Florida's Space Coast is as close as you can get to a live rocket launch. Off-site viewing locations near Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex include:
Along the Indian River on U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville
- Marina Park
501 Marina Road, Titusville - Restrooms, parking
- Sand Point Park
101 N. Washington Ave, Titusville - Restrooms, parking
- Space View Park
8 Broad Street, Titusville - Parking nearby
- Manzo Park
3335 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville - Restrooms, parking
- Rotary Riverfront Park
4141 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville - Restrooms, parking
- Kennedy Point Park
4915 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville - Restrooms, parking
Along State Road A1A along the Atlantic Ocean in Cocoa Beach
- Cocoa Beach Pier
401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach - Restrooms, parking
- Alan Shepard Park
East end of SR 520, Cocoa Beach - Restrooms, parking
- Fischer Park
East side of SR A1A ½ mile south of SR 520 - Restrooms, parking
- Lori Wilson Park
1500 N. Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach - Restrooms, parking
Jetty Park at Port Canaveral
Located along the Atlantic Ocean just south of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station border. Expendable launch vehicle liftoffs can be viewed from here. The park is open all day year-round. Visit http://www.jettypark.org/ or call 321-783-7111 for more information.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is not affiliated with these locations and does not have information on parking capacity, pricing or other information. This is a directory of popular community viewing areas outside of the Kennedy Space Center area for informational purposes.
For area hotel information in Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Titusville, please visit http://www.space-coast.com/.
For area hotel information in Orlando, please visit http://www.orlandoinfo.com/accommodations/.
Please note: Many area hotels do sell out in advance of the launch. Orlando and Daytona Beach are also within driving distance to the Visitor Complex. Expect heavy traffic on the roads surrounding Kennedy Space Center on a launch day.
Boating & Ham Radio Launch Information
Boaters viewing launches should tune to Channel 16 VHF-FM for instructions from the Coast Guard pertaining to restricted areas. The Coast Guard will patrol those areas in the rivers and offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Boaters must stay west of the Intracoastal Waterway Channel in the Indian River north of SR 528. Boaters will not be permitted north of marker 15 on the Banana River (where the high wires cross the river). Boaters may not enter the southern part of Mosquito Lagoon (south of the Haulover Canal). However, the Canal, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, will remain open to traffic. Boaters may not set foot on any land that is part of the Kennedy Space Center or the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Keep Up With the Countdown
Although not an official source of NASA information, the Launch Information Service and Amateur Television System (LISATS) retransmits both NASA audio and video signals for launches and landings. Audio transmissions are at 146.94 MHz and video is transmitted on amateur television at 421.75 MHz. LISATS transmissions may be somewhat sporadic, but generally begin about three hours before liftoff and continue through landing. These are not official NASA transmissions and are not subject to NASA oversight or quality standards. NASA does not endorse or otherwise sponsor or support the LISATS and/or its retransmission efforts.
NASA audio is also available via Ham radio on UHF at 442.6 MHz. Local radio station WMMB provides launch coverage on AM 1240 and AM 1350.