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Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is a local landmark.

Coast To Coast

Summer 2023

From natural wonders to exciting thrills, you are invited to explore all that Florida has to offer!

Just a short one-hour drive from Orlando is the newly remodeled Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, a local landmark renowned for its popular bars, restaurants, shopping and pristine beaches. Guests can enjoy surfing, swimming, the best cocktails and unique eats on the beach, volleyball, beach rentals and much more. Be sure to check out the new frozen daiquiri bar and food court.

At Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, thrill seekers can take on the Iron Gwazi as it plunges riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour.

Experience the ALL-NEW, breathtaking thrill of Serengeti Flyer, the world’s tallest & fastest ride of its kind. Soar higher and higher above the park's expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments. From fan-favorites to critically endangered species, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay provides world-class care to thousands of animals as one of North America’s largest zoos. Terror has returned and there’s nowhere to hide. On select nights, Sept. 8 – Oct. 31, Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever with new frights & scares.

Rescuing dolphins from coast to coast, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to their mission of Rescue, Rehab and Release. The aquarium is home to marine life featured in the Dolphin Tale movies, located just 90 minutes from Orlando on America’s #1 Beach Clearwater in Florida. A rough toothed dolphin that was stranded off Longboat Key, will soon be making its forever home at CMA after being transferred from their rehab facility in Fred Howard Park. A hearing test determined she is hearing impaired, dolphins with severe hearing loss are unable to echolocate which is essential for finding food and avoiding predators. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determined the dolphin to be non-releasable.

Come visit the newest rescued resident, she will be paired with Rudy, a male rough toothed dolphin!

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex®, the bold new attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, propels you into the interstellar travel of tomorrow.

See the visionary designs paving the way of human deep space travel while discovering the current cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and commercial partners. Get up close to actual spacecraft, stunning interactive displays and life-sized models of upcoming vehicles. Then, enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable deep space journeys during an immersive motion theater ride, Spaceport KSC. The thrill is within reach.

When you fish on the Space Coast with Orlando Princess & Canaveral Princess, you can get a chance to catch a fish and possibly a rocket launch while you are in town. Or maybe, you can watch a cruise ship leave the famous port.