5 Kennedy Space Center Activities for an Out of this World Experience!

 
The world-famous Kennedy Space Center is a must-experience for Space Coast visitors of all ages. People always ask us if it’s worth the visit, or if all members of their family will enjoy it – the answer is YES! Each time we visit, we uncover something new or inspiring that we missed the last visit.

With so much to see, we thought we would count down to top 5 activities.

5..4..3..2..1.. Here we go!

5. Journey to Space IMAX Theatre


Watch “Journey to Space” on the massive IMAX screen. With the massive screen and 3D projection, you’ll feel like you’re part of journey to space right from the comfort of your seat – and with popcorn!


4. Astronaut Training Simulator


Learn to pilot, dock and land the Space Shuttle Atlantis with high-tech simulators that allow you to train like an astronaut. What a great way to bring space to life for all members of your family. Who knows, maybe one day it will come in handy!


3. Rocket Garden


Take a walk through a garden that is unlike any you have seen before! This outdoor section of the KSC shows you all of the different NASA programs from the past – and the scientific & engineering feats they accomplished! A guided tour is a great way to mix fun with history.


2. Private Tour..by a Veteran NASA Astronaut!


Get the VIP tour from a veteran NASA Astronaut. The day includes a tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the Shuttle launch experience and even a private lunch with the Astronaut. Click here for the upcoming schedule.


1. Shuttle Launch Experience


Strap yourself in and feel like you’re ascending into orbit in this exciting simulator ride. Starting with a prelaunch briefing, you’ll then strap in and begin your journey into space!


BONUS – See a launch live!


If you’re staying with us in Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach during a shuttle launch, you’ll be able to see the launch right from an oceanfront balcony or the beach!

Click here to see the upcoming list of launches!
 

Winter Food Festivals on the Space Coast

 
Welcome to the winter on the Space Coast! For many, winter means carrots, potatoes and stews trying to stay warm. Not here! We are so lucky to be able to enjoy delicious and fresh food year round, and we wanted to showcase 3 local food festivals to check out while you are here on vacation. All of them offer not only delicious eats, but tons of family friendly activities for a memorable day trip.

Florida Key Lime Pie Festival in Merritt Island

Date: January 19, 2019




The 8th annual event features an eating challenge, pie toss, outdoor entertainment and, of course, the chance to try some world famous key lime pie!

If you can’t make it here, and you LOVE key lime pie, you can make this super easy version right at home!

Space Coast Food Festival in Port Canaveral

Date: February 9, 2019




Get ready for the 34th annual chowder cook-off! There is also live music, a beer garden, a silent auction and great restaurants vying for the top prizes.

The port area not only has the cruise terminals and has a ton of great restaurants, but you can also pop by the Exploration Tower nearby to make it a full day outing!

Seafood & Music Festival in Viera

Date: March 7-10, 2019




Who doesn’t love seafood, and music?! This is a famous 4-day event that attracts the best seafood restaurants from across the country (and over 10,000 people!) If the kids don’t like seafood, don’t worry, there is also tons of other activities including an arts & crafts show a Kids Zone and lots more.

Tickets can be purchased for a single or multiple day for the seafood festival, and the concert tickets are sold separately. Viera is about 15 miles from both Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
 

How to enjoy Disney, but stay at the beach

 
Does this sound familiar?

You are sitting down to plan your vacation, but not everyone can agree. Part of the family wants to relax on the beach and become mermaids never leaving the water while others want Disney fun and action packed days. How do you make everyone happy!?

We may have a solution for you – do both!!

Cocoa Beach is just a mere hour from Walt Disney World, allowing you to stay at the beach and easily spend a few days at the park.
Here are some tips on successfully doing both

1. Plan early


If you are limited to school holidays, things book up quickly so its best to start early. If you are flexible or your kids are younger, we recommend visiting late fall through spring. There are fewer people and not quite as hot!

You can also reference this calendar to see if your dates line up to any festivals or special events at the park!

2. Determine your transportation


You can simply drive the hour each way when you want to visit the park. Another option is to take a shuttle so you don’t have to worry about parking.

3. Figure out your itinerary


If you are planning a couple of days at Disney, be mindful of the best times to visit. For example, Magic Kingdom is very busy on Monday’s, so you are better off doing it mid-week.

Here is a great guide for 1 and 2 day itineraries at the various parks.

4. Don’t forget about the activities around Cocoa Beach!


We love Disney (and so will your kids!), but it can get busy, tiring and expensive. In additional to the beautiful beach & ocean, there are so many fun & inexpensive activities to do nearby.

As a reference, you can browse these to get some ideas 5 family friendly activities, or these 5 unique experiences right in our backyard.

Join the vacation rental trend and enjoy the best of both worlds.  The beach & Mickey Mouse.  Camp fires and smores on the beach one night and dinner with the Disney princesses the next.  It’s nice to know you can have it all!
 

Best Breweries in Brevard

 

When most people think of the microbrew scene, Florida doesn’t necessarily come to the top of your mind. Well, we are proud to prove you wrong! We had the difficult task of trying them out (I know, someone had to do it). There are 10 craft breweries that are now in the area, all offering something unique. Here are 4 that we wanted to highlight:


Intracoastal Brewing Co.


Located in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, Intracoastal Brewing Co is a fun & chill spot to enjoy a pint or flight of some new brews. They are a relaxed patio & grassy area for people (and pets) to spread out, board & yard games to keep everyone entertained and a food truck on sight serving tacos and Peruvian food.


Best for: Family Friendly Brewery


Hell ‘n Blazes Brewing Co.


Located in downtown Melbourne, this brewery calls a 120 year-old former hardware and farm supply store home. Retrofitted in 2016, they create the bold brews right on site. You can enjoy their rotating list of beers in what feels like the comfort of your own home. Pretzels are free, food can be ordered in and the atmosphere is awesome.


Best for: Bold Brews


Florida Beer Co.


Who says you can’t have fun while drinking beer. From live acoustic jams & comedy, to trivia and tiki bands, this place is as energetic as they come. An amalgamation of local brewers from Melbourne, Tampa & Miami – Florida Beer Co moved into this space in 2013. Bonus – grab a 6 pack of your favorite Florida beer to go.


Best for: Action packed activities


Playalinda Brewing Co.


With two locations in Titusville (Brix Project & Hardware Store) – both with a super unique vibe. The owners went from an Electric Company to starting a Brewery in the century old building. The Hardware Store location is a charming downtown spot with lots of beer to choose from. The Brix Project location has an ever-changing menu and unique & interesting pub food (plus delicious ol’ burgers) paired with their signature beers & cocktails.


Best for: Beer + Food