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Things to do within a 2 hr. drive?

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Things to do within a 2 hr. drive?

...besides the parks in Orlando. We're staying in Melbourne for 6 days in February. We'll be there for the shuttle launch, tour the KSC, visit the zoo, and spend some time walking on the beach (weather permitting).

Are there any good places for wildlife viewing, nearby?

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When you go to KSC you will usually see some wildlife on the tour there. Also the Merritt Island Wildlife Preserve is nearby. YYou could take an airboat ride at Camp Holly or a canoe / kayak trip on the river. A trip to Sebastian Inlet is pretty good. It's about 20 minutes south of Melbourne on A1A. There is a state park there with a small charge for entrance. You can walk out on the jetties and watch the surfers and the fisherman. You can sometimes see manatees of the jetty (may be to cold tho). From there you can drive further south and stop at the McClarity Museum which has treasure from the many shipwrecks along the coast. About 20 min south of the inlet is Wabasso Beach and the Disney Resort. You can stop there for lunch or take Cty Road 510 over to US1. Head north and stop at Hales Groves for some free fresh OJ. There is a man there with a huge cooker selling the largest and best BBQ sandwhiches ever. They also have a farmers market there on the weekends. As you travel further north you will pass thru Sebastian. A stop at Captain Hirams for a drink & listen to some music right on the riverfront is nice. Another 20 minutes and you will be back in Melbourne.

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All that bornwithwheels said, plus...

Take a walk around Downtown Melbourne & Cocoa (on the mainland, not Cocoa Beach). Lots of small shops & eateries to stop into. No visit to downtown Melbourne is complete without a stop at Meg O'Malleys.

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3. Re: Things to do within a 2 hr. drive?

What is Meg O'Malleys? We will be in Melbourne for 5-6 days in mid-Feb too.

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Re: Meg's, see...

http://www.megomalleys.com/

A great place for music, food & drink.

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Meg's is an Irish Pub located in Old Downtown Melbourne where you will find many bars and restaurants to try. Everyone just kind of cruises from place to place. There are lots of little shops too but many do not stay open at nite. For those you will have to make a daytime trip or get there late afternoon to shop, then have dinner and a few beverages. Matts Sushi just opened, Island Pasta, Bella's and a few other places to eat, Foo Bar, Martini Bar and Mainstreet Pub are just a few of the other places besides Megs. Across US1 is Grill 1-92 which has a new owner and has really good food. They also have a band every evening. Ichabods is down on the waterfront about another block over and has a decent fish sandwhich but no music. If you want something fancy & expensive the Chart House is just a little further and also right on the water. Just take A1A to the 1-92 causeway and after you cross US1 the downtown area is 1 street over to the left.

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Thanks, these are great suggestions!

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Another suggestion, at the end of Wickam road (west of the zoo) is the water treament plant. If you turn in there you will see sighns for the Wetlands. This is a great birding area where you may also see alligators, otters, turtles and other animals. It is smaller than the Merrit Island refuge but has a great variety of wildlife .

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