The holidays are a perfect time to look into new experiences to share with your friends and family—from adrenaline junkies to the more relaxed. Many attractions, hotels, and restaurants are following new safety and health guidelines, so whether you enjoy your gift now or the future, you can rest assured you are making a safe bet with these gifts.
Play Now, Play Later
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX:
Before the year is out, take advantage of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Explore More deal. A single-day admission ticket comes with a complimentary admission ticket valid beginning January 1, 2021. If you’re shopping for a space fan who’d love coming back over and over, consider a Multi-day Admission for a year of unlimited visits for less than the cost of two tickets.
Annual membership to the Brevard Zoo gets you far more than just entry to the zoo and special events for an entire year. There are three different tiers, which include discounts on zoo camps, merchandise and concessions, early admission, buy-one-get-one-free kayak tours, and more at higher levels. You can also choose from memberships for an individual, a couple, a single-parent family, a two-parent family, a single grandparent and up to six grandchildren, or a pair of grandparents and up to six grandchildren.
For the Thrill Seekers
SCHOOL OF SURF:
$50/person for group lessons, individual lessons higher. www.schoolofsurf.org/properties.html
RON JON SURF SCHOOL:
$50/person for group lessons, individual lessons higher. www.ronjonsurfschool.com/surf-lessons
WAKEBOARDING, STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING, AND MORE:
If more calm watersports are your jam, lessons and rentals for stand-up paddle-boarding, or SUP, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and wakeboarding can be found here. www.visitspacecoast.com/blog-post/watersports-on-the-space-coast. Pricing varies
BIPLANE AND HELICOPTER TOURS:
Fly over the Space Coast with an astronaut’s view. Check out the unique eco-system of the Indian River Lagoon, see Kennedy Space Center from a new angle, enjoy a romantic sunset flight over the beach, or even add aerial stunts to your biplane trip. www. floridaairtours.com/cocoa-beach-biplane-tours/. Pricing starts at $69.99 per person/double.
For the Outdoor Lovers
There are more than 20 courses on the Space Coast, including two par 72 championship courses and a par 67 stretched executive course. Many of these courses offer memberships and discounts for Florida residents. www. visitspacecoast.com/ things-to-do/sports/golf
One of the best-kept secrets about the Space Coast is the fantastic fishing, both fresh and saltwater. There are more than 500 species of fish and the largest tri- pletail in the IGFA Record Books was caught off of Cape Canaveral. The Space Coast is the northernmost boundary on the East Coast for snook, has some of the largest spotted seatrout around, is home to one of the top largemouth bass fisheries in the world, and is the redfish capital of the world. Why not come out for a day or charter a special trip. www.visitspacecoast.com/things-to-do/boating-fishing. Pricing varies.