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Five Things You Can’t Afford To Miss When Your Cruise Ship Docks in Port Canaveral!

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Get Ready for an Epic Adventure in Port Canaveral!

Ahoy there, fellow cruisers! Get ready to drop anchor in the fabulous Port Canaveral, where the fun never stops, and the excitement is off the charts! This ain’t your average port of call – Port Canaveral is a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences!

From sandy shores to outer space, we’ve got the lowdown on the five absolute must-do activities when your cruise ship docks in Port Canaveral. So, pack your sunnies and dive into this wild and wonderful adventure!

1. Soak Up the Sun at Cocoa Beach—Beach Vibes 101!

Get Your Tan on, Sailor!

When your ship docks in Port Canaveral, there’s only one place to head to first – Cocoa Beach, the ultimate beach paradise! This isn’t your grandma’s beach, folks. We’re talking silky sand, crystal-clear waves, and serious sun-soaking potential. Kick off those flip-flops and wiggle your toes in the sand as you work on that perfect tan. 

Stroll along the shoreline, build epic sandcastles that would make Michelangelo jealous, or just kick back and enjoy the breathtaking view of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. And hey, if you’re feeling extra daring, ride those waves like a pro or hop on a jet ski for some wet ‘n’ wild action!

Here are three of the closest beaches to Port Canaveral.

Jetty Park  

9035 Campground Circle, Cape Canaveral, Florida  32920

7:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily

Lori Wilson Park 

1500 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida. 32931

(321) 455-1380

Cherry Down Park

8330 Ridgewood Avenue, Cape Canaveral, Florida. 32920

(321) 633-1874

2. Blast Off to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – Space Geeks Unite!

Houston, We Have an Amazing Adventure!

Listen up, space cadets! No trip to Port Canaveral would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. As you venture through the incredible realm of space exploration, get ready to have your mind blown. 

Meet actual astronauts, learn about NASA’s rich history, and take a tour of the legendary Space Shuttle Atlantis. Imagine entering a science fiction film, but it’s all in real life! So, strap in your space goggles and set ready for an extraordinary adventure at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.


Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, Florida  32953

VISIT Kennedy Space Center

3. Soar to New Heights with Parasailing at Port Canaveral – An Adventure in the Skies!

Get Ready for a Bird’s Eye View!

Strap on your harness, buckle up, and get ready to be lifted into the air for a bird’s eye view of the stunning coastline. Feel the rush-hit adventure as you soar above the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, taking in panoramic views that’ll leave you breathless. 

Imagine the wind in your hair and the sensation of floating on air as you gaze down at the cruise ships below. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or just looking for a unique way to experience Port Canaveral, parasailing is an absolute must-try activity!

The best time to parasail is in the morning hours when the winds are slower and there is less chances of afternoon thunderstorms. 

Located at Sunrise Marina across the street from Grills restaurant.

505 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920

(321) 212-8277

LET’S GO Parasailing!

4. Discover the Natural Wonders of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – Nature Lover’s Paradise!

Embrace the Serenity of Merritt Island!

Canaveral National Seashore

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Look no further than Merritt Island, a hidden gem just a stone’s throw away from Port Canaveral. This tranquil oasis is a nature lover’s dream, boasting diverse ecosystems and wildlife. 

Explore the sprawling Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you can spot countless species of birds, take scenic hikes, and even witness awe-inspiring rocket launches from the nearby Kennedy Space Center. The refuge offers a wide diversity of recreational and educational opportunities.  (Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Birds flock to wetlands along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)


1963 Refuge Headquarters Road, Titusville, FL  32782

(321) 861-0667

VISIT Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

5. Experience the Epic Exploration Tower – Views That’ll Blow Your Mind!

Get Ready to Reach New Heights!

Before bidding adieu to Port Canaveral, make sure you swing by the mind-blowing Exploration Tower. This architectural masterpiece offers panoramic views of the port, the mighty Atlantic Ocean, and the surrounding area. Get your cameras ready, folks, because the views from up here are Insta-worthy! 

It’s not just about the breathtaking panoramas; the Exploration Tower also features engaging displays that transport you across time and space. And don’t miss the top-floor cafe, where you can relax with a cup of joe and take in the spectacular views. 


670 Dave Nisbet Drive, Cape Canaveral, Florida  32920

(321) 394-3408

VISIT Exploration Tower

Endless Adventures

Avast, me hearties! Port Canaveral is your gateway to an adventure that’ll make your cruise unforgettable. From the beauty of Cocoa Beach to exploring the wonders of outer space at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, this is just the beginning of your Port Canaveral escapade. So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the excitement, create memories that’ll last a lifetime, and make Port Canaveral the highlight of your cruise!

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