Things to Do on Florida’s Space Coast
From cars racing around the track or rockets launching into space, Florida’s Central East Coast has some interesting traffic. Turn off the beaten path and check out some of the top attractions and landmarks on Florida’s Space Coast and the surrounding regions.
Cassadega Spiritualist Camp
1112 Stevens Street, Cassadega
What started out as the Cassadega Spiritualist Camp in 1875 is now the “Psychic Capital of the World.”
There are many psychic readers and mediums to choose from. Not interested in knowing what the future holds? There are plenty of other things to do here.
This 35-acre enclave is home to a number of boutiques, cafes, a museum, and even a public garden to wander. Take a tour of the community’s history and funky architecture or wait until nightfall to explore with a ghost tour.
Non-psychics can visit the website to get more information.
DeBary Hall Historic Site
198 Sunrise Boulevard, DeBary
On the hunt for history? DeBary Hall, an 1871 hunting lodge has what you’re looking for. Built as the winter home of entrepreneur Frederick DeBary, the estate became a popular destination for elite visitors.
Walk in their footsteps as you explore this ten-acre landmark. The estate includes the main lodge, stables, and other historic buildings. Plan your landmark adventure here.
Kennedy Space Center
Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island
Get in touch with your inner astronaut and visit this national landmark. Visitors to Kennedy Space Center can get up-close to outer space.
The Center is organized into “Mission Zones” by era of space travel. You can use the app in advance to input your interests and map-out your journey! Whatever you choose don’t miss the Rocket Garden for some great photo opps!
If you witness history in the making find out about future rocket launches here.
Insider Tips: Consider purchasing advance tickets online. Arrive early to avoid lines and having to park far. There is a fee for parking. Pets are not permitted in the complex. However, there is a free air-conditioned kennel where your pet pals can relax while you’re visiting.
Barberville Pioneer Settlement
1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville
Go back to in time to check out life in pioneer Florida. As area buildings were threatened by development, the community rallied to save them. What was once the grounds of just a 1919 schoolhouse has grown into a “village” with over a dozen historic buildings and workshops!
Educational programs offer visitors of all ages a glimpse into old Florida. Year-round events and festivals help bring history to life throughout this landmark settlement.
Insider Tip: Check out their website for discounted tickets and package deals. All grounds and most buildings are ADA accessible.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast
This beachfront park nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Matanzas River is a nature lover’s dream.
Explore the stunning formal gardens and majestic trees. Enjoy lunch under the oaks at one of the picnic table and grill setups. Then head to the beach to go for swim or capture photos of the ancient rock formations. Hike or bike on one of the several trails.
Birdwatchers will love keeping an eye out for migrating feathered friends. Get a copy of the current migratory bird list from the Ranger Station.
Plan your visit to this natural landmark here.
4931 South Peninsula Drive
Step-back in history, one step at a time to 1887.
Climb 203 steps, to be exact, to get to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse at Ponce de Leon Inlet. You’ll be rewarded with a great workout and amazing views.
Prefer to stay closer to the ground? Admission includes a self-guided tour map of the historic grounds. You can explore the museum building or just sit and relax and enjoy the breeze.
Reserve your spot on a monthly “Climb to the Moon” tour. This experience offers views of sunset and moonrise!
Insider Tips: Free parking is available for visitors while they tour the lighthouse. Start your lighthouse adventure here.
Marine Science Center
100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet
Want to know more about the local environment and waterways? Check out the Marine Science Center. For over 20 years this organization has been educating visitors of all ages about conservation.
The Center also serves as a rehabilitation facility for injured sea turtles. Stope the Turtle Terrace at the Center’s headquarters to observe the current patients.
Learn more about the MSC and its programs here.
Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens
950 Old Sugar Mill Road, Port Orange
In the early 1800s Florida was home to many sugar plantations. This 12-acre hidden gem features the ruins of the Dunlawton plantation. It was destroyed in an 1836 during a Seminole Indian raid.
The property has served many uses over the past 184 years. In the 1950s it was even an amusement park. This explains the concrete dinosaurs throughout the park!
Visitors are welcome to explore the mill ruins and the well-organized plant collections. Be sure to check out the human sun dial and a children’s garden. Oh, and never mind the dinosaurs, keep an eye out for the gnomes.
Insider Tips: Admission is by donation, pay what you can. Wear closed-toe shoes and stay on designated paths to avoid poison ivy. Bring insect repellant.
Daytona Beach Pier
1200 Main Street, Daytona
Daytona’s Main Street Pier has been a popular destination since 1925. This iconic landmark extends 1,000 feet out over the Atlantic. The pier restaurant, just off the boardwalk, is a fun spot to grab a bite or drink.
There’s no charge to walk out on to the pier and enjoy the view, there are even benches for relaxing. If conditions are right, you might spot surfers trying to catch the perfect wave.
The fishing section of the pier is currently closed for renovations (the Sunglow Pier at 3701 S. Atlantic Ave is open to anglers).
Daytona Beach Oceanfront Bandshell
Weekend evenings the Daytona Beach boardwalk comes alive. Free musical performances at the historic amphitheater make sure the party keeps going! Whether you love country, jazz, big band, or rock music, the rotating line-up will be music to your ears.
End the weekend with a bang! Saturday night bandshell performances are usually followed by a fireworks display.
Insider tip: For easy bandshell access park at the Ocean Center garage. Walk over the Ocean Walk Shoppes crosswalk to Oceanfront Park. There you can rent a “VIP” chair for maximum concert comfort.
Find out about future performances here.
Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
154 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach
The Angell & Phelps chocolate factory has been delighting sweet-toothed visitors since 1925. Kids of all ages will enjoy the free 30-minute demonstration of the candy-making process. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they offer free samples at the end of the tour!
Plan your visit to this tasty landmark here.
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Home & Gravesite
640 Mary-McLeod-Bethune Boulevard, Daytona Beach
The beautiful campus of Bethune-Cookman University dates back to 1904. This historically black university was created by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
Visitors can tour this pioneering educator’s 1913 home, which she called her “retreat.” In addition to her residence White Hall Administration building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Arrange your visit to learn more about this visionary here.
Basilica of St. Paul
317 Mullally Street, Daytona Beach
In honor of 125 years of service to the community St. Paul’s was designated a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. It is one of only 60 Basilica in the United States.
Visitors of all denoninations will appreciate the landmark 1925 Spanish Mission-style building, and stunning stained-glass windows.
To experience the beauty of this historic landmark you can attend a daily mass, or contact the office in advance to schedule a tour.
Daytona 500 International Speedway
1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach
Got the need for speed? Daytona International Speedway has been delighting race fans since 1959.
Visitors can visit the grounds and the Motorsports Hall of Fame. Choose one of three guided tour options to experience the thrill of the track! Everyone will feel like a winner after climbing the podium for a photo opp.
Learn more about this unique landmark here.
Experience Florida’s Space Coast
Step off the beaten path onto the fun and adventure of Florida’s Space Coast. This region has something for everyone and every interest.
Start planning to make your own landmark memories, click here.
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