Florida bucket list: 20 things you have to do in the Sunshine State

The first sunrise of 2018 as seen from the Cocoa Beach Pier. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK / FLORIDA TODAY)

The first sunrise of 2018 as seen from the Cocoa Beach Pier. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK / FLORIDA TODAY)

When you think of Florida, what comes to mind?

Is it the miles and miles of coastline? University of Florida football? Florida State football? How about rocket launches? Do you think of alligators in the Everglades? Or do you dream about swimming with a sea cow?

Luckily, because of the Sunshine State’s near-perfect weather, it’s easy to plan adventures around all of those things, in winter and summer. (If summer’s too hot, don’t worry. We’ve got a few ideas for you.)

The following list contains some of the quintessential adventures and places — excluding the house that Mickey built because that’s kind of a given — that every Floridian, as well as every winter resident, should experience at least once. It’s a Sunshine State bucket list of sorts.

It’s narrowed to 20 but there are a lot more places to visit and many more ideas out there. Which places or experiences did we miss? Email TCPalm’s trends reporter Maureen Kenyon at maureen.kenyon@tcpalm.com and share your favorites.

Let the planning commence!

Cocoa Beach Pier

Built in 1962, the Cocoa Beach Pier is a historical landmark on the Space Coast. Stretching 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the pier was constructed with more than 2.5 miles of boardwalk planks and 270 pilings, each 40 feet in length.

Eatfishsurf and shop … all at the pier!

Cocoa Beach is known as the Surf Capital of the World, and now visitors can take lessons at the Cocoa Beach Surf School by Flohana. Lessons are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maybe, one day, you’ll be as good as Cocoa Beach native and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

More: Legendary surfer Kelly Slater of Cocoa Beach says he’ll retire in 2019

And since the Space Coast could see up to three dozen launches in 2018 because of government and commercial payload missions that will fly on SpaceX and United Launch Alliance rockets, the pier is a prime spot to watch rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center, too.

There are several spots in Brevard County which offer great views of rocket launches, including Jetty Park Beach and Pier in Port Canaveral, Space View Park and Sand Point Park in Titusville.

But remember, launches are subject to last-minute delays and cancellations because of bad weather and technical problems. Want more launch information? It’s all available here.

More: Launch schedule: Upcoming Florida rocket launches and landings


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Article by Maureen Kenyon is TCPalm’s trends reporter, keeping Treasure Coast residents updated on hot topics and happenings. Do you have a story to tell? Want to start a conversation? Send an email to maureen.kenyon@tcpalm.com, call 772-221-4249 or follow her on Twitter @_MaureenKenyon_.

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