Of all of the incredible places to watch a launch on Florida’s Space Coast, Titusville truly has some of the best. Bordering the Indian River Lagoon, Titusville boasts breath-taking waterfront views of rocket launches, or you can even get right up close to the action when you visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Here are some of the top places to watch a rocket launch in Titusville:
A local favorite, Playalinda Beach on Canaveral National Seashore is one of the best and closest locations to view a launch. With just a short walk down the beach, you can be within 5 miles of the launch – the closest you can possibly get for the Atlas V launches and a great spot to watch Falcon 9 launches.
What’s better than spending a beautiful day on the beach and getting to witness a rocket launch up close? Keep in mind the seashore is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there is a $10 fee to access the park. Also, make sure to grab a pastry and a coffee from Sunrise Bread Company, another local favorite, before you head out for a day at the beach.
*Please note, some daytime launches may affect the park’s schedule. Always check their website here before planning on watching a launch there.
2.Space View Park
The name of this park speaks for itself. Less than 15 miles directly across from the Kennedy Space Center launch pads, Space View Park boasts incredible waterfront views of rocket launches. Not to mention, during the launches they play a live audio feed direct from NASA control room so visitors can listen in on the launch process from the park.
And, after watching the rocket disappear into the atmosphere, you’ll be right next to Downtown Titusville to check out the shops and grab a craft beer from Playalinda Brewing Company.
3. A. Max Brewer Bridge
Located at the end of SR 406/ Garden Street, the A. Max Brewer Bridge spans the Indian River Lagoon and gives visitors an incredible vantage point for the launches. You can look out over the water and over the city while you wait for the countdown to hit zero. The city closes down the bridge to vehicle traffic on launch days to ensure the safety of visitors.
4.Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches. With four different viewing area options, you can get up to just 3 miles away from the launch pad.
When you purchase a day pass to the visitor complex, you can enjoy all its exciting attractions and take advantage of bleacher and lawn seating, live commentary, as well as restaurants and restrooms, to get the full experience of a rocket launch.
Thursday’s historic launch of a previously-flown SpaceX Falcon 9, the first of its kind, as seen from a remote camera. This flight realizes not only a long-term goal for SpaceX, but for spaceflight as an industry. It’s fitting, then, that this launch took place from Kennedy’s Pad A, where the first reusable spaceflight system–the Space Shuttle–flew. #ses10 #ses #crs8 #spacex #falcon9 #kennedyspacecenter #ksc #nasa #lc39a #rocket #rocketlaunch #launchpad #remotecamera #canon #zuiko #zuiko24mm #legacylens #space
5.Rotary Riverfront Park
Settled along the Indian River Lagoon on U.S. 1, this public park is approximately 13 miles from the launch complexes at Kennedy Space Center and a top choice to view launches. The only thing that will stand between you and the launch pads is the river. Before or after the launch, be sure to check out El Leoncito for delicious Mexican and giant margaritas.
Click here to look over the launch schedule so you can plan to watch at one of these incredible Titusville locations.