I had actually never heard of Space Coast before I went there. Man, I was missing so much! I could tell you how little I know about Space but it would be really embarrassing so I’m going to save the details. The biggest attraction in Space Coast is the Kennedy Space Center.
I’m not gonna lie, I wore this dress because the white dots looked like stars in the black night! haha space themed.
Every night Ben listens to science documentaries. It drives me nuts. When I am bored sometimes I’ll make one up and start telling him about it (a documentary about why black holes exist, which clearly I have no idea) and just talk nonsense that isn’t true. It drives him nuts. My brain just opposes science and unlike subjects like history and math, science was never a strong suit (even if I do have my bachelors in the science of nursing).
Space Coast is more than the Kennedy Space Center but it’s kind of a big deal. Other attractions here and in this Space Coast guide include Cocoa Beach (Kelly Slater is from here!), cruises heading out from Port Canaveral, Brevard Zoo, seeing turtle nesting, Sebastian Inlet, golfing, fishing, and lots more.
Space Coast Guide
Kennedy Space Center
By total coincidence, a rocket was shooting off the DAY WE WENT TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTER! It was so exciting! I mean people were pretty pumped so I jumped on board that excitement lol.
We met with the rep from Visit Space Coast and he told us the news. He goes you can tell people they can watch it live at U-L-A-L-A-U-N-C-H .com. I said Oh, cool it’s like “ooo la laaaaunch” fun play on words… he’s like umm no, it’s United Launch Aliance. Cue me saying nothing ever again about science, rockets, or NASA the remainder of the trip.
You can check out ulalaunch to see the rockets go off live. People from this area are pretty used to them and will put lawn chairs out in the backyard to watch. You have to get there about an hour before and if you want a spot on the bleachers you’ll want to go straight to them. Of course, you can’t be right near a rocket when it goes off (duhh… apparently) you have to be THREE miles away!
You will be in direct sun with nothing over you while you wait. What we did was wait in the shade then walk over to the edge of the bleachers and stood while it went off. It’s a 30 second thing. It’s pretty cool!
These photos are courtesy of ulalaunch.com.
This rocket was going up to put a satellite in space specifically for military WiFi.
After the rocket launch we toured the Kennedy Complex. There’s a lot to see. I went through things fairly quickly. I’m sure Ben would want to spend the whole day there. The Atlantis exhibit was VERY cool. There’s also a shuttle launch experience. The bus ride out to Apollo center was a bit much for me. There’s a lot more like Journey to Mars (their next goal), astronaut memorial (so touching and sad), a couple IMAX movies, and rocket garden.
We had lunch with an astronaut which was really neat. You could ask him anything, although they kind of only let the kids ask questions. It wasn’t a “kids” event or anything so not that I don’t want kids to have fun, but they were kind of lame questions lol. I guess I shouldn’t say that ;) The astronaut was inspiring though and I think a lot of kids left there with a new life goal. The food was mediocre so don’t expect a lot.
Kennedy Space Center tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for children. If you want lunch with the astronaut it’s 29.99 for adults or $15.99 for children.
I normally wouldn’t mention a zoo as I’m not a zoo-lover. I was really impressed by this one though and totally understand that some people love zoos. I think because I travel, I’m more interested in doing safaris but obviously kids love zoos and some adults!
dress is from dancing leopard, purse is Chiaroscuro, and shoes are
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