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Beaches near Disney Vacation Homes

Monday, July 5th, 2010

While you and your family or group of friends plan your vacation for Orlando, you may want to consider a day-trip to beaches that are only an hour away from your Walt Disney World Vacation home.
Two of America’s most popular beaches, Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach, are only an hour away from Orlando, and they include Florida’s scenic shorelines: Canaveral National Seashore, Ponce Inlet and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Ponce Inlet, which is less than an hour drive from Orlando, is home to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Ponce Inlet lighthouse is a national landmark 12 miles south of Daytona Beach and open to the public year-round.
With an observation deck at 175 feet, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest masonry lighthouse in the nation. The park includes a museum that opens at 10:00 a.m. A family of four can visit the lighthouse for less than $15. Admission is $5 for adults and only $1.50 for children and under.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge overlaps the land occupied by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in North Merritt Island. Out of state tourists will see alligators, roseate spoonbills and hundreds of different birds in coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries, marshes, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks in a refuge that spans over 140,000 acres.
In addition to the birds and alligators at Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge, there’s also a manatee observation deck and a view of the space shuttle launching pad at Kennedy Space Center.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries and marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals.
Many recreational opportunities are offered at the Refuge. Bird and wildlife observation, a wildlife drive, manatee observation deck, fishing and hunting opportunities, and boating and paddling are examples of available activities.

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