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Five Amazing Maine Beaches a Short Drive from I-95

Maine is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and by mid-summer, they’ve warmed up enough to beckon swimmers off the sand and into the waves.  Here are five of the best beaches in Maine, and all conveniently located just a short drive from I-95.

Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach, Maine | I-95 Exit Guide
Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach is a seven-mile strand with a classic pier and a waterfront amusement park, arcades and fireworks. Located on the inner side of Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, the town is a popular summer beach destination. The downtown contains many tourist-oriented businesses, including clam shacks and T-shirt shops. A wooden pier on the beach contains many other tourist businesses, including a variety of souvenir shops. Find Your Perfect Room Near Old Orchard Beach

Directions: from I-95, exit 36, take I-195 east to ME 5 to Old Orchard Beach. Approximately 5 miles (9 minutes)


Scarborough Beach State Park

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Scarborough Beach, Maine

Scarborough Beach State Park: Scarborough Beach offers some of the best swimming in New England with water temps in the high 60’s through out July and August. Rip Currents do occur on a daily basis and we firmly recommend swimming in the designated lifeguard area. Parking is limited, so plan to get here early on the weekends. Find Your Perfect Room Near Scarborough Beach

Directions: from I-95, exit 42, take Haigas Parkway east to US 1 North to Black Point Road ( ME 207) east to Scarborough Beach State Park. Approximately 7 miles (13 minutes)


Ogunquit Beach

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Ogunquit Beach, Maine

TripAdvisor rates Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. This long peninsula of sandy beach and grassy dunes stretches for three and a half miles, forming a natural barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. You can swim, bodysurf, search for shells and driftwood, and rent chairs, umbrellas and floats. Find Your Perfect Room Near Ogunquit Beach

Directions: From I-95 northbound, exit 7, take US 1 north to Ogunquit. Approximately 8 miles (15 minutes). From I-95 southbound, take exit 19 to ME 109 east to US 1 south to Ogunquit. Approximately 9 miles (20 minutes)


Goose Rocks Beach

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Goose Rocks Beach, Maine

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport has three miles of soft sand and moderate surf, ideal for a family day out at the beach. A barrier reef offshore known as Goose Rocks, visible at low tide, helps protect the soft, white sands of the beach. This is a perfect spot for you to spread out the beach blankets, chairs and umbrellas for a fun day of sunbathing, relaxing, swimming and combing the shore for sand dollars. Find Your Perfect Room Near Goose Rocks Beach

Directions: From I-95, exit 25, take ME 35 east to Ross Road, to US 1 north to Old Post Road, to Lombard Road to Goose Rocks Road to Goose Rocks Beach. Approximately 10 miles (19 minutes)


Popham Beach

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Popham Beach, Maine

Popham Beach is a wilder beach in Midcoast Maine in Phippsburg, a beach with offshore islands. Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine’s rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. Sunbathers relaxing on Popham’s sands can see Fox and Wood islands offshore, and the Kennebec and Morse rivers border each end of the beach. Find Your Perfect Room Near Popham Beach

Directions: I-95 to exit 52, then the Falmouth Spur to I-295 north to exit 28, then, US 1 north to Bath then ME 209 south to Popham Beach. Approximately 48 miles (59 minutes)


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Towns In The Palm Beaches Tempt Cultural Tourists This Summer

Cultural tourists are treating themselves to a bounty of activities, exhibitions and experiences on the streets of Palm Beach County this summer season.

From June through August 31, visitors to the West Palm Beach waterfront will be transported into a colorful collection of classic tales during the City of West Palm Beach Summer in Paradise, a creative series of events offered all summer long.

Guests are invited to enjoy a whimsical art installation, featuring classic fables, where even the picnic tables are art. “Aesop’s Tables” is an installation of colorful picnic tables and benches adorned by Palm Beach County artists. There will be interactive story-telling activities for all ages, and larger-than-life versions of favorite games—including human foosball. Families can extend the reading theme with a visit to the wonderful Children’s Library at the Society of the Four Arts across the bridge in Palm Beach. Here, children borrow books, use computers and enjoy special event programs free of charge. The library’s Mary Alice Fortin Children’s Art Gallery features exhibitions of special interest to young people.


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Among free activities during Summer in Paradise are Screen on the Green, a movie theater under the stars, and two concert series—Clematis by Night and Sunday on the Waterfront. Not to be missed is a stroll around the West Palm Beach Art & Entertainment District, where large-scale murals, wall paintings and sculpture installations transform downtown into an outdoor museum.


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The nearby Norton Museum of Art’s Annual Bastille Day Celebration is a must for lovers of all things French. This year, the celebration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on July 15. The museum, which has a world-class collection of French art, will present music, film, language lessons, food, drink and art—all focused on France. And don’t miss the Norton’s Art After Dark evening series on Thursdays.

In Downtown Boca Raton, the Mizner Park Amphitheater is celebrating summer with its Summer in the City entertainment series through August 12. The series provides something for everyone including live music concerts, along with a craft beer garden, games, food trucks and more. Outdoor family movie nights feature special pre-show entertainment featuring magic and a Polynesian dance show. A performance with a Space Odyssey musical theme, performed by The Symphonia, Boca Raton, will be a highlight of the celebration.


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Summer continues in Downtown Boca with the Annual Brazilian Beat at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, September 9. Live music, street entertainment, a Capoeira circle, carnival dancers, samba drummers and Latin Grammy songstress Vanessa de Mata, will be accompanied by authentic Brazilian food and cocktails.

Mizner Park Amphitheater is located at the north end of Mizner Park in Downtown Boca, which features a wide array of shops and dining and is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which has several treats in store for the cultural tourist this summer.

Four powerful simultaneous exhibitions await visitors to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Cuban artist Carlos Luna’s drawings depict Latin American culture using cultural symbols, materials and processes in the “Deep Line Drawings” exhibition on view from August 8 through the end of the year. “Photography from the Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman” will be on view from August 8 until October. Paintings, collage and constructions by Patricia Nix make up the “American Baroque” exhibition, showing from August 8 through October. Iranian artist Shirin Neshat defies Iranian stereotypes in the “Fervor and Turbulent” exhibition from August 8 through October.

For more information, visit: www.palmbeachculture.com


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Columbia, S.C. Hosts 4-Day Weekend of 50+ Eclipse Events

One of the Southeast’s most vibrant mid-sized cities, Columbia, South Carolina is home to the longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast for a metro area and will host Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., a long weekend of more than 50 eclipse-related festivals and events, from Aug. 18 to 21, 2017. Plan your trip at http://www.totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com.

Dubbed the “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast,” where viewers can experience totality for up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds, Columbia, S.C., has been identified as one of the top places in the nation to watch the total solar eclipse by astronomy experts and media such as Fodor’s Travel, USA Today, Forbes, the Washington Post and more.


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Composed of walkable lifestyle districts with hotels, restaurants, shopping and public art, Columbia, S.C., is the third largest city on the centerline of the “path of totality.” Darkness will fall in Columbia, S.C., at 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21. NASA has estimated that South Carolina could see up to 1 million visitors. View a Columbia, S.C. eclipse map.

Highlights from 50+ Columbia, S.C. area eclipse events:

  • Large-scale Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival and Eclipse Eve Drive-In Movie at Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce, S.C.
  • New laser light art installation over Congaree River, “Southern Lights”
  • Total Eclipse of the Park – Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball game
  • S.C. State Museum viewing event w/observatory and appearance by astronaut Charles Duke
  • Solar 17 viewing festival at Lake Murray dam
  • Paddling on Saluda River during eclipse; 5K; kids’ activities at Saluda Shoals Park
  • Ranger-led eclipse hikes in Congaree National Park
  • Eclipse viewing/camping at Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Historical tours of 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce
  • Eclipse viewing party with luxe food & drink at Motor Supply bistro
  • Lowcountry Boil & Paella Party at City Roots urban farm
  • Solar Fest West with music, food trucks/beer garden at riverfront amphitheater
  • Eclipse Tailgate festival w/4,000 parking spaces and urban RV camping at S.C. State Fair
  • The Grape Eclipse festival at Mercer Winery
  • Family-friendly viewing festival at Robert Mills House & Gardens
  • S.C. Philharmonic “Star Wars Musiclipse” concert
  • Arts & Draughts party at Columbia Museum of Art
  • Eclipse viewing at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Plan your summer solar eclipse vacation and experience the unexpected, urban south in Columbia, S.C: http://totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com/plan-your-trip/


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West Volusia’s Wildlife and Parks: The Best of Florida’s Great Outdoors

Ready for your next road trip? The winter doldrums are gone, replaced by the pleasant temperatures offered by Central Florida’s Great Outdoors. Each year, guests from all over the world flock to the West Volusia area, experiencing the area’s abundant wildlife, tropical plants, natural springs and unique eco-environments and habitats. To help you enjoy the new season, here are just a few of West Volusia’s top spots.

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New Connecticut Getaways for Spring and Summer

Connecticut invites visitors and residents alike to kick off the warm weather travel season with new and improved attractions for families and adults, a new centrally located luxury hotel and plenty of arts and foodie events. Whether planning a romantic weekend getaway or family fun vacation, a day of adventure or retreat, travelers can find all the information they need, including suggested trip itineraries and travel packages, at www.CTvisit.com.

This spring and summer, there are even more reasons to visit Connecticut. Here are just a few top seasonal highlights:

New this spring and summer:

  • Experience luxury at the Delamar West Hartford this June, Connecticut’s newest boutique hotel, offering a full-service spa, fine dining and even complimentary bicycle rentals. Other unique lodging experiences, including B&Bs, inns and campgrounds, are featured on www.CTvisit.com along with special travel deals.
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Connecticut Science Center’s new exhibit, “Butterfly Encounter,” opening this June in Hartford; see an exotic array of species at Mystic Aquarium’s “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit, opening Memorial Day Weekend; explore the Maritime Aquarium’s expanded jellyfish exhibit in Norwalk, opening this summer; and, visit Changbai, a female Amur tiger on exhibit now at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
  • Reach new heights at Skydive Danielson thanks to its new airplane that allows skydivers to jump from 14,000 feet; visit Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, where youngsters can experience two new rides this spring; or, try the two new 75-foot-high zip lines at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, opening Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Pick your own bouquet at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth on select dates this summer, to be announced; and, use the new “See & Sip Itineraries,” designed by the Connecticut Wine Trail and Connecticut Art Trail, to pick and pair wine tasting locations with local museums.
  • Learn something new at Mystic Seaport by visiting the Thompson Exhibition Building, currently showing its inaugural exhibit, “SeaChange;” and, learn all about minerals at Nature’s Art Village’s new state-of-the-art miniature golf course opening this summer, joining the 40 life-sized dinosaurs, pristine nature trails and indoor activity center.

Timeless favorites:

  • Explore 216 miles of Connecticut shoreline: soak in the rays at public beaches, including Hammonasset Beach State Park, home to the Meigs Point Nature Center; kayak around the Thimble Islands; take a lighthouse boat tour; and, devour a hot-buttered lobster roll at one of Connecticut’s legendary seafood shacks.
  • Hit the hiking and biking trails that crisscross Connecticut for hundreds of miles, including those in The Last Green Valley, a National Heritage Corridor that runs through 26 towns in Connecticut’s northeast corner.
  • Hunt for treasures along the Connecticut Antiques Trail. Make your first stop the town of Woodbury, the “Antiques Capital of Connecticut,” with more than two dozen shops to discover.
  • Play and stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville; enjoy gaming as well as renowned hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping, and live entertainment.

Don’t-miss events:

  • Enjoy the blooms at any one of Connecticut’s major flower festivals, including the Meriden Daffodil Festival (April 29-30) and Dogwood Festival in Fairfield (May 12-14).
  • Cheer on the pros at the Northeast’s only PGA tour event, Travelers Championship, in Cromwell (June 19-25) or the Connecticut Open in New Haven (August 1-4), featuring tennis great Martina Navratilova; and, music fans won’t want to miss the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz in Hartford (July 14-16), the largest free jazz event in New England, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen (August 5-6).
  • Experience the arts at the Greenwich International Film Festival (June 1-4) and take in more than 60 events, screenings, premiers and educational panels; then, enjoy the work of more than 180 nationally recognized craft artists at the Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo (July 14-16).
  • Indulge in seasonal delights at the Milford Oyster Festival (August 19), featuring the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the United States; and, don’t miss all the special events at breweries along the renowned Connecticut Beer Trail.
  • Try something new on Connecticut Open House Day (June 10), when Connecticut residents enjoy discounted or free admission, giveaways or special offers at 150+ attractions.

“Connecticut’s prime New England location makes it the perfect destination for visitors looking for a quick weekend escape from metro areas like New York and Boston, or an extended vacation,” said Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “We welcome visitors to come and experience Connecticut for the first time, and encourage those who have visited before to discover what’s new.”

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com.


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Maine Expects Incredible Whitewater Rafting Season This Spring

Looking for something a little different as you plan your spring road trip? How about whitewater rafting in Maine?

After a winter that brought heavy snowfall to the state, Maine is expecting an incredible spring rafting season. The Penobscot, Kennebec and Dead rivers all offer challenging and thrilling whitewater.

Outfitters like Northern Outdoors, Northeast Whitewater, North Country Rivers and Penobscot Adventures offer a variety of river trips, day long and multi day. Given the great snowpack that Maine has received, you can expect the whitewater season to run from early May all the way through October.

Go to Visit Maine for more info.


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TIGERS Myrtle Beach Season Opens With A Roar

TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari welcomed March in like a tiger, with the grand opening of its 34th season March 4, 2017.

Founded in 1983 by wildlife conservation expert Doc Antle, TIGERS (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) is a wildlife education organization that promotes global conservation through its interactive Myrtle Beach Safari Wild Encounters Tour and Preservation Station.

TIGERS has been a hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, but once discovered, the experience is life-changing for our guests. Here at TIGERS, you can reach out and touch, hold and feed from the more than 130 wild animals, including 60 tigers and their cubs, that live on the grounds of this 50-acre wildlife preserve. In the three-hour Wild Encounters Tour, you will meet the rare liger, the world’s largest cat; Bubbles the African elephant; our resident orangutan; apes; wolves; leopards; chimps and tigers as they swim, run and play in their natural habitat.


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Not only will you be forever fulfilled from this experience, but you will also be contributing to the future of this wildlife through TIGERS’ international conservation programs, including the RARE Species Fund (RSF). Over the last decade, TIGERS has donated more than $1 million and countless hours of professional expertise to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. All thanks to each Wild Encounters Tour you book.

Take a walk on the wild side. Visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

About TIGERS:

The TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari is home to more than 130 wild animals, including 60 big cats. The animals here are center stage in this fully interactive, hands-on experience, where you can cuddle up to tiger cubs, join the wolf pack, share a laugh with our apes, witness adult tigers running at full speed, and feed Bubbles, our African elephant. Plus, this is the only place in the world where you can meet the liger, the world’s largest big cat weighing in at more than 900 pounds. Go ahead, reach out and touch the jungle and create a lifetime of memories.


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Spring 2017 Travel Inspiration for a Road Trip to Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released 5 Things: Spring in Massachusetts, an inspiring collection of activities, experiences, and events taking place during springtime in the Commonwealth.

From nature’s warming welcome to the re-opening of the Bay State’s most beloved attractions, the spring story in Massachusetts is all about regeneration. Features include gardens in bloom, trails for fitness buffs, and outside-the-box ways to celebrate moms and dads.

Visitors are encouraged to try out blossom chasing – a spring alternative to the ever-popular leaf peeping – with a vibrant garden tour or stroll through a flower show. And with longer stretches of daylight, active travelers can spend more time outdoors with scenic hikes for all levels of fitness and challenging road races to kick things up a notch.

Mother’s Day treats go beyond basic brunch with innovative arts and culture outings and shopping excursions. For honoring the patriarchs, classic favorites like auto shows, deep sea fishing, and craft brew tastings are highlighted. Patriot’s Day and Memorial Day take center stage on the holiday roster with a variety of festivities and events across the state.

Other special happenings this spring include Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, the 121st Boston Marathon, JFK’s 100th Birthday, the Boston Pride Parade, the 73rd New England Folk Festival, and the 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

For more on the light and bright offerings of spring in Massachusetts, visit massvacation.com/spring.


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Free Family-Friendly Festivals in New Jersey This Spring

Planning your next I-95 Road Trip? Make the most of springtime’s pleasant weather with these kid-friendly events, street festivals and special holiday happenings throughout New Jersey—oh, and did we mention: they’re all FREE! Find even more events for your upcoming trip.

Easter Egg Hunts
April 15, 2017
Multiple Locations
At Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt in North Wildwood, kids ages 11 and younger can pick-up eggs and collect prizes, while the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt in Cape May has two categories: preschoolers to kindergarteners and first to second graders.

Annual Earth Day Festival
April 23, 2017
Egg Harbor Township
At this Earth Day Festival, watch live entertainment and music, browse the eco-friendly vendor booths, and bring the kids for the interactive games and exhibits.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Bloomfest
April 23, 2017
Newark
Enjoy cherry trees in full bloom at the Cherry Blossom Bloomfest, with Japanese cultural demonstrations, live music and children’s activities will keep little ones entertained.

New Jersey Folk Festival
April 29, 2017
New Brunswick
Introduce kids to cultures from around the world at this student-run Folk Festival at Eagleton Institute.

Rutgers Day
April 29, 2017
Camden, New Brunswick and Newark
Everyone is invited to the annual Rutgers Day, where families can learn about the sciences, arts and humanities with hands-on activities, performances and more.

Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
May 7, 2017
Hoboken
More than 300 artists, photographers, crafters and sculptors come together for the annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival to sell their wares, and kid activities including rides, face painting and performances.

Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix
May 19 – 21, 2017
Point Pleasant Beach
Watch with excitement as speed racers zoom down the waterways during the Offshore Grand Prix. The race begins at Noon on Sunday.

Bordentown Street Fair
May 20 – 21, 2017
Bordentown
Farnsworth Avenue bustles with people coming to enjoy craft booths, boutique shop merchants, local food vendors, live music and kids’ entertainment at the Bordentown Street Fair.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 26 – 29, 2017
Wildwoods Beach
The kiddos will love the Wildwoods International Kite Festival — the largest kite festival in North America — with exhibits, workshops and demonstrations — see the most colorful creations to take flight.


For more I-95 road trip info, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

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Start Planning for an Outdoor Adventure Road Trip on Florida’s Space Coast

With winter having kept most of us cooped up indoors, the idea of getting away to somewhere warm and sunny is coming more into focus for many.

Luckily, the current downtime does provide families an opportunity to start planning their upcoming vacations – trips to more-hospitable locales offering plenty of energizing fun and a much-needed change in the weather.

“Planning your vacation now is a great way to find budget-friendly deals. It also helps you beat the winter blues by giving you something to look forward to,” said Eric Garvey, Director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “For families, couples and adventurers who love to have fun outdoors – from sports and recreation to exploring nature – the Space Coast is an out-of-this-world destination.”

The Space Coast’s plentiful beaches are a magnet for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts from parts far and wide. Many of them stop first in Cocoa Beach (known as the surfing capital of the East Coast) to visit the flagship Ron Jon Surf Shop – a 52,000-square-foot store featuring an eye-popping selection of surf boards, swimming attire and other surf-brand apparel. And at the nearby Ron Jon Surf School, anyone can arrange a surfing lesson or rent a stand-up paddleboard.

For nature lovers, the options are as broad as the horizon. The 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to at least 1,500 species of plants and animals, including alligators, manatees and a wide variety of birds. If the time of year is right, guests can take guided nighttime walks to observe sea turtles as they lay their eggs. In addition, both Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach offer nighttime “bioluminescence” kayak tours, allowing you to get close to some of the glowing creatures inhabiting the region’s myriad waterways.

A paradise for birds, the area hosts the annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in January each year, which combines some serious birding activities with entertainment, unique dining experiences, special events and more.

Coming soon, Titusville will be the starting point for a Coast-to-Coast Bike Trail that pedals through the region’s vibrant wildlife areas and historic sites. This Coast-to-Coast Trail will connect Canaveral National Seashore on the Space Coast with St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast, a distance of about 250 miles.

To really get your adrenaline pumping, Brevard Zoo’s Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. You can zip line, climb, crawl and careen your way through the courses, which accommodate various skill levels and provide a bird’s-eye perspective of the facility’s wild animals. On certain dates, nighttime zip lining also is available.

Renowned for its ties to the U.S. space program, the Space Coast is one of the few places one can personally witness a breathtaking rocket launch. Come see, hear and feel one of the most dramatic events on earth. Rockets carrying satellites into orbit or transporting cargo to the International Space Station blast off periodically throughout the year. A launch schedule is available at www.SpaceCoastLaunches.com.

To learn more about Florida’s Space Coast and plan a spring or summer getaway, head to www.visitspacecoast.com.


For more I-95 travel information, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.