Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral in Cape Canaveral, FL

670 Dave Nisbet Dr.Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
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Overview

Situated in scenic Port Canaveral, the iconic Exploration Tower is a breathtaking landmark that’s both entertaining and educational to experience. Featuring seven floors of interactive activities, the tower offers indoor and outdoor observation decks, 5,550 square feet of exhibit space, an auditorium, a gift store and more, guests can create unforgettable memories at this special attraction.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Cape Canaveral Travel Experts
  • Marvel at birds-eye-views of Port Canaveral.
  • Discover all 7 floors of interactive exhibits.
  • Experience the Port Canaveral pilot experience.
  • Located only 45 minutes east of Orlando.
  • Delicious café available on-site.

Description

from Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral
Get a spectacular bird's eye view of Port Canaveral and the surrounding area from our tower observation decks at the Exploration Tower. Discover more about this unique part of Florida from seven stories of exhibits and interactive play.

The new Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral officially opened November 4, 2013 as part of the Canaveral Port Authority's celebration of the 60th Anniversary.

Experience what it's like to be a Port Canaveral Pilot and navigate your boat using a simulator through Canaveral Harbor to greet cruise ships.

Explore Central Florida's past and present with the touch of a finger using our large-scale interactive map.

Learn about the Port's vibrant history and the key events that helped transform it into the flourishing harbor we know today in our state-of-the-art theater.

Features include:
  • Indoor & Outdoor observation decks
  • Event Space
  • Auditorium
  • Café
  • Exhibit Space
  • Gift Shop

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Kathryn Giordano
Cape Canaveral, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Exploration Tower"
December 2018
The tower consists of 7 floors. 5 of the floors give a history of both Cape Canaveral and the Port. There is a very interesting movie. The 7th floor provides an outside circular view of the area. There is a gift shop on the first floor.
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Tip: You should plan at least 2 hours for your tour.

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Charlotte Wood
Westville, OK
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"very cool."
July 2016
This is a very cool place. It is so hard to squeeze in if you're doing all the parks, but if you have an extra day, do it. I Yes with the money for the views, by because they open so late, you can't do it before a park not can you do it on the way to Kennedy. They need to open way earlier. Our maybe they should be a 24 hour thing. That would be neat. Lets face it, people come here for the mouse....
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Tripster Customer
Black Jack, MO
15 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"good experience the tower"
February 2016
It had great views and history if that's your thing
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Tip: bring a camera

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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jimmyjourneys
Columbia, South Carolina
"Nice place to stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
Came simply for a quick stop during a long drive, was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. You can make out the Kennedy Space Center in the distance from the top floor, and the museums provide some neat bits of info. A pretty attraction at the low low cost of free.
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pujah158
"Such a cool stop "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
A great little stop to spend a couple hours climbing the tower and learning about the area's wildlife and space exploration. Very inexpensive and funds go toward the wildlife preservation. Check it out if you get the chance!
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Heather K
Houston, Texas
"Interesting, but not a lot. Going for the 7th floor observation deck."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
The building has neat architecture. The "museum" inside is tiny. Yes, there are 7 floors but each floor has just a little on it. The video they show is very interesting. And the view from the 7th floor is great. And it might be a good place to watch rocket launches from.
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nugnrose
Beloit, Wisconsin
"Worth the visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019
Many informative and enlightening exhibits inside. Nice sculpture and write up about the artist in the gift shop. The view from the top deck was breathtaking!
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Stacy M
Jupiter, Florida
"Exploration Tower and Cocoa Beach"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 29, 2019
This seven story museum with film of the Port's 65th anniversary is a must see! Each floor presents a historical perspective of development of air, land, and space travel around Cape Canaveral. Coastguard and Navy action alongside Native American landings with agregarian growth into the technological world reveals how cutting edge Cape Canaveral continues to be in Scientific adventures and growth for better living.A must see! Dr. Stacy L. M. McDonald
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Frequently Asked Questions about Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Where is Exploration Tower located?
We are located in Port Canaveral, just 45 minutes east of Orlando.

Where can we park?
Free parking can be found in the adjacent lot to the Exploration Tower building.
Is the facility wheelchair accessible?
Yes, we are committed to making our facility and programs handicap accessible to all visitors with disabilities.


What is Exploration Tower?
This is an exciting experience with 7 stories of fun and adventure with interactive exhibits and activities everyone can enjoy.


What is located on each floor?
1st floor – Guest information, Café and Shop
2nd floor – Port Origins and Fragile Environment
3rd floor – Leisure and Recreation Theater
4th floor – Meeting and Events
5th floor – Navigating Port Canaveral
6th floor – Air and Space Port
7th floor – Outdoor Observation Deck


Can we watch a Kennedy Space Center rocket launch from the 7th floor?
Yes, as long as the launch is during our open operating hours.