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Photo Credit: NASA/Isaac Watson

 

The world has never seen a rocket as powerful as the SLS

Standing 322 feet (taller than the Statue of Liberty), the Block-1 SLS can generate 8.8 million pounds of thrust. in comparison, a 747’s engines produce 115 thousand pounds of thrust, and the Space Shuttle’s boosters produced 5.3 million pounds of thrust.  If you want to experience the awesome power of NASAs newest super-rocket, there’s only one place: Florida’s Space Coast. 

spectators viewing a launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Launch Viewing Location Map

Whether you're watching from your hotel balcony, one of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's viewing areas, one of our world-class beaches, or the deck of one of the Space Coast's tasty restaurants and innovative breweries, you'll never forget your first launch. And if your first launch is Artemis-1, you're going to be spoiled.

Check out this map of our favorite spots to watch a rocket launch on the Space Coast. Please keep in mind the considerations noted above when choosing your ideal launch viewing location. 

Beachside Viewing

Heading to the beach is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the launch; however, parking spots on popular beach access points fill up quickly. Plan to be here early to secure your spot in the lot and on the sand. 

Parking on the sides of highways and on causeways is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Hotels

Beachfront hotels are an ideal viewing area for any launch. Ensure you will have a front-row seat by booking as early as possible. We have a ton of accommodation options for people who like to plan ahead. Head here to start your accommodation research.

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV launches in the background of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse (U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)
United Launch Alliance's Delta IV launches in the background of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
(U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)

 

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