Florida’s Space Coast is known for 72 miles of pristine beaches, thrilling rocket launches, and hundreds of must-do activities. With so much going on in this busy area of Florida, how do you choose what to do with your time?

We’re ready to help. We’ve chosen the following 12 Space Coast attractions as the absolute best in the area. From a paddle boat extravaganza to fine art viewing and even a dinosaur store, the options are everywhere. We chose these award-winners based on based on reviews, offerings, unique features, location, and our own extra subjective criteria. Book a trip with any of these activities included and you’re on your way to an unforgettable experience.

The 12 Best Attractions on Florida’s Space Coast

Brevard Zoo (Melbourne)

There’s so much to experience at Brevard Zoo. Their lush, open-air habitats are home to over 900 animals from around the world! Take your Zoo visit to the next level with animal feedings, kayak tours, train rides, aerial adventures and more.

Eau Gallie Arts District (Melbourne)

The Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) is a vibrant community that boasts a rich history, an eclectic mix of art galleries, restaurants, shops and normally a full calendar of family friendly events for visitors and residents to enjoy year round. This incredible little city is a charming historic town but it’s also a thriving business district, cultural hub and a home for so many people. It’s a place where generations have lived, worked, and preserved the historic fabric of their downtown.

Exploration Tower (Cape Canaveral)

Located along the East Coast of Florida in Port Canaveral, Exploration Tower is a stunning architectural landmark providing visitors both fun and education. With seven floors of exhibits and interactive play, Exploration Tower includes something for everyone. Visitors will have access to the indoor and outdoor observation decks, nearly 5,550 feet of exhibit space, an auditorium, a café, a gift shop, and much more.They also offer unique space and amenities for corporate or special events.

Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral)

Whether you’re a local or visiting the Sunshine State, spending a day in the Tap Room at Florida Beer Co. is a must do on the Space Coast. Spend the afternoon relaxing with friends or fill your evenings with live music from their many great artists here on the Space Coast, as part of the Local Music Series. The Tap Room at Florida Beer Co. is a perfect spot to enjoy their award-winning brewery fresh lagers, ales and ciders.

Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center & Museum (Mims)

The Moore Museum explores the history of the Moores through interactive exhibits, historic collections, and dynamic speakers. In contrast to yesteryear’s Civil Rights Movement, the museum also examines today’s global civil and human rights issues. The museum offers artifacts, films oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through decades of history. Visitors learn about the milestone events that shaped the civil rights climate over the years in the State of Florida and beyond. They showcase memorabilia that reflects on the years since the tragic death and the historic reaction and continued impact of the legacy of the Moores.

Indian River Queen Paddle Boat (Cocoa)

This stunning triple deck paddle wheel boat offers first class events with a crew and event planning team who specialize in presenting private and exclusively designed affairs. All of the details are customized to suit the “Queen’s” clients needs.

Passengers begin their journey on the 2nd deck with a Welcome Aboard Reception, live music, full service bar & tasty appetizers prepared by “The Tulip” Restaurant.

As Passengers explore this triple deck paddle wheel boat they always enjoy the Queen’s Room which is located on the main deck. This elegant air-conditioned room offers full service bar, catering, restrooms, sound system and beautiful seating with various floor plan options to suit any event.

Topside Passengers enjoy the best view of the Indian River as the “Queen” cruises majestically along the Indian River and lagoon which is known as the world’s most diverse eco-system, home to herds of manatees, flocks of birds and playful dolphins.

Island Boat Lines Water Taxi and Eco-Tour Boat (Cocoa Beach)

Island Boat Lines offer daily Eco tours of the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands. Their most popular tour is the two hour Eco tour “In Search of Wildlife”. Passengers have the opportunity to see herds of Manatees, flocks of Birds and playful Dolphin as they journey through the heart of the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands. Tours are guided by a USCG Certified Captain and Professional Naturalist who will help passengers discover wildlife as they journey through the islands “In Search of Wildlife”.

Painting with a Twist (Cocoa)

LOOKS like ART, FEELS like FUN! Looking for THE new night out? Tired of the same old dinner and a movie? Need a FUN idea for a birthday party, girls night out, or bachelorette party? We have the answer! Painting With A Twist is the premier BYOB PAINTING STUDIO! Their artists will lead you step-by-step through a painting that you take home at the end of the class! You say you haven’t painted since you were a child? Not a problem! YOU can do this! It’s a painting pARTy! So grab your favorite wine/beverage, snack and friends and come paint.

Skydive Space Center (Titusville)

Come experience the thrill of central Florida skydiving over the beautiful Space Coast. They are just a short drive from Orlando Florida, and we offer everything you’ll need to tandem jump or take their accelerated free fall training, including professional skydiving video & photo services.

Skydive Space Center is the ultimate destination for Central Florida Skydiving. They offer the highest tandem jumps in the world at 18,000 feet!

The Dinosaur Store (Cocoa Beach)

Welcome to the Dinosaur Store & Museum, where history, adventure, culture, and fun collide in one great location on the Space Coast! In addition to visiting the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures (located on the 2nd and 3rd floors), you and your family may choose to shop in their world famous gift store, with a large array of authentic fossils, minerals, meteorites, jewelry, and so much more! Browsing their 4,000 square foot collection is complimentary for Museum guests and the perfect place to find eclectic gifts for any collector.

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum (Cape Canaveral)

The Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of United States’ ventures into space. The museum displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment.

This unique museum highlights the Space Force as a major participant in America’s space program and emphasizes activities at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station beginning in early 1950 and continuing today. Tours and gift shop operations are provided by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum (Titusville)

Founded in 1977 by a group aviation enthusiasts, veterans, and pilots, The Valiant Air Command, Inc. has  grown over the past 43 years from a handful of aircraft to a continually expanding collection of over 50 historic warbirds from the beginnings of aviation to the present day.

Located at Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville Florida, minutes from the heart of the American Space Program the Warbird Air Museum is sure to astonish both young and old visitors with world class aircraft restorations and exceptional collection of military aircraft, some of which you can only find at this facility.

Jen Robertson
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Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!