Hear about travel to Florida’s Space Coast as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stacey Marmolejo about the area of the coast near Cape Canaveral.
Stacey says, “We are talking about the Space Coast of Florida, which is actually a barrier island. It starts at the north with Cape Canaveral, most people know that for Kennedy Space Center, and goes down to Melbourne beach on the south. It’s about an hour’s drive southeast of Orlando. It is a barrier island. It has the Atlantic Ocean on the east side. And the Indian River on the west side. It’s not for everybody, I will tell you that but who it is for people who love to be outdoor and active while they’re on their vacation. So if you love the ocean and you love the water, there are tons of water activities, obviously surfing paddle boarding, parasailing, fishing is huge down here. And if you prefer to stay on land, then there are great golf courses. If you’re coming with kids, there’s a fabulous zoo. We have the number one zoo in the southeast United States, as named by USA Today, top 10.”
Stacey lays out an itinerary with an outdoor activity in the morning and a museum or similar activity in the afternoon.
On the first day, she suggests surf lessons in the morning and then the McLarty Treasure Museum in the afternoon. It covers the treasure from the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet.
On the second she recommends a kayaking tour in the mangrove swamp tunnels. In the afternoon she recommends a visit to the Navy Seal Museum. The Navy Seals have trained in the area since WWII.
On the next day, Stacey recommends shark fishing which is popular in the area. In the afternoon visitors can visit the Kennedy Space Center or the smaller private American Space Museum and Walk of Fame. At either one, you can learn more about America’s space program.
Stacey also recommends a trip further inland to take an airboat ride in the swamps. In the afternoon, she recommends a visit to the Moore Memorial Museum. This museum is dedicated to Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore who were leaders in the NAACP in the 1930s and 1940s until they were murdered in 1951.
There are a number of dive shops in the area, although the diving is better further south along the coast.
The Brevard Zoo is an award-winning zoo. In addition to the usual zoo activities, the Brevard Zoo also has a zip line and kayaking inside the zoo.
The Space Coast gets some of its tourism because it has the nearest beaches to Orlando. Consider a visit to the space coast on your next trip to Florida.
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Visit Space Coast
Pure Aloha Surf School and Rentals
Pura Vida Surf School
McLarty Treasure Museum
Apium prostratum (sea celery)
Ctenophora (jelly comb)
National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, Fort Pierce
Shark Fishing in the U.S.
American Space Museum and Walk of Fame Titusville FL
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral
Swamp Donkey Airboat Rides
Moore Memorial Museum
Harry T. Moore
Kayaking | Brevard Zoo
Hatts Diving Headquarters, inc. Melbourne, FL Home
Central Florida and Orlando Skydiving
Florida Oceanfront Vacation Rentals
Oceanfront Hotel in Cocoa Beach FL
Beachside Hotel and Suites
Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster
Sandbar Sports Grill
El Ambia Cubano Restaurant
The Town of Indialantic Florida
On Travel to Jordan – Episode 752, Simon wrote:
Thanks so much for the excellent edition on Jordan – it took me back to my own visit there many moons ago (but what’s a few decades for buildings that have been there for thousands of years?) and it made me want to return soon.
Petra has to rank for me as one of my top three places in the world (along with Iguazu Falls in Argentina and the Tikal ruins in the Guatemalan jungle), and I’m so glad your guest speaker suggested making time to climb high up along the trails – Apart from a scary scorpion and a little bedouin boy, I was totally alone up there and found it overwhelmingly beautiful. By the way, I was there in January and it snowed on my last day.
Floating in the Dead Sea was another top experience, but do warn your listeners not to try to swim; the saltwater will either burn your eyes or, as in my case, you might cause yourself an injury: I damaged my spine trying to do breaststroke – that actually changed my life for the better, but that’s another story. Next time I’ll be floating.
Keep up the great travel stories, even if they are giving me itchy feet
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