How to see a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral / Kennedy Space Center, Florida, U.S.A. ?

how to see a rocket launch cape canaveral kennedy space center

Space rockets have launched into space from Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center since the 1950’s. Legendary space missions such as the Apollo missions on the Moon were launched from Cape Canaveral, in front of thousands of spectators. Feel the space history and enjoy the visual and physical experience of a rocket launch only a few kilometers from the launch pad. The countdown begins, 3, 2, 1… Ignition !

Where is Cape Canaveral / Kennedy Space Center ?

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Kennedy Space Center

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Kennedy Space Center 28.405800, -80.604800 Kennedy Space Center

Address : State Road 405, Merrit Island, Titusville, FL 32899, U.S.A.
Parking rates : Motorcycles : $5 – Automobiles : $10 – Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs : $15.
Parking fees are collected at the entrance. Parking is accessible 30 minutes before Kennedy Space Center’s opening.

What rockets are launched at Cape Canaveral / Kennedy Space Center ?

ULA Atlas V launch

ULA Atlas V

ULA Delta IV launch

ULA Delta IV

Kennedy Space Center’s viewing areas

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LC-39 Observation Gantry – from 2 to 5.5 miles away the launch pads – $49 in addition to daily admission

This viewing area is located at the historic Launch Complex 39.

  • Bleacher seating, open lawn area and viewing room with live commentary
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Snacks, refreshments and shop
  • Wheelchair accessible

What you will see from the LC-39 Observation Gantry :

Banana Creek launch viewing area – from 5 to 8 miles away the launch pads – $20 in addition to daily admission

This viewing area is located next to the Apollo/Saturn V Center

  • Bleacher seating with live commentary
  • Indoor and outdoor restrooms
  • Café and shop
  • Wheelchair accessible

What you will see from the Banana Creek launch viewing area :

Main Visitor Complex – 7 miles away the launch pads – Included with daily admission

This viewing area is located next to Space Shuttle Atlantis®.

  • Bleacher and lawn seating with live commentary
  • Indoor and outdoor restrooms
  • Several restaurants and shops
  • Wheelchair accessible

What you will see from the Main Visitor Complex :

Florida’s Space Coast other viewing areas

Titusville

Marina Park – Located north of the Titusville Marina

  • Boat ramp and dock, restrooms
  • Opening hours : 7 a.m. until dark

Sand Point Park – Located on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon in the heart of Historic Downtown Titusvill

  • The Astronaut Memorial Plaza commemorates the crews of Apollo, Challenger and Columbia.
  • Opening hours : Dawn to Dusk

Playalinda Beach – Canaveral National Seashore – Located within a National Park : $10 entrance fee

  • Short walk down the beach, 5 miles away the launch pads
  • Opening hours : Summer hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Winter hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parrish Park – Located on both sides of SR-402 at the A. Max Brewer Causeway

  • Urban district river park
  • Opening hours : Dawn to Dusk

Space View Park

  • Located less than 15 miles away the launch pads
  • Opening hours : Dawn to Dusk

Manzo Park – Located in Titusville

  • Playground and picnic facility
  • Opening hours : Dawn to Dusk

Rotary Riverfront Park

  • Located 13 miles away the launch pads
  • Opening hours : Dawn to Dusk

Cocoa Beach

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

  • Pier, Restaurants and bars
  • Opening hours : 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Alan Shepard Park

  • Picnic pavilions and bathrooms
  • Opening hours : Dawn to dusk

Sidney Fischer Park

  • picnic pavilions, playground, volleyball, and restrooms
  • Opening hours : 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lori Wilson Park

  • Dog park, easy beach access
  • Opening hours : Dawn to dusk

Port Canaveral

Kelly Park East – Located on the shores of the Banana River in Merritt Island

  • Playground, picnic facilities and restrooms
  • Opening hours : Dawn to Dusk

Exploration Tower – 7th floor observation deck

  • Use the deck’s telescopes to see the rochet launch
  • Opening hours : Open 10 am – 5 pm daily.

The Cove at Port Canaveral

  • Waterfront restaurants and bars
  • Opening hours : 24/24

Jetty Park

  • $15 per vehicle to get in
  • Opening hours : 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Plan your trip !

Rocket launches schedule and tickets at Cape Canaveral / Kennedy Space Center

Click on the button below to take a look at the rocket launches schedule on the Kennedy Space Center’s website and to buy tickets.

ROCKET LAUNCHES SCHEDULE AT CAPE CANAVERAL

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