the military history of the U.S.,
with special emphasis on
Brevard County veterans.
The collection holds
thousands of unique
artifacts dating as far
back as the Revolutionary War.
And while many
groups in Florida make
the pilgrimage to the
Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Complex to see the working
NASA facilities and artifacts, King said
there’s now another reason to go.
“Heroes and Legends just opened,
celebrating NASA’s pioneering astronauts;
it also features the U.S. Astronaut Hall of
Fame,” she said.
The exhibit also encourages guests to
experience the thrills of America’s earliest
missions, through engaging storytelling
and high-tech special effects. Visitors will
be introduced to heroes of the American
space program through a 360-degree visual
presentation, and the new U.S. Astronaut
Hall of Fame allows visitors to interact
“virtually” with nearly 100 astronaut heroes
inducted to date.
For those more inter-
ested in nature, the
Kennedy Center is
surrounded by the
Merritt Island Nation-
al Wildlife Refuge, a
sanctuary to more
than 300 species of
birds and 140 species
of fish. Melbourne offers
beaches, fishing, golf,
snorkeling and many other
outdoor activities, and Palm
Bay is a hidden gem renowned for its
numerous parks and nature trails. From
Cocoa Village, Island Boat Lines offers
guided tours along the Banana River
where more than 4,000 species of plant,
animal and fish are yours to see.
“One of the really great things about the
Space Coast is there are wonderful hotels
and the area is not crowded,” said Brenda
J. Glass, director of sales of Site Search,
Inc. “I had a group of judicial assistants
at the 125-room Hilton Cocoa Beach and
the hotel did a wonderful job. One day
we went to the Space Center, where my
attendees met astronauts and saw rockets
that have been in space; another day they
visited the charming downtown area of
Cocoa Beach, where they enjoyed the
shopping. My group loved the Space Coast
precisely because it’s so different from any
other area. We even have some attendees
who just want to get away from the con-
gestion and go to the beach.”
Thanks to ongoing development and
modernization, the Central East Florida
region is a dynamic destination, ideal
as a world-class global destination for
conferences and events where even the
most seasoned attendees will find much
to delight and entertain. Planners, too, can
look forward to professional, experienced
support from area venues and the CVB.
The Ocean Center is located in the heart of one of America’s favorite family destinations.
It’s the perfect venue for meetings and conventions large and small, exhibitions,
entertainment events and sporting competitions. And when the meeting breaks,
the ocean awaits. Book the Ocean Center and the best staff in the business
will make your next event your best event.
The Great Florida Venue
101 N. Atlantic Ave. | Daytona Beach, FL 32118
800.858.6444 | oceancenter.com
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