Watching a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral is a breathtaking and exhilarating experience that you’ll remember for a very long time. There are countless incredible places to view a launch along Florida’s Space Coast, but some incredible spots can be found in Port Canaveral. Watch from the beach or with a drink in hand at one of the waterfront restaurants, either way you’ll get to experience the awe of seeing that glowing fireball hurl out of Earth’s atmosphere and into outer space.
1. Jetty Park
Rocket launch from Florida from @earthfocus – @aroundq sharing with you guys information on how this shot was taken! This rocket launch was probably my most planned out shot. I used an app called Plan It to figure out the location where I wanted to take the shot. From there you have to scout the location and think of some cool foregrounds. Our options were Cocoa Beach Pier or Jetty Park. The original idea was to get close to the Jetty but it was so dark and just didn't compose well. Then we saw a bunch of people sitting at this life guard station and that's where the idea came in. Next you have to figure out where the launch will be coming from. I was lucky enough to catch it right behind the Life guard station. This is also a 2 shot blend. 1 shot for the foreground and 1 shot of the rocket trail. Explore. Share. Inspire: #spacecoast #capecanaveral #regrann
If you’re looking for a place where you can have a relaxing day on the beach with the family and where you can watch a launch – Jetty Park is the place to do just that. Not only that, but you can camp, fish and the kids can even play on the park’s playground while you wait for liftoff. This is a great spot to watch a launch and even watch as cruise ships come to and from the Port. Keep in mind it does cost $15 per vehicle ($5 if you live on Florida’s Space Coast) to get in.
2. The Exploration Tower
View a launch like never before from the 7th floor observation deck of the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. Not only do you get a panoramic view of Port Canaveral and the cruise ships, you can utilize the deck’s telescopes to get a spectacular up-close view of the rocket before and during launch. Additionally, you can explore their fun and interactive exhibits to learn all about the history of space expeditions and the history on Florida’s Space Coast.
3. Waterfront Restaurants at the Cove
The Cove in Port Canaveral is the area’s prime entertainment district and offers plenty of great dining, shopping and entertainment options to enjoy on launch day. Head out to any one of the waterfront restaurants and bars such as Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar or Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill, to enjoy a delicious meal, beverage and a spectacular view of a rocket launch.
4. Along Route 401
Wanting some place casual to stop to watch the launch? There are plenty of spots along route 401 that offers great views of Cape Canaveral. There is even a viewing spot along Route 401 in Port Canaveral that provides bleacher seating for visitors to watch the launch with waterfront views, however you should definitely try and get there early, it tends to fill up fast!
Click here to check out the launch schedule so you can plan to watch at one of these great Port Canaveral locations.