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Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch Viewing

Explore the best Kennedy Space Center rocket launch viewing areas on the space coast of Port Canaveral, Florida. Get directions, hours & pricing. Rocket launches can be viewed from several places in and around the Kennedy Space Center. The map and list below highlight some of the best locations for viewing a rocket launch. Traffic can be excessive and parking will be limited before and after launches. Rocket launches are visible as far as Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Vero Beach, Tampa and Jacksonville on clear days and nights. Take a look at Rocket Monkey's tips for viewing a rocket launch.

Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach

Ready to kayak Cocoa Beach during a rocket launch? Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach invites you to slip away on an unforgettable, 100% organic kayaking adventure in the Indian River Lagoon!

Adventures in Florida

With Adventures in Florida, “sign up, then show up” at Kelly Park East for an easy paddle that ends with your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. They cannot guarantee a launch, but they can guarantee an exciting time on the water.

Alan Shepard Park

Named after astronaut Alan Shepard, this ocean-front park can accommodate many visitors with more than 300 parking spaces. Alan Shepard Park, also provides picnic areas, shower, and restrooms. The park is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Cherie Down Park

Cherie Down Park, near Cocoa Beach, providing restrooms, drinking fountain, outdoor showers, bench, family picnic shelter, 2 grills, 2 dune crossovers, and 2 sheltered picnic areas. The park is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Pier

Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Pier

Cocoa Beach is a great location to watch rocket launches. The Cocoa Beach Pier is a historic landmark on Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Pier stretches over the Atlantic Ocean and contains restaurants, restrooms bars and gift shops. The pier is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Cocoa Kayaking

Join Cocoa Kayaking on a rocket launch tour. At Cocoa Kayaking, they limit their group sizes to guarantee that their tours are of very highest quality. They strive to make your experience on the water an unforgettable one.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is north of the launch pads and a great place to view the rocket launches. Launch Pad 39 C is the closest launch site just south of Daytona. Parking is available on and near the beach.

Exploration Tower

Check the website for tickets and availability. A never before seen panoramic view of Port Canaveral, our cruise ships, and of Kennedy Space Center. The 7th floor outdoor observation deck is the place to be to watch a rocket launch!

Seven stories above the ground, on an open promenade you and your guests can see a launch like no other location in Port Canaveral. Use their high end telescopes to get a spectacular up-close and uninhibited view of the rocket before and during launch.

Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

They offer casual waterfront dining downstairs plus a covered patio, indoor sports bar, and sun deck with Tiki bar upstairs. The restaurant is located on the water close to the launch pads. Enjoy a meal and drinks while you wait for the launch, but arrive early because the restaurant will fill up

Flagler Beach & Pier

Flagler Beach & Pier

Flagler Beach is a little farther from the launch pads, but still a great place to watch rocket launches. Launch Pad 39 C is the closest launch site just south of Flagler. Parking is free and is available right along-side A1A next to the beach. There are also public parking lots near Flagler pier, across the street from the beach.

Gator’s Dockside

Gator’s Dockside is a family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant offering a fun atmosphere with many TVs. The restaurant is located on the water close to the launch pads. Enjoy a meal and drinks while you wait for the launch, but arrive early because the restaurant will fill up.

Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

The finest quality local fish prepared using the healthiest and most delicious process available, marinating and grilling. The restaurant is located on the water close to the launch pads. Enjoy a meal and drinks while you wait for the launch, but arrive early because the restaurant will fill up.

Indian River Queen

Viewing a launch on board the Indian River Queen is a BLAST! Don’t get stuck in traffic jams or stand in the sun on the roadside for this MONUMENTAL experience! Plan to view your next launch on a first-class private riverboat charter.

Island Boat Lines

Island Boat Lines offers views of rocket launches from the Banana River on a forty-nine (49) passenger boat. Viewing a launch on an Island Boat Lines boat is a BLAST! Don’t get stuck in traffic jams or stand in the sun on the roadside for these MONUMENTAL experiences!

Jetty Park

Jetty Park offers guests a variety of camping options from tent camping in a rustic site, to relaxing in your RV with all the amenities included. The park is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Kennedy Point Park

Kennedy Point Park is located across the Indian river with good views of all the launch pads. Park amenities include: a paved shoreline walkway with fishing, pavilion, grills, restrooms and a large parking area for vehicles and boats. 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Entrance to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex includes the ability to watch launches from the grounds. VIP tickets can be purchased for some launches for the most up-close view of a rocket launch and are typically pretty expensive. Launch viewing from KSC is typically not available outside of visitor hours. View the Kennedy Space […]

Lori Wilson Park

Lori Wilson Park

Lori Wilson Park is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B. Facilities include a dog park, restrooms, pavilions, nature boardwalk, volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills, and a 274-space parking lot. 

Max Brewer Bridge

Max Brewer Bridge

The Max Brewer Bridge is located close to Port Canaveral and offers views of the launches from across the water.

New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is a little farther from the launch pads, but still provides great views of launches from a distance. Parking is available on the beach for a fee.

Nicol Park

Nicol Park

Nicol Park is a small park located along US1 on the Indian River closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Parrish Park

Parrish Park provides a good view of launches from Launch Pad 39 A, B & C. Amenities include picnic shelters, restrooms, boardwalk, fishing pier, and boat ramps with paved parking for 46 cars and 47 boat trailer spaces with a view from across the Indian River. 

Playalinda Beach

Playalinda Beach is the northern most location on the map and provides a great view of launches from Launch Pad 39 A, B & C.

Rotary Riverfront Park

Facilities include pavilions, picnic areas/shelters, boat ramps and restrooms with a view from across the Indian River with good views of all the launch pads.

Sand Point Park

Located in Titusville, Florida, Sand Point Park features a wide array of facilities include an athletic concession building, picnic tables, shelters, grills, playground, benches, and restrooms.

Sidney Fischer Park

Near Cocoa Beach with roughly 200 parking spaces, picnic pavilions, shower and restroom. Sidney Fisher Park is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Space Coast River Tours

Join Space Coast River Tours for one of their very special rocket launch tours. There are only a handful of places on the planet where you can watch rockets launch into outer space and none more beautiful than Brevard County. Join Space Coast River Tours on the water for the next launch.

Space View Park

Space View Park is a park unlike any other with a walk honoring prior space exploration missions, parking and public restrooms; in addition, the park broadcasts a live stream from NASA’s control room. This park provides a good view of launches from Launch Pad 39 A, B & C.

State Road 401

State Road 401 is located close to Port Canaveral and offers views of the launch pad from across the water.

State Road 528

State Road 528 provides a clear view of the rocket launch pads, as the road approaches the Port Canaveral area.

Titusville Marina

Amenities include a pavilion with a view from across the Indian River. The marina provides a good view of launches from Launch Pad 39 A, B & C. 451 Marina Rd, Titusville, FL 32796 Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM Parking: Free Titusville Marina Website

US1

US1 between 50 and Garden Street in Titusville provides a good view of the launch across from the Indian River.

View a Rocket Launch by Boat

Boaters are able to watch launches from the Intracoastal Waterway and non-restricted portions of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. The Coast Guard provides information on restricted areas on Marine Band Channel 16 as each launch approaches.

William J. Manzo Park

Facilities include playground, paved walkway, riverfront boardwalk, picnic tables and shelters, grills, benches and drinking fountain with a view from across the Indian River with good views of all the launch pads.

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