8 days in Central East Florida Itinerary

8 days in Central East Florida Itinerary

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Merritt Island
— 1 night
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Daytona Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cocoa Beach
— 2 nights
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Merritt Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): engage your brain at Space Shuttle Atlantis and then get answers to all your questions at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Local Lines Guide Service, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Merritt Island online trip maker.

Newark to Merritt Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Newark in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Merritt Island, with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Daytona Beach.
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Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Museums · Tours
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Daytona Beach — 4 nights

The iconic seaside destination of Daytona Beach once supported sugar mill plantations, but now entertains up to 8 million visitors a year.
Attractions like Beach at Daytona Beach and Daytona International Speedway make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daytona Beach: Stetson Mansion (in DeLand) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in New Smyrna Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Andy Romano Beachfront Park, look for gifts at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, and identify plant and animal life at Ponce Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Daytona Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Merritt Island to Daytona Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Daytona Beach can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Cocoa Beach.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
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Cocoa Beach — 2 nights

Situated in one of Florida's busiest vacation areas, Cocoa Beach burst onto the world scene in the 1960s, when it became a popular setting for parades honoring the nation's "Apollo" astronauts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Ron Jon Surf Shop, then take in the waterfront at Cocoa Beach Pier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cocoa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Brevard Zoo and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cocoa Beach using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Daytona Beach to Cocoa Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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