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My week in Cocoa had its ups and downs as I disliked the overly-commercialized area but enjoyed visits to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Port Canaveral, and the incredible Kennedy Space Center.
The town of Cocoa has a lovely riverfront park and downtown village area that caters to tourists and residents alike, but the remainder of Cocoa is a run-down, unwelcoming place. When you cross the causeway to the ocean, the towns of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral are overrun with a mish-mash of buildings, too much retail, and traffic. If you like Old Orchard Beach, ME, Ocean City, MD or Myrtle Beach, SC, then you'll like it here. I'll pass, thank you.
Overall, this section of Brevard County is not very bike friendly with the exception of a 14-mile stretch along the Indian River that passes through Cocoa Village, and the small town of Rockledge. It was scenic with historic sites along the way, but watch out at the causeway crossings.
The absolute highlight of my week was a nine-hour day at the Kennedy Space Center where I ran around like a child at a carnival. I also cried four times from the absolute optimism and pride that we had at the beginning of the space program, and at that time, for our country. Too much to say, but many photos to share.
3/17/2017 05:39:02 pm
Great pics Judy -- and the Mana-tea is priceless!
3/22/2017 09:14:46 am
Fred...you know I'm opening tea bags just to use it! Thanks for visiting. Hope the cherry blossoms are in sight!
3/23/2017 08:49:42 pm
Loved your photo in front of the rockets. It really shows the height of them. Wish I had ventured there when I was in Florida. I didn't realize how much visitors are allowed to experience.
3/29/2017 02:29:42 pm
Claudette, I heard from a few folks that it was worth a trip and I wish I had two days there. It's not going anywhere -- go! J.
3/23/2017 09:39:11 pm
Judy, Brevard County is my home and I still have not seen as much of it as you have in your short stay. Shawn said you were inquiring about the mountain I love to camp and hike at in NC. It is called Stone Mountain State Park. You will love it.
3/27/2017 06:07:11 pm
David, Happy to hear from you & thanks for sending info. I'll let you guys know if I make it to Stone!
3/24/2017 04:53:20 pm
Hey Coco may be the pits but at least you are in shorts and on a bike!
3/27/2017 06:08:37 pm
Suzy-Q....so you've had enough of winter?
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