Watching a rocket launch is a bucket list item for many people visiting Florida. The tricky part about that is that launches often get rescheduled due to weather. However, the number of launches is increasing at Kennedy Space Center and so are your chances to watch one.
But what are the best locations? This is the question I am often asked by guests of our vacation rental. Here are some suggestions.
Kennedy Space Center
The first choice has to be the Kennedy Space Center. It is the closest you can get and provides live launch commentary. Viewing locations are within miles from the launch pads. Check the website prior to your visit to see what is scheduled. Again, schedules may change short notice depending on weather.
You have to buy regular tickets plus launch tickets. If the launch gets rescheduled it is still nice to visit the complex. Read the following post with our recommendations for the Kennedy Space Center.
Canaveral National Seashore
This is the closest beach to the Kennedy Space Center and a diverse nature habitat. It is a great option to watch launches. Come early as the park may close if it reaches its capacity prior to a launch. There is a $15 vehicle entrance fee. Bring sufficient water, food, and sunscreen.
Space View Park, Titusville
The Space View Park in Titusville is approximately 15 miles away from the launch pads. You should get here early before the launch. The park also provides interesting space history.
Exploration Tower, Port Canaveral
The Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral offers great views not only of cruise ships but also of the Kennedy Space Center. You can watch a rocket launch from the 7th deck. You need to buy a launch viewing ticket.
Cocoa Beach Pier
A drink and a launch? The Tiki Bar at the Cocoa Beach Pier offers great views of the ocean and the launches.
Bars in Cocoa Beach
There are several bars and restaurants in Cocoa Beach which offer good viewing as well. Check out the Coconuts on the Beach or the Sandbar. Also read the following post for other options with great views.
Secluded Beaches in South Cocoa Beach
You can watch rocket launches directly from the beach across our vacation rental. It is best viewed after dusk or before sunrise.
Do you have a favorite Spot?
Do you have another great place to watch launches? Please share it with us.