Space Coast ranked as one of world’s top tourism destination for families by National Geographic – Florida Today

Space Coast ranked as one of world’s top tourism destination for families by National Geographic – Florida Today


Guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex view the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit.

National Geographic Travel this week named Florida’s Space Coast as one of the world’s top five destinations for travelers to consider when planning a family-oriented vacation in 2021 and beyond. It is the only U.S. destination among the five.

The listing is part of the magazine’s “Best of the World 2021” list of 25 top destinations around the globe in five categories —  adventure, culture, family, nature and sustainability — with four to six destinations highlighted in each category. The Space Coast was one of six U.S. destinations to make the list of 25.

It was compiled and written by National Geographic Travel editors-in-chief from around the world, in collaboration with more than 100 National Geographic travel experts.

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Amy Alipio, a senior editor for National Geographic Travel, said the Space Coast stood out for the editors compiling the list because of its juxtaposition of space launches and ecotourism. 

The magazine’s article describes the Space Coast as “a launchpad for wonders, both in the sky and in waters below.”

The Space Coast was cited for such things as its rocket launches, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, manatee and dolphin viewing, and bioluminescence tours along the Indian River Lagoon by kayak.

“At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (open with COVID-19 restrictions), families can watch scheduled blastoffs of SpaceX and
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