Couple walking on the beach at Jetty Park with cruise ship sailing behind them

A couple walks down the beach at Jetty Park

7 Must-See Sights Before You Set Sail Out of Port Canaveral

Many travelers think Port Canaveral is nothing but a port of call. They come into town just before their cruise and sail away without even realizing they’re missing out on spectacular attractions, restaurants, beaches and more

Port Canaveral is filled with things to do and places to see, so don’t make the mistake of coming into town solely to board your ship. Be sure to spend a few extra days here before or after your cruise to be sure you don’t miss out on any of these amazing adventures:

1) Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Explore where space travel began and see rockets, Space Shuttle Atlantis and launch areas and even train in real space flight simulators. You may even be able to catch a live rocket launch or even meet an astronaut!

2) Exploration Tower


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Hey we love Port Canaveral too @dpjstudios! And we especially love the Exploration Tower that provides stunning views of cruise ships sailing in and out of the port as well as rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. The 7-story structure has something for everyone including indoor and outdoor observation decks, exhibit space, an auditorium, café, gift shop and more.

3) The Beach


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You can postpone heading back to reality after your cruise or work on your base tan before you set sail by checking out one of the beautiful beaches along Florida’s Space Coast. Soak up the sun, relax on the sand and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast.

4) Happy Hour


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Experience the happiest of hours at any one of the great restaurants in Port Canaveral. Enjoy drink specials, fresh food and beautiful waterfront views. Watch cruise ships sail by as you relax with friends

5) Brevard Zoo


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Get up-close and personal with the animals at the Brevard Zoo. Home to more than 650 animals, the zoo allows you to explore different exhibits, feed giraffes, zipline over gators and crocs, and even kayak through Africa. It’s a great adventure for the whole family!

6) Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventure

You too can practice for America Ninja Warrior at Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventure as you leap through obstacles 50 feet in the air. Test your problem-solving skills and challenge your fears while soaking up the Florida sunshine.

7) Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar

Dine at Grills Seafood and Tiki Bar while you’re in Port Canaveral and enjoy delicious food, great service and lots of fun. Their menu has everything from “froiled” lionfish and shark kabobs to burgers and snow crab legs. Enjoy a beautiful waterfront view at their outdoor tiki bar and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Grill Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar.

There is so much to do in Port Canaveral, so avoid missing out on it all by staying a few extra days in Port Canaveral before or after you hit the high seas.

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