Central East Florida Attractions
Fort Pierce’s Downtown Farmers’ Market is a big draw on Saturday mornings from 8AM to noon, rain or shine, with local foods, crafts and artwork for sale. Live music is also featured. Come and see why this has been a crowd-pleaser for 19 years.
For family fun-filled activities in Melbourne, visit the Brevard Zoo or Andretti Thrill Park. The zoo houses monkeys, jaguars and kangaroos, plus you can kayak through 22 acres of wetlands.
The Andretti Thrill Park includes batting cages, kiddie amusement rides, paddleboats, a large arcade and indoor Lazer Tag. Best of all, there are several go-cart tracks, one of which is restricted to fans with a valid driver’s license who wish to travel 40 miles per hour on a European-style course.
One of Florida’s most famous attractions is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral. This 90,000-square-foot metropolis showcases all things related to the American space program.
Browse astronaut uniforms and pay respects to the fallen heroes at the black granite Astronaut Memorial. A favorite activity is a buffet-style Lunch with an Astronaut in an air-conditioned setting, during which your host, a retired astronaut, shares some of his or her fondest memories via a slideshow. Following the meal, there’s time to have photos taken with the hosting celebrity. Be sure to check the center’s website for rocket launches.
The Ponce de Leon Lighthouse, Florida’s tallest, is located in the town of Ponce de Leon, slightly south of Daytona. It’s a great place to watch the sun set or catch a moonrise.
Feel the need for speed? Whether you are a devoted NASCAR fan or have no idea what all of the hype is about, the world’s first and only motorsports stadium, the Daytona International Speedway, will blow you away. Having just undergone a US$400-million renovation, there are tons of things to see and do. Book a 30-minute or a go-minute VIP tour. NASCAR fans should sign up for the Richard Petty Experience, where they can drive on the track or be a passenger for laps with a professional driver. The Daytona International Speedway brings in millions of visitors annually.