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How to Spend 1 Day in Cape Canaveral

How to Spend 1 Day in Cape Canaveral

Extending from Florida’s Atlantic coast, Cape Canaveral hosts the NASA Kennedy Space Center—the hub of the US space program—alongside white-sand beaches, Port Canaveral cruise port, the lagoons of the Banana River, and the nearby town of Cocoa Beach. If you’re planning a day on this beautiful cape, here’s how to spend your 24 hours.

Morning: Kennedy Space Center

Most Cape Canaveral visitors head straight for the Kennedy Space Center—the primary base of NASA’s space missions. Book standard admission and factor in the morning and early afternoon to see its highlights. Take a bus tour; marvel at the gigantic space shuttle Atlantis and Saturn V rocket; experience the sensation of a shuttle launch; stroll the Rocket Garden; meet an astronaut; and much more. Make your visit extra special by upgrading to include lunch with an astronaut so you can find out firsthand what it’s like in space.

Afternoon: Get Active

Dedicate the rest of the afternoon to Cape Canaveral’s other attractions. If you’re still in space mode, get a new perspective over the Kennedy Space Center with a helicopter tour—soaring over its launch pads and shuttle runway. Another helicopter option takes in Port Canaveral’s cruise ships or Cocoa Beach and the Banana River’s wildlife-filled Thousand Islands. Alternatively, admire the cape’s beaches on an electric bike tour between Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral. Water lovers can book surfing lessons or gentler river or sea kayaking trips. Choose a guided or independent paddle along the shoreline, mangroves, and lagoons while looking for manatees and dolphins.

Evening: Lights and Laughter

The lagoons of Cape Canaveral’s Banana River and Indian River are prime spots for seeing bioluminescence: neon-blue lights emitted by tiny marine organisms. View the phenomenon on a night kayak tour, using your paddle to churn up the blue swirls and illuminate the shallows—it’s a magical experience. Alternatively, ease down with dinner or drinks at one of Cape Canaveral’s many restaurants or bars. Perhaps finish your evening with a comedy show at Cocoa Beach, laughing along with top stand-up comedians at a hip comedy club.

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Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral Admission Ticket

Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral Admission Ticket

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Visit a landmark of space exploration with admission to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, the launch site for some of America’s most important missions. Your ticket to the Kennedy Space Center includes access to the Space Shuttle 'Atlantis,' a bus tour of the grounds, an astronaut encounter, and the chance to try a shuttle simulator and virtual moonwalk.
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  • 1 day
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$59.99
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$59.99
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Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral: Ultimate Space Pass

Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral: Ultimate Space Pass

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Discover the history and excitement of the American space program with a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral, located just east of Orlando on Florida's Atlantic coast. The family-friendly activities include IMAX films, the Shuttle Launch Experience, seeing the Saturn V rocket, and trying out the astronaut training simulators. You'll also have lunch with an astronaut and take a behind-the-scenes bus tour of the launch facility.
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  • 3 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.99
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$123.99
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Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour

Self-Guided Kayaking Manatee and Dolphin Tour

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Get a kayak delivered to you, and embark on a self-guided tour of Cape Canaveral, and Cocoa Beach. Discuss suggested routes with the staff when your kayak is delivered, and learn the basics of paddling. When ready, launch yourself into the calm water. Paddle at your own pace, and see if you can spot manatees or dolphins in the area.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00

Electric Bike Group Tour - Port Canaveral & Cocoa Beach

Electric Bike Group Tour - Port Canaveral & Cocoa Beach

Get to see Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach more easily than by foot or rental car on this private e-bike tour. Glide around beauty spots such as Manatee Sanctuary Park and Jetty Park: choosing to let your bike do the work or using your own pedal power. Hear background on the sights you’d otherwise miss, and choose to tailor your itinerary and visit a local pub or micro-brewery en route.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Fully Guided Kayaking Backwater Manatee and Dolphin Tour

Fully Guided Kayaking Backwater Manatee and Dolphin Tour

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Spend a morning or afternoon kayaking the mangrove forests and tidal flats around Cape Canaveral. Departing from within walking distance of the cruise port, the tour is suitable for both experienced kayakers and first-timers—experienced guides are available the entire trip. Follow the calm, protected waters around the shoreline, keeping your eyes peeled for manatees, dolphins, otters, and many species of birds along the way.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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Cocoa Beach Surf Lessons and Board Rental

Cocoa Beach Surf Lessons and Board Rental

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Learn how to surf in Cocoa Beach with a private lesson. A private instructor means you'll get a tailored session on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean with a provided rental surfboard.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Florida Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour in Titusville

Florida Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour in Titusville

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Prebook to secure the opportunity to see the natural wonder of bioluminescence on an evening kayaking trip on Florida’s Indian River Lagoon or Banana River. Paddle the waters to view the bioluminescence—neon-blue lights caused by dinoflagellate microorganisms. See your paddle illuminate the water, look for fish in the blue-lit shallows, and absorb the otherworldly atmosphere and mangrove scenery. Includes equipment, instruction, and choice of departures for ease.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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