Best Attractions on Florida's Space Coast: Explore, Learn and Relax

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Space Coast to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

The obvious must-see is the Kennedy Space Center, where travelers can learn what made this region so famous to begin with.

Looking for hot tourist attractions? Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Feeling beachy? Cocoa Beach's Ron Jon's is the world's largest surf shop. Add one more accolade to the Space Coast resume: the world's largest collection of astronaut artifacts at the U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame.

The Space Coast is also nature at its best. The Canaveral National Seashore is pristine and untouched. You might even see endangered animals there. A hidden outdoor gem is Wickham Park, which is always bustling with festivals and events – even Food Truck Fridays. Pack a tent and stay the night here to get up close and personal with Florida's wilder side.  

For a different view of the Space Coast, go on the world's highest sky dive – if you dare. 

Here are 10 of our favorite things to do on the Space Coast. 

Wickham Park
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Wickham Park is our favorite, off-the-beaten-path, non-touristy attraction on the Space Coast. This is a hotspot for college students, located adjacent to the Eastern Florida State College Melbourne campus, which means plenty of events, from a...  Read More

Sky Dive Space Center
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The Sky Dive Space Center in Titusville is one of the Space Coast's most thrilling activities. It's the world's highest jump, at 18,000 feet. It also is the only drop zone in the world that overlooks the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral....  Read More

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
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The refuge is 140,000 acres (or 22 square miles) of wetlands inhabited by more than 1,500 types of plants and animals, including more than 300 species of birds, ghost crabs, loggerhead and green sea turtles, reptiles, raccoons and bobcats. ...  Read More

Canaveral National Seashore


Located midway down the Florida east coast between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, the 24 miles of park is home to over 1,000 species of plants and 300 species of birds, including 14 threatened or endangered species. Sea turtles nest here. ...  Read More

Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral
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Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Even though millions of cruise passengers pass through her every year, the atmosphere remains relaxed. Located off A1A in Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral serves as an industrial,...  Read More



Ron Jon Surf Shop is the world's most famous surf shop, with a location in Cocoa Beach. You can find Ron Jon stores along the coast, from New Jersey to Maryland, but it's popular tourist attraction in the Space Coast, too. In fact, Ron Jon's...  Read More

US Astronaut Hall of Fame
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The world's largest collection of astronaut artifacts, this museum offers a tribute to America's first forty-four astronauts. View historical mission items from every flight and personal astronaut memorabilia. Many of the artifacts here are rare...  Read More

The Cocoa Beach Pier
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Half a mile north of 520, off A1A, you'll find The Pier, an exciting extension of the city of Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast. Take in live music (the pier has welcomed the bands such as the Beach Boys and UB40) as you dine several hundred feet...  Read More

Wickham Road
Brevard Zoo
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The only zoo in the U.S. to offer onsite kayaking tours, Brevard Zoo features over 880 animals from around the world. Get up close and personal with a white rhino during a Rhino Encounter from noon to 1 p.m., ride the Cape to Cairo express...  Read More

Kennedy Space Center
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The Space Coast is named for its unique history with NASA, centered around the Kennedy Space Center. Although NASA's last shuttle launch was a few years ago, you can still catch the occasional private rocket launch here. The Kennedy Space Center...  Read More


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