How to Enjoy the Perfect Space Coast Birthday Trip
By Space Coast Daily // June 27, 2022
Looking to plan an otherworldly trip for a loved one’s birthday? Nestled on one of the most beautiful coastlines of the Sunshine State, the Space Coast truly has it all!
Visiting world-class attractions, relaxing on sandy beaches, choosing among endless family adventures, and immersing yourself in the most authentic surfing culture are only some of the benefits of planning a birthday trip on the Space Coast.
But with so many options to choose from and 72 miles of shoreline, how can you plan the perfect birthday trip to the Space Coast? Start with the tips below!
Enjoy a Relaxing Beach Day at Cocoa Beach
There is no doubt about it: the first stop on your Space Coast trip should be at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. With the new 50,000-square-foot multi-level attraction, the nearby Cape Canaveral shuttle launch base, themes waterfront boardwalks, and several rocket launches scheduled each month, this is an unmissable experience!
But, after catching a rocket launch, what’s better to soak in the emotions of a lifetime than by chilling at the beach? And, for sure, Florida isn’t short of stunning, white-sand beaches to spend a relaxing day with your loved ones.
If you are unsure about the best beach to visit, start with the world-famous Cocoa Beach. Here you can reconnect with untouched nature, take a break from the bustle of the city center, and enjoy activities like boat trips, parasailing, and skydiving adventures.
Make It an Adventure With a Kayak or SUP Experience
While the Space Coast is the perfect destination for your family-friendly, themed birthday trip, it is also home to over 1,500 endemic species. Nearby areas like the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Indian River Lagoon, and the Banana River are the refuge of a diverse population of birds, river otters, alligators, manatees, bobcats, and more!
You and your family can experience the thriving wildlife of the Space Coast with a kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or zip-lining experience.
Celebrate in Style With The Finest Local Delicacies
Florida is famous all around the world for its seafood, grilled fish and meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. With such fresh ingredients and a long-standing gastronomic tradition, the Sunshine State and its Space Coast are packed with fine dining restaurants and casual eateries.
If you are looking for the perfect spot for your other half’s birthday meal, Florida’s Fresh Grill’s fine dining experience and Yellow Dog Cafe’s stylish atmosphere are great choices.
For a more exclusive experience with breathtaking views over the ocean or the Indian River, Trend Kitchen and The Fat Snook might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Enjoy a Casual (and Unforgettable!) Family Meal
While the quality of ingredients in Florida and the expertise of the state’s chefs lend themselves well to fine dining, the Space Coast is certainly not short of casual and family-friendly eateries.
From Long Doggers in Satellite Beach to Mitchell’s Restaurant in Cocoa, there are plenty of options to enjoy a delicious family meal at any time of the day.
Pro tip – looking to make sure that your little one receives all the gifts and messages on his or her birthday while on the Space Coast? Options like free ecards online can help family and friends send their love and wishes no matter where you decide to celebrate!
Immerse Yourself in the Space Coast Surfing Lifestyle
Not only does the Space Coasts host one of the best surf spots in Florida – Cocoa Beach – it is also permeated by a unique, authentic surfing lifestyle. If you are looking to make your birthday trip more adventurous, taking surf lessons here is certainly a must-have!
If you prefer to stay out of the water, consider touring Ron Jon Surf Shop’s flagship store just off Cocoa Beach. Here you can immerse yourself in the history of the culture of surfing, shop for surfwear and surfboards, and get an original “Ron Jon Surf Shop” sticker!