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Visiting Florida's Space Coast... What To Do/see  
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

My brother and I will be going to Florida in just a few weeks after Christmas for 4 days. We are trying to figure out what to do while down there, and hopefully enjoy some warm weather.

Besides spending a day at the Kennedy Space Center, what else is there nearby worth seeing or doing?

We'll be flying into MLB, we'll have a car, and will be staying in Cocoa Beach. As a general rule I don't think we want to have to be driving more than 90-120 minutes to go places. And the House of the Mouse is out... my brother is getting away from the kids, so he doesn't want to go to a place packed with them.


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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
Besides spending a day at the Kennedy Space Center

A full day?? Are you  crazy ? Do the tour out to the launch site (take your binoculars in case the weather is good enough to see across to the NAS) then get the hell out, unless you are into looking at lots of rock and models!

Go to the museum at Tico for the rest of the day.


User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
Besides spending a day at the Kennedy Space Center, what else is there nearby worth seeing or doing?



Quoting BigOrange (Reply 1):
Go to the museum at Tico for the rest of the day.

The space center is not too bad, although I have not been there in four years (I was a tour guide there while I was in high school). I would only spend half a day there. There is really not a whole lot to do. Like BigOrange said, do the tour, visit the Saturn V center, and when you get back to the main visitor's center, visit the rocket garden and Early Space Exploration building. I would then take another bit of BigOrange's advice and go across the river to TIW and visit the Valiant Air Command museum. It is an excellent warbird museum.

Another thing to do would be to go south to Vero Beach (about a 40 minute drive south of MLB) and visit Piper. The factory tour is actually really interesting (at least it was in 2001, when I last took it).

Enjoy your trip, and have fun!

Kris



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User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

well, st agustine is not too far up the road, where there is much history to go see, museums, tours (ie Flagler College, ghost tours...) or Daytona Beach is just right down it(good night life).

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 3):
Daytona Beach is just right down it

A quick jaunt up I-95. Besides the beach (although it may be a little nippy at times) there's Daytona USA, which is the museum at the Daytona International Speedway, and they offer a driving tour of the speedway itself, which also covers the pits and garage area.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
And the House of the Mouse is out

What !!, and miss a chance to dine with the characters of many children's animated classics, such as.....

Snow White
Cinderella
... the list goes on.

I'll be watching this thread as i will be visiting the Sunshine state in a few months.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 3):
well, st agustine is not too far up the road, where there is much history to go see, museums, tours (ie Flagler College, ghost tours...) or Daytona Beach is just right down it(good night life).

Daytona good night life?

HAHAHHA oh my.

What planet are you on? Honestly.


User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 5):
I'll be watching this thread as i will be visiting the Sunshine state in a few months.

comin up to my neck of the woods?

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Thanks for the heads up on KSC. Now to be honest I don't think we'd spend the entire day there. It seems like it is good for 3-4 hours when all is said and done.

As for St. Augustine.... looked at it a bit, but it is a bit of a schlep from Cocoa Beach. 2.5 hr drive each way. I'd rather not spend 5 hours of one day just driving. I would suspect my brother is the same way.

Daytona is a possibility. Though neither my brother nor I are into NASCAR.


One of the things both of use would like to check out is Gatorland... or some sort of alligator, watch the idea grab the gator and feed it a dead chicken type place. Ever been there before, is it good for a few hours of stupid fun?



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User currently offlineJFKspotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 448 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 3):
Daytona Beach is just right down it(good night life).



Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 6):
Daytona good night life?

HAHAHHA oh my

Couldn't agree more... don't waste your time in Daytona. Yeah Daytona USA is cool but the track is dead for the next few weeks so there won't even be much to see.


User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1870 times:

I don't want to hijack this thread, but I would like some beach recommendations in the Daytona Beach area.

We are going to be in Orlando next week to do all the usual family things but we are thinking of heading over to the Daytona area to spend a day at the beach.

Our kids are 3.5 and one years old so we are looking for a beach with nice sand, not to crowded, and a little wave action but not any huge breakers. Also, we'd prefer a beach without sharks.  wink 

Thanks!!!


User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Quoting Beefer (Reply 10):
We are going to be in Orlando next week to do all the usual family things but we are thinking of heading over to the Daytona area to spend a day at the beach.

In all honesty, if you are wanting to take the kids to the beach, I would highly recommend Cocoa Beach. Daytona tends to be more of the "party" beach, while Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral tend to be the "family" beach. If you are looking for beach that is not crowded and has light wave action, I would highly recommend the Cape Canaveral National Seashore. It is somewhat isolated but has what I think are the best beaches in the vicinity of Orlando (I call it the best kept secret of Brevard County). Entry to the seashore is from Titusville, but because of the proximity to KSC, it might be closed when you are there if the shuttle launch is delayed.

As for Cocoa Beach, I highly recomend it. I spent ten of the best years of my life in and around the area (Merritt Island), and loved it (I am a graduate of Cocoa Beach High School... Go Minutemen!). I went to Daytona a few times, and found the beaches almost too crowded, even this time of year.

Kris



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 7):
comin up to my neck of the woods?

From YYZ , i'll be coming down. (that doesn't sound too good, but you get my drift).

Gonna be in MCO in February. Party with the Mouse and other things.



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User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Uh..pardon some regional pride, but east coast beaches aren't the best.
Those on the west coast have better sand and water...in fact, Fort DeSoto Park has been rated best in the country by "Doctor Beach", a south Florida prof who does yearly ratings...
Gatorland should be operating at near-normal now..they had a major fire which destroyed the gift shop, admin offices..and the big gator "mouth" through which visitors enter. But the shows go on...
Sharks are everywhere in Florida waters..and usually closer to shore than you'd care to think! "Attacks" of the"Jaws" type are rare..though one man was killed in Pinellas county a few years ago when he apparently jumped from his dock on top of one. There are "nips" along the east coast..usually caused by small sharks which mistake an arm or leg for bait fish in the murky water near shore. On the west coast, the hazard is stingrays..not of the "Crock Hunter"variety, but big enough to cause a painful injury if they're stepped on.
If you shuffle your feet..you don't have problems. We don't have the jellyfish which are stinging people in southeast Florida now..
A word about gators. Stay away from them..and for heaven's sake, don't feed them...something that's illegal in Florida. That causes them to lose their fear of humans..and they've been known to go after people and pets.
Ok, something positive..if you do go to Titusville..check out the Dixie Crossings restaurant. It's not intimate..it's big..and you're likely to have to wait to be seated amid the crowds from tour busses. But some rock shrimp and a cold beer..and you're in heaven.
Enjoy your stay..
TPAnx  Cool



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User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 13):
Ok, something positive..if you do go to Titusville..check out the Dixie Crossings restaurant. It's not intimate..it's big..and you're likely to have to wait to be seated amid the crowds from tour busses. But some rock shrimp and a cold beer..and you're in heaven.

How could I forget Dixie Crossroads? I love that place... They have the best seafood in Central Florida. And TPAnx, you are right, the rock shrimp is the best... It does get very busy, though, so if you are going for dinner, arrive early!

Kris



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 13):
But some rock shrimp and a cold beer..

Sounds good. Always a good combination.



As for the beaches, we'll be there at the end of the month. So it isn't like it is prime beach season. Though I do know that the Gulf Coast beaches are really nice. I was in Clearwater Beach last January, and it was very nice.

BFI, since you're a local, what is there to do in Cocoa Beach... any restaurants worth checking out, local attractions, etc.....



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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 8):
One of the things both of use would like to check out is Gatorland

You'll see a few gators in the wild at KSC, but if you want to see a show then head out to Kissimmee.


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 3):
well, st agustine is not too far up the road, where there is much history to go see, museums, tours (ie Flagler College, ghost tours...)

St. Augustine is a hike from down there...

I would head over to Titusville Airport (TIX) and visit the aircraft museum there... lots of cool stuff.

KSC is pretty cool, you'll spend more than 3-4 hours there.


User currently offlineKBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1813 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 15):
BFI, since you're a local, what is there to do in Cocoa Beach... any restaurants worth checking out, local attractions, etc.....

Well, I am no longer a "local" as I now live in Seattle, but I could recommend several places in the area... As for restaurants, I recommend Bernard's Surf in Cocoa Beach. It is on the corner of A1A and Minutemen Cswy. This restaurant has long been a hang out of the Whos Who of the space industry. It is a popular place for astronauts and member of the media. The Atlantic Ocean Grille at the Cocoa Beach Pier is a wonderfull restaurant with a great view of the ocean (it sits at the end of the pier over the water). There is also a great hole-in-the-wall mexican place just north of Patrick AFB on A1A. If I can remember correctly, it is called Taco City, and has excellent food. It was a popular hang out my senior year in high school. Plus, I highly recommend the afformentioned Dixi Crossroads in Titusville for some excellent seafood.

As for local attractions, There is KSC (At least go and have a look around...), the wonderfull Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum at TIX in Titusville. Another thing that I have seen many do is go to Port Canaveral and watch the cruise ships come and go. In Cocoa Beach, there is Ron Jon Surf Shop (a tourist trap, in my oppinion), and then there is the beach itself.

If you have any other questions, just ask...

Kris



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