Did you know that Florida has more cruise ship ports than anywhere else in the United States? That's right, Florida has five different cities from which you can take a cruise – including ships that leave from both the Atlantic and Gulf sides of the state – and each port city has plenty of attractions of its own that you'll want to experience while you're in the area. I recently took a cruise out of Cape Canaveral. The port is located only 45 minutes from Orlando, and had plenty to do besides cruising! I scoped out the shopping in the area, and here are my suggestions for shopping in Cape Canaveral:
1. Kennedy Space Center - Located approximately 30 minutes from the port, the Kennedy Space Center Gift Shop is not to be missed for visitors and locals alike. Take home some freeze dried ice cream, a NASA mug, a space model kit and much more. You can shop online here.
2. The Avenue Viera - Located approximately 30 minutes from the port, this upscale retail, dining and entertainment center is open-air and includes a full movie theater plus retailers such as Kohl's, Belk, Talbots, Old Navy and Ann Taylor Loft. See the full directory here.
3. Merritt Square Mall - Located in Cocoa Beach, approximately 15 minutes from the port, this mall offers several shopping options, including department stores JcPenney and Sears and lots of speciality stores. Check out their full directory here.
4. Melbourne Square Mall - Located in Melbourne, approximately 45 minutes from the port, this mall is a bit farther but is slightly larger. Department stores include Macy's, JcPenney, Sears along with favorites like Gap and Dick's Sporting Goods. Check out the full directory here.