Rocketview Roost Guidebook

Susan
Rocketview Roost Guidebook

Inexpensive outings

Inexpensive, out of the heat, family drive. Good for all, but especially good if you need something to do with young children to get out of the heat, since you are in the comfort of your own car. Breathtaking views of birds, alligators, and natural Florida. Just after sunrise and before sunset are the best times to see wildlife. (321) 861-0667 1963 Refuge Headquarters Road Titusville, FL 32782 Driving Directions From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge. The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway. To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right.
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Black Point Wildlife Drive
Blackpoint Wildlife Drive
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Inexpensive, out of the heat, family drive. Good for all, but especially good if you need something to do with young children to get out of the heat, since you are in the comfort of your own car. Breathtaking views of birds, alligators, and natural Florida. Just after sunrise and before sunset are the best times to see wildlife. (321) 861-0667 1963 Refuge Headquarters Road Titusville, FL 32782 Driving Directions From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge. The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway. To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right.
This was a small fossil store that has been really expanding into their own fun area for kids and museums. The shop has some pretty amazing fossils, rocks, replicas, shark teeth, and the like. There is an add-on charge for the museums and the fun-area. It's a great stop on the way to the beach and it's located near Florida Seafood, one of the best local seafood eateries.
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The Dinosaur Store
250 W Cocoa Beach Causeway
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This was a small fossil store that has been really expanding into their own fun area for kids and museums. The shop has some pretty amazing fossils, rocks, replicas, shark teeth, and the like. There is an add-on charge for the museums and the fun-area. It's a great stop on the way to the beach and it's located near Florida Seafood, one of the best local seafood eateries.
Manatee sightings are most active in the cold, when the manatees crowd Florida's crystal clear springs. However, manatees are active year-round in the rivers, if you have a good vantage point. Morning and early sunset is the best time to see them.
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Manatee Observation Deck
Courtenay Parkway North
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Manatee sightings are most active in the cold, when the manatees crowd Florida's crystal clear springs. However, manatees are active year-round in the rivers, if you have a good vantage point. Morning and early sunset is the best time to see them.
There are a lot of ramps to get on the beach in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. There is a large family sized beach blanket, beach towels, a tote, and sunscreen in the laundry room. There are also some beach toys. We like 5th Street South for a quiet beach. If Bryan is working at Surfside theatre that day, he's happy to give a tour of the theatre, which is very close.
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Cocoa Beach
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There are a lot of ramps to get on the beach in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. There is a large family sized beach blanket, beach towels, a tote, and sunscreen in the laundry room. There are also some beach toys. We like 5th Street South for a quiet beach. If Bryan is working at Surfside theatre that day, he's happy to give a tour of the theatre, which is very close.
This zoo was literally built by hand by the community at its inception under the guidance of Norman Rockwell's grandson and a local veterinarian. Susan participated in both the build and student "brickmaking" at the school where she was teaching at the time. Local companies, including the space-related industries donated their time and money to make this happen. It's a great place for the whole family! $28.00 for adults and $16.00 for kids.
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Brevard Zoo
8225 N Wickham Rd
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This zoo was literally built by hand by the community at its inception under the guidance of Norman Rockwell's grandson and a local veterinarian. Susan participated in both the build and student "brickmaking" at the school where she was teaching at the time. Local companies, including the space-related industries donated their time and money to make this happen. It's a great place for the whole family! $28.00 for adults and $16.00 for kids.
Note: This came up as "Enchanted Forest Road", I'm not sure why. It's a county park. Sign in when you get there and grab a trail guide. If you are traveling with smaller children, please ask staff which trails to take. These are not particularly vigorous trails, by most standards, but it is not all boardwalk. You will not be able to keep them in a stroller. Note: You may see feral pigs and piglets while on the trail. Keep your distance. These aren't farm pigs. They often hang out in the Magnolia loop and you'll see their tracks.
Enchanted Forest Road
Enchanted Forest Road
Note: This came up as "Enchanted Forest Road", I'm not sure why. It's a county park. Sign in when you get there and grab a trail guide. If you are traveling with smaller children, please ask staff which trails to take. These are not particularly vigorous trails, by most standards, but it is not all boardwalk. You will not be able to keep them in a stroller. Note: You may see feral pigs and piglets while on the trail. Keep your distance. These aren't farm pigs. They often hang out in the Magnolia loop and you'll see their tracks.
It's a big, wide open beach with a view of massive cruise ships. There are showers, bathrooms, a baitshop, concessions, a restaurant, playgrounds. IMPORTANT: If you need a beach wheelchair, the park will assist you at no charge. Please call them for details. Here's a youtube video that explains the amenities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RjYT89BsoQ There are limited day passes, which you will buy online. It's by the carload at about $15.00 per day. Plan ahead to ensure a pass. Here's the link: https://shop.portcanaveral.com/collections/admission-tickets/products/jetty-park
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Jetty Park
397 Jetty Park Rd
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It's a big, wide open beach with a view of massive cruise ships. There are showers, bathrooms, a baitshop, concessions, a restaurant, playgrounds. IMPORTANT: If you need a beach wheelchair, the park will assist you at no charge. Please call them for details. Here's a youtube video that explains the amenities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RjYT89BsoQ There are limited day passes, which you will buy online. It's by the carload at about $15.00 per day. Plan ahead to ensure a pass. Here's the link: https://shop.portcanaveral.com/collections/admission-tickets/products/jetty-park
This is the community park that's located a few minutes by car from Rocketview.
Fay Lake Wilderness Park
6300 Fay Boulevard
This is the community park that's located a few minutes by car from Rocketview.

Sightseeing

KSC Visitor's center has really stepped up its game, with interactive STEM activities for kids; the Atlantis exhibit, where you can walk above, under, and around this decommissioned shuttle; eye-popping IMAX movies with Hubble footage; Mars exhibits; and the ever-popular bus tours through the center (which now stop at the Saturn museum as part of the rid).
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NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Space Commerce Way
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KSC Visitor's center has really stepped up its game, with interactive STEM activities for kids; the Atlantis exhibit, where you can walk above, under, and around this decommissioned shuttle; eye-popping IMAX movies with Hubble footage; Mars exhibits; and the ever-popular bus tours through the center (which now stop at the Saturn museum as part of the rid).

Food scene

Restaurant at Jetty Park. Convenient if you're already there for the day.
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Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill
610 Glen Cheek Dr
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Restaurant at Jetty Park. Convenient if you're already there for the day.
Right across the water from the VAB (iconic NASA Vehicle Assembly Building), this is the best Mexican/Cuban restaurant in the county (they have two other restaurants in the county). If you've never tried Cuban food, you might want to relax with a Mojito (a rum cocktail) and Picadillo entree (beef over rice with plantains). Great Mexican dishes and friendly waiters. Don't forget to grab some Key Lime hard candies (gratis) from the front desk on the way out.
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El Leoncito Mexican and Cuban Restaurant
4280 S Washington Ave
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Right across the water from the VAB (iconic NASA Vehicle Assembly Building), this is the best Mexican/Cuban restaurant in the county (they have two other restaurants in the county). If you've never tried Cuban food, you might want to relax with a Mojito (a rum cocktail) and Picadillo entree (beef over rice with plantains). Great Mexican dishes and friendly waiters. Don't forget to grab some Key Lime hard candies (gratis) from the front desk on the way out.
There are many locations, but this one is a few miles from the house. Great Italian food in a classic setting.
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Kelsey's Pizzeria
6811 N Cocoa Blvd
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There are many locations, but this one is a few miles from the house. Great Italian food in a classic setting.
The closest Indian Restaurant. Excellent kadai and curry!
Indian Sizzler
3520 South Washington Avenue
The closest Indian Restaurant. Excellent kadai and curry!
Florida has a large Vietnamese population and we are blessed with a number of Vietnamese restaurants. Pho 95's soup is fragrant and fresh. The restaurant itself is a little worn looking, but the staff is friendly.
Pho 95 Vietnamese cuisine
938 Dixon Boulevard
Florida has a large Vietnamese population and we are blessed with a number of Vietnamese restaurants. Pho 95's soup is fragrant and fresh. The restaurant itself is a little worn looking, but the staff is friendly.
This has a vast menu of Asian fusion, including sushi, Thai food, and more. Very popular! Sue is in love with the Chili Fish.
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Pacific Rim
300 N Courtenay Pkwy
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This has a vast menu of Asian fusion, including sushi, Thai food, and more. Very popular! Sue is in love with the Chili Fish.
Very close to the house, it has outdoor dining and a good menu. Think upscale burgers, beer, tacos. It has an outdoor patio or indoor dining.
PSJ Cellar
3780 Curtis Boulevard
Very close to the house, it has outdoor dining and a good menu. Think upscale burgers, beer, tacos. It has an outdoor patio or indoor dining.
I don't usually eat sushi, but I like theirs. Their curry Katsudon is amazing (Shrimp). I have not eaten in this restaurant, but I Ubereats all the time!
Yaakuza Japanese Thai Fusion & Sake Bar
925 North Courtenay Parkway
I don't usually eat sushi, but I like theirs. Their curry Katsudon is amazing (Shrimp). I have not eaten in this restaurant, but I Ubereats all the time!
Great seafood, very informal, great staff!
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Dixie Crossroads
1475 Garden St
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Great seafood, very informal, great staff!
My favorite informal seafood restaurant. Great oysters!
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Florida's Seafood Bar & Grill
480 W Cocoa Beach Causeway
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My favorite informal seafood restaurant. Great oysters!
Close to the house. VERY inexpensive country breakfast.
Country Cookin Diner - Port St. John
704 West Ave
Close to the house. VERY inexpensive country breakfast.
Fabulous food, great selection of beer! Good for families, too.
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Playalinda Brewing Company - Brix Project
5220 S Washington Ave
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Fabulous food, great selection of beer! Good for families, too.
This little bakery sells out quick and is only open weird hours (see below) but you can order ahead. Killer desserts, cakes, and cupcakes. Hours: Tuesday Closed Wednesday 10AM–3:30PM Thursday 10AM–3:30PM Friday 10AM–3:30PM Saturday 10AM–12PM
Something Sweet Cake Studio
3740 Curtis Blvd
This little bakery sells out quick and is only open weird hours (see below) but you can order ahead. Killer desserts, cakes, and cupcakes. Hours: Tuesday Closed Wednesday 10AM–3:30PM Thursday 10AM–3:30PM Friday 10AM–3:30PM Saturday 10AM–12PM

Theme Parks

It's the most magical place on earth. Talk to Sue for tips before you go that can make your day much better!
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Magic Kingdom Park
1180 Seven Seas Drive
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It's the most magical place on earth. Talk to Sue for tips before you go that can make your day much better!
This park is a wonderful animal-centered park. In our experience, this park is best in the Spring and Fall, since it doesn't have all the indoor rides to take cover from the heat like the other parks do.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
2901 Osceola Pkwy
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This park is a wonderful animal-centered park. In our experience, this park is best in the Spring and Fall, since it doesn't have all the indoor rides to take cover from the heat like the other parks do.
This park has a lot of brand new rides with a futuristic theme. The World Showcase is in the back of the park. Start there and veer left (Everyone wants to do the ride in the silver sphere first but that's a nice cool ride to hit after the lines are down and you need a retreat from the heat). There is a temporary manatee aquarium in this park.
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Epcot
200 Epcot Center Dr
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This park has a lot of brand new rides with a futuristic theme. The World Showcase is in the back of the park. Start there and veer left (Everyone wants to do the ride in the silver sphere first but that's a nice cool ride to hit after the lines are down and you need a retreat from the heat). There is a temporary manatee aquarium in this park.
Aquatic is an amazing water park. Sea World has been mending its reputation by ramping up it's Manatee Rescue team and readjusting their mission. You can see manatees here.
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SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea World Dr
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Aquatic is an amazing water park. Sea World has been mending its reputation by ramping up it's Manatee Rescue team and readjusting their mission. You can see manatees here.

Groceries

This is the best grocery store in the area. They are known for excellent produce and meats.
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Publix Super Market at Indiavista Center
7325 US-1
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This is the best grocery store in the area. They are known for excellent produce and meats.

Medical

This is a walk-in urgent care clinic, available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Located very close to the house. It is not a hospital.
Port St John MedFast Urgent Care | Walk In Clinic | Emergency Quick Care
5005 Port Saint John Pkwy
This is a walk-in urgent care clinic, available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Located very close to the house. It is not a hospital.
Pharmacy close to the house.
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CVS
4292 N Atlantic Ave
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Pharmacy close to the house.
Pharmacy close to the house and near the grocery store.
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Walgreens
785 Lockwood Blvd
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Pharmacy close to the house and near the grocery store.
Excellent hospital that you, hopefully, won't need!
Parrish Medical Center
951 N Washington Ave
Excellent hospital that you, hopefully, won't need!
It's the closest medical office for pediatrics.
P S J Pediatrics LLC
It's the closest medical office for pediatrics.

Spa

Massage Envy - Titusville
2530 South Washington Avenue