You won't find many places where nature exists in harmony with technology, but it does in Cape Canaveral on Florida's Space Coast. You'll also find pristine beaches, fabulous fishing and great golfing, things that make a Florida vacation great, all within easy driving distance of Florida's biggest attractions. Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which tells the story of NASA's exploration of space through interactive exhibits, movies and tours that are sure to delight visitors of all ages. Witness actual components of the International Space Station being readied for their trip into orbit, or enter the full-scale mock-up of the habitation module that space station crews will call home. Other highlights include the Rocket Garden; the Launch Status Center, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at mission briefings every hour; Space Shuttle Plaza, a full-sized replica of a shuttle orbiter; and Astronaut Memorial, which honors the astronauts who gave their lives to further space exploration. Experience the thrills of space in the two IMAX productions offered here: «L5: First City in Space,» the story of a young girl living on an orbiting space colony and «The Dream Is Alive,» an insider's view of the space shuttle program. Amazingly, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge exists on the same land that hosts the Kennedy Space Center. This 220-square-mile refuge is home to more endangered species than any other refuge in the United States, including the southern bald eagle and Atlantic loggerhead turtle. Here, gators soak in the sun at the edge of inland waterways; raccoons, bobcats and armadillos roam the refuge; and gentle manatees (sea cows) swim in the waters of the Indian River. Other Titusville attractions include the Valiant Air Command, a «flying museum«; the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, which showcases the feats of the first 44 American astronauts; and U.S. Space Camp where kids can learn what it's like to live and work in space using actual training simulators. Head out to sea from nearby Port Canaveral, the second largest multi-day cruise ship port in the country. Port Canaveral also has recreational facilities including boat ramps, campgrounds, parks, beaches and fishing areas. The port is a great place to find a party or charter fishing boat and is also the largest scallop fishery in the world. Farther south in Cocoa you can explore Historic Cocoa Village, the restored downtown district. It is a tree-lined brick-walk village with specialty shops, a picnic area and gazebo and the Porcher House, the former estate of wealthy citrus growers, now open to the public for tours. Cocoa has several museums including the Brevard Museum, with exhibits of natural science, history and archeology, and the Brevard Community College Planetarium, a 70-foot aluminum dome with the world's most advanced laser projector, on the campus of Brevard Community College. Whether you'd like to catch a wave or dream of catching the next shuttle into space, the Space Coast is an ideal vacation destination.