Relax and Stroll
Amid all the hustle and bustle of the Space Coast, there are a few places where you can truly relax, away from the crowds, away from the neon, and indulge yourself in nature.
At the gardens, you’ll be able to get out into nature and see native plants and animals. You’ll walk along quiet trails and you may even find you’re the only one, but more likely you’ll pass a few strangers with pleasant smiles on their faces.
They’ll nod in appreciation of the shared experience that the vast majority of the millions of visitors to the Space Coast.
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Brevard County Enchanted Forest Sanctuary (Titusville)
A "Flagship" sanctuary, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is the first property that was purchased by the Brevard County EEL Program. This 470-acre forest is part of a sanctuary network that the EEL Program is working to establish in the county. Located in the southern limits of the City of Titusville, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary preserves a diversity of natural habitats. Several miles of hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Wildlife observation, nature photography, and hiking are popular recreational activities. A wonderful wealth of plant life also abounds as both temperate (northern) and subtropical (southern) species grow in the Sanctuary together. The Management & Education Center interprets the Sanctuary's unique natural features for visitors of all ages and abilities.
Florida Tech Botanical Garden (Melbourne)
A stream bordered by a shady hammock abounding in palm trees and other tropical growth winds through the heart of the campus and is the setting for a 15-acre Botanical Garden. The main trail has been named the Dent Smith Trail in honor of the founder of the Palm Society, a worldwide organization primarily engaged in the study of the palm family, in all its aspects. Florida Tech's Garden, through the intense interest of Founding President Emeritus Jerome P. Keuper and the inspiration and help of Mr. Dent Smith in the 1960's, has become one of the most unique campus botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States.
AHF Community Garden (Melbourne Village)
MEMORIAL GARDEN is a more formal garden area located to the north of the AHF Hall parking lot. There is a special committee of the same name maintains the area. The committee accepts monetary donations and will select and look after plantings as memorials to former AHF members and others.
Rossetter House Museum
Take a guided tour of the Rossetter property including the Rossetter House, the Houston Family Cemetery, and the Rossetter Gardens. All tours begin in the Roesch House right across the street. See tour page for more details and for how to make a reservation
Valkaria Gardens LLC (Valkaria)
Valkaria Gardens began as one man’s dream to educate the world and share his passion for rare unusual blooming and colorful foliage plants. The original Valkaria Gardens, located on Corey Road in Valkaria, as we know it today, was founded by Dr. B. Frank Brown and Cleofar P. Millare, and in 1988 Dr. Brown and Cleo began construction on Valkaria Tropical Gardens.