If you’re visiting Florida’s Space Coast and looking to see a rocket launch, your first question may be: “Where are the best places to watch rockets launch on the Space Coast?” People flock to North Florida whenever there is a rocket launch planned, just to get a glimpse of the amazing spectacle.
The trouble is finding the ideal spot to watch with the cost is also a big factor. Let’s unpack the 5 Best Places to Watch Rockets Launch on the Space Coast.
#1 Main Visitor Complex
Naturally, Kennedy Space Station is going to be the ideal spot to catch a rocket launch. And the Main Visitor Complex will give you the best bang for your buck. The only expense here is the daily admission to the Kennedy Space Center.
It’s located right next to Space Shuttle Atlantis, on North Atlantis Lawn. From here you can see the rocket launch from about 7 miles away, once it gets over the tree line.
#2 Marina Park
Located north of the Titusville Marina, Marina Park is a riverfront park that includes a boat ramp and dock, BMX Bike course, skate park, playground, restrooms, and a dog park. The park is open to the public from 7 AM until dark and affords visitors a decent ability to watch the launch.
#3 Sand Point Park
The Astronaut Memorial Plaza, near the south side of the park, memorializes the astronaut crews of the Apollo, the Challenger, as well as the Columbia Space Shuttles. This park stays open from dawn to dusk.
#4 Playalinda Beach – Canaveral National Seashore
This rocket launch-viewing location sits within the Canaveral National Seashore. It’s one of the closest locations along the Space Coast from which to view rocket launches.
This trip comes with a $10 entrance fee to the park. The park is open from 6 AM to 8 PM in the Summer and from 6 AM to 6 PM in Winter.
#5 Space View Park
Space View Park is reportedly one of the more popular locations from which to watch the rocket launches. It is also the first and only park in the nation to honor American astronauts and those who have worked behind the scenes.
Less than 15 miles from the Kennedy Space Center launchpads, this spot boasts spectacular views of launches.
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