Kerri’s guidebook

Kerri
Kerri’s guidebook

Sightseeing

Fun places to check out
Visiting first thing in the morning will prevent long lines and large groups especially during any week day. If you have extra time and extra cash, I highly recommend the Behind the Scenes Bus Tour and the Astronaut Training Experience. Also, if you go to the main gift shop and go upstairs, there is a clearance section. Hit that up first!
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NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Space Commerce Way
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Visiting first thing in the morning will prevent long lines and large groups especially during any week day. If you have extra time and extra cash, I highly recommend the Behind the Scenes Bus Tour and the Astronaut Training Experience. Also, if you go to the main gift shop and go upstairs, there is a clearance section. Hit that up first!
A great place to not only watch the launches but a fun place to watch cruise ships come and go. You can find the ship schedule online and oh, do not forget to look for the Disney cruise ship to pass you by - it is a must see (and hear). It is my favorite to see leave port.
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Jetty Park
397 Jetty Park Rd
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A great place to not only watch the launches but a fun place to watch cruise ships come and go. You can find the ship schedule online and oh, do not forget to look for the Disney cruise ship to pass you by - it is a must see (and hear). It is my favorite to see leave port.

Food scene

Great food and drinks. You do not have to dress up here. Shorts and a t-shirt is fine here.
By far, the VERY best donut's I have ever had. Get there early though because they can often sell out of donuts by 11am. My personal favorite: Lemon filled.
Kim's Donut & Deli
1800 S Washington Ave
By far, the VERY best donut's I have ever had. Get there early though because they can often sell out of donuts by 11am. My personal favorite: Lemon filled.
Love different brews? Here you can find really great ones with unique names and full of flavor. I suggest doing a flight so you can taste several. They have another location called the Brix Project which is closer and they have a wider menu of food and beverages.
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Playalinda Brewing Company
305 S Washington Ave
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Love different brews? Here you can find really great ones with unique names and full of flavor. I suggest doing a flight so you can taste several. They have another location called the Brix Project which is closer and they have a wider menu of food and beverages.
Hushpuppies, hushpuppies and hushpuppies. Have I mentioned the hushpuppies? Get in there before the lunch, dinner or church crowds do or you will be outside waiting. I like sitting at the bar when they are open. Their seafood soup is great, their hushpuppies are fantastic and I always get the rock shrimp broiled not fried. I think they have the best rock shrimp in the area. Don't forget to get your picture taken with the shrimp on the bench.
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Dixie Crossroads
1475 Garden St
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Hushpuppies, hushpuppies and hushpuppies. Have I mentioned the hushpuppies? Get in there before the lunch, dinner or church crowds do or you will be outside waiting. I like sitting at the bar when they are open. Their seafood soup is great, their hushpuppies are fantastic and I always get the rock shrimp broiled not fried. I think they have the best rock shrimp in the area. Don't forget to get your picture taken with the shrimp on the bench.
Waiting to board your ship or maybe you just want to watch the ships from your table or Jetty Park. They advertise that they have shark kabobs but every time I have gone, they have ran out. Regardless, they have very good food and friendly service. A relax place to eat. Shorts and a t-shirt type of place.
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Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
500 Glen Cheek Dr
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Waiting to board your ship or maybe you just want to watch the ships from your table or Jetty Park. They advertise that they have shark kabobs but every time I have gone, they have ran out. Regardless, they have very good food and friendly service. A relax place to eat. Shorts and a t-shirt type of place.
So far, this is my favorite pizza place around town. Their slices are huge. (I also like their packaged Italian cookies to take home occasionally because they are not too sweet) Friendly staff. PS- they serve a fair amount of different types of brews here.But do not expect to do much shopping in the shopping center or "mall" that it sits in. This place is easy to get to and right off of US 1.
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Valentino's New York Style Pizza & Restaurant
3550 S Washington Ave
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So far, this is my favorite pizza place around town. Their slices are huge. (I also like their packaged Italian cookies to take home occasionally because they are not too sweet) Friendly staff. PS- they serve a fair amount of different types of brews here.But do not expect to do much shopping in the shopping center or "mall" that it sits in. This place is easy to get to and right off of US 1.

Shopping

Wanting to do a bit of shopping? Here are a few of my favorite places.
If you want a coastal shopping experience that sort of is like a Marshalls or TJ Maxx, Bealls is it. They have great sales and cute beachy / coastal items.
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Bealls Florida
2424 S Washington Ave
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If you want a coastal shopping experience that sort of is like a Marshalls or TJ Maxx, Bealls is it. They have great sales and cute beachy / coastal items.
Open 24 hours a day and everything from sunscreen to surf lessons. This two story shop is really neat even if you are not buying anything.
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Ron Jon Surf School
150 E Columbia Ln
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Open 24 hours a day and everything from sunscreen to surf lessons. This two story shop is really neat even if you are not buying anything.
Tons of cute shops, places to eat, drink and see. Beware: this area gets packed at all times so you may have to drive around a little to find parking but it is worth going and hanging out for a while.
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Cocoa Village
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Tons of cute shops, places to eat, drink and see. Beware: this area gets packed at all times so you may have to drive around a little to find parking but it is worth going and hanging out for a while.
Probably my favorite food place in the area. Their fresh pressed olive oil and balsamic vinagers are full of flavor and you can sample them all. The staff there will teach you so much about their products and different ways to use them. This place is a gem in Cocoa Village.
From Olives & Grapes
12 Oleander St
Probably my favorite food place in the area. Their fresh pressed olive oil and balsamic vinagers are full of flavor and you can sample them all. The staff there will teach you so much about their products and different ways to use them. This place is a gem in Cocoa Village.

Sick? Go Here!

The very best emergency room and urgent care.
I hope you do not need to go to the emergency room while you are here but if you do, please go here. I promise you the best care in the world. It was recommended to me and unfortunately I have had to go twice. It is less than 20 min away.
Health First's Viera Hospital
8745 N Wickham Rd
I hope you do not need to go to the emergency room while you are here but if you do, please go here. I promise you the best care in the world. It was recommended to me and unfortunately I have had to go twice. It is less than 20 min away.
Short wait times for non-critical emergency things that happen while you are away from home. They have been very nice when I had to go.
Port St John MedFast Urgent Care | Walk In Clinic | Emergency Quick Care
5005 Port Saint John Pkwy
Short wait times for non-critical emergency things that happen while you are away from home. They have been very nice when I had to go.

Beach

Beach, wildlife and the sea
A great beach with lots of wildlife along the way. Restrooms available and great parking close. There is a fee per car for entrance or you can buy a yearly pass. This is my favorite beach to visit!
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Playalinda Beach
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A great beach with lots of wildlife along the way. Restrooms available and great parking close. There is a fee per car for entrance or you can buy a yearly pass. This is my favorite beach to visit!