Eco-Tours -- Funday Discovery Tours (tel. 321/725-0796; www.fundaytours.com) offers a variety of day trips, including dinner and sunset cruises, airboat and swamp-buggy rides, dolphin-watching cruises, bird-watching expeditions, and personalized tours of the Kennedy Space Center and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Reservations are required.
Fishing -- Head to Port Canaveral for catches such as snapper and grouper. Jetty Park (tel. 321/783-7111), at the south entry to the port, has a fishing pier equipped with a bait shop. The south bank of the port is lined with charter boats. Try deep-sea fishing on Miss Cape Canaveral (tel. 321/783-5274, or 407/648-2211 in Orlando; www.misscape.com), one of the party boats based here. All-day voyages departing daily at 8am cost $80 adults, $75 seniors, $70 kids 11 to 17; all trips come with parking, a hot meal, unlimited soda, coffee, two cans of cold beer, bait, and tackle.
Golf -- You can read about Northeast Florida's best courses in the free Golfer's Guide, available at the tourist information offices and in many hotel lobbies.
The municipal Cocoa Beach Country Club, 500 Tom Warringer Blvd. (tel. 321/868-3351), has 27 holes of golf and 10 lighted tennis courts set on acres of natural woodlands, rivers, and lakes. Greens fees (including cart) are $22 to $40 depending on the time and season.
On Merritt Island south of the Kennedy Space Center, the Savannahs at Sykes Creek, 3915 Savannahs Trail (tel. 321/455-1377; www.golfthesavannahs.com), has 18 holes over 6,636 yards bordered by hardwood forests, lakes, and savannas inhabited by a host of wildlife. You'll have to hit over a lake to reach the 7th hole. Fees with a cart are about $25 to $34, and $19 to $24 without.
The best nearby course is the Gary Player-designed Baytree National Golf Club, 8010 N. Wickham Rd., a half-mile east of I-95 in Melbourne (tel. 321/259-9060; www.baytreenational.com), where challenging marshy holes are flanked by towering palms. This par-72 course has 7,043 yards with a red- shale waste area. Fees are $24 to $40 depending on the time and season, including cart.
For course information, go to www.golf.com or www.floridagolfing.com, or call the Florida Sports Foundation (tel. 850/488-8347) or Florida Golfing (tel. 866/833-2663).
Kayaking -- For those who want to see Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at night, A Day Away Kayak Tours (tel. 321/268-2655; www.adayawaykayaktours.com) offers guided bioluminescent trips -- meaning besides the moon, the only light you'll see on this fabulous tour is that of tiny, illuminated creatures swirling beneath the surface of the water and providing a lanternlike pathway across the water -- through the Refuge, Thursday through Monday nights, June through September. Tours start at 7:30pm and last for about 2 hours. Cost is $32 for adults and $24 for children. Book early and don't forget the mosquito repellent!
Surfing -- Rip through some occasionally awesome waves (by Florida's standards, not California's or Hawaii's) at the Cocoa Beach Pier area or down south at Sebastian Inlet. Get outfitted at Ron Jon Surf Shop, 4151 N. Atlantic Ave. (tel. 321/799-8888; www.ronjons.com), and then learn how to hang five or ten with Ron Jon Surf School, 150 E. Columbia Lane (tel. 321/868-1980; www.cocoabeachsurfingschool.com). The school offers equipment and lessons for beginners and pros at area beaches. Be sure to bring along a towel, flip-flops, sunscreen, and a lot of nerve. Rates range from $50 to $135 depending on how many people are in the group and how many hours of lessons are wanted.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.