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Where Can You Find Both Bioluminescence and Rockets in Florida?

by Debra Bokur

Sep 20, 2023

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Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).


You can experience this amazing sight for yourself while on a guided moonlight kayak expedition offered by a number of area outfitters, including Sobe Surf, Calypso Kayaking, A Day Away Kayak Adventures and BK Adventures. Oh, and that mention of Mosquito Lagoon? It wasn’t named that by accident. Bring insect repellent and a change of clothes, because meeting flying critters and getting wet is a real possibility. (Note: for most tours, the minimum age for children is 5 years old.)


Located about 45 minutes east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast is perhaps most famous for its connection to rockets. Plan to follow the Space Coast astronaut itinerary, with a stop at the American Space Museum & Walk of Fame, Exploration Tower and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. From the tower, you can see rocket launch pads, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of rocket pieces en route to or from Kennedy Space Station.


The American Space Museum & Walk of Fame, located in Downtown Titusville, brims with space-related artifacts and memorabilia contributed by actual astronauts and their families, plus launch suits, models and actual launch controls from the Space Shuttle and Atlas-Centaur missions. And, for close-up views of real-life rockets, head over to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you’ll find a launch simulator and Space Shuttle Atlantis. Hop on a bus tour to bring you close to working launch pads.


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