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Best Campsites for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” So said Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong as he lowered himself onto the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969. While the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing will be celebrated with events across the country, why not mark the occasion with a trip to where it all began? The Kennedy Space Center is the perfect launch pad for your leap back in time. Here are Airstream’s® top picks for places to camp on Florida’s Space Coast this summer. 

 

Manatee Hammock Campground, County Park

Titusville, FL

Peaceful and well-shaded, this Brevard County park is a great place for space launch viewings. Situated on the shore of the Indian River Lagoon and shaded by a canopy of pines, palms and foliage, the 26.45-acre campground provides a quiet habitat to wildlife including osprey, pelicans, shorebirds, and dolphins. This secluded oasis has easy access to urban amenities, making it the perfect launch pad to the Space Coast’s parks and attractions. Airstreamers Two Peas and The Pod call it the “best place to stay for a Kennedy Space Center visit!” while Airstreamers WanderWasi add that “there is a dock with a clear view to the launch pad at Kennedy. It was a very easy drive to both Kennedy Space Center and Canaveral National Seashore.” In addition to these attractions, visitors have access to a fishing pier, swimming pool, recreation hall and shuffleboard. There are 166 RV sites with water, electric and sewer. Other amenities include hot showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and a swimming pool.

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Jetty Park Campground, County Park

Cape Canaveral, FL

Jetty Park Campground is an oasis by the ocean. Because of the facility’s unique location along the Atlantic Ocean and inside beautiful Port Canaveral, it's not uncommon to see rocket launches from Canaveral Air Force Station just across the inlet. In fact, visitors from all around the world come to share this one-of-a-kind experience. It’s also an easy drive to Cape Canaveral proper. When you’re not steeped in the wonders of space exploration, enjoy the pristine beach – complete with lifeguards and chairs and umbrellas for rent – and the pier. Keep an eye out for marine life and wildlife, as many land and sea creatures call this area home. Jetty offers large sites with full hookups that include picnic tables and grills. Many of the sites have concrete pads, and several are pull-thru. On site, explorers will find amenities like a playground, hot showers, laundry facilities and a fishing shop. 

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Moss Park County Park

Orlando, FL

Surrounded by water and with beach access, Moss Park County Park is the perfect spot for a nature getaway. Don’t let the proximity to the hustle-and-bustle of Orlando fool you (the city is about a 30-minute drive away); this park has a country feel to it. Located on 1551 acres, Moss Park is set between Lakes Mary Jane and Lake Hart and is adjacent to another 2,000 acres at Split Oak Preserve. Enjoy boating, kayaking, hiking, wildlife observation, biking and other outdoor activities during your stay. The park is home to miles of trails where you might spot deer and Sandhill cranes. The park’s campground has 54 RV sites that are large and nicely spaced, with electric, water, grills, picnic tables and fire rings provided. There is a dump station on site. Several pavilions are also available, and there are two playgrounds in the park for the kids. Florida’s gateway to space – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – is about a 40-minute drive away. 

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Orlando SE-Lake Whippoorwill KOA 

Orlando, FL

Welcome to the Whippoorwill KOA, touted as “Orlando's best-kept secret.” Here, Airstreamers will find the 355-acre pristine Lake Whippoorwill, which lends itself to activities like freshwater fishing (specks, bass and catfish), boating, kayaking and canoeing (rentals are available). There are multiple docks and boat slips. A plethora of amenities welcome visitors to this southeastern Orlando KOA, such as a pool, hot tub and sauna, a playground for the little ones, an off-leash park for your four-legged friends, a volleyball court, horseshoe pit and picnic area. Lakefront sites come with chairs, a table, fire pit, grill and two-person swing. Other options include canal-view sites and interior sites. Most sites are a mix of grass and gravel, and all offer full hook-ups and sewer, along with Wi-Fi and cable TV. There is also a well-stocked camping supply area and gift shop on site. From here, it’s a quick 45-minute drive to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Seasons in the Sun RV Resort

Mims, FL

Say hello to your new “home away from home,” as Airstreamer Airstrada put it. This amenities and activities rich resort is specifically for those age 55 and over. Here, Airstreamers will find 40 beautiful acres located in the heart of Florida’s central east coast. Visitors can take advantage of the heated swimming and lap pools, two spas, a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts and nature trails. What’s more, the resort regularly features planned activities and special events, such as bingo, yoga, aerobics and pot luck dinners. The sites at Seasons in the Sun are spacious and offer full hookups. Located near Titusville, adventurers will find an abundance of fish and wildlife in the area’s gorgeous waterways, sanctuaries, zoos and parks. Both the Kennedy Space Center and the US Astronaut Hall of Fame are nearby, offering guests a chance to partake in all of the activities planned for the anniversary of the historic moon landing.

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Sugar Mill Ruins Travel Park 

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Take a trip down to the beautiful New Smyrna Beach area and stay awhile at Sugar Mill Ruins Travel Park. From the moment you arrive, you’ll revel in the natural wonders of this Floridian tropical paradise. Soak in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the outstanding amenities. At Sugar Mill, visitors will find numerous biking and walking trails, fishing, volleyball, basketball and shuffleboard. As Airstreamer Bill reports: “There are nice roads that lead to a large pond (where you can canoe), and you can ride your bike to the beach and New Smyrna. We also enjoyed the pool!” Other offerings at this travel park include laundry, showers and restrooms, a convenience store, mail service, internet access and professional management. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring the whole family! Sugar Mill Ruins offers a variety of sites to choose from, so every Airstreamer will find what they need. The spacious sites are all full-service and full-hookup, and pull-thru spots are available. 

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New Smyrna Beach RV Park & Campground

New Smyrna Beach, FL

If eight miles of gorgeous, white sandy beach on Florida's east coast sounds like your idea of a vacation, then head over to New Smyrna Beach RV Park and Campground. The park is located on New Smyrna Beach, a peaceful, walkable village with small-town charm, just 15 minutes south of Daytona Beach. Airstreamer BMyers says of this gem, “We planned to stay one or two nights, and ended up staying four!” The park boasts over 200 large, private sites full of shade and trees. New Smyrna Beach RV Park has an ideal blend of a rustic feel and modern amenities. Offerings include a fitness center, playground, bathhouses, laundry facilities, cable TV, Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. Kennedy Space Center is located 45 miles to the south. On your way there or back, stop in at Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary, which straddles the sandy uplands of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge and protects 1,500 acres of pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, scrub forest, and wetlands. There you’ll find hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

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Christmas RV Park 

Christmas, FL

Along a quiet stretch of highway between Titusville and Orlando, Airstreamers can stumble upon Christmas RV Park. This 18-acre park is well-known for its beauty, charm and relaxed vibe. Still, you don’t have to venture far to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity. Located close to the park are a handful of state parks, wildlife and bird sanctuaries, hiking trails, fishing piers, boat ramps and canoe launch areas. Check out nearby Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards too for a lovely afternoon of wine tasting. Traveling with the kids? Stop over at Jungle Adventures, an animal park that’s home to rare Florida panthers, black bears, wolves, white-tailed deer, tropical birds and reptiles. Inside the Christmas RV Park, Airstreamers will find numerous amenities, such as a swimming pool, aerobics and water aerobics classes, a large recreation room, bocce ball, horseshoes and shuffleboard. This park also organizes activities for guests to enjoy, like ice cream socials, happy hours and cookouts. At the park, pull-thru sites feature tall pine trees, grass, picnic tables and full hookups. A trip to Kennedy Space Center is only a 25-minute drive away

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