A family on the deck of a cruise ship during a cruise vacation from Port Canaveral

Cruise Vacationers at Port Canaveral

Don’t let your cruise vacation from Port Canaveral start without a walk on the beach! Kick off your vacation by strolling down Port Canaveral’s beautiful beaches, exploring shopping areas, and dining at unique, waterfront location serving up Florida fresh seafood. There’s so much to see and explore here on Florida’s Space Coast. Don’t miss out on getting those toes sandy on the seashore or a golden tan in a lounge chair while waiting for the cruise to paradise. Trying to extend it longer? Arrive a day early and spend the day shopping and dining in Cocoa Village that are sure to prepare anyone for a week of bliss on any cruise.

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Pre and Post Cruise Activities at Port Canaveral

Searching for a spot on the beach? Find the perfect stop at Jetty Park and spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun before the best vacation ever. Arrive a night early for a cruise? That’s no problem! Check in one of the many hotels in the area the night before to ensure you don’t miss the boat and kick off your cruise vacation with rest and relaxation. Spend a night out on the town and visit all of the favorite bars of the town. Try original craft beer at the largest breweryin the state of Florida or fun mixed drinks at a tiki bar, or enjoy beach vibes and palm trees with a margarita in hand and no worries on the mind. Port Canaveral will help anyone get in the vacation mood by relieving all stresses before boarding.

Exploration Tower

With seven floors of exhibits and interactive play, the Exploration Tower includes something for everyone. Learn about Port Canaveral’s history, grab a bite to eat, enjoy panoramic views of Port Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, and much more! 

Surfboard art installation at the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral
Florida Beer Company

Florida’s largest craft brewery is located on Florida’s Space Coast, minutes away from Port Canaveral’s cruise terminals. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy up to 14 different products in their Tap Room, which overlooks the entire brewery.

The beer lineup at Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral, FL
Jetty Park

A variety of recreation activities await you at Jetty Park. Whether you prefer relaxing beachside or splashing in the waves, Jetty Park offers daily rentals including chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and more. Jetty Park also offers a 1,200-foot fishing pier that extends into the ocean.

An aerial view of a sunrise over the jetty at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral
Historic Cocoa Village

On your way to Port Canaveral, stop by Historic Cocoa Village. Walk the tree-lined streets, shop and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a nostalgic riverside community, and dine at one of the gourmet restaurants. Historic Cocoa Village offers a fun and enjoyable experience to people of all ages, including children who can play in the...

A couple shopping in Cocoa Village
Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures

Just minutes from Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures will suspend you up in the air on 45 foot poles. Navigate your way through 49 unique challenges set in a canopy of beautiful live oak trees that offer panoramic water views. The park offers seven trails separated by three levels of difficulty.

A view from the ground of the ropes course at Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures
Country Inn & Suites

Kick off your cruise vacation at the newest and closest hotel to Port Canaveral. Offering a complimentary shuttle service, as well as children’s activities and three heated pools, the Country Inn & Suites Cape Canaveral provides a welcoming atmosphere to help kick off your cruise vacation. Park & Cruise packages are available.

The pool at the Country Inn & Suites in Cape Canaveral, FL
Radisson Resort at the Port

The Radisson Resort at the Port is conveniently located near Port Canaveral, Florida’s Space Coast’s beautiful beaches and a variety of waterfront dining options. This hotel provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is the perfect place to start your cruise vacation or extend it by a day or two. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex...

Family in the pool at Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, FL
Residence Inn by Marriott

The Residence Inn by Marriott offers a wide variety of amenities that will have you feeling like your home away from home! Guests will enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, an evening social with assorted hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and an outdoor swimming pool. Plus, this hotel is conveniently located by Port Canaveral’s cruise...

Pool at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Cape Canaveral, FL
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Ideally located within one mile of the Port Canaveral Cruise Port and sandy beaches. The hotel is located just minutes from Cocoa Beach or Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. 

Patio and firepit at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Cape Canaveral, FL
Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

Located in the Cove at Port Canaveral, Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar is a local favorite that serves an array of dishes from sushi to burgers to fresh Florida seafood and more. Stop by for a great meal and enjoy a drink while watching the fishing boats come in or as the cruise ships leave Port Canaveral. This waterfront-dining venue is...

Outdoor patio with waterfront view at Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar in Port Canaveral
Rising Tide Tap & Table

Sitting lakefront in Port Canaveral directly across from Exploration Tower this is the place to be. They offer 60 beers on tap with several locally brewed Florida beers. Their menu ranges from gourmet burgers and flatbreads to mouthwatering steaks, burgers and salads. They have indoor and outdoor waterfront seating, a large bar with...

Craft beer at Rising Tide Tap & Table in Port Canaveral
Seafood Atlantic

Enjoy Florida-fresh seafood with a view that can’t be beat. Located right on the water, guests will have a chance to watch fishermen bring in their daily catch and see cruise ships leave Port Canaveral. Open for lunch and dinner, closed Monday and Tuesday.

Fresh crab legs and seafood from Seafood Atlantic in Port Canaveral
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill

From burgers and beer to fish and fine wine, there’s something for everyone at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill. This waterfront dining venue offers casual dining both inside and outside on a covered patio. Fishlips serves lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends.

A couple enjoying a waterfront view and a frozen cocktail at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill
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Vacation Planner for Florida’s Space Coast

The official 2019 Space Coast Vacation Planner Guide is now available. There are two ways to get yours: