Cape Canaveral is part of a region known as the "Space Coast", since all of the manned United States spacecraft are launched from the Space Center on nearby Merritt Island.
The city of Cape Canaveral sits at the northern end of a barrier island on the Atlantic coast of Florida, south of the geographical Cape Canaveral.
Falcon 9 (pictured above), the first rocket to land its first stage, takes off from the Kennedy Space Center.
- Melbourne International Airport (MLB), just 27 miles south, is the closest airport to Cape Canaveral. It is served by Delta Air Lines with six daily arrivals (note that Flight 5197 does not operate on Saturday, and Flight 5049 does not operate on Tuesday or Wednesday) from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and American Airlines with 3 daily arrivals (2 on Saturdays) from Charlotte, N.C.
- Orlando International Airport (MCO), from which Florida State Route 528 goes straight to Cape Canaveral, is the largest airport serving the area. The drive takes a little less than 1 hour, but SR 528 requires tolls. Tolling is $2.00 from the Airport, and even more from Orlando's other tourist areas.
- Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) is about an hour and 15 minutes north by way of Interstate 95.
The nearest Amtrak station is in Orlando, 50 miles west.
By carCape Canaveral is at the eastern end of Florida State Route 528 from Orlando. Interstate 95, a primary north-south route on the Atlantic Coast, intersects FL-528 near Cape Canaveral.
By busThere appears to be no public transportation service to Kennedy Space Center.
However, many companies offer organized bus day tours from the Orlando area to KSC. For example:
- Space Coast Area Transit is the name of the local Brevard County bus service. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. $1.50 per ride, or $42 for a monthly pass.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor ComplexThis busy tourist attraction offers museums, movies, a rocket garden and bus tours of former shuttle preparation and launch facilities. This is an official federal site — however, the visitor complex is run by contractors for a profit, so prices are comparable to private tourist attractions, not a typical national park. Basic admission (a 1 day pass) includes an excellent bus tour (including the complimentary bus tour of Launch Complex 39 and the Apollo/Saturn V Center), the museums (including the exhibit featuring the Space Shuttle Atlantis), and the IMAX movies. Additional special tours or programs should be booked in advance since they sell out quickly. NOTE: this facility may
phone: +1 321 853-9171The three-hour tour includes stops at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and several historic launch complexes. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Adults must be able to present one form of official ID, such as a driver's license, military ID and/or passport, when checking in at the History Center. Bus and most facilities are NOT handicapped accessible. Note that these sites can be seen daily via a fee-based special KSC bus tour of Cape Canaveral.
Air Force Space and Missile History Centerphone: +1 321 853-9171The History Center is an extension of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum. It is located outside of the gates of the Air Force Station and does not require entry onto the station.
- View a rocket launch: NASA keeps a list of Brevard County parks where rocket launches can be viewed. They also provide limited opportunities to view launches through the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The best places off-site are to the south from Jetty Park near Port Canaveral, or across Indian River in Titusville.
- Go on a Cruise from Port Canaveral - Evening and extended cruises offered. These are especially popular for their casino facilities which are not available on land.
phone: +1 321-799-0021address: 180 Christopher Columbus DrRelax and gamble for a night on the water. Ages 18+.
Zero Gravity CorporationParabolic flights on a modified 727, offering brief periods of weightlessness.
address: 505 Glen Cheek Dr, Cape CanaveralCape Canaveral fishing charters
phone: +1 321 783-2033address: 628 Glen Cheek DriveGreat surf and turf, in a relaxing setting on the water, with live entertainment, and seating both inside and outside over the water.
address: 505 Glen Cheek DriveFresh seafood and great atmosphere.
address: 610 Glen Cheek DriveUnique food and drinks, live entertainment, great nightlife.
address: 1475 Garden St Titusville, FL 32796Seafood
Causeway Dineraddress: 3700 N. Courtenay parkwaydiner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long
phone: +1 321-613-3958address: 7400 Ridgewood Avenuel1 and 2 bedroom fully equipped beachfront condos with pool, tennis court and covered parking.
phone: +1 321-784-8500address: 9009 Astronaut BlvdClosest hotel to Port Canaveral, with packages that include shuttle service to Port Canaveral. Complimentary hot breakfast.
address: 8959 Astronaut Blvd
phone: +1 321 784-4922address: 1000 Shorewood Dr