Located along Florida’s ever-popular Space Coast, Titusville has an amazingly unique mix of history, science, and natural scenery that are rarely found together.
Titusville is in Brevard County and had about 44,000 residents at the time of the last census. Many of the state’s mega-theme parks are within a short drive, as are a number of destinations related to Cape Canaveral and the country’s space exploration history.
It’s also home to one of the Sunshine State’s largest, most beautiful, and undeveloped stretches of beach, so regardless of interests, finding ways to occupy your time won’t be an issue.
Below are 15 things to do in and around Titusville.
1. American Police Hall of Fame
Founded nearly six decades ago, the American Police Hall of Fame on Horizon Boulevard in Titusville is one of those engaging, educational, and reasonably priced attractions that most first-time visitors choose not to pass up.
The museum is open daily and offers a variety of exhibits that include weapons, uniforms, first-hand accounts of historical events, and even an electric chair.
There’s an interactive forensics lab that encourages visitors to test their deduction and crime-solving skills, and there’s even a gun range.
Active and retired law enforcement professionals get in free, and children and senior citizens are entitled to substantial admission discounts as well.
2. Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum
Located on ten acres of the Space Coast Executive Regional Airport in Titusville, Valiant Air Command War Museum is the area’s most complete repository of all things related to military aviation.
In addition to its exhibits, the museum is home to a wide variety of restored aircraft, from the pre-World War I years all the way up to modern times.
The museum hosts an annual Warbird airshow that attracts crowds of military and history-minded aviation enthusiasts running well into the tens of thousands.
It’s located on Tico Road in Titusville and is popular with children and adults alike.
3. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open daily, and a variety of tour options are available for those who’d like to get an up-close-and-personal view of the epicenter of America’s space program.
Guests will have the opportunity to walk in the shadows of some massive rockets from yesteryear, take the controls in a flight simulator, and depending on their timing, watch an actual rocket launch.
The complex facilities are wheelchair accessible, and tours may include significant amounts of walking, so wear comfy shoes.
Many tours of the complex begin in Orlando and include stops at local outlet malls along the way.
4. American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame
Located on Pine Street in Titusville, the American Space Museum and Space Walk of Fame may not be as expansive as the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, but it’s a lot more convenient to visit, and the real kicker is that it’s free.
The facility is dedicated to preserving the area’s rich aeronautical and space exploration heritage, and many of its exhibits encourage visitors to interact as opposed to just view passively.
Open every day except Sunday, though there’s no admission charge, guests are encouraged to make a small donation so they can continue their good work.
5. Blue Heron Wetlands
Comprised of more than 300 acres, Blue Heron Wetlands wasn’t made by Mother Nature, but it’s one of the area’s most pristine tracts of wildlife habitat. It’s home to a huge variety of birds, including ducks, cranes, hawks, and eagles.
A manmade project was completed in the late-‘90s, in addition to its role as a protected wildlife area, it also cleans millions of gallons of water daily through a variety of natural processes.
At certain times of the year, the wetlands are a stop-off point for migrating birds, so grab that old Audubon book that’s been on the coffee table since the Carter administration and hit the road.
6. Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit
Located just off State Route 405 in Titusville, the Space Shuttle Atlantic Exhibit is an impressive spectacle that not only includes the shuttle itself, but its immense rocket boosters, external fuel tanks, and the mechanical arm that was used while at the International Space Station.
The exhibit is one of only three in the country, and most guests stay about an hour to see everything.
There’s no better place to learn about the NASA shuttle program that’s been in existence for more than three decades. It won’t drain your travel funds or require a day on a tour bus with lots of annoying strangers.
7. Canaveral National Seashore
Though it’s often referred to as The Space Coast, the Titusville and Cape Canaveral areas aren’t only about high-tech space machines and massive launch facilities.
Sporting more than 20 miles of undeveloped natural coastline, pristine beaches, and barrier islands, Canaveral National Seashore is a premier destination for those interested in communing with the natural world and enjoying the Sunshine State’s sun, sand, and surf.
Boating, camping, fishing, and hiking are popular activities, as are the guided sea turtle nesting tours that are available seasonally.
Entrance is on a per-vehicle basis and is dirt-cheap considering all you’ll have easy access to.
8. Chain of Lakes
Situated on nearly 100 acres on Truman Scarborough Way in Titusville, Chain of Lakes was built adjacent to a protected wetlands area that’s crisscrossed by an array of paved walking trails, making it the perfect place to stretch your legs and do a bit of bird watching.
Managed by the Brevard County Parks Department, its amenities include softball and soccer fields, food and drink concessions, and a tower for those who’d like to get a bird’s eye view of the area.
There’s plenty of onsite parking and clean restrooms, and many of the trails are suitable for children and those who use wheelchairs.
9. Titusville Playhouse
For traveling theater aficionados, there are no better places to check out when on the road than community playhouses. Staffed by local thespians who share a passion for performance, most are known to put on some darn good productions that won’t break the bank.
The Titusville Playhouse has been around for nearly six decades and is one of those often overlooked community resources that should be taken advantage of.
The playhouse’s intimate venue is home to dramas, musicals, and comedies, most of which are appropriate for adults and children.
The facility has undergone some significant improvements in recent years, so check out their website to see what’s on the schedule for when you’ll be in the area.
10. Orlando Wetlands Park
Orlando Wetlands Park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, and some of the park’s most popular recreation options are the volunteer guided tram tours that are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tours spots are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, so plan on getting there as early as you can to beat the crowds.
The park is located on Wheeler Road just down the road from Orlando, about 20 minutes west of the I-95 exit to Titusville.
The park features an education center as well, but it’s only open on weekends, so plan accordingly.
11. Lunch with an Astronaut
For those looking for a truly unique experience who aren’t too worried about how much it’ll cost, Lunch with an Astronaut would be a great way to do something different, and may just be one of your trip’s most memorable activities.
The events include lunch, meet-and-greet, and a personal presentation given by an astronaut.
It’s the perfect way to get a personal insight into the area’s space culture, and guests will be given time to ask questions as well.
Seating is limited and fills up quickly, so register online well in advance of your trip to avoid a sold-out situation.
12. Playalinda Brewing Company – Brix Project
Though it’s primarily known for its wide variety of locally-made craft beers, Playalinda Brewing Company’s Brix Project is much more than just another microbrewery.
It’s a community gathering place that’s well-liked for its comfortable and laidback atmosphere, tasty food, and cool refurbished buildings, which were formerly part of a now-defunct lumber yard.
They generally offer 20 beers on tap which are constantly changing, so regardless of preference, guests will likely find something that tempts their taste buds.
For those who’d rather not buy pint after pint until they find something they like, purchasing a sampler would be a wise choice.
13. Orlando Science Center
During the summer months, the Florida weather can be a brutal double-whammy of high heat and humidity that can make being outdoors pretty unbearable.
Especially for families traveling with kids, having a few indoor options is key to keeping that vacation spirit alive without being burned to a crisp by the sun.
The Orlando Science Center has been wowing guests for more than six decades; its exhibits encourage visitors to interact, so it’s not only entertaining and educational, but engaging as well.
Special programs are available for school groups and other organizations, so check out their website for a complete list of options as well as directions and admission costs.
14. SAK Comedy Lab
Considered by many comedy club enthusiasts to be one of the best of its kind in the country, SAK Comedy Lab has been open since 1991 and includes a professional and amateur cast of characters whose sole purpose is to make you laugh.
For those who’ve never experienced a live comedy club, they can be truly unique experiences that’ll have you laughing for weeks to come.
Though much of the lab’s performances include adult themes, there are those that are appropriate for children. If you’re not sure if it’s right for you, check out their website or give them a call before making a special trip.
15. Orlando Farmer’s Market
Open every Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM, Orlando Farmer’s Market is a community event that brings local farmers, artists, and craftsmen together with those looking to pick up lots of cool and unique products, many of which aren’t found elsewhere.
The farmer’s market has been going strong since 1987. In addition to its amazing fruits and vegetables, it also offers arts and crafts, health and body products, and a variety of prepared food items like baked goods, honey, and pasta sauce.
Their beer and wine garden is open from noon until close and is the perfect place to relax with a cold adult beverage after a day on your feet.