Operating Hours & Seasons

Playalinda Beach access ramp from parking area three.
A view of the Atlantic from a beach boardwalk in Playalinda Beach.

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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

Summer Hours: Park open daily at 6:00 AM. Entrance stations are open daily until 7:00 PM. Vehicles may enter the park until the inbound gates are closed at 7:20 PM. All park operations and gates close at 8:00 PM daily.

Winter Hours: Park open daily at 6:00 AM. Entrance stations are open daily until 5:00 PM. Vehicles may enter the park until the inbound gates are closed at 5:20 PM. All park operations and gates close at 6:00 PM daily.







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 Saturday - Sunday, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. We recommend you call ahead to verify the operating hour the day you will be visiting, the phone number is (386) 428-3384 ext. 0.


Seminole Rest Main House, located at 210 River Road, Oak Hill, Florida, is open on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. For information on operating hours call (386) 428-3384 ext. 0. ***We recommend you call ahead to verify the operating hours on the day you will be visiting, the phone number is (386) 428-3384 ext. 0. Seminole Rest Historic Site is closed due to Hurricane Irma.

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.

 
Rocket Launch Viewing
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Rocket Launch Viewing

Rocket launches may be viewed at both Apollo Beach and Playalinda Beach during regular park hours. The park is open 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM during the winter and 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM during the summer. The launch must be within these operating hours. Visitors must be inside the park one hour prior to the launch due to the incoming gate closing for traffic control purposes. If you have further questions call park headquarters at 321-267-1110.

Last updated: October 18, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

212 S. Washington Ave
Titusville, FL 32796

Phone:

(321) 267-1110

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