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Canaveral National Seashore Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Increase and Reservation Changes to Camping Rates, and Turtle Watch Program Fees and Reservations

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News Release Date: February 16, 2024

Titusville, FL. –Canaveral National Seashore seeks public comments on proposed increase and reservation changes to camping rates, and Turtle Watch Program fees and reservations which would take effect on May 1,2024. Information on the fee increase, including a list of all proposed fees can be seen here.


Canaveral National Seashore

  Present May 1, 2024
Campsite per night 20.00 25.00
Turtle Watch fee (Adult over 15 years) 14.00 20.00
Adult ticket
Turtle Watch fee (Children 15 years and younger) 0 1.00

“Canaveral National Seashore utilizes its recreational fee program to focus on projects that enhance the visitor experience,” said Superintendent Carmen Thomson, “We use the funds to replace deteriorated fire pits and picnic tables on the island campsites and Turtle Watch fees help with funding seasonal Park Rangers to present these special after-hours program. The funds we collect are essential to an investment in services and improvements that are necessary to serve the hundreds of visitors that take advantage of these programs each year.”

While Canaveral has long charged a fee for the nighttime Turtle Watches, we are switching to for making reservations. We hope that this change will streamline our reservation process and make it easier for visitors to experience this extremely popular program. The Sea Turtle Watch takes place in both districts of the seashore (Titusville and New Smyrna Beach), it begins at 8:00 pm and can go until midnight. While our goal is to view a nesting Loggerhead sea turtle, there is no guarantee and refunds will not be given if we do not see a turtle. Our guides give a wonderful on-site program that is worth your time even if a turtle is not spotted. Our rate of seeing nesting turtles is about 85%. If there is a reason beyond our control that necessitates canceling the program, such as severe weather or park closure, we will refund the reservation fee.

Visitors may also use to purchase Canaveral’s 7-day entry fee ($25) and the Canaveral National Seashore/Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Annual Pass ($45).

Comments may be sent to beginning February 1, 2024 until March 2, 2024.

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Last updated: February 16, 2024

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Canaveral National Seashore, Headquarters
212 S. Washington Ave.

Titusville, FL 32796


386 428-3384 x0

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