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Where to go for fishing, paddling, hiking, birding.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Route 402 from north Titusville; 321-861-0667 -- This 220-square mile (140,000 acre) refuge hosts more than 22 threatened/endangered species including the 2,000-pound Florida manatee, eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise and peregrine falcon, more than any other refuge in the United States. You will find up to 400 Manatees making the North Banana River home in the spring. The area teems with more than 31 species of mammals, 331 types of birds and 113 species of fish - over 500 species of wildlife in all. You can seek out the 1045 species of flora that are found here.
Canaveral National Seashore, Route 402 from North Titusville; 321-267-1110 -- Twenty four miles of undeveloped barrier island provide the pristine Atlantic beaches of Playalinda, Klondike and Apollo. Inland are the dune, marsh, and lagoon habitats for a tremendous variety of wildlife. It is a major destination for bird lovers. The beaches are known world-wide for excellent surfing and surf fishing. This is part of the largest sea turtle nesting area in the United States. More than 6,000 loggerheads, green seas and leatherbacks lay up to 600 eggs each on Brevard beaches from May - August. Guided tours, after sundown in season, let you witness these one ton endangered animals nesting. See our North Area Program schedule for the many activities that are available for the public in the New Smyrna Beach area. There are occasional programs in the Playalinda Beach, Titusville area.
Parks in North Brevard Brevard County's Parks & Recreation Department -- 321-264-5105 - operates 41 facilities in North Brevard. Four are large Community Centers. Two are Gymnasiums. Two have large Pavilions for major events. There are Playgrounds for Children; Picnic areas with Shelters; Walking trails; Swimming pools; Boat ramps; a Camping facility; Courts for Basketball, Racquetball, Tennis and Volleyball; Fields for Youth Football, Little League Baseball, Soccer and Softball. There are many classes for adults and children, and an active program for those with disabilities. There are nearby activities for everyone. You are invited to use them.
Indian River Lagoon; (321) 724-5400 -- Located in the transition zone of the temperate and sub--tropical climates, it is the most diversified estuary in the nation. It parallels the ocean for 160 miles and is home to more than 4,315 species of plants and animals, including the precious Florida manatee.
St. Johns River Water Management District; (800) 451-7106 -- The St. Johns River Water Management District acquires lands to provide flood protection, protect water supplies, restore and preserve water bodies, maintain wildlife habitats and provide recreation to the public. They manage many properties that have excellent hiking, canoeing, hunting and fishing. Guided tours of some of the lands are available.
Wuesthoff Park, Off Barna Avenue, south of SR 50, Titusville; (321)264-5105 -- A short, pleasant trail through the woods. Picnic tables, small playground, activities building.
Jungle Adventures, 26205 East Highway 50, Christmas, FL 32709: (407) 568-1354. A family attraction with lots of Alligators and live animals. Features include: wildlife shows, boat cruise, nature trails, Spanish frontier and Timucuan Indian village reproductions, and a bird aviary. They provide educational programs, have a gift shop and a cafe that features "Alligator Bites."
Ace of Hearts Ranch - Horses, Horseback Riding, Trail Rides, overnight summer camps, Pony Parties, Weddings, Riding Lessons, Boarding Stables.
Grasshopper Airboat Ecotours - Ecotours on the grassy marshes of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett. See birds, alligators, other wildlife, and spectacular scenery on a personally guided tour.
Old Fashioned Airboat Rides - Wildlife like Alligators and Eagles, 90 Minute Private Day or Night Real Airboat Tours on the Marshes of the Scenic St. Johns River. Captain John: over 30 Years Experience.
Airboat Rides at Midway - See the Florida outback, a natural paradise teeming with wildlife and native vegetation along the meandering St.John's River. Meet your airboat ride at our permanent facility.
Spacecoast Wilderness Club; Inactive. Camping trips, hiking, canoeing, Wilderness Skills Course, Community Projects. John Willis: 632-1582.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge - Celebrating 100 years as the first U.S. Refuge in March 2003.
Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral; (321) 783-7831 -- The Port has developed a wide variety of recreational facilities including biking, beaches, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, surfing, sailing, snorkeling, diving and, sailboarding. With three marinas, ten restaurants, private shops and public parks provide something for everyone. Premier, Canaveral and Carnival Cruise Lines depart daily for the Caribbean Islands, and the Disney ship will make its debut in 1998.
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse -- Located on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station restricted access grounds. The lighthouse grounds can be visited on a special Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex tour. The lighthouse is open every Wednesday and Thursday for the *Free* Air Force bus tour, and people can climb up to the fifth level. You can see the lighthouse from either Canaveral Harbor Road or from the beach at Cocoa Beach southward.
Ulamay Wildlife Sanctuary, 805 Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island; (321)868-1123 -- Great bird watching, canoe and hiking trails, fishing pier, guided tours.
Lori Wilson Park, 1500 North Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach; (321)868-1123 -- Maritime hammock and ocean beach access, nature center, playground and picnic area.
Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach; (321)783-7549 -- An historic 840 foot pier provides fishing, food and shops.
Riverwalk Family Park, 5355 South US 1, Rockledge - Nature Center, and a nature boardwalk that begins near the pavilion with restrooms, winding through a natural Florida hammock to the Indian River Lagoon. Picnicking.
Brevard Zoo, North Wickham Road, east of I-95, Melbourne; (321) 254-9453 -- Opened in 1994, it is the only zoo between Jacksonville and West Palm Beach. It features a jet black jaguar. You can view 600-pound tapirs, giant anteaters and two-toed sloths from a shady tropical boardwalk. Brevard Zoo's "Paws On" -- The Animal Study Zone, provides a unique, one--of--a--kind interactive natural adventure where children and adults learn about animals through play and hands-on exhibits.
Florida Institute of Technology Botanical Gardens, FIT Melbourne Campus, (321) 768-8000 -- A one mile paved trail wends its way through over 300 species of palms, fern and other tropical foliage. An 1883 one-room schoolhouse, Brevard's oldest, has been relocated here.
Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, Melbourne Beach; (321) 984-4852 -- Three miles of ocean beach are available for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. It is the only designated surfing area in Brevard County; and is the number one surfing destination in Florida, hosting several national surfing tournaments every year. Camping: a stone's throw from Sebastian Inlet and a short stroll to the Atlantic Beach. Small store; gifts; food; docking; canoe, kayak, jet ski, & power boat rentals (no gas); Ranger led boat tours (to Pelican Island). Considered one of the best fishing areas in the state of Florida. It is one of the most popular of all Florida State Parks.
Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay; (321) 952-3433 -- Walk through sand pines, saw palmettos and live oaks that emerge from ancient sand dunes created 120,000 years ago on a 4,000--foot boardwalk. This is a major stopover for spring and fall migratory birds.
Hal Scott Regional Preserve & Park -- Miles of trails of unspoiled sanctuary for hiking, wetland habitats, pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, hardwood on Maxim, to Bancroft, South to Paddock, West to Dallas and follow signs. Open: Sunrise to Sunset. (407) 836-6200.
Forever Florida - 4755 N. Kenansville Rd., St. Cloud, FL 34773; 1-866-854-3837 (407-957-9794 local) -- Forever Florida is Central Florida's newest nature-based attraction giving visitors a chance to experience first hand Florida's deep heritage roots, ecosystems, and wildlife with a relaxing fun filled, educational experience.
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SPACE and SCIENCE
Astronaut's Memorial, Kennedy Space Center; (321) 452-2121 -- The "Space Mirror" -- a National Memorial designed to honor the 16 astronauts who have given their lives for space exploration - the heroes' names are engraved in the 70,400-pound polished granite disk which rotates to mirror the movements of the sun.
Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center; (321) 452-2121 -- Apollo 11, Man's first landing on the moon, blasted off from this historic site on July 16, 1969, beginning a whole new quest toward the final frontier.
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, Cocoa; (321) 634-3732 -- Florida's largest planetarium and public access telescope. Featuring the world's most advanced astronomy teaching facilities. Three story high IWERRKS Motion Picture Theater. International Hall of Space Explorers.
Florida Solar Energy Center, 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa; 321-638-1000 -- This 16 acre complex was formed to explore Florida's most abundant energy resource, the sun. A library holds several thousand books and documents. Testing and evaluation of solar energy devices is performed. Study and experimentation with solar energy is encouraged.
Air Force Space and Missile Museum, The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of United State's ventures into space. The museum displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment and is open daily. NASA/Delaware North Parks Service has a bus tour 7 days a week (launch schedule permitting) called "Cape Canaveral: Then and Now." The tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours and includes a stop at the museum, NASA's Launch Complex 5/6, and various other historic launch complexes at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. For more information about the tour call (321) 452-2121 or (321) 449-4322.
Museums and History
American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, 6350 Horizon Drive, Titusville, FL 32780; 321-264-0911; email@example.com. The Nation's First Museum, Attraction and Memorial Honoring All Police In Federal, State, County and Local Departments. Exhibits, Memorabilia & Collectibles, Special Theatre Presentations, preserving law enforcement history. "With Exhibits, Memorabilia & Collectibles, Special Theatre Presentations. "We Honor Those Who Serve & Protect."
Valiant Air Command, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 32780; 321-268-1941, EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Located east of I-95 exit 79. Museum located on Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville. Off US 1 or SR 405 adjacent to Kennedy Space Center Call: 321 268 1941 for more information. Featuring aircraft WW1 to Desert Storm. A6, A7, F14, F101, Phantom, C47 (in D Day Invasion), T6,T28,Helicopters, & more (Display Changes). Restorations - volunteers invited. Large memorabilia room. Gift Shop. Open Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum -- 4 Main Street, Downtown Titusville -- See "Space" above.
Challenger Memorial -- The City of Titusville's memorial to the victims of the Apollo and Challenger & Columbia Space Shuttle tragedies. A memorial service is held there in January. South west corner of Sand Point Park.
Titusville, Florida Walking Tour - Take a virtual tour of the panels that mark the sites of Titusville's early history. Then walk the real thing and visualize oyr town in the late 1800's. The walk starts near the Gemini Monument and ends just south of City Hall.
Historic Downtown Titusville; 321-269-7363 -- Olde downtown Titusville's Main Street is a National Historic District and a Main Street City. Much of the original downtown has been preserved. Ask for the River Center Association walking and driving tour map.
Brevard Art Museum, 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, 32935; 321-242-0737. Science Center; lots of hands on activities for children: 321-254-7782.
Grant Historical House -- 1916 "Catalog" house; Tours, antiques, household furnishings. 5795 U.S. Highway 1, Grant 32949: 321-723-8543
Honor America/Liberty Bell Memorial Museum -- American historical museum featuring full size replica of the Liberty Bell. 1601 Oak Street, Melbourne: 321-727-1776
Military Museum -- Artifacts from Civil War to present: uniforms, medals, model airplanes, military library. Near Merritt Square Mall. 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy., Merritt Island: 321-453-1776
Olde Cocoa Village -- Historic downtown Cocoa. Theatre, community events, shopping. P.O. Box 1, Cocoa 32923; Brevard and Delannoy Avenues, Cocoa: 321-639-9075
Porcher House -- 20th Century Greek Revival architecture done in Coquina Rock. Built in 1916 as a private home. Private functions, weddings, parties. National Register of Historic Homes. 434 Delannoy Avenue, Cocoa 32922: 321-639-3500
Indian River Historical Cruise: From Sailing Ships to Space Ships., Cruise discontinued. Interesting info on website. -- Voyage back into the 1800s on a "Living History" cruise along Titusville, Florida's waterfront narrated by the character of Capt. Richard Paddison. From sailing ships to space ships. Seminole indians, Confederate blockade runners, steamboats and pioneers.
THEATER, ART and MUSIC
Titusville Playhouse - Emma Parrish Theatre -- 301 Julia Street, Titusville, FL 32781-1234. (321) 268-3711; Box Office: 268-1125. The Playhouse produces 5 main stage theatrical productions (drama, comedy & musicals) each year. Anyone interested in theater is invited to add their skills and to audition for a production. Emma's Attic produces shorter, more experimental plays. Rising Star Theater is for youths grade 6 through high school. Children's Theatre Arts provides classes for grades 1 through 5 and Summer Theatre for grades 2 through 8. The Theater hosts a variety of community events throughout the year.
Maxwell C. King Center for Performing Arts -- 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL. 32935; Ticket Office: (321) 242-2219. The King Center's 2000-seat auditorium provides "big City" entertainment on the Space Coast: Broadway musicals, major theater productions, celebrity performances, children's shows, ballet, symphony orchestras, operas, lecturers, exhibits, and international performers. Local artist exhibits. You can enjoy elegant dining at the King Center's Royal Onyx Room before the show. Call for schedule, ticket information and season passes.
Other excellent Theaters in Brevard County
Titusville Art League, 1421 Draa Road, Titusville, FL 32782-6133; (321)268-2147. TAL sponsors several art shows in the community, provides art for public places, holds classes in many art media, and promotes the arts in the area. Poets & Painters brings artists and poets together to write and paint to each other's works.
Downtown Titusville Art Walk, Downtown galleries have organized "Art Walks" on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m. encouraging participants to visit each of the galleries. At the end of the evening, a gift basket will be given to a lucky visitor.
Greenwood Gallery, 1520 Garden St., Titusville; (321)268-3362
Brevard Symphony Orchestra - North Guild ... provides support for our fantastic orchestra. We share our love of music all year long and help provide necessary funding and volunteers. Contact Person: Jean Holley - Phone: (321) 267-8060.
Space Coast Pops (Florida Space Coast Philharmonic), (321) 632-7445; email@example.com
Brevard Cultural Alliance is our community's arts and cultural affairs agency. Its role is to promote cultural programs, helping make them accessible to everyone. They help strengthen our community through arts education, the humanities, cultural tourism, economic development and youth arts projects. Publish monthly Art-A-Facts. 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C/2, Viera, FL 32940: 690-6817. ARTSline: 690-6819. eMail
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Parks in North Brevard -- Brevard County's Parks & Recreation Department.
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL
BOATING - Kayaking - Canoeing - Sailing - Touring
CAMPING & HIKING
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL - Space Coast Stadium, 5800 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne: (321) 633-9200.
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