Heading to Florida’s Space Coast for the #TuckawayShores Bloggers Retreat

Atlantic Ocean as Seen on Florida's Space Coast

Atlantic Ocean as Seen on Florida’s Space Coast

I’m heading off to what seems to be my second Florida home, the Space Coast, for a bloggers retreat and educational trip this weekend. I’m SO excited to be experiencing some attractions I haven’t seen before and revisit ones I feel I have an almost-intimate relationship with. What’s even better is I’ll be staying at this cute, beachside resort called Tuckaway Shores , the primary host of the weekend.

I haven’t mentioned this publicly yet – consider yourself one of the first to know – but I’m working on a type of Florida guide and Tuckaway Shores will fit in nicely! (Sidebar: my now not-so-secret project will be self-published.)


What’s on tap for the weekend?

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

  • Visit the mighty space shuttle “Atlantis”, permanently retired at KSC.
  • Ride the shuttle! Kind of. The group will liftoff with the Shuttle Launch Experience. (Oh boy. Hope I don’t get motion sickness!)
  • Enjoy lunch with an astronaut, Tang and all!
  • Wander through my favorite part of KSC, the Rocket Garden.

Brevard Zoo

Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

  • I’m told this is more than an attraction but an experience. I’ll learn why…
  • Port Canaveral is the second busiest port in the world.
  • The Space Coast produces some of the world’s top surfing competitors.

World’s Largest and Most Famous Original Ron Jon Surf Shop

  • Hang ten, dude!

A saunter through the Historic Melbourne Fall Festival. I do love a good festival!

Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.

Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.

I’ll also be learning from pros on how to improve my blogging:

And, I hear from the Sea Turtle Preservation Society to learn why Florida’s Space Coast has more nesting sea turtles than anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.

Of course, beach time is built into the itinerary and I’m really looking forward to watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean!

I’m sure I won’t go hungry during the trip. Dining includes a home-cooked meal out of a Big Green Egg grill prepared by authentic Eggheads. (I’m told the Big Green Egg is a borderline cult thing.) Breakfast at Sands on the Beach  is also on the agenda.

Should be a beach-tastic weekend!

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In addition to Tuckaway Shores, this weekend is hosted by the above-mentioned entities, Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism  and VISIT FLORIDA. As a point of disclosure, I’m a former VF employee and currently serve on one of their committees, which had no impact in my participating in this trip. Opinions are my own and this post has not been reviewed by the hosts.


Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. Sounds like a great time! We had such a nice visit to the Kennedy Space Center last year. I’m sure we’ll be going back so I’ll need your guide because we had trouble finding a good place for dinner after our visit.

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