Did you know there’s a Melbourne in Florida?

Check out my video to see more of Melbourne, here!

Early flight out from Billy Bishop to Melbourne International Airport

 

 

 

Had a great couple of days with these guys!

 

What comes to mind when you think of Florida? If it’s warm weather, Universal Studios and Disney World then you’re definitely not alone. Florida, however, has much more to offer than Mickey Mouse-shaped cookies and butter beer.  Allow me to introduce you to Melbourne, a quaint beach town, Southeast of Orlando. For those of you who want the magic of Disney but are lacking the monetary wand, or just want to experience something else besides theme parks, Melbourne is a great option. There are many beautiful, low-cost hotels with an ocean-front view, sitting on a stunning white-sanded beach wrapping the Florida coast. With Ron Jon’s surf shop around the corner,  you can indulge in surf lessons or simply hit the waves for a morning dip to wake up before a day of adventure.

On a tight budget? Catch your own dinner!

 

Melbourne is also home to the Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world with a seven-story exploration tower including interactive exhibits and an observation deck overlooking the entire city. From here you can see NASA’s vehicle assembly building AKA rocket-making space; I got goosebumps! This building is massive, and actually one of the biggest buildings in the world- the flag alone covers fifteen stories.

 

The NASA vehicle assembly building

 

 

 

 

 

In the observation tower; these whales are made from 100% recycled material
We went trick-or-treating in Disney World and met the Genie!

One of the greatest parts of Melbourne- it’s peaceful but still close to the fun!

 

Sebastian Inlet park is another option for a more relaxed yet exciting day, and is family-friendly. There are water-front pavilions and picnic areas, as well as campgrounds for RVs and tent campers. I went paddle boarding, but kayak and canoe rentals are also available. Since it’s an inlet, its waters are calm but small mammals and fish float in from the ocean; I almost fell off my paddle board from an encounter with a pod of dolphins! There were also manatees and a ton of jumping fish; definitely one of the more exciting places to be in a boat.

Dolphins swam all around us, along with manatees, fish and small reef sharks.

 

Melbourne is a beautiful beach side town,  a lovely area for anyone who wants to enjoy the thrill of the theme park and to wind down with the ocean breeze.

View from my room at the Radisson.

 

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

 

 

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