See what’s new at the Zoo! The Brevard Zoo is a great place for children of all ages to “explore, discover, and share” and is a great place to take the family and friends for a day full of fun any time of the year. The grandchildren will never forget feeding giraffes or taking a train ride! You can even hang out with and feed some of the zoo’s fine, feathered friends! The Brevard Zoo is an excellent, educational place to visit that’s close to
home and fun for everyone. Great adventures include the Safari Under the Stars, Summer Saturday Nights, the Boo at the Zoo, Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Night Hikes, Parent’s Day Out, New Year’s Eve Twilight Spectacular, and even the Paws On play area you can see, feed, and even touch some amazing creatures like starfish, deer, tortoise, and stingrays.
Planning your next event or birthday party? The zoo is the perfect place for scouting fieldtrips, homeschool or school fieldtrips, and toddler programs. The zoo also offers Zoorific Birthdays, Cape to Cairo Express train rides, kayaking, Wild Encounters Tours, and the zoo
academy for grades K-12.
Brevard Manatees, Space Coast Stadium
It’s time to play ball! The Brevard County Manatees are the minor league baseball team owned by the Washington Nationals, and their beautiful state-of-the-art stadium just north of the Avenue Viera can hold well over 5,000 fans. Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and the Space Coast Stadium is the perfect place to take the family on a summer evening! The Washington Nationals also hold their yearly spring training at the Space Coast Stadium, and fans and baseball fanatics alike are allowed an inside look into this MLB team.
A short drive north on I-95 is Kennedy Space Center and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. This exciting, popular attraction features 2 giant IMAX
theaters with 5-story screens and realistic 3-D special effects in films like “Hubble 3-D” and “Space Station 3-D
.”You can also see a full-sized, jaw-dropping replica of the Space Shuttle Explorer. And a visit to Kennedy Space Center wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Mission Status Center right next to the Explorer replica. The Mission Status Center is where you’ll receive live briefings on NASA launches and space flight activity. This is an all-day attraction that will not only enlighten you on current space travel, but it will also educate you on the history of space travel. For ticket information, call (321) 452-2121. But remember, timing is everything! If you are in Brevard County during a launch window, you owe it to yourself to head to Kennedy Space Center or the surrounding beaches to view the launch, an event that many only dream of seeing. And if you miss the launch, you can always do the Shuttle Launch Experience and take your own simulated journey into space! QA trip to Kennedy Space Center is an adventure-filled experience that is sure to please the entire family! Contact Spaceport USA at (321) 867-4636 or (out of state) 1-800-572-4636 for the current launch schedule.
Yes, it’s true. Disney World is a magical destination for children of all ages! And who says you can’t have a little fun? Fun is the reason why Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is the world’s #1 vacation destination! There is no excuse not to have fun at Disney. Whether you are bringing the children, grandchildren, family, friends, or even just going by yourself, you are bound to have a wonderful time. Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom give you a variety of parks to enjoy. You can visit one or try to get to all four in one day. Walt Disney World Resort also has two water parks in the Orlando area: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. By the time you leave one of these parks, you will have a smile on your face no matter what your mood was in the morning. And what’s even better, as a Florida resident, you have the opportunity to receive special Florida resident ticket discounts! The Walt Disney World Resort may be only a one-hour drive from Maplewood Village, but it’s also far from an ordinary experience!
Any child and adult alike will ooh and aah over the all new Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios. Any fan of Harry Potter will thrill at the chance to visit the Hogwarts™ castle and its passageways, classrooms, and corridors. You can also visit the shops of Hogsmeade™, the Three Broomsticks™, and the Hog’s Head. Incredible rides include the Dragon Challenge™, Flight of the Hippogriff™, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, which is a state-of-the-art attraction that puts you right into the action of the Harry Potter story.
Ever get the itch to just get away from the world we live in to escape to paradise? No longer do you just have to dream about it. You can live it! Your home in Maplewood Village would put you within mere miles of Port Canaveral, the second busiest port in the world for multi-day cruises and the place where some of the biggest cruise ships in the world have sailed from.Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, & Norwegian Cruise Lines Lines all sail out from Port Canaveral. They offer 3, 4, and 7-day trips to the Bahamas, eastern Caribbean, or Mexico’s gulf coast. Everybody dreams and wishes they could go on a cruise. And now, you would be able to say that the Port Canaveral is practically in your back yard.