Space Coast On A Budget: The 10 Best Free Activities

The best parts of a beach vacation often come free. Think about how rejuvenated and joyful you feel after a day stretched out on the sand, or exploring the trails and running across a bird you have never seen before. With the Space Coast's excellent weather and miles upon miles of beaches and open space, you can easily entertain yourself without having to spend any money at all. 

Don't miss our favorite beach in the area, Cocoa Beach. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society organizes late-evening walks to see the turtles laying eggs on the beach. And Turtle Creek is the home to rare flora and manatees. While you're there, hike the trails and learn more about the area in the educational nature center.  

But getting out in nature is not the only way to explore the Space Coast on a budget. Watch a rocket launch from the beach. Watch the cruise ships slide past Port Canaveral. People-watch at the Super Flea, the area's biggest flea market, with free parking and free admission. Ring a replica of the famous Liberty Bell in the Liberty Bell Museum. Watch free movies outside in Wickham Park, or cool off with a free movie at a variety of movie theaters throughout the summer. 

Manatee Sanctuary Park
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The Manatee Sanctuary Park in Cape Canaveral is one of the best, most peaceful places near the port to enjoy the outdoors. This park spans more than 10 acres of nature on the Banana River. Plan a day excursion here. Talk the half-mile trail...  Read More

Pineapple Park River Front


The Pineapple Park River Front is located on the Indian River, near the Eau Gallie Library. It is a great downtown place to fish from the pier, have a picnic or enjoy a breezy walk under the palm trees. Relax on a bench, or bring your kids to...  Read More

Liberty Bell Memorial Museum


Ring a full-sized replica of the Liberty Bell at this museum dedicated to the national heritage of America. Catch a glimpse of over two dozen reproductions of important documents, such as the Mayflower Compact and the rough draft of the...  Read More

Satellite Beach Cinemas
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Multiple movie theaters throughout Brevard County, such as the the Satellite Cinemas in Satellite Beach and Titusville, offer free movies throughout the summer. Satellite Cinemas features different kids' movies every week. Kids are welcome...  Read More

Turkey Creek Nature Sanctuary
Photo courtesy of Flickr/John Krupsky


Turkey Creek offers 113 acres of true habitat sanctuary for many threatened species of flora and protection for the manatee. This sanctuary is open seven days a week, is free to enter and is open to the public. Visitors can also enjoy canoe...  Read More

Cocoa Beach
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The Space Coast boasts more than 70 miles of sand – most of which are free and open to the public. Build a sand castle, cool off in the waves and enjoy the sunshine, all without needing to drop a penny. Toss out a fishing line and maybe you...  Read More

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

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. Spend a day here watching the ships pass by and depart. Bring a book,...  Read More

Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Photo courtesy of USFWS/Becky Skiba


The Space Coast is home to the second-biggest group of Loggerhead sea turtles in the world. Your visit to the Space Coast is not complete without having the unique opportunity to "meet" one of them. Spend a day volunteering with the Sea...  Read More

The Cocoa Beach Pier
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Where else in the world can you check this off your bucket list? Grab a beach blanket, stretch out on the beach and score an excellent seat to watch an intergalactic adventure begin – all for free. The Space Coast is the home of the Kennedy...  Read More


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