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Best Places To Watch A Launch On The Space Coast

Watching a rocket launch on the Space Coast never gets old. The best part is it doesn’t have to because there are PLENTY of places to watch one. Organizations like NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are launching rockets regularly so you’ll always have a new rocket to watch at a different spot. Keep your eye out because there’s currently a SpaceX launch scheduled for THIS THURSDAY. Keep up with the latest launch schedule HERE.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

rocket launch with smoke at Kennedy Space Center

First and foremost, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! Of course, this is top of the list because they offer the closest viewing spots and live commentary from space experts. If you buy tickets for the Space Center, you can watch a launch from “Space Shuttle Atlantis” at the main visitor complex. Watching from the LC-39 Observation Gantry is currently available and the Banana Creek Launch viewing area is available depending on the launch time.

Titusville

people at the beach taking photos of rocket launch at Playalinda beach

Titusville has tons of viewing spots to watch launches. You can see rocket launches just over the Indian River.  If you want a lively atmosphere and food while watching a launch check out Shiloh Steak & Seafood’s Mangrove Deck where you’ll have awesome views of the launch.

Playalinda Beach

Sand Point Park

Space View Park

Max Brewer Bridge (Parrish Park)

Port Canaveral

rocket lauching into the sky at sunset

Port Canaveral is the second busiest cruise passenger port in the world. It’s also a prime spot for launch watching. You can see the launches by boat on the Intracoastal Waterway, or at the park. Currently, the Exploration Tower is NOT open for any launch viewings.

Cocoa Beach

rocket going up into blue sky

Cocoa Beach has their fair share of spots to watch rocket launches. This is a great spot to watch a rocket launch and catch some big waves. You can watch with the whole family at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier or one of the local parks.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Alan Shepard Park

Sidney Fischer Park

Wherever you choose to watch a launch, you’re sure to have an amazing view on the Space Coast. We hope this roundup of the best launch viewing spots will give you new ones to try each time. If you’re looking for more activities, check out our frugal family night ideas.

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