As the home of Kennedy Space Center, Titusville has seen countless waves of residents come and go with each space program. Things are ramping up again at KSC, so the city is bustling. The historic core along US 1 is a nice place to stroll and shop. Downtown, don’t miss Space View Park for its memorials to each of the space programs (and the manatees that come to the seawall). And a visit to Titusville isn’t complete without rock shrimp savored at Dixie Crossroads!
What put Titusville on the ecotourism map is Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which surrounds KSC. From bioluminscent kayaking in summer to spotting roseate spoonbills in winter, it’s an unparalleled natural destination on the Atlantic Coast. Explore it on your own or with a guide at the Space Coast Wildlife & Birding Festival, Florida’s longest running birding festival. Held each January, it introduces participants to the vast nature preserves surrounding the city.
Trails and Parks Around Titusville
Best Trails and Parks Around Titusville
Blanketing the north end of Merritt Island between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge protects 140,000 acres with some of the best birding in Florida.
At the south end of Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda Beach is a popular destination for beachgoers along the Space Coast thanks to its natural beaches and views of Kennedy Space Center.
Anchoring the eastern end of the state-spanning Coast to Coast Trail, a bike trail system across Central Florida, the Brevard Coast to Coast Trail connects Titusville to Mims and Scottsmoor to provide cyclists with the longest dedicated paved bike path in the county.
Recent Additions and Updates
A Saturday ride on the Brevard Coast to Coast Trail meant meeting lots of riders and finally trying out the breakfast that volunteers at the Mims United Methodist Church put on for cyclists.
Titusville has an outstanding mix of activities from outdoor recreation to historical sites, museums, and rocket launches! Here are our top picks for what to do when you visit Titusville.
Where to Stay in Titusville
The one truly unique lodging you’ll find in town is Casa Coquina del Mar, a B&B with comfortable suites in a 1920s home with views of the Indian River. Otherwise, major chain hotels are clustered around Interstate 95 at SR 50.
Camping? Manatee Hammock is a county campground right along the lagoon and nicely shaded by live oaks. It fills up quick, so reserve early! After returning from several months on the Appalachian Trail, we spent a week in a cabin at the Titusville/Kennedy Space Center KOA and enjoyed it, both for the ease of getting out and about and the location off SR 46.