On the Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour, visit the historic places where America’s space program was born. The past meets the present as the tour enters Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, adjacent to Kennedy Space Center, where all current launches take place. Many of the station’s non-descript buildings retain their look from the Space Race of the 1950s and 60s, including historic Hangar S where Mercury capsules and astronauts were tested and prepared for flight. President John F. Kennedy also honored astronaut John Glenn in a ceremony at this location, following Glenn’s Mercury flight, Friendship 7.
Due to restricted access at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, each visitor on this tour must register with security officers by 12:00 noon on the day of the tour. Register at the Information center located at the main entrance. For American citizens, a U.S. government-issued driver’s license, passport, military ID or U.S. state ID card is required for tour participants age 18 and over. International adult and child participants must present a valid passport to participate.
Tour stops include:
- Launch Complex 26: The launch site of Explorer 1 where the blockhouse retains the authentic consoles used to launch America’s first Redstone rockets.
- Air Force Space & Missile Museum: Browse artifacts, including an authentic German V-2 rocket engine, as well as models and displays recounting America’s first missiles, satellites and launch vehicles.
- Launch Complex 5/6: Alan Shepard made history as the first American to launch into space from here on May 5, 1961. Inside the blockhouse, everything is just as it was that historic day more than 50 years ago.
- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, home of many space-related landmarks, also includes a barely noticeable domed bunker a short distance from the road. The remains of Space Shuttle Challenger - which broke apart 73 seconds into flight STS-51-L - were laid to rest here.
- Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is the striped landmark which led to the turn of events responsible for locating America’s space program at Cape Canaveral.
- Launch Complex 14: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, launched from here.
- Launch Complex 19: Site of 10 successful crewed Gemini missions.
- Launch Complex 34: Three astronauts – Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee – lost their lives in a capsule fire during a test for Apollo 1 on Jan. 27, 1967.
Tour Length: 3 hours
Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour
- Adults: $25 per person, plus tax, in addition to admission
- Children (age 3 – 11): $19 person, plus tax, in addition to admission
Call 866.737.5235 for reservations or more information. Available 9 am - 6 pm, Eastern Standard Time
Know Before You Go
Please arrive at the designated boarding area at least 15 minutes before departure time. For American citizens, a U.S. government-issued Driver’s License or U.S. State ID card is required for all tour participants age 18 and over. International adult and child participants must present a valid passport to participate.