Local Area Attractions
Kennedy Space Center
Launching the NASA vision! Welcome to NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where our team launches the dream of exploring our Universe. KSC is the starting point for America's human space flights. On July 16, 1969, the eyes of the world were on the coast of Florida as the three astronauts of Apollo 11 began their journey to the Moon. Soon, the world's attention will once again return to Kennedy Space Center as NASA returns to the heavens. Open every day from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (except December 25 and certain launch days).
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
6225 Vectorspace Boulevard, 321-269-6100 Featuring the dramatic story of America's first 44 Space Pioneers. Blast off on your own Astronaut Adventure -- engage in high-pressure g-force conditioning, traverse the treacherous terrain of the Red Planet, climb aboard our full-scale Shuttle for a glimpse into our fantastic future in space, and much, much more. Open seven days from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Experience the charm of Native Florida.
An exciting cruise around the island provides a close-up of native Florida and wildlife. The endangered Florida panther, alligators and many other native animals are featured during daily wildlife shows. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, see the Jungle Adventures website.
Florida's Fun Port
Imagine glimmering cruise liners stretched out beneath a tropical blue sky. The catch of the day, prepared just to your liking at one of The Cove's popular restaurants. Fishing boats dot the horizon as they compete in one of several annual tournaments. This is the essence of Port Canaveral, with a variety of activities for the entire family. There are numerous cruise options at Port Canaveral. Partial day as well as two-, three-, four- and seven-day itineraries are available. For more information, see the Port Canaveral website.
Sterling Casino Cruise
Sterling Casino features 75,000 sq. ft. of casino action across its five decks.
Warbird Air Museum
This Museum is designed to honor the past, educate the future & preserve our heritage. It is dedicated to the preservation of America's aviation heritage. Open every day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). For more information, see the Warbird Air Museum website.
Air Boat Tours - St Johns River
Airboat Bill's Airboat Adventures offers ½ hour and one hour tours on the St. Johns River. It is located on highway 46, East of Sanford (just 4 miles west of Cape Kennedy KOA). More than just an airboat ride, the tours allow you time to enjoy the river and airboat experience. Passengers travel the shallow sloughs and backwaters in a swift, but comfortable and safe manner with Captain Bill Daniel, a conservationist and river historian. Reservations are required.
Kayaking Local Waterways
A Day Away, Kayaking Nature Tours. Experience the natural Florida, via the outback. From Cypress Swamps to Sunny Beaches, Florida's diverse waterways offer outstanding quiet and open water paddling opportunities for beginning and advanced kayaking. Guided kayak tours on the Space Coast's diverse waterways; meal included. Kayak rentals & outfitter service provided also.
Canaveral National Seashore Park
Visitors may enjoy walking the nature and historical trails during the cool winter months. Throughout the year opportunity for recreational activities include; lagoon and surf fishing, boating, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and backcountry camping. For more information, visit Canaveral online.
Ace of Hearts Ranch
This ranch is located in nearby Cocoa, Florida. Lessons, day trips, campfires, barbecues, field trips, beach rides, pony parties, horseback riding, summer day camps, horse drawn hayrides, dream catcher weddings, and a first class boarding stable. For more information, see the Ace of Hearts Ranch website.
Mecca for Antique collectors!
There are probably more interesting and varied antique dealers per square foot than any other place in Florida. To top that off, nearby Renninger's Antique Market attracts thousands to its many weekend fairs and extravaganzas. For more information, see the Mount Dora website.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge includes four hiking trails, from ¼ mile to 5 miles & a Manatee observation deck. There is a six-mile self-guided driving tour and shaded boardwalks that weave through pine and oak hammocks. This is the second largest sanctuary in Florida.
Salon @ KOA
Beauty salon for Men and Women, (walk-ins welcome) chair and table massages (by appointment) Thursdays 9 am to 5 pm year 'round.
Science and Nature
For more information, see the Kennedy Space Center website.
Touring the St. Johns River - The St. John River is the longest river wholly in Florida at 310 miles. The St. Johns is 1 of 5 major rivers in the world that flows north. Enjoy the scenery and the wildlife of the beautiful St. Johns River in Central Florida by canoe, kayak or airboat. For more information, see the St. John's River website.
Tour historic Indian River Lagoon - The Indian River is North America's most species-diverse estuarine system with over 4,300 varieties of plants and animals, including the precious Florida manatee. The lagoon provides 50 percent of eastern Florida's fish catch, and 90 percent of Florida's clam harvest. The lagoon is also home to Canaveral National Seashore Park, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the Kennedy Space Center.