Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral in Cape Canaveral, FL

670 Dave Nisbet Dr.Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
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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.


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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Clearwater, Florida
"Great day and great views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 26, 2020
Right now with covid-19 but you can only go to the rooftop level ,entry is free. But at the rooftop level you can see the port, you can see the launch pads at a distance, and if you are lucky you can see one of the rockets that have been launched back in Port to be reused. Also a great place to go to watch any type of launch. The elevator takes you to the top floor very easy to use and totally handicapped accessible.
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Gainesville, Florida
"Limited access due to Covid"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2020
We visited knowing that only the gift shop and rooftop were open. Due to the other floors being closed, we did not have to pay admission to go to the 7th floor. We enjoyed the view. The gift shop was small but nice to look at.
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Michael Y
Huntsville, Canada
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2020
We hadn't known about this museum before finding it on TripAdvisor. The displays are well done and educational. Well worth the visit.
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Weston, Connecticut
"Great views and a education"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2020
This 7 story observation tower with an elevator stopping at all floors is a great way to see the space center, port and surrounding area all at once. For rocket launches it is wonderful and tickets are sold ahead of time. The tower itself is a mini museum in addition to the observation aspect. Each floor is dedicated to some facet of the area and has much to offer. 
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
"Great Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2020
Went to the tower precruise. It was a Great way to spend the afternoon. $10.00 for adults but seniors were $6.00. Alot of interesting things to see inside. We took the elevator up and walked down to the next floor. afterwards we walk to a nearby restaurant(Junkanoo Island Kitchen).
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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.