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Spaceships & Surfboards: Cocoa Beach With Your Grandchild

Program No. 22825RJ
Hang ten and blast off as you take surfing lessons, explore the Indian River Lagoon, strap into a space shuttle experience and chat with a real-live astronaut on the Space Coast.

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Age 11 - 15
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Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2024
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1,749
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Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2024
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Aug 4 - Aug 9, 2024
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Aug 4 - Aug 9, 2024
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At a Glance

Hang ten and blast off to Florida’s Space Coast. On this extraordinary adventure, you and your grandchild will learn to ride the waves together in one of the best surf spots in the East — Cocoa Beach, home to the legendary Ron Jon Surf Shop. Then head to Kennedy Space Center for an out-of-this-world experience. Come face-to-face with rockets and shuttles, watch larger-than-life 3D IMAX® films and strap into a shuttle experience designed by astronauts. From Florida’s lagoons and sparkling coast to the exciting new frontiers of outer space, explore three very different habitats with your grandchild by your side.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day, two-hour surf lesson and kayaking 3-4 miles for 3 hours.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • At the Kennedy Space Center, chat with an astronaut and learn about life in space from someone who has been there firsthand!
  • Take a surfing lesson with your grandchild from one of Florida’s best surfing schools.
  • Kayak together around the harbor islands as you watch for wildlife like manatees, and see some wildlife up close during a live animal show.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Emerson Fales
Emerson Fales is a Miami native who enjoys being outdoors in Florida. When not leading programs, he is a middle school substitute teacher and high school girls' soccer coach. He has spent as much time kayaking, biking, and walking around Miami and Florida as possible since becoming a group leader in 2009. He enjoys showing people the natural wonders and human-caused eccentricities of Florida.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Emerson Fales is a Miami native who enjoys being outdoors in Florida. When not leading programs, he is a middle school substitute teacher and high school girls' soccer coach. He has spent as much time kayaking, biking, and walking around Miami and Florida as possible since becoming a group leader in 2009. He enjoys showing people the natural wonders and human-caused eccentricities of Florida.
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Anita Allen grew up in Indiana and now lives in Coral Springs, Florida. She earned her BA in zoology and MAs in environmental science and geography. She worked for many years in environmental protection and water management along with assisting with sports specialty travel groups around the world. Anita now leads groups for Road Scholar in Florida. When not leading groups, she enjoys running, kayaking and taking photographs.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The History of Surfing
by Matt Warshaw
Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, The History of Surfing reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original. The obsessive nature of this endeavor is matched only by the obsessive nature of surfers, who will pore through these pages with passion and opinion.
The Florida Wildlife Encyclopedia
by Scott Shupe
In Florida Wildlife Encyclopedia, nationally known naturalist Scott Shupe has collected information on all the native wildlife that reside in the Sunshine State. The fifth in a series of state wildlife encyclopedias, this book will be a handy, usable, layman’s guide to Florida’s native wildlife.
Go for Launch! An Illustrated History of Cape Canaveral
by Joel W. Powell
From the first Bumper V-2 launch in 1950 to the Atlas V vehicles of today, more than 55 years of Cape Canaveral history is captured in this exhaustive collection of photographs celebrating the development and evolution of one of space exploration's most famous and significant facilities. Detailed maps and historical aerial photographs reveal the famous launch complexes and basic infrastructure of this storied base station, while missile and rocket tests are featured in never-before-seen images with descriptive captions. The bustling daily activity of thousands of employees at the Cape is captured on film, providing a behind-the-scenes look at rocket launches. Information on the current generation of space launch vehicles, trivia on various rockets and satellites that have flown out of Cape Canaveral, and amusing anecdotes are also included.
Cocoa Beach, Florida (Then and Now Series)
by Wade Arnold
Cocoa Beach welcomes millions of visitors every year, but the city has always managed to keep a small town atmosphere. In 1940, it was a cozy little waterfront town with less than 50 people. A few years after World War II, America's space race began, and the city was never the same.
A History of the Kennedy Space Center
by Kenneth Lipartito
This first comprehensive history of the Kennedy Space Center, NASA's famous launch facility located at Cape Canaveral, Florida, reveals the vital but largely unknown work that takes place before the rocket is lit.





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