Whether you are visiting Port Canaveral to watch the cruise ships slide by and enjoy the great shopping, or you are gearing up to take your own cruise, set aside a few extra days to explore the exciting attractions nearby.
There's much more to the Port Canaveral area on the Space Coast than just the ships. In fact, the areas around the port provide some of the best views and wildlife watching in all of the Space Coast.
Rent a cabin or pop up a tent in Jetty Park, where the beaches are pristine and rarely busy. Spend a day in Kelly Park, where you can experience some of the world's best windsurfing. Climb the birdwatching tower in the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary for a stunning view. And plan a picnic at the Manatee Sanctuary Park.
Go boating at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, fishing at the Jetty Park Pier and on the Banana River, golfing at the Savannahs Sykes Creek (one of the most challenging golf courses on the Space Coast), hiking at Ulumay and shopping at the Merritt Square Mall and Cocoa Beach Pier.
If you are traveling with your family, hit up Kelly Park and Jetty Park, where the waves tend to be calmer and more kid-friendly.