Visiting the Space Coast

J.O.Y. RV Park in Cocoa, FL, is perfectly located on the Space Coast with easy access to a wide variety of attractions. Explore the ocean, beach, and rivers, experience the theme parks, exhaust yourself shopping, excite yourself with history and science. All this and more are within an hour of J.O.Y. RV Park, and the I-95 interchange is only minutes from our driveway.

Learn more about some things to do using these links:

Local Attractions

Canaveral National Seashore                30 minutes

Since ancient times, this barrier island has provided sanctuary to both people and wildlife. Many threatened animals find refuge here, including sea turtles who nest on its shores. Like Indians and early settlers, you too can find tranquility. Swim in the ocean. Fish in the lagoon. Stroll down a wooded trail. Or reflect on the longest expanse of pristine shore in Florida – the way it used to be

Merritt Island NWR                                   30 minutes

The refuge traces its beginnings to the development of the nation’s Space Program. In 1962, NASA acquirenwrs_blue[1]d 140,000 acres of land, water, and marshes adjacent to Cape Canaveral to establish the John F. Kennedy Space Center. NASA built a launch complex and other space-related facilities, but development of most of the area was not necessary. In 1963 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an agreement to establish the refuge, and in 1975 a second agreement established Canaveral National Seashore. Today, the Department of Interior manages most of the unused portions of the Kennedy Space Center as a National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore.

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset daily. The Visitor Information Center is open from 9-4 Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. The refuge does not close for rocket launches.

Kennedy-Space-CenterKennedy Space Center                              25 minutes

Just as every successful launch demands a pre-launch checklist of key information, so does every successful visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Call (866) 737-5235 for additional information on planning an unforgettable visit to the world’s most authentic space attraction and working spaceflight facility.

brevard-zooBrevard Zoo                                                     20 minutes

The Brevard Zoo is a 75 acre facility located in Melbourne, Florida, that is home to more than 650 animals representing more than 165 species whose native habitats are in Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Ron-JonsRon Jon Surf Shop                                        20 minutes

The Cocoa Beach Ron Jon Surf Shop is also the world’s largest surf shop at 52,000 square feet.   Our flagship store has been dubbed “One of a Kind” for the past 50 years and is our largest store to date.  Open 24 hours a day, this store offers everything you could possibly need for the beach lifestyle.

Cocoa-BeachCocoa Beach                                                    20 minutes

It’s been called the quintessential beach town, and Cocoa Beach, a 20 minute drive east of J.O.Y. RV Park, on Florida’s beautiful Space Coast, offers endless ways to enjoy recreation and leisure.

port-canaveral2Port Canaveral                                                25 minutes

The Cove in Port Canaveral is a waterfront destination for tourists and locals alike.  Here, you can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, charter boats, shops, attractions, and live entertainment. Restaurants provide a variety of menu choices from finger foods to full-course dinners.

Disney-WorldDisney World                                                55 minutes

Walt Disney World® Resort is made up of four theme parks: Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park,  Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and two water parks: Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.  Make memories last and feel the magic at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Universal-orlandoUniversal Orlando                                   45 minutes

Play, scream and laugh with the biggest characters in movies, TV and pop culture at two immersive theme parks—Universal Studios®and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Swing high above the city streets with Spider-Man™; save the day with Shrek; soar over Hogwarts™ right alongside Harry Potter™; join the battle on the new TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D; and enjoy the dining and nightlife at the Universal CityWalk® entertainment complex.

LegolandLegoland                                                      50 minutes

LEGOLAND® Florida, Central Florida’s newest theme park, is specifically aimed at families with children ages 2 to 12. The park has more than 50 rides, attractions and shows, life-size LEGO® displays and interactive fun for the whole family to enjoy!

SeaworldSeaWorld                                                 45 minutes

A wonderland of ocean animals, rides and dazzling shows. SeaWorld® contains thrilling shows featuring Shamu, such as One Ocean. For relaxation in a tropical paradise, try Discovery Cove®, where you can swim with dolphins and hand-feed exotic birds. For more excitement, water-splashing thrill rides and animal encounters, try Aquatica® – SeaWorld’s Waterpark in Orlando. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also owns Busch Gardens® and Adventure Island®, in Tampa, Florida, just 85 miles southwest of Orlando.

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