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

Reserve 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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Reserve Orlando Customer
Black Jack, MO
14 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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GrandTour815553
"Good step in learning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
The building is five floors. The first has a snack bar the rest gives great views and displays and info into the space history.
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CrystB
Cocoa Beach, Florida
"History"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
Wish there was more “Premier” info as that is the true beginning of cruise industry. Took my boys there and truly enjoyed the space,
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keysdeezees
Mims
"Really great value for Brevard County history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
Three stories of history about the trains, port and citrus industry in Brevard County from the beginning of the 20th Century
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gs_and_ss
Cookeville, Tennessee
"A Defiant Dont Miss when your at the Port !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
This beautiful building is deceivingly large inside and has some of the best and most wide ranging exhibits that I have seen. It covers everything from the Armed Forces, NASA, the Port to the Civil War. Great place to watch a launch or a sunset. "Excellent use of your time while in the area!
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Gardoz9
Brooklyn, New York
"Movie overview of Port Canaveral"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 05, 2019 NEW
The tower has 7 floors. The 7th floor is an observation deck. We went to the 3rd floor to the theater. They have a nice overview of Port Canaveral which we enjoyed. They also have a snack shop which was closed, Why?
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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.