To experience some of the best that Central East Florida has to offer, pack a lunch and maybe some sneakers and set off on a road trip along the coast. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, you’ll find many historic destinations, delightful hiking trails and entertaining activities.
Travel south to visit Titusville and explore the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, which displays a collection of aircraft carriers and artifacts of all types from around the world, dated from pre-World War I to the present.
The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Highway moves through an estuary that provides a habitat to more species than anywhere else in North America. The 166-mile loop along Florida’s Space Coast starts at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and is attractive to history buffs and nature lovers alike.
A 14-mile drive along A1A, starting at Turtle Mound in New Smyrna Beach and ending at Canaveral National Seashore, bisects a narrow finger of land, bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other side by the sheltered Mosquito Lagoon marsh and islands. The drive dead-ends at an undeveloped barrier beach historic site, once a federal House of Refuge for shipwreck victims. Features include abundant marine animals and birds, a walk to a ghost town and a boardwalk climb up a 50-foot mound left by a Paleo-Indian culture, considered the largest remaining Native American mound in the nation—and among the most ancient.
Ormond Scenic Loop
The Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail is a 30-mile double loop that offers gorgeous views of natural scenerywith bonus appearances by homes from the 1930s and 40s along a tree-covered roadway. The road provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and parks offering trails, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming and bicycling.