Located on the Coast 40 minutes directly East of Orlando the Space Coast is basically Brevard County. The nickname came about starting in the Late 1950’s with the start-up of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which constructed what is now known as the Kennedy Space Center.
Over the last 50+ years, the area has seen the thrill of many rocket and Space Shuttle launches as well as the agony of lost astronauts and spacecraft, notably Apollo I and Space Shuttle Columbia. A rocket launch viewed up close is one of the most exciting things you will ever experience. Even though the Space Shuttle program has ended, there are plenty of other rocket launches including Delta, Titan, and SpaceX. Several much bigger rockets are in development. Brevard County even has the very fitting telephone prefix of 321.
However, the Space Coast is a lot more than rocket launches. It is hard to be bored with two major rivers (fishing/Boating/Kayaking galore), The KSC Visitors Center, Port Canaveral (the world’s second busiest cruise port), more than 25 golf courses, Major League Baseball Spring Training and 72 miles of beaches! Other attractions include the well-known Brevard Zoo, the Space Coast Ballet, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, King Center for the Performing Arts, and several quality museums. About the only thing we don’t do here is snow ski! Thirteen major movies and three television series were filmed in Brevard County.
Geographically, Brevard County has a mainland, a large island, and a long, narrow barrier island. The primary cities in the area include: On the mainland – Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Melbourne, West Melbourne, Suntree/ Viera, Palm Bay, Malabar, and Grant-Valkaria. Merritt Island – Entirely unincorporated but well-populated. Barrier Island – City Of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Patrick Air Force Base, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach.
Brevard schools consistently rank among the very best in the entire nation. For more information on schools in the county, click on one of the following links:
Public Schools – www.brevard.k12.fl.us
Magnet Schools – www.brevardmagnetschools.net
Private Schools – www.floridasmart.com/local/counties/brevard/education_private.htm
The area is so full of life and things to do it would be impossible to list all of them on this page. For more information on the area, call John Bond at 321-298-1118 or click on one of the following links:
Brevard Cultural Alliance – www.artsbrevard.org
Brevard Zoo – www.brevardzoo.org
BCC Planetarium and Observatory – web21.brevard.cc.fl.us
Canaveral National Seashore – www.nps.gov
Space Walk of Fame – www.spacewalkoffame.com
Police Hall of Fame – www.aphf.org
Kennedy Space Center – www.kennedyspacecenter.com/visit-us.aspx
Astronaut Hall of Fame – www.kennedyspacecenter.com/astronaut-hall-of-fame.aspx