The National Air, Sea and Space Foundation host events designed to dazzle spectators and educate the public on the awesome power of airplanes, ships, and spacecrafts. Eyes are drawn skyward during air shows as the supersonic U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soar across the atmosphere, demonstrating awe-inspiring 360s and precise formations. On the sea, the foundation hosts cruises in a replica of the Nao Victoria, the 16th-century Spanish carrack that Magellan sailed around the world without once stopping to fill up the gas tank.
Beach breezes ruffle explorers’ hair as they wend their way through Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and Port Canaveral atop two-wheeled steeds from Beach Classic Scooter. Patrons can rent from the center and choose their own route or follow veteran guides to hidden local gems, such as the mayor’s underground office. Each tour comes with a free pickup service from local hotels, which ferries clients to the scooter center.
While some people scream for ice cream, the staffers at I Dream of Yogurt scream for the live cultures of soft-serve fro-yo. They carry 18 different flavors, including pistachio, strawberry banana, peanut butter, and cake batter. Once fro-yo swirls into cups, waffle bowls, or waffle cones, more than 70 tasty toppings, such as fresh fruit, candy, and hot fudge, make for custom treats.
James Stadler grew up in Maryland, going to school during the week and working in local seafood eateries on evenings and weekends. One summer, more than 40 years ago, he took a spring break vacation with school mates to Cocoa Beach, and immediately decided it was the place for him to be. It took him a few decades to make his way down, mostly because of traffic in Atlanta. But when he arrived, James set about opening his very own restaurant by the sea. He called his diner Paradise Cove, and in it he combined the Northeastern seafood he so loved with steaks, sandwiches, and a bit of Floridian flavor.
James curates an extensive menu, from which he particularly recommends the Maryland-style crab cakes, a specialty of his that he learned to make in his youth. Of course, he makes many dishes that incorporate more local, tropical flavors, such as the jumbo shrimp grilled on sugar cane skewers. Whatever his guests have a hankering for, he ensures that their appetite for live entertainment is satisfied with nightly events, including karaoke and performances by local musician Brian Blatz with the nearby ocean on percussion.