3. Kennedy Space Center and Planes Galore
4. Clearwater Beach: Crowds, Pirates, F-Bombs, Oh My!
Since Melbourne (the town we were vacationing in with my parents) is only 45 minutes away from Kennedy Space Center, I just had to take my mom and dad there. My in-laws were also staying in Radisson Oceanfront using BOGO benefit (now dead).
Convincing my father-in-law to come with us was a challenge. Even though he loves anything space-related, he doesn’t like paying in order to see it. In fact, when we suggested visiting Kennedy Space Center, his first question was whether it’s free.
My mother-in-law immediately reminded him that it hasn’t been free for several decades. So, my father-in-law said he would just stay in a hotel and wait for us. No way was he paying $50 for the privilege. He also likes to reminisce about the days when Disney cost $10 to get in.
Anyway, I just told him we would cover the tickets as a “thank you” for borrowing their minivan. He finally agreed, so we set out to visit the place. My husband was driving and suddenly he started looking up in the air and yelling: “That’s B-29!” Apparently, we just happened to be in the area when Valiant Warbird Museum had their TICO Air Show.
Of course, my husband and father-in-law immediately made plans to come back the next day, so they could check it out. They both are true avgeeks who love (love!) planes. I’ll have a few photos at the end of the post.
So, back to Kennedy Space Center. For the most part, my kids were a bit young to really appreciate the place. In fact, this was their favorite part of the exhibit.
Bus rides to get from one exhibit to the next were quite long, and my children got a bit bored and restless at times.
Of course, this tour was mostly meant for my parents who were very impressed with the whole thing.
If you can afford it, I highly recommend you check it out at some point. But you may want to wait till your kids are older.
I have no clue what these planes are, but my husband and his dad both said it was the best air show they’ve ever been to. And they’ve been to quite a few. Apparently, there was even a special guest: A pilot who participated in Doolittle Tokyo raid. The guy was over ninety years of age, but still mostly coherent.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.