Cape Canaveral, located midway between Jacksonville and Miami along Florida’s Space Coast is the home of the Kennedy Space Center from where the National Aeronautics and Space Administration missions are launched. Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge are protected natural areas set aside in the 1950s as a buffer for the nearby NASA activities. (photo adapted from National Park Service)
The barrier island and its waterways offer sanctuary for over 1000 species of plants and 300 species of birds.
Hammocks of ancient oaks draped with spanish moss grow near sand dunes covered with palmetto and sea oats.
Alligators can be spotted near the waterways.
Wild turkeys, herons and ibises are abundant.
Playalinda Beach, lined with sand dunes is ruggedly beautiful.
Warm waters attract bluefish, whiting and pompano making fishing a popular pastime.
The Kennedy Space Centre on Cape Canaveral is the NASA installation from where every US manned space flight has been launched since 1968.
The KSC Visitor centre displays a variety of items related to space exploration including rockets, satellites and space monitoring systems.
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