The 10 Best Things to Do in Cape Canaveral, United States

August 4, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Cape Canaveral and the neighboring Kennedy Space Center have become synonymous with space travel in the U.S. The first phases of the U.S. space program were conducted at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, now a historic landmark and home to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, before operations were moved to Kennedy. In addition to its Space Coast reputation, Canaveral also boasts the historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore.
Restaurants in Cape Canaveral

1. U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum

100 Space Port Way, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-4000 +1 321-730-0055
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum

Reviewed By HansLudwig2014 - Dayton, Ohio

Been here before... and enjoy taking family/friends to this small facility that displays artifacts and lots of photos of launches from Cape Canaveral. Located just outside the gate to the restricted compound, this museum is for free (free parking & entrance).
Here you will also find dedicated individuals who if you wish can provide detailed history... as well as inform you of pending/upcoming launches.
Check this place out if you are interested in free Rocket-tier Launch History.

2. Jetty Park

400 Jetty Road, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 +1 321-783-7111
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 615 reviews

Jetty Park

Reviewed By vvmae - Melbourne, Florida

We camp here every New Years and at other times thru out the year in our class A RV. Clean park with very close beach access, great playground and fishing pier. A bonus is the store and restaurant right at the beach entrance if you want a snack or even a sandwich. The kids always get ice cream in the store. We enjoy swimming and fishing on the rocks and pier.

3. Parker Brothers Concepts

730 Mullet Rd, Port Canaveral, FL 32920-4504 +1 321-868-2174
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 118 reviews

Parker Brothers Concepts

Reviewed By Donna L - Summerville, South Carolina

Great Big THANK YOU to Justine and JOHN for providing us with a first hand experience with some past and future concepts of their company. Justine was gracious enough to give us a tour despite the damage they incurred from Hurricane Matthew! John's stories throughout the tour gave us insight to the brothers. It is inspiring to see these two brothers build their dreams! Over and over, I heard, "NEVER GIVE UP". Take a look at some of these brilliant pieces of work! They truly have thought outside of the box and I hope that it pays off for them! Looking forward to watching this company GROW! This is a must see if you are in the area!

4. Lori Wilson Park

1500 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL +1 321-455-1380
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 769 reviews

Lori Wilson Park

Reviewed By Gary J - Cornwall, Canada

For this area if the country, this is a great beach!
The Lori Wilson Park is a great access to the beach
The only black mark is the dirty public washrooms
The beach is very long, very wide,fairly clean and this time of year the water is warm enough to swim in.
The sand is peppery not white
Our day at the beach was fairly cool because of the wind.
If you want a hot beach with nice sand, you’ll have to go to the Caribbean...
It was worth the visit

5. Exploration Tower

670 Dave Nisbet Dr, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-4514 +1 321-394-3408
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 415 reviews

Exploration Tower

A 7 story attraction full of exhibits and interactive displays.

Reviewed By Alisa1957 - Lafayette, Indiana

I found this place on line while I was searching for a out of the way spot to view a shuttle launch. It was perfect because we purchased the VIP tickets which meant there was a very small limited amount of people there during a...MoreThank you Alisa! We do have an amazing view of the launches and the cruise ships as they come and go- never gets old.

6. Cocoa Beach

A1a, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 (321) 868-3329
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Cocoa Beach

Reviewed By Steve B - Greenville, South Carolina

I love beaches and Cocoa beach didn't let me down. The beach offers all the amenities most beaches offer. Plenty of parking,shops and restaurants.

7. Port Canaveral

445 Challenger Rd, Port Canaveral, FL 32920 +1 321-783-7831
Excellent
52%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 244 reviews

Port Canaveral

Reviewed By Scene-set - Wokingham, United Kingdom

Cruised out of Port Canaveral on a b2b Carnival Sunshine cruise.Carnivals terminal is located on the far side of the Port (i.e. not directly adjacent to the Port side food outlets and bars)

One of the best Ports we have cruised out of in terms of easy access, friendliness of porters, cruise staff and security.

Disembarking can be more difficult (as at most Ports) in terms of waiting for rental car buses or taxis, but there are covered waiting areas for both.

8. Cherie Down Park

8330 Ridgewood Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920-2122
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Cherie Down Park

Reviewed By Rose R - Cape Canaveral, Florida

It’s free and it’s delightful and what can I say it’s on the ocean. Parking is also free. Great place for family kids friends and the whole lot. Bring your sunscreen

9. Rikki Tiki Tavern

251 Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach Pier, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-2958 +1 321-783-7549
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Rikki Tiki Tavern

Located at the end of the 800-foot long Pier, directly over the ocean, is the Rikki Tiki Tavern featuring spectacular ocean views, open-aired seating and all of your favorite specialty drink concoctions. Cool off in the shade and enjoy the salty ocean breeze while sipping on a refreshing tropical drink at our Cocoa Beach Pier bar. Watch the local fishermen and surfers of Cocoa Beach catch a big one! Enjoy the Original Pieradise with fresh, tropical flavors like pineapple, orange and banana or try a fun twist on a traditional Pina Colada with the Cocoa Set Sail including Puerto Rican spiced rum and blue Curacao. With a full bar selection and the best views in town, there's no better place to be!

Reviewed By tigers81 - Aurora, Canada

Cannot beat the view . Watching the cruise ships leave Port Canaveral, watch a rocket launch or just enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing below . Great service , cold drinks and beautiful view . Perfect afternoon - Check

10. Manatee Sanctuary Park

701 Thurm Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 +1 321-868-1226
Excellent
34%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Manatee Sanctuary Park

Manatee Sanctuary Park boasts over 10 acres of riverfront beauty. Situated on the Banana River, this park has a little something for everyone! 4 Horseshoe Pits 1/2 Mile Paved Fitness Trail 10 Exercise Stations Covered Riverside Boardwalk Picnic Tables & Grills Covered Pavilion with Basic Kitchen (Available for daily Rentals & Private Events) & Even the OCCASIONAL Manatee! Manatee Sanctuary Park is home to the annual Cape Canaveral Founder's Day Festival every March & Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival every April! This park is named Manatee Sanctuary because it borders a section of the Banana River that serves as a protected Manatee habitat. While we cannot guarantee that you will see a manatee during your visit, these beautiful creatures have been known to come and feed off the sea grass along the boardwalk. Manatees enjoy warm waters and typically move to inland springs during the winter months. They are considered an endangered species and fall under highly protective legislation. To learn more about these amazing animals, including where to see them year round, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Reviewed By stuartbeesley - St. Albans, United Kingdom

‘Park’ is stretching it a bit. It’s a car park and scenic rest point by the water. Great to relax on a bench and look across the lake. Not much else here. No Manatees spotted.

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