Tiny Tots Explore Like Dora on Florida’s Space Coast

SPACE COAST, Fla., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ — As lazy summer days end, Florida’s Space Coast, the closest beaches to Orlando, offers little adventurers the opportunity to Explore Like Dora, the popular character on the Nickelodeon children’s program*. Receiving a “Dora the Explorer” backpack with exploration tools upon check-in at select hotels, aDORAble little ones discover the treasures of space, nature and beach. Available through Oct. 15, 2005, grown-ups revel in the educational expeditions and relax in oceanfront accommodations starting as low as $89 per night**.

Fully equipped with a map, flashlight, compass and a furry “Boots” monkey, tiny tots seek adventure along the 72-mile stretch of beaches, space age attractions and protected wildlife refuges. Miniature travelers are absorbed in space history and astronaut simulation at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex while nature abounds on pontoon boat rides along the Banana River and hiking tours through the 220-square-mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Beachfront, deep-dug holes and pitter-patter walks along the shoreline uncover treasures of the sea and fresh seafood specialties fill hungry tummies after a day of exploration.

Space Coast hotels teaching kids to say Dora’s famous Spanish phrase “vamonos” include:

* Holiday Inn Resort on Cocoa Beach 800-206-2747
* Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront 800-889-4787
* Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach 877-492-3224
* Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach 321-784-4800

Heralded as one of Money magazine’s “Best Places to Vacation,” the Space Coast is comprised primarily of area cities Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Palm Bay.

To say Hola and Explore Like Dora on Florida’s Space Coast, call 800-93-OCEAN or visit http://www.space-coast.com/ .

* Dora the Explorer and all related characters are the property of Nickelodeon Online, a business unit of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International, Inc. Florida’s Space Coast is in no way associated with the aforementioned companies.

** Rates based upon availability. Black-out dates apply.

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