One exciting but often unheralded feature of living on the Space Coast is the proximity to many other delightful destinations just a short ride away. Melbourne, Palm Bay, and our beachside communities have much to offer, but weekend adventurers can enjoy a variety of interesting locales that appeal to nearby tourists as well as those visiting from out of state. In coming weeks, this column will highlight some appealing destinations for easy weekend road trips from Brevard County. Because theme parks dominate the landscape, many Central Floridians overlook Orlando’s many other appealing features. Because the beach is so much of an attraction for those of us who live along the coast, it is easy to forget some of Central Florida’s inland beauty. This week, let’s take a look at the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” and see what there is to enjoy in and around Daytona Beach.
In the Great Courses lecture series on the Industrial Revolution, Professor Patrick Allitt of Emory University advances the premise that our primary response to the Industrial Revolution should be gratitude. In his introduction, Professor Allitt asserts that in every tangible way, people who are relatively poor in our culture live more comfortable lives than kings and queens from just a few hundred years ago. He cites a few examples to prove his point, emphasizing electricity, communication and transportation.