2019 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It’s been a year of celebrating and reflecting just how far we’ve come since July 20, 1969. From further space exploration to plans to reach Mars, a new age of space travel is coming.
Speaking of space, it’s hard not to look up Jupiter, Florida and end up with articles of the planet Jupiter. Interesting fact: the town and planet were NOT named after one another. However, it is hard to bypass the articles on google once you are already there. Just recently the planet Jupiter officially named all 5 moons surrounding the planet.
Lucky enough for Floridians who have an interest in outer space, NASA is right in our backyard. Here’s a list of possible day or weekend trips for the whole family to enjoy.
NASA - Kennedy Space Center - is a short 2 hour drive from Jupiter. It’s called the greatest Space Adventure on Earth! You can check out rockets or learn how to become an astronaut all while touring the entire Kennedy Space Center Complex. This is the place to be for any space enthusiast.
Visit a local planetarium. A planetarium is a place where you can go to see what the night sky looks like. Many have dome shaped ceilings and seats. Most planetariums have educational events and shows for the general public. This is a list of all 18 planetariums located in Florida.
- Bishop Planetarium, Bradenton
- St. Petersburg College Planetarium, Clearwater
- EFSC Planetarium, Cocoa
- Buehler Planetarium, Davie
- Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, Fort Myers
- Hallstrom Planetarium, Fort Pierce
- Kika Silva Planetarium, Gainesville
- Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Jacksonville
- Astronauts Memorial Planetarium, Kennedy Space Center
- Frost Museum of Science & Planetarium, Miami
- Space Place Planetarium, Miami
- Emil Buehler Planetarium, Sanford
- Riverview High School Planetarium, Sarasota
- Navigators Planetarium, St. Augustine
- Challenger Digital Dome Planetarium, Tallahassee
- Pat Thomas Planetarium, Tallahassee
- The Saunders Planetarium, Tampa
- Marvin Dekelboum Planetarium, West Palm Beach
South Florida Science Center & Aquarium - Only 30 minutes south of Jupiter, the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium are located in West Palm Beach. Originally a museum for science and natural history, it’s always had the mission of keeping every mind open to science. The museum now has a 3,000 square foot aquarium, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a planetarium, over 15 current exhibits and so much more.
Jupiter is in close proximity to many family friendly activities and getaways, whether it’s the Kennedy Space Center or a local museum, there really is something for everyone.
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