FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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Nature and Wildlife
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What’s the best place to see a launch?
- There’s no definitive BEST place to see a launch. Florida’s Space Coast got its name partially because when there’s a launch, you can simply look up and see it. Check out this map to see some of the most popular launch viewing locations.
How much does it cost to see a launch?
- It is free to look up on the Space Coast and see a rocket launching. However there are several attractions, restaurants and hotels that offer premium launch viewings opportunities.
Who decides the launch schedule?
- NASA and its partners (SpaceX, ULA, etc) decide the launch schedule out of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Coast Station. Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism has a policy to only announce a launch when it has been OFFICIALLY released to the public. We try our best to stay as up to date as possible on the officially released launch dates and times.
Why do launches get scrubbed (Cancelled or Rescheduled)?
- Launches can be scrubbed due to technical issues or inclement weather. Rockets are built to monitor and pick up on any abnormal operations, and when they pick up on something such as a small pressure drop or a bad sensor, the system will shut itself down. Additionally, rockets are not like airplanes in the sense that they can’t simply bypass a thunderstorm. In order to get to a certain orbit and location in space to perform the mission, they have to depart at a certain time and direction.
What do I do if a launch is scrubbed?
- While we hope that every launch goes off as scheduled, scrubs are an unfortunate reality. Some launches have launch windows. For example, a launch may have a liftoff time of 9:00am with a 2 hour window. This means that the launch can go anytime between 9:00am and 11:00am, so it may not be a full scrub, the team may be doing some additional checks or waiting out the weather. Tune into that launch’s live feed (most launches have a live feed on YouTube) to stay up to date.
- Often, if it is not a catastrophic technical issue, the launch will be rescheduled very close to the original launch date (often the next day), and may still fall within your visit.
- Be careful when booking your accommodations or purchasing launch viewing packages from local businesses to read the scrub policy very carefully.
Is Playalinda Beach/Canaveral Seashore open for this launch?
Is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex selling tickets for this launch?
Is Jetty Park open for this launch?
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Pets on the beach?
- There are two beaches in Brevard that allow dogs, and then only under certain circumstances. You are responsible for ensuring you are following local dog rules, please check the parks’ websites for the most up to date regulations:
- Most beaches DO NOT allow pets. Some reasons cited for these rules include:
- Dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs, leaving feces and urine in the sand and in the ocean water.
- Unleashed dogs making unprovoked attacks against beachgoers.
- Dogs disturbing sea turtle nesting areas and turtle eggs.
- The potential negative impact of dogs on the beach on shorebirds and seabirds.
- Please check the beach you plan on visiting’s rules and guidelines before your trip.
Vehicles on the beach?
- Personal Vehicles ARE NOT allowed on the beaches of Florida’s Space Coast.
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When is Sea Turtle Season?
Can I swim with manatees/dolphins?
Are there a lot of gators?
- American Alligators are native to Florida’s Space Coast. They are wild animals, and as such should not be hassled, touched or fed. Alligators generally shy away from areas where humans congregate, and announce their presence when you’re too close. If you find yourself near any wild animal, try to politely back away without startling it. For more information head to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
When is Bioluminescence Season?
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Where can I park?
- The majority of parking in Brevard County is free, and first come first served. Cocoa Beach & Indialantic have paid public parking and the lots all have big signs to show you how to pay. You WILL be towed from businesses’ parking lots if you park and try to access the beach.
Cruise Parking Options
- Port Canaveral has on premises options for cruisers. Additionally, many local hotels offer snooze and cruise packages. Please visit our Cruises page and Getting Here page for more cruise transportation options.
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