Cape Canaveral was known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973. It is separated from Merritt Islands on the east by the Banana river. This area is generally referred to as Space Coast because the spacecrafts which are launched from the Kennedy Space Center and the Air Force Station, come within its radius. It is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the US. Some other attractions include Cocoa beach, deep sea fishing, lighthouse, etc.
Kennedy Space Center
It was named after the then President John F. Kennedy. This space center merits a whole day's visit. It is the ultimate experience in myriad space related adventures. You must begin your journey from the Visitors Complex. This privately operated complex is much like an amusement park. You get to climb on board a full-sized space shuttle replica, view original moon rock samples, and get a hands on experience on the latest space science developments in the complex.
You can also tour NASA's spaceport facilities and visit Rocket Garden, which has on display eight real massive rockets of the past era. Children as well as adults can watch movies at the IMAX Theater, which shows movies on a five-story-high screen. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that this is a working space facility and hence, the visiting timings can be altered without notice.
The beach lies in the neighborhood of Space Coast, which has about 72 miles of beach area. Canaveral National Seashore, an enclave of plant and animal life, provides a breathtaking view of the Cocoa beach. You can enjoy the sight of some Caribbean bound cruise ships that depart from Port Canaveral. The beach is also lined with seafood restaurants and marinas, which serve members of the cruise ships and casinos.
Miss Cape Canaveral
Thrilling deep sea fishing is what Miss Cape Canaveral offers you. It is Florida's largest deep sea fishing boat. You get to fish with a professional crew for some big fish like Grouper, King Mackerel, and Bull Dolphin. The boat is located at Port Canaveral and provides deep sea fishing for both half and full day .
The lighthouse has been guiding ships for a very long time. The construction was finished in 1868 and it stands 139 feet above sea level. Today, the lighthouse is nicely restored and two modern 1000 watt searchlights have replaced the original Fresnel lens. The best way to see the lighthouse is to take a bus tour around the space center. Buses do not stop at the lighthouse, as it is not allowed, however, they drive past it and one can have a look at it and take pictures.
Cape Canaveral is a place where you will find ample entertainment for your kids. It not only serves as a vacation tour but also as an educational tour for adults as well. Visit the place for a wonderful time with your family!