Fame and Valor monuments to american heroes abound in the town of Titusville, just north of the Space center. You’ll find even more ways to appreciate the history of spaceflight at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum. The outdoor Space View park features impressive memorials to the mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, while the museum itself is filled with “please-touch” exhibits donated by men and women who have worked for the U.S. space program, including flight suits, a pair of astronaut boots and an original door from a project mercury capsule.
One of the most poignant memorials here is the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, dedicated to law-enforcement personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Arranged around marble walls inscribed with the names of fallen officers, exhibit areas cover all facets of the field of law enforcement, from a display of police cars and motorcycles to a remembrance of the officers who died on Sept. 11, 2001, to a crime lab, crime-scene reconstruction and a replica jail cell. There’s also a special area just for kids.
Military buffs will appreciate the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, where an exhibition hall and a 30,000-square-foot hangar house displays military aircraft from the dawn of aviation to the present day, including a World War ii-era Wildcat, a Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War period and the recently retired f14a tomcat. For an unforgettable experience, take a ride on the flagship of the museum’s fleet: the Tico Belle, transport plane that flew missions throughout World War II.