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Even though Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the best seats in the house, Florida’s Space Coast offers many prime viewing areas outside of the complex. From the shores of the Indian River Lagoon and beaches on the coastline to the Exploration Tower and waterside restaurants, check out one of these great viewing venues on Florida’s Space Coast!*

*Please note that hours of operations vary and some locations may be closed at time of launch.

Titusville Launch Viewing Locations

Marina Park

Located north of the Titusville Marina, this launch viewing venue includes a boat ramp and dock, as well as restrooms.

Hours of Operations: 7 a.m. until dark

 

Sand Point Park

Sand Point Park is a popular launch viewing site in Titusville located on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon in the heart of Historic Downtown Titusville. The Astronaut Memorial Plaza, located near the south side of the park, commemorates the astronaut crews of the Apollo, the Challenger, and more recently, the Columbia Space Shuttle.

Hours of Operations: Dawn to Dusk

 

Playalinda Beach – Canaveral National Seashore

Located in the Canaveral National Seashore, Playalinda Beach is one the closest locations to view rocket launches on the Space Coast. With a short walk down the beach, you can be within 5 miles of the launch. It is located within a National Park, so a $10 entrance fee is required.

Hours of Operation: Summer hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Winter hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Another look at yesterday’s launch on Florida’s Space Coast! ?: @darreleve #SpaceCoast #LoveFl

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Parrish Park

This urban district river park is situated on both sides of SR-402 at the A. Max Brewer Causeway from the east end of the draw bridge to the security gates for Kennedy Space Center. Only 10 miles from the closest launch pad, this is one of the top viewing sites on Florida’s Space Coast.

Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk

 

Space View Park

Space View Park is one of the most popular viewing areas for rocket launches, and is the first and only park in the nation that honors America’s astronauts and those behind the scenes who helped lead the world in space exploration. This park is located less than 15 miles directly across from the Kennedy Space Center launch pads and offers a spectacular view of rocket launches.

Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk

Spacex SES-10 mission from last thursday, the first reuse of an orbital class rocket.

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Manzo Park

This riverfront park situated in Titusville is an excellent viewing venue for rocket launches because the only thing between you and the launch itself is the Indian River Lagoon. Got little ones with you? The park is ideal for family fun with a playground and picnic facility.

Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk

 

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. Before or after the launch, be sure to check out nearby El Leoncito for delicious Mexican and giant margaritas.

Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk

Time exposure of #delta #rocket viewed from Rotary Riverfront Park in Titusville.

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Port Canaveral Launch Viewing Locations

 

Kelly Park East

Located on the shores of the Banana River in Merritt Island, adjacent to Port Canaveral, Kelly Park offers a great view of rocket launches. The park’s amenities include restrooms, playground, and picnic facilities. 

Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk

 

Exploration Tower

Take in the launch from the 7th floor observation deck. 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.

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


 

The Cove at Port Canaveral

The Cove 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 to enjoy a delicious meal, beverage and a spectacular view of a rocket launch.

Hours of Operation: Viewing areas are open 24 hours a day. Hours of operation vary for restaurants.

 

Jetty Park

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. Keep in mind it does cost $15 per vehicle ($5 if you live on Florida’s Space Coast) to get in.

Hours of Operation: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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

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Cocoa Beach Launch Viewing Locations

 

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Home to five restaurants, four bars and spectacular views of the ocean, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is a prime viewing spot for rocket launches. The pier alone stretches out 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s the only venue of its like on Florida’s Space Coast.

Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Alan Shepard Park

Close by to Ron Jon Surf Shop and Sandbar Sports Grill, this park provides excellent views of rocket launches. The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard, and the facilities on site include picnic pavilions and bathrooms.

Hours of Operation: Beachfront viewing is open 24 hours a day. Park is open dawn to dusk.

 

Sidney Fischer Park

As far as a beachside rocket launch viewing spot, Sidney Fischer Park is a great spot and equipped with many amenities including: picnic pavilions, playground, volleyball, and restrooms.

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Lori Wilson Park

Lori Wilson Park is loaded with beachside amenities for the whole family to enjoy including your furry little friends. From a dog park to easy beach access, you will love watching a launch from this location.

Hours of Operation: Beachfront viewing is open 24 hours a day. Park facilities are open dawn to dusk.

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