10 Best Attractions in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Cape Canaveral, Fla., is the main city just south of the bustling Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. With this much action in this small, water-surrounded area, it's no surprise that there's plenty to see and do in and near the Cape. 

That makes Cape Canaveral a tourist favorite when visiting the Space Coast

The closest and most popular attraction to Cape Canaveral is the port itself. Even if you don't have plans to climb aboard a cruise ship, it's entertaining watching the ships sail by, scanning the water for dolphins and other water critters or chartering a boat to go fishing. 

Cape Canaveral is home to several longstanding, reputable, locally run fishing charter companies. Two of our favorites are Sea Leveler and Canaveral Offshore Adventures. 

If you're looking to experience a cruise ship, the Victory Casino Cruises are a fun nightlife alternative. Gamble aboard a cruise ship at night, and the return to solid ground when you're done. 

The Exploration Tower is a must-visit, especially at night, when the star-watching will remind you of the Space Coast's rich history in space exploration. Along those lines, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center and the various astronaut and space museums in the area are a given.

These are 10 of our favorite things to do in Cape Canaveral. 

Canaveral Offshore Adventures
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Canaveral Offshore Adventures is a fishing charter based in Cape Canaveral, offering all kinds of fishing for people of all backgrounds. This company is run by a Florida native who has been fishing the state's waters for almost 30 years....  Read More

Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters
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For one of the best fish experiences on the Space Coast, Sea Leveler Sport Fishing Charters is a longstanding, locally run company with a solid reputation. The 15-year-old Sea Leveler organizes fishing charters, deep sea fishing and even...  Read More

Manatee Sanctuary Park
Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey


The Manatee Sanctuary Park in Cape Canaveral is one of the best, most peaceful places near the port to enjoy the outdoors. This park spans more than 10 acres of nature on the Banana River. Plan a day excursion here. Talk the half-mile trail...  Read More

U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum
Photo courtesy of Jim Hale


Deepen your connection and understanding of space on the Space Coast, when you visit the U.S. Air Force Space & Missile Museum on the Patrick Air Force Base, just about seven minutes away from Cape Canaveral, Fla. This museum spans two...  Read More

Victory Casino Cruises
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Gamble on the water, near Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Victory Casino Cruises are special ships stocked with slots, tables and live entertainment to bring your gambling and entertainment to the water. Find two cruises every day, seven days a...  Read More

US Astronaut Hall of Fame
Photo courtesy of Kennedy Space Center


The world's largest collection of astronaut artifacts, this museum offers a tribute to America's first forty-four astronauts. View historical mission items from every flight and personal astronaut memorabilia. Many of the artifacts here are rare...  Read More

Port Canaveral
Exploration Tower
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One of the best views in Florida is from the new Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, on the Space Coast. This seven-story tower, which opened late 2013, boasts stellar views of the stunning ocean and port. The Observation Tower features two...  Read More

Jetty Park Beach and Campground
Photo courtesy of Bradley Buhro


Jetty Park is one of the Space Coast's best beaches, and a great place to go camping and fishing, too. With many campsites (for different types of camping, from rugged to RV), picnic tables, laundry facilities, hot showers and toilets, electric...  Read More

Kennedy Space Center
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The Space Coast is named for its unique history with NASA, centered around the Kennedy Space Center. Although NASA's last shuttle launch was a few years ago, you can still catch the occasional private rocket launch here. The Kennedy Space Center...  Read More

Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral
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Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Even though millions of cruise passengers pass through her every year, the atmosphere remains relaxed. Located off A1A in Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral serves as an industrial,...  Read More


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