Kids playing at the splash pad at Cocoa Riverfront Park

Cocoa Riverfront Park

Port of Call Cruiser at Port Canaveral

So your cruise ship is stopping at Port Canaveral? With Port Canaveral as your port of call, make the most of your cruise vacation by embarking on an excursion unique to Florida’s Space Coast. Where else can you dine with astronauts, learn how to surf, and explore native wildlife? It’s no wonder that Port Canaveral is affectionately nicknamed “Florida’s Fun Port.”

After unloading from your cruise, there’s plenty of options to keep you busy. The Cove at Port Canaveral offers plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. Pick from fresh seafood and fun drinks at the tiki bar while relaxing in the sun. But the food doesn’t end there; there are many more options to accommodate whatever dining mood you’re in! Navigate the Exploration Tower to learn more about the space history in the town and admire the views of Kennedy Space Center from seven stories high. If timed just right, a rocket may takeoff at over 18,000 miles per hour!

Take the family shopping in Historic Cocoa Village and browse through the small shops and boutiques. Visit Kennedy Space Center and get up close to Space Shuttle Atlantis in a remarkable display. If you prefer to explore nature, paddle your way through one of our many estuaries, or go bird watching at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Not to mention an airboat ride throughout the St. Johns River is a thrill.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

With a visit to Kennedy Space Center, you can strap in and launch as part of one of the most realistic spaceflight simulators in the world or immerse your imagination inside the immense IMAX Theater experience. And that's just the beginning. Get up close to Space Shuttle Atlantis in a remarkable display, meet astronauts, and if you learn...

Kids playing around at the Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
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 the Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral, FL
Parker Brother's Concepts

Parker Brother’s Concepts designs and creates the most outrageous custom vehicles on the planet. Movie fans can’t miss the Hollywood Auto Museum, which includes all your favorite cars like the Batmobile, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters or Optimus Prime from Transformers.

A concept motorcycle from Parker Brothers Concepts in Port Canaveral
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. 

A sunrise over the jetty at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral
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!

A surfboard art installation at the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral
Ron Jon's Surf School

If you’ve always dreamed about surfing the ocean’s waves but never delved into this popular sport, there’s no better place to get started than Cocoa Beach. Group and private surfing lessons are available at Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Learning to surf on the beach with Ron Jon Surf School in Cocoa Beach, FL
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 'gateway site' for the Great Florida Birding Trail. Established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, the refuge consists of 140,000 acres providing a habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals. Recreational opportunities are offered at the Refuge from...

Birdwatching at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
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
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.

Waterfront dining and cocktails at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill in Port Canaveral
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 waterfront dining at Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar