Summer vacation is your chance to escape your day-to-day responsibilities and create lasting memories with the ones you love. While many may travel abroad this summer, some may not be able to get away for a major trip. This summer, SpaceCoast Living will be exploring some of the cities that make up the beautiful Space Coast. Check back weekly for your staycation guides and let Brevard County surprise you all over again.
North Brevard County
Mims – About 7,000 people live in Mims, much of which remains rural. In recent years, however, the area has attracted residents who prefer to live peacefully among a natural-Florida setting, yet still enjoy easy access to Orlando and other large communities.
Titusville – With attractions like the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum and the U.S. Space Walk Hall of Fame, as well as easy access to the Canaveral National Seashore, Black Point Wildlife Drive and the Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary, it’s no wonder Titusville is alluring to history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.
Port St. John – Port St. John is one of Brevard County’s major family communities. Its population enjoys the 192-acre Fay Lake Wilderness Park, which has a fishing lake, and Fay Park, which has sports fields and courts, as well as picnic areas.
A trip to Holland Family Farm makes for a fun family outing. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine while choosing the best quality berries at the peak of ripeness. The berries do depend on the season. Blackberries just became available on June 16 and are $4 per pound. Make sure to bring cash! Facebook.com/Pages/Holland-Family-Blueberry-Farm/
Canaveral National Seashore
The Canaveral National Seashore is part of the U.S. National Park Service. This undeveloped barrier island preserves the natural beach, dune, marsh and lagoon habitats. Guests are welcome to fish, boat, canoe, surf, swim, hike and camp. During June and July, guests 8-years old and older can attend a guided sea turtle program. This program gives park visitors an opportunity to learn about sea turtles and the role that the National Park Service plays in their conservation. Click here for more information.
Located in downtown Titusville, this museum features space exhibits with special emphasis on the workers associated with the space program. SpaceWalkOfFame.com
American Police Hall of Fame and Museum
Founded in 1960 as the nation’s first facility of this kind, honoring all federal, state, county and local police officers. The museum is home to more than 10,000 artifacts, simulators, interactive displays and indoor gun range. Aphf.org
Hike at Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary
Play Golf at Sherwood Golf Club
Go Horseback Riding at Wild Horse Rescue Center
Play with the kids at Fay Park
June 23: The Food Truck Bazaar
July 4: Red, White and Boom
October 3 – 12: Arts & Algorithms Festival
Taste of This Town
Chef Larry’s Cafe
Choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads and café specials including crab cakes at this cozy, family friendly environment. With affordable prices and quality service, this dining spot is a local favorite. Open Monday through Friday, you don’t want to miss out on one of Titusville’s residents’ favorite place. ChefLarrysSpice.com
Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in some ice cream. Bruster’s off Cheney Highway makes all their ice cream in store daily. With over 150 flavors of ice cream, sherbets, Italian ices, sorbets, yogurts, and no-sugar added, guests can choose from 25 flavors any time. Bruster’s also serves hot dogs, French fries and hamburgers! Brusters.com