There is a lot that makes Florida a special place to visit, one of the most popular of which being the sites associated with NASA and the Space Program. This year will mark 50 years since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins first blasted off from Cape Canaveral towards the Moon. Now is as good a time as any to visit one of the true meccas for space travel enthusiasts.

What’s more, the area around the sites in which NASA operated back then and still does today feature an interesting blend of retro and futuristic tastes. Whether you’re interested in looking back toward the 1960s or forward toward the future, Florida’s Space Coast is sure to have something for everyone.

The Moonlight Drive-In

Case in point, The Moonlight Drive-In. You might think the name is just a ploy to try and attract people to come to the site after it got famous, and you’d be half right. The name was definitely linked to the area’s activity, but far from it being an inexpensive recent cash grab, The Moonlight Drive-In goes all the way back to the 60s, when its name attracted hungry workers busy working on the Apollo Programs. It has retained its 1960s look and style since then, making it a true retro blast from the past.

American Space Museum and Space Walk of Fame

These two sites are, as the names would imply, dedicated to celebrating the brave and brilliant men and women who have made our space program a success. The museum hosts exhibits and artifacts from NASA’s storied history, while the walk of fame honors the astronauts and technical specialists behind the missions.

Space View Park Monuments

The park is located on the other side of the river from Cape Canaveral, giving you a wonderful view of the site. What’s more, the park itself is home to monuments to the Gemini, Mercury, and Apollo programs, as well as the shuttle missions.

Tour Florida’s famed Space Coast for yourself and see what lies in the area behind some of mankind’s most “out of this world” space-faring achievements.