Best Places to View a Rocket Launch by Kennedy Space Center

Best places to view a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center.

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 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.

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 launch and are typically pretty expensive. Launch viewing from KSC is typically not available outside of visitor hours.

Exploration Tower

Check the website for tickets and availablility. A never before seen panoramic view of not only Port Canaveral and our cruise ships, but 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 our high end telescopes to get a spectacular up-close and uninhibited view of the rocket before and during launch.

Playalinda Beach

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

Space View Park

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 528

A clear view of the rocket launch pads, as the road approaches the Port Canaveral area.

US1

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

State Road 401

Located close to Port Canaveral offers views of the launch pad from a distance. Some businesses located along the water on State Road 401 offer views of the launches.

Parrish Park

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. This park provides a good view of launches from Launch Pad 39 A, B & C.

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.

Sand Point Park

Facilities include an athletic concession building, picnic tables and shelters grills, playground, benches, and restrooms.

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.

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.

Kennedy Point Park

Features paved shoreline walkway with fishing, pavilion, grills, restrooms and a large parking area for both vehicles and boats. The park is located across the Indian river with good views of all the launch pads.

Nicol Park

Small park located along US1 on the Indian River. The park is located across the Indian river closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

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.

Lori Wilson Park

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

Jetty Park

The 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.

Cocoa Beach Pier

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.

Alan Shepard Park

The park was named after astronaut Alan Shepard. With more than 300 parking spaces this ocean-front park provides picnic areas, shower, and restroom. The park is located south of the launch pads closest to Space Launch Complex 37 B.

Sidney Fischer Park

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

View Rocket Launches 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.

View Upcoming Rocket Launches from Kennedy Space Center