrate afterward over the surf in the Cacao Beach Pier’s Mai Tiki Bar, 800 ft out in the boardwalk’s finish. In the pier’s 500-feet mark, watch the tide roll beneath you while eating fresh sea food and tangy Key lime cake at Atlantic Grille. Later, dance around the beachside deck of Coconuts, a tight schedule-to nightspot. Pop in to the Pig and Whistle pub (240 North Orlando Avenue, Cacao Beach, 321-799-0724) for hearty British fare, such as the sometimes-on-Friday lobster potpie (call ahead to check on). Less-touristy Melbourne illuminates its historic district monthly for Friday Fest. Begin with a steak and live jazz in the Firehouse, then stroll the businesses or join the road party-drum circles and belly dancing can happen.

DO

Anywhere along U.S. one in Titusville is prime viewing for any shuttle launch, however the best-unless of course you’ve got a NASA pass-is Space View Park (Broad Street in the Indian River), under 15 miles in the shuttle launchpads and among the couple of locations where track the countdown and also have public restrooms. A brief trip south may be the Kennedy Space Center’s Astronaut Hall of Fame, with inspiring artifacts for example Gus Grissom’s Mercury space suit and Wally Schirra’s Sigma 7 capsule. Exactly the same KSC ticket will get a second day’s visit, so have a bus tour towards the shuttle launch observation gantry and also the massive indoor Saturn V exhibit. To actually appreciate the good thing about the coast, mind north near the area Coast map to Ponce Inlet and climb the 203 steps to the top tallest lighthouse in Florida.

Photograph thanks to Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse