Cape Canaveral

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Space shuttle Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center (2009)

Cape Canaveral is a city in Brevard County, Florida, most famous as the home of America's launch pad, Kennedy Space Center. Cape Canaveral is part of a region known as the "Space Coast", since all of the manned United States spacecraft are launched from the Space Center on nearby Merritt Island.

The city of Cape Canaveral is located at the northern end of a barrier island on the Atlantic coast of Florida. It is due south of the geographical feature Cape Canaveral.

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By plane[edit]

Melbourne International Airport (IATA: MLB) [1], just 27 miles south, is the closest airport to Cape Canaveral. It is served by Delta Airlines with six daily arrivals (note that Flight 5197 does not operate on Saturday, and Flight 5049 does not operate on Tuesday or Wednesday) from Atlanta, and US Airways with 3 daily arrivals (2 on Saturdays) from Charlotte, N.C.

Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO) [2], from which Florida State Route 528 goes straight to Cape Canaveral, is the largest airport serving the area. The drive takes a little less than 1 hour, but SR 528 requires tolls. Tolling is $2.00 from the Airport, and even more from Orlando's other tourist areas.

Daytona Beach International Airport (IATA: DAB) [3] is about an hour and 15 minutes north by way of Interstate 95.

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The nearest Amtrak station is in Orlando, 50 miles west.

By car[edit]

Cape Canaveral is at the eastern end of Florida State Route 528 from Orlando. Interstate 95, a primary north-south route on the Atlantic Coast, intersects FL-528 near Cape Canaveral.

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By bus[edit]

  • Space Coast Area Transit is the name of the local Brevard County bus service. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. $1.25 per ride, or $35 for a monthly pass.

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Saturn V, KSC Visitor's Complex
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (Just to the west of Orsino on Florida State Road 405, between Range Road and East Avenue SW), toll-free: +1-866-737-5235. 9AM-6PM. This busy tourist attraction offers museums, movies, a rocket garden and bus tours of former shuttle preparation and launch facilities. This is an official Federal site - however, the visitor complex is run by contractors for a profit, so prices are comparable to private tourist attractions, not a typical national park. Basic admission (a 2 day pass) includes an excellent bus tour, the museums and the IMAX movies. Additional special tours or programs should be booked in advance since they sell out quickly. NOTE: this facility may *sometimes* be closed on launch days! Adult $50, 3-11 $40 + $10 parking.
    • Quick note: the Visitor Complex's new exhibit with Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to open on June 29, 2013.
  • Air Force Space and Missile Museum (Tours leave from the AF Space and Missile History Center just outside the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station),  +1 321 853-9171, e-mail: . M-F 8AM-4PM W-Th 9AM (launch and operations schedule permitting). The three-hour tour includes stops at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and several historic launch complexes. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Adults must be able to present one form of official ID, such as a driver’s license, military ID and/or passport, when checking in at the History Center. Bus and most facilities are NOT handicapped accessible. Note that these sites can be seen daily via a fee-based special KSC bus tour of Cape Canaveral. Free.
  • Air Force Space and Missile History Center (Just outside the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station),  +1 321 853-9171, e-mail: . Tu-F 9AM-2PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su Noon-4PM. The History Center is an extension of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum. It is located outside of the gates of the Air Force Station and does not require entry onto the station. Free.

Do[edit]

Atlas rocket launches into space from Cape Canaveral (May 2004)
  • Go on a Cruise from Port Canaveral - Evening and extended cruises offered. These are especially popular for their casino facilities which are not available on land.
    • Victory Casino180 Christopher Columbus Dr +1 321-799-0021. Relax and gamble for a night on the water. Ages 18+.
  • A1A Beach Rentals6811 N Atlantic Ave +1 321 505-7455. Surfboard rental, paddleboard rental, kayak rental, bike rental, beach gear rental. Rentals are by the day, 2-day, and weekly, and the company delivers everything to you. Activities include kayak fishing, kayak manatee and wildlife viewing, surfing lessons, stand-up paddle boarding lessons, cruise shore excursions, surf fishing, flats fishing.

Buy[edit]

Kennedy Space Center's Gift shop is a treasure trove of astronaut autographs.

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Drink[edit]

  • Causeway Diner3700 N. Courtenay parkway +1 321 454-9898. diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long

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Routes through Cape Canaveral
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