Where to view a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center?

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

Rocket launches can be viewed from several places in an 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.

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.

State Road 528

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

  • Directions
  • Hours: 24 Hours
  • Parking: Free pull off onto the side of the road

US1

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

  • Directions
  • Hours: 24 Hours
  • Parking: Free pull off onto the side of the road

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.

  • Directions
  • Hours: 24 Hours
  • Parking: Free pull off onto the side of the road

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.

Titusville Marina

Amenities include a pavilion with a view from across the Indian River.

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.

Rotary Riverfront Park

Facilities include pavilions, picnic areas/shelters, boat ramps and restrooms with a view from across the Indian River.

Kennedy Point Park

Features paved shoreline walkway with fishing, pavilion, grills, restrooms and a large parking area for both vehicles and boats.

Nicol Park

Small park located along US1 on the Indian River.

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

Lori Wilson Park

Facilities include dog park, restrooms, pavilions, nature boardwalk, volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills, and a 274-space parking lot.

Jetty Park Campground

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.

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.

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.

Sidney Fischer Park

Near Cocoa Beach with roughly 200 parking spaces, picnic pavilions, shower and restroom.

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.

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