Welcome to Cape Canaveral, a vibrant beachside community located on Florida’s Space Coast, just a short drive from Kennedy Space Center and within close proximity to three major universities. Not to mention great views of rocket launches!
The City of Cape Canaveral prides itself on being #TheSpaceBetween – an amazing little beachside community nestled comfortably between family vacations and cutting-edge space travel technology.
Boasting magnificent weather, beautiful scenery, countless outdoor amenities, and one of the largest deepwater ports in the world, Cape Canaveral welcomes over one million visitors to its shore each year. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River, Cape Canaveral is #TheSpaceBetween Waves + Wonder – a wonderful place to Live, Work, and Play.
With the Orlando area attractions just 50 miles away, Cape Canaveral offers a quiet respite or an active vacation – whichever you choose. Our city recreation amenities include:
- Public beach access and parking is available at east end of every city street. The beach crossovers at Monroe, Polk and Buchanan Avenues are equipped with Mobi-Mats for ease of mobility.
- City parks include Manatee Sanctuary Park, with a playground, open grassy field, ½ mile exercise path, picnic tables, pavilions and other amenities. It’s located at 701 Thurm Blvd. Other city facilities include Xeriscape Park at Tyler and Poinsetta avenues, Banana River Park at 910 Puerto Del Rio Dr., and the Nancy Hansen Recreation Center, which offers a wide array of exercise and fitness programs as well as tennis courts, shuffleboard and racquetball. Please call the city’s Department of Culture and Leisure Services at (321) 868-1226 for more information.
- The Zagster bikeshare station in Manatee Sanctuary Park offers bike rentals for cycling around the area.
Other attractions in Cape Canaveral include:
A1A Beach Rentals
Welcome to Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach & Port Canaveral's leading beach, bike, surf, SUP, kayak, boating & fishing outfitter. Lowest prices on the beach, with delivery, and as always, guaranteed.
Air Force Space & Missile History Center
The Air Force Space and Missile History Center, an extension of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, is open to the general public six days a week. The History Center is located just outside the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. No access pass is required for a visit. Historic information and exhibits for each launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are on display.
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory
Exhibit Hall, planetarium, IWERKS movies, laser light shows, and observatory.
Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
Traces the area's history from the days of woolly mammoths & saber tooth cats to rockets and space shuttles.
Treetop Trek, guided kayak tours, feed Giraffes and Lorikeets.
Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures
The aerial park will suspend the participant in the air on 45 ft poles as they navigate their way through 48 unique challenges set in a canopy of beautiful live oak trees. The park will offer three different trails and levels of difficulty that allow participants the choice to challenge only the obstacles they feel comfortable with. While you explore the park you will move at your own pace and tackle challenges as an individual, instead of in a group. All ages, strengths, and adventure levels will enjoy this opportunity to move your body, test your problem solving skills, and challenge your fears while enjoying the Florida sunshine.
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is located on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and is generally not open for public access. Take a tour of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by contacting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation in regards to visiting and touring the facilities: (321) 307-2900. Hours are Tuesday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Before modern construction, a complex of six burial mounds occupied this location. They were built by the ancestors of the prehistoric Ais tribe, a group who occupied the Cape Canaveral area at the time of European contact. Based on pottery styles and the presence of European materials discovered here, the age of these mounds range from AD 600 to the 16th century. In the 1930s, Dr. George Woodbury, under the direction of the Smithsonian Institute’s Bureau of Ethnology and the Peabody Museum, initiated a series of archaeological investigations into several American Indian mound sites near here. With the help of local laborers provided by the New Deal’s Civil Works Administration, excavations on the properties belonging to the Carter and Fuller families revealed the remains of more than 100 individuals that included men, women, and children. The oldest identified mound in this complex contained a central burial pit containing the disarticulated remains of an estimated 20 individuals. Two intact burials were discovered near the opening of the pit. The remains of another 89 individuals, including those of twelve children, were recovered from one of the more recent mounds. Unlike those of the older mound, all of these skeletons were buried intact and were arranged in a circular pattern with their heads pointing towards the apex of the mound. The diversity of these burial patterns indicates that this community experienced a significant cultural shift over the centuries that they resided in Cape Canaveral. In addition to the burials, dozens of ornamental and utilitarian artifacts made of bone, shell, and stone were recovered. Many of these items are still housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and the Peabody Museum in Massachusetts.
Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center
Part of the public Cocoa Beach Country Club, with a heated 50-meter pool, waterslide & spray park.
Jetty Park is one of the most sought-after points of interest in Brevard County. With 35 acres at your fingertips there is a variety of activities available, making Jetty Park your recreation destination. Whether relaxing on the beach or a family reunion at one of our rentable pavilions, Jetty Park has something for everyone. While we look forward to your visit, pets are not allowed in Jetty Park and we ask that you please leave them at home.
Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
The official site for Kennedy Space Center. Visit NASA's launch complex, astronaut hall of fame, or see a rocket launch all just an hour from Orlando.
Kennedy Space Center Launch Schedule
Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge
The refuge traces its beginnings to the development of the nation’s Space Program. In 1962, NASA acquired 140,000 acres of land, water, and marshes adjacent to Cape Canaveral to establish the John F. Kennedy Space Center. NASA built a launch complex and other space-related facilities, but development of most of the area was not necessary. In 1963 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an agreement to establish the refuge and in 1975 a second agreement established Canaveral National Seashore. Today, the Department of Interior manages most of the unused portions of the Kennedy Space Center as a National
Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore.
Port Canaveral Exploration Tower
Located along the East Coast of Florida in Port Canaveral, Exploration Tower is a stunning architectural landmark providing visitors both fun and education. With seven floors of exhibits and interactive play, Exploration Tower includes something for everyone. Visitors will have access to our indoor and outdoor observation decks, nearly 5,550 feet of exhibit space, an auditorium, a café, a gift shop and much more. We also offer unique space and amenities for corporate or special events.
Space Coast Area Transit is one of Brevard’s main economic engines.
Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area
From Ice Age animals to Native Americans to early pioneers, Pine Island Conservation Area has a rich history. Mastodon tusks, pottery sherds, and 19th century farm tools found on site help piece together the story of this special place. Go inside the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams family cabin. Travel back in time here and along the paved trail where interactive exhibits highlight Pine Island's many past inhabitants. Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking through five different habitats and over six miles of trails. Wading birds, bald eagles, alligators, manatees, and bobcats are just a few of the animals that you may see. The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and the St. Johns River Water Management District jointly own this over 900-acre site.
Endangered right whales migrate to Florida’s Atlantic Coast from December to March. Report all Sightings immediately, Call 1-888-979-4253
Have the following information ready:
- Location of whale(s) (city, lat./long., nearby major landmark)
- Number of whales; any calves?
- Direction of travel
- Dolphins present?
- Your name and call-back number
- Remember the legal approach limit for a Right Whale is 500 yards.
- Please maintain a legal distance.
Twister Airboat Rides
Ride through the grassy marsh of the scenic Saint Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds up to 45 mph. Your boat captain will slow down for our local wildlife and will allow ample time you to view and take photographs of all of the wildlife the Saint Johns has to offer, Including alligators, bald eagles, wading birds and even possibilities to view wild hogs, cows and much more.Our ride allows you to take in our natural cypress swamp with breathtaking views. More adrenaline filled rides also available!
Zagster Bike Share
After exploring various bike share programs, the City decided to connect with Space Coast Florida on a Zagster Bike Share partnership between Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. The City sponsored a station at Manatee Sanctuary Park and is pleased to announce that Manatee Sanctuary Park produces the most trip starts and ends by station since installation. Long-term goals include working with Brevard County organizations to continue participation in the B4 (Bikes+Bus+Beach+Brevard) transportation initiative in Brevard County and expand station locations in Cape Canaveral. It is the City’s goal to uphold the Community’s Vision and make Cape Canaveral a bikeable and walkable city. Look for more Zagster bikes stations in the future! More information can be found here.