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Brevard County Florida: Home Of The Astronauts

Aug 18, 2007
Known as Florida's "Space Coast", Brevard County lies only 35 miles from the metropolis of Orlando and boasts over 70 miles of picturesque Atlantic coastline. Combining the common attractions of Florida such as golf, beach sports, and overall relaxation with several rocket launch sites including the famed Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County has become the most sought-after vacation destination in the entire state of Florida. The county's long reach from north to south allows it to encompass hundreds of square miles of park space and walking trails, most only a short distance from the beautiful expanse of white sand beaches.

While surfing and fishing remain intensely popular in Brevard County, the area's proximity to many of NASA's major launch sites also make it a prime destination for the scientific minded. Rocket and shuttle launches can be seen far and wide from all over the county, and all of the launch sites offer up-close and personal views of take offs year round.

Affordable for both residents and visitors, the city of Cocoa Beach boasts attractions such as the Brevard County Zoo and over 500 holes of golfing opportunities. With Orlando only an hour's drive to the east and Port Canaveral just minutes to the south, residents cite Cocoa Beach's centralized location as its main drawing feature.

Located in the southern portion of Brevard County is the city of Melbourne. While the majority of the city lies on the mainland, a small section exists on a barrier island; the Indian River Lagoon separates the island from the mainland. Two high-rise bridges connect the different sections of the city, providing easy access for those wanting to explore the lush vegetation that inhabits the island portion of Melbourne.

Home to Orlando's closest beach and some of the best natural reserves to be found in the United States, Titusville offers a wide range of opportunities for enthusiasts of everything from science and nature to surfing. With 27 miles of undeveloped beaches, surfers and fisherman alike flock to the city.

Also situated on the Indian River Lagoon coastline is Palm Bay, another of Florida's quaint, small cities. With a rich history of water sports and activities such as parasailing and water skiing, Palm Bay has long been a favorite destination of beach activity enthusiasts. The city's Regional Park stretches over 200 acres, providing seemingly endless green space and playing host to one of the only cricket courts to be found in central Florida.
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Timothy Tyson has spent most of 2007 driving around the state of Florida. See what he learned about Brevard County Florida
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