• Visitors enjoying a stroll along Canaveral National Seashore's pristine beach

    Canaveral

    National Seashore Florida

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  • BOARDWALK CLOSURE AT PLAYALINDA

    Boardwalk #3 at Playalinda is closed for repair/replacement. This closure will be remain in effect for up to 8 weeks.

  • ChemTreat Conducting Maintenance of Exotic Plants

    Southeastern ChemTreat will be conducting maintenance of exotic plants on Shipyard & other islands within Canvaveral Nat'l Seashore for approximately 1 month. More »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Most visitor facilities within the seashore are open and accessible every day of the year. Some seasonal and emergency closures may occur.

PARK HOURS OF OPERATION

Open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm [Gate is locked at 6:00 pm]

Because of the five percent budget reduction that is in place as a result of the sequestration, Canaveral National Seashore is unable to hire its full complement of seasonal employees. Therefore we will not be able to begin operating the park for summer hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., as previously planned. The park's operating hours will remain 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for the foreseeable future. We regret that this will cause some inconvenience for park visitors and will keep the public informed if the situation changes.

Notices of temporary park closures are published on our
Park Closure Notices page. Most temporary closures occur with the approach of tropical storm systems (hurricanes), or when mandated by NASA launch operations at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Apollo Visitor Center, located at 7611 S. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The phone number is (386) 428-3384 ext. 0.

The Eldora Statehouse, a short drive from the Apollo Beach entrance station, is currently open to the public Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The phone number is (386) 428-3384.

Seminole Rest Main House and Eastern National Gift Shop and Book Store, located at 210 River Road, Oak Hill, Florida, is typically open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. The phone number is (386) 345-1997. We recommend you call ahead to verify the operating hours on the day you will be visiting.

Canaveral National Seashore's Park headquarters is located at 212 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Headquarters is closed on all Federal Holidays. The phone number is (321) 267-1110.

Seasonal Considerations
Planning ahead is the best way to take advantage of recreational opportunities. Choosing what time of year to visit, based on your interests, can be the key to an enjoyable trip.

Rainy Season (May through October)
Seasonal rains bring higher water levels to Canaveral National Seashore, causing wildlife such as alligators and wading birds to disperse and to be seen less frequently. Mosquito levels increase, and exploring trails in some areas may become intolerable. While visiting during this season you can expect daily afternoon thunderstorms, stunning views of overhead storm cloud formations, high humidity, and afternoon temperatures in the 90s.

Dry Season (November through April)
While some birds are drawn to the seashore year round, the abundance of migrating and wintering birds makes this area, and the nearby wildlife refuge, a birder's paradise during the dry season. Smaller crowds, fewer mosquitoes, greater wildlife viewing opportunities and more enjoyable hiking, camping and canoeing adventures characterize this time of year. Finally, the seashore offers a greater variety and number of ranger-led activities that provide an in-depth look into the special natural and cultural resources protected in the area.

Hurricane Season (June 1st through November 30th)
The season is normally most active between the months of August and October.

Did You Know?

Manatee calf stays close to mom for the first two years

A manatee calf will stay with it's mother for as long as two years before venturing out on it's own.