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

Orlando 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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Orlando 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Prudy S
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
"Just WOW!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019 NEW
The view is amazing of beautiful Port Canaveral, day or night. On launch nights, it is open late and is a great place to watch a launch from Cape Kennedy Space Center. We took our daughter and grandsons during the day. The tower has 7 levels; 4 of which are loaded with amazing exhibits depicting sea life and the history of the Canaveral area. Other levels are available for events or just observation decks. The kids loved the sculptures hanging in the lobby, that were made from junk that was collected from the ocean. Very reasonable admission especially if you use Groupon. Gift shop has a lot of very unique items.
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Milton, Washington
"Waiting on a cruise, here’s another place to see."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019
Visited with my family and found this place to be a worthwhile stop if you are in the area. The information about Florida and the Cape Canaveral area were very interesting. I found the 6th floor Air & Space Port to be awesome (next best thing to the Kennedy Space Center) Very educational. Also a great view of the entire port area from the 7th floor observation deck. Close to the cruise terminals also.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 11, 2019
Went here with my mother October 2017. If you are interested in history, or even if you don’t, I recommend this place! They have. Movie and exhibits about the history of Port Canaveral, and also some about the space program that was really cool. They have a Simulator where you drive the boat that intercepts cruise ships that come into port and leave with them that was fun. And they have an observation deck where you can get an awesome view of the cruise ships! We saw Disney, Silversea, and the German Cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 from there that day. I was able to take quite a few beautiful pictures of them! And they have the thing you can look through and see the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly building at KSC from there as well. We had the best time there!
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Linda W
"A must see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019
The Exploration Tower is a wonderful place to learn about Cape Canaveral and "explore" the area. We have been there 3 times now as we enjoy going to the top floor to view the whole Cape Canaveral area. You can see quite far from up there andit is very interesting to see the cruise ships in port.
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Long Island City, New York
"Fun visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2019
A lot of interesting exhibits and nice views. Great restaurants nearby. Fun way to spend a couple hours.
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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.