1975: National Seashore
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteThis Site boasts the longest stretch of preserved coastline on the east coast of Florida. Apart from its obvious recreational appeal, the 24 miles of seashore is situated on a barrier island that protects 57,662 acres of undeveloped beach and wetlands. The Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the east shore, while the milder Mosquito Lagoon waves lap at the west side. A variety of ecological systems can be found here, including ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats.
What You're Going to SeeBeachcombing, bird, and wildlife watching are among the many popular activities at Canaveral. Indeed, the park is a sanctuary to 1,000 species of plants and 300 species of birds, including 14 threatened or endangered species. Some of these endangered species include loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles, West Indian Manatee, Southern bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, eastern indigo snake, and Florida scrub jay.
Personal ObservationsLike my wife even wants to visit Florida. Yeesh.
Getting ThereNorth District: From Orlando, take I-4 north to exit 118 and Highway 44. Take that road east about ten miles to New Smyrna Beach and Route A1A. Follow that road south for about 9 miles to the information center.
Nearby AttractionsAbout 60 miles to the north is Matanzas National Monument. Fifteen miles further north is Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.