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Everyone knows that there’s hundreds of ways you can relax on while you’re vacationing in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. What very few visitors know is that these cities both feature activities for the adrenaline junkies out there! After you’ve booked your Cocoa Beach area hotel or motel, schedule a heart-pumping excursion at one of these Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral venues!
If you’ve got the need for speed look no further than Cape Canaveral’s Beachside Grand Prix. Grab your friends and family for a unique, beachside experience where you’ll zip around in high-performance, electric go-karts on a thrilling, multi-level, high-tech track. Hit boosts built into the track for Mario-Kart speed and cut tight turns while you race your friends and family. It’s the perfect way to kick off an evening out or cap off an adventuresome day!
World famous Cocoa Beach is a place known to attract visitors to ride the waves. It’s also where 11-time World Surf League Champion, Kelly Slater, mastered his skill. Book a surf lesson from one of the many surf schools in the area. The instructors will fit you with the perfect board and teach you how to become one with the ocean. Once you’re out on a board, paddling out with dolphins and catching that first wave, you’ll see why this is the best place on the East Coast to learn to surf and catch waves all year!
Go on an educational adventure with an eco-tour. Wildside Tours will take you on an informative ride through the Thousand Island Nature Preserve. You’ll explore all the different ecosystems and wildlife that make the Cocoa Beach area a unique vacation destination. Spot manatees, dolphin, birds and maybe a wayward alligator while your tour guides keep you engaged and informed as you glide across the Indian River Lagoon in a cozy catamaran. This is definitely a photo-op kind of tour, so bring your camera as you view some of the Cocoa Beach area’s most beautiful ecosystems.
Get your adrenaline pumping from the highest of heights and enjoy a bird’s eye view of our surf town. Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures & Zip Lines will have you suspended 45-feet in the air as you navigate your way through 50 unique challenges set in a canopy of beautiful, live oak trees. There are three different trails and levels of difficulty and you get to choose which challenges you feel comfortable with completing. While you explore the park, you will move at your own pace and tackle the challenges either on your own or with a group. All ages, skill level, and strengths will enjoy this unforgettable opportunity to test your problem-solving skills, conquer your fears and get your heart racing as you zip through the trees.
If you want to experience the Cocoa Beach area, you need to get on the water. Wildlife Watersports offers kayak, paddleboard, boat rentals and tours so you can experience the Indian River Lagoon like a local. Catch a bioluminescent tour during the summer or just chill with some manatees and dolphins all year round. And, when you’re finished checking out the lagoon, exclusive access to the beach and pool is a great way to cap off the perfect day.
Want to catch some incredible views of Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral? Then you’ll want to book a helicopter tour with Cocoa Beach Helicopters. Enjoy the panorama of the coastline and spaceflight landmarks as you smoothly cruise over the shorelines and wildlife below. Choose from short tours of the 2nd busiest cruise port and historic NASA launch pads. Or opt for longer flights that really show you everything the Space Coast has to offer. See the Indian River Lagoon, our picturesque shoreline, Port Canaveral and even the serine St. John’s River from the clouds.
See the sights at Port Canaveral on a Segway tour! Trained instructors teach you how to become a Segway pro in just a matter of minutes before you take off on a day-time or or star-lit evening excursion through the 2nd busiest cruise port in the US. Have more time on your hands, or want to see more, book the extended tour that guides you all the way from Port Canaveral to Jetty Park to learn more about the area. It’s the perfect experience for thrill-seeking teens and adults in your party.
Get behind the wheel of your Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach tour when you rent a Polaris from Space Coast Slingshots Adventure Rentals and Guided Tours. The a guided, follow-the-leader style tour to check out all the local hotspots including the Cocoa Beach Pier while you learn about local history and happenings! Or, take one out on your own for a half day or whole day of fun! All you need is a valid driver’s license, the know-how to drive a manual transmission and a desire to sight see.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut for a day, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is exactly where you want to be. The Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) invites astronauts 10 and older to take off to Mars. Where they’ll train like real astronauts and set course to the Red Planet as member of the Orion crew or launch control team. They will also experience a Martian spacewalk in a one-of-a-kind, immersive, microgravity simulation in addition to launch and landing sequences. You really won’t find another attraction like it anywhere else. Keep an eye on the launch schedule and you may even get to see an actual launch during your visit to KSC as well, talk about an action-packed vacation.
With all the heart-pumping activities the Cocoa Beach area has to offer, you won’t be able to fit all the action in on one day. Make sure that you book the perfect hotel or motel for your family or friends! We can’t wait to accommodate your stay and help create the perfect itinerary for the thrill-seeker in you!