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February Weekend Trip - Cape Canaveral/Merritt Island NWR

  • Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (map)

The SFNPCC is on the road again, this time to the Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral/Merritt Island area. There is so much to see and do up here it's mind blowing.


Folks, we've just been made aware that the Lighthouse Tour changed their schedules (due to lack of business apparently) and are not doing tours every weekend, now only once a month (and not the weekend we have planned).

Sue is still willing to do the trip if you all are ok with NOT doing a lighthouse tour, but just sunrises, sunsets, and the wildlife drives in Merritt Island. Please, let us know, especially those who RSVP'd that they were going (or were interested).

It's worth the trip alone for the Merritt Island wildlife drive. Just my 2 cents worth. You can all decide to go on a tour of the Kennedy Space Center. Don't think you need reservations for that. Or, Sue and the gang are planning a "bioluminescent kayak tour" for Saturday night ($45 per person). Plans may change depending on what is available. But if  you've RSVP'd you will be kept aware of the changes, and rest assured, you will still have a good time.

OLD MESSAGE - Right now we are planning on visiting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse on Saturday the 24th. The lighthouse is on an Air Force Station so reservations must be made well in advance. It's on a first come, first served basis. If you plan on going I suggest you make your reservations NOW so you don't miss out. They will accept reservation up to 48 hours prior to the tour. But at this time of year, I don't know that I'd take that chance. The cost is $27. You must have give a valid drivers license, date of birth, and full legal name. They will be doing a background check on you. Like I said, it's an Air Force Base. For tickets and information call SunWard Tours at (321­) 453-­3994, or go online at Canaveral_Lighthouse .  Please read very carefully and fill out the application as requested.

The rest of the time will be spent at either Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They have 2 one way "drives", the Black Point Wildlife Drive, or BioLab Road. Both offer vast opportunities for bird and other wildlife viewing. I was there in mid-October and again in late November and the birds were spectacular. Saw a wild boar and plenty of gators. And remember, if you purchase the National Parks Pass (not just the Everglades Pass) it will get you into all of the parks, including Merritt Island NWR.

Also, if interested, there is the Kennedy Space Center, and the Historic Cocoa Village or visit the famous Ron Jon's Surf Shop.

There is so much to see and do in that area. I personally won't be going, but as soon as we figure out who is going, we can work on an itinerary that works for everyone in attendance. So please RSVP to to let us know you're going, or even if you're planning on it, but not quite sure. You can certainly cancel later on.  But if you know for sure you're going, I highly suggest you make your reservations for the lighthouse tour now.

Hope to see you all there!

Later Event: February 24
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