Rocket Launch Viewing Tips

Visitors may view launches that are scheduled during park operating hours. We cannot predict when the park will fill to capacity at which point we will restrict flow into the park for a period of time, for safety purposes. Incoming traffic may close for park safety/capacity. Kennedy Space Center has the authority to close parts of the seashore for Space Center Operations.

Playalinda Beach offers the closest view of the launches. It is recommended to be in the park a few hours early if possible. NASA restricts incoming traffic to security purposes prior to a launch. However if you are already in the park you may stay to view the launch. It is recommended to arrive two hours prior to a launch.

During the summer, the launch must be within the hours 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM. In the winter the launch must occur within the hours of 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

Bring items for your comfort:

  1. Food

  2. Water

  3. Sunscreen

  4. Beach chairs

  5. Fill your gas tank

  6. No showers available, except at Apollo Beach parking area 1. Bring water to rinse off.
  7. Bring a hat

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Wind blowing and the rocket launch rumble.

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The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a batch of Starlink 4-16 internet satellites. The first stage booster landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The launch occurred from launch pad 40 located at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 5:27 pm on April 29, 2022.


Last updated: October 5, 2023

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