Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Merritt Island

Kennedy Space Center

Whether you're mildly interested in space or a die-hard sci-fi fan, a visit to the Space Center is awe inspiring. To get a good overview, start at the Early Space Exploration exhibit, progress to the 90-minute bus t…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Merritt Island

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

This unspoiled 140,000-acre refuge is one of the country's best birding spots, especially from October to May (early morning and after 4pm). More endangered and threatened species of wildlife inhabit the swamps, mar…
Top Choice Beach in Canaveral National Seashore

Klondike Beach

The stretch between Apollo and Playalinda is as pristine as it gets: there are no roads and it's accessible only on foot or by bike (if you can ride on the beach). You need to obtain a back-country permit ($2 per pe…
National Park in Merritt Island

Canaveral National Seashore

The 24 miles of pristine, windswept beaches here comprise the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast. They include family-friendly Apollo Beach on the north end with its gentle surf, untrammele…
Archaeological Site in Canaveral National Seashore

Turtle Mound

Located at the northern end of Mosquito Lagoon, Turtle Mound is one of the largest shell middens on the Florida coast. It stands around 35ft high and consists of 1.5 million bushels (53 million liters) of oyster she…
Beach in Canaveral National Seashore

Apollo Beach

This 6-mile beach, at the northern end of the park and immediately south of New Smyrna, attracts families. It has boardwalk access (wheelchair accessible), and a longer stretch of road along the dunes with fewer par…
Beach in Canaveral National Seashore

Playalinda Beach

At the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon, Playalinda is popular with surfers. Boardwalks provide beach access, but only 2 miles of park road parallel the dunes and there are more parking lots than at Apollo, with fewe…
Historic Building in Canaveral National Seashore

Eldora State House Museum

Eldora was a small waterfront community of around 100 citrus farmers and fishers, many of them veterans of the Civil War, who settled here between 1877 and 1900. The town depended on the waterway for supplies, touri…