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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shay255
Charleston, South Carolina
"Awesome view "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
Took my son here to get a view from the observation deck. Admission was reasonable and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Highly recommend stopping by checking out the beautiful views along with the history each floor provides.
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phelpsusa
"Interesting place, great bathrooms, great observation deck but somewhat lacking in specific things to see or do "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019 NEW
Interesting place, great bathrooms, great observation deck but somewhat lacking in specific things to see or do. Maybe something good to do when waiting for your cruise.
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Todd G
Rochester Hills, Michigan
"Beautiful area on the Coast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
The Exploration Tower is definitely an area attraction to see. Great place to watch a launch. I recommend going at night, and even if you can't get into the tower (closes at 5pm), you will see the beautiful views and reflections in the man-made lake around the tower. Rising Tide Tap & Table is a restaurant with a huge outdoor seating area with nice craft beer selection and great food that offers a perfect vantage for nighttime viewing / photos of the Tower.
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debbie d
Greenville, Kentucky
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019
The exploration tower was well worth the admission price. We bought tickets online and saved a few bucks. There were many photo ops. My party of seven enjoyed it. Beautiful area.
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1222linda
San Diego, California
"Family trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019
The Exploration Tower was okay. They recommend that you start on the top floor and work your way down. The view from the top is amazing. There isn’t a whole lot to do so you can get through the other floors pretty quick.
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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.