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
With recreational activities ranging from hiking to biking, boating, fishing, and bioluminscent kayaking, Florida’s top destination for birding is also home to Kennedy Space Center
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.
The eastern terminus of the state-spanning Coast to Coast Trail is in the trail town of Titusville, where a ride on the Brevard Coast to Coast Trail provides cyclists the best ride in the county
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Within sight of the massive Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, this ride to the Indian River Lagoon offers some of the best birding you’ll do by bike.
At Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary, the trails are open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. But as we learned, off-road biking here can be more than a little challenging.
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.