Where Should I Stay for a Rocket Launch on Florida’s Space Coast?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Floridian planning a quick weekend getaway or if you’re thousands of miles away trying to organize an epic family vacation. Knowing the right place to stay while visiting Florida for a rocket launch is important. To thrill-seekers not from Florida, their first instinct might be to stay in Orlando or even Daytona Beach, but why stay an hour away (when traffic is light) when there are gorgeous places right here?
Nestled between Brevard and Volusia counties, Playalinda Beach, part of the Canaveral National Seashore, is one of the few places in Florida untouched by developers. It is also one of the closest public viewing areas to Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B and 39A. Keep in mind that these hours do vary and it’s best to check with the Canaveral National Seashore prior to arriving. There are plenty of vacation rental cottages, hotels, motels, and even bed and breakfasts in Titusville close to KSC, Playalinda Beach, and other Space Coast “must-see” destinations. Besides Playalinda Beach, Space View Park, Max Brewer Bridge, and Sand Point Park are excellent options to view a launch. You can read about those places here.
Need a bit of variety when it comes to your accommodations? Cocoa Beach has you covered! Not only is it home to a variety of hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals, it is also an ideal location to view rocket launches. Places like Alan Shepard Park (named after the first American to travel into space), Cocoa Beach Pier, Lori Wilson Park, and Sidney Fischer Park are perfect launch-viewing locations. Cocoa Beach is also the small wave capital of the world and named the East Coast surf capital of the United States. Catching some waves and catching a rocket launch at the same time? It’s only possible at Cocoa Beach.
Voted best North American homeport by Cruise Critic, Port Canaveral is your gateway to vacation, but even if you’re not planning on taking a cruise out of this bustling port, Port Canaveral is the location to be during a rocket launch. From waterfront dining view at The Cove to the shores of Jetty Park, this area puts you right in perfect viewing territory. Even on non-launch days, Jetty Park is a popular spot for beachgoers and fishermen.
There really isn’t a bad place to watch a rocket launch here; after all, this is Florida’s Space Coast. It doesn’t matter if you choose to stay in Cocoa Beach, Titusville, or any of the small towns along the Space Coast, we’re sure your vacation will be a blast.
For the latest information on Space Coast launches, download the Launch Console app on the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store.