Spending hours at the Kennedy Space Center amid a nasty summer heat wave

When I moved to Florida during my early childhood, I had to get used to the hot summers whether I liked them or not.

My friends wanted to play outdoors in July regardless of the temperatures or sun intensity.

By the time I got to high school, I was used to the extreme heat and the lack of real seasons throughout the year. However, I lived in a particularly unforgiving climate in the suburbs of Orlando. We were far from the ocean and all of the swamps and trees retained the summer’s heat well into the evening hours. It was miserable, but it’s all I knew at the time. When I moved to Cocoa, Florida for a job last year, I was amazed at this gorgeous city. My apartment is within a block from the Indian River, and the bridge takes you over the river and onto the large key that contains the Kennedy Space Center. Another bridge across Banana River takes you to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. I decided to spend my time at Kennedy Space Center one afternoon during a nasty summer heat wave that affected Cocoa and the surrounding area. There are a lot of indoor attractions at the Space Center and their air conditioning is particularly cold compared to museums and stores on Merritt Island. Once the weather improves and I’m no longer a slave to air conditioning, I would like to rent a kayak and explore the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary via Sykes Creek. There are so many amazing places to visit near Cocoa, FL regardless of the season and the temperatures outside.

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