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Quick Facts
Designation: Florida State Scenic Byway
Fees: Some of the State and Federal lands charge park fe
Length, One-Way: 138 Miles (230.0 Kilometers)
Time: 10 Hours


General Information

Description - The Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway takes travelers through some of the most pristine and historic areas of central Florida. With spectacular views of the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean, not to mention the plethora of things to see along the way, byway enthusiasts will have a difficult time fitting this tour into one day!

This scenic highway links three national wildlife refuges, a national park, a state park and numerous county and city recreational facilities based on the original, natural setting. More than 75 of the animal species that survive here are rare, threatened or endangered species, including nearly one third of the U. S. population of manatees. Also on this tour is the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The first national wildlife refuge created by the United States.

But lush scenery and rare species are not all the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway has to offer. Many of the communities located along the byway have vibrant historic districts that readily embrace newcomers. Don't forget to stop by the McLarty Treasure Museum and see the many fine examples of Spanish treasure lost in shipwrecks just off the coast of Florida.

Plan on spending several hours at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex where guests are allowed to see many of the intimate details of the space program. From the early Gemini missions to the historic Apollo flights, the young and old alike will marvel at the ingenuity of the NASA engineers and technicians.

Attractions - The Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - For a truly diverse adventure, travel the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway. Explore wildlife refuges, seashores, historic districts, and even the intricacies of the NASA Space Program. While traveling the Highway, you will meander through three national wildlife refuges and through several state and local parks and sanctuaries. And, speaking of diversity, while visiting the Indian River Lagoon, you will find yourself in the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. The Lagoon is home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals.

Climate - Florida's weather is dominated by the water that surrounds it. The Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Gulf of Mexico in the west provide a stabilizing force that maintains the mild climate. Northern Florida is considered sub tropical, although it does receive some snow. This area is drier than the rest of the state. Southern areas of the state, definitely the Keys, lie within a tropical climate. Humidity is high, a characteristic of the climate, although the temperatures usually don't extend past 90 degrees F.

On the average the state receives 50 to 65 inches of rain. Summer is the rainy season, which extends into October in the south. Hurricane season begins in late August. Some hurricanes can bring up to 25 inches of rain. An average of two hurricanes per season reach the Florida peninsula. Most often these storms reach the Atlantic Coast rather than the Gulf Coast.

Location - From Palm Bay, at the Ais Lookout Point: * Continue South on US-1 to Sebastian * Turn East on the Wabasso Causeway to State Route A1A * Continue north on A1A, where you will approach the Sebastian Inlet State Recreational Area * Continuing north on A1A to Cape Canaveral, take the Bennett Causeway (State Route 528) west * By veering north on State Route 3, you will enter the Kennedy Space Center * Turn west on State Route 405, where you will approach the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex * From the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex, you can continue on State Route 405 to US Highway 1 * Enter Highway 1 and venture north to Kennedy Point Park, with views of the Vehicle Assembly Building * From Highway 1, you can take the Max Brewer Causeway (State Routes 402/406) to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. You can then retrace your route to Titusville, and continue south to Cocoa * Follow US Highway 1 south through Melbourne to Palm Bay

Directions from : Begin the byway in Palm Bay at the Ais Lookout Point and then continue south on US-1. Stop in Grant to see the Grant Historical House. Proceed south to Sebastian and the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Near the intersection of US-1 and Main Street in Sebastian is the Historical Museum operated by the Sebastian Area Historical Society.

Turn east on the Wabasso Causeway and stop at the Environmental Learning Center. Continue north on SR-A1A to enjoy the many scenic vistas provided by the lagoon. Take the chance to stop in the Sebastian Inlet State Recreational Area where there are many enjoyable activities.

Continue heading north to take the Bennett Causeway (SR-528) west. On the Bennett Causeway veer north on SR-3 where you will enter the Kennedy Space Center. Turn west on SR-405 until you come to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. After the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex venture north on US-1 to Kennedy Point Park with views of the Vehicle Assembly Building and Shuttle Launch Complexes 39A&B.

The Max Brewer Causeway (SR-402/406) will take you to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Retrace your route to Titusville and continue south to Cocoa. Follow US-1 south through Melbourne to Palm Bay.


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Additional Information:
Florida Scenic Byways - Florida's offers one National Scenic Byways, the Tamiami Trail Scenic Byway, and seven state designated scenic byways.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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