We will be visitig family in Rotonda West, FL next week and have decided to drive to Kennedy Space Center and hopefully see the Discovery launch on February 24th. All the hotels near Kennedy and the launch site are fully booked. Many of the larger hotel chains nearest availability in is Orlando. Realistically, how long should the drive take (not accounting for traffic)? We would like to see the launch and then go back the next day and visit the KSC. We can find availability in Melbourne, but I think that is still like an hour away. Is Melbourne closer than Orlando?
Any suggestions would be really helpful.