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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

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
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
13 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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Covington, Georgia
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
My husband loved it! Interesting info about the area. Great view. Got some good pictures. A great spot to watch a space launch.
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Kenneth C
Spring Hill,Fl., United States
"Sightseeing Stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2017 NEW
While sightseeing around Port Canaveral my wife and I decided to stop in and check the tower out. We started at the top and worked our way down to the bottom. The view at the top was awesome though there were no cruise ships in port to see it still was great. Checking out the other floors was an education about the port and surrounding area. It is a good family trip to share. The tower it self is unique and is pretty at night when lit up.
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Rockledge, Florida
"Was not impressed."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 01, 2017 NEW
Had heard alot about this and was really looking forward to seeing it. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. Hardly anything to see on each floor, alot smaller inside than you would expect since it looks large from the outside. Glad it was only $4.00 a person. They really need to add more exhibits to make it worthwhile. The view at the top floor was amazing though as you can see the whole port and the cruise ships.
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Lisa E
Orlando, Florida
"Exploration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 30, 2017 NEW
The exploration Tower in Port Canaveral,FL is worth your time. A dramatic piece of architecture which opened in 2013. It is beautifully lit with changing lights at night. It caught our attention one evening while having dinner across the street. The admission is very affordable for an individual or family. (Look for $1.00 off coupon, senior, military rates etc.) It is an enjoyable, interactive, hands on learning experience. Look up as you enter the ground floor. A beautiful installation by a local artist is suspended from the ceiling. She composed it entirely of repurposed items. It's stunning! A cute gift shop is also there with fair prices. The self guided tour begins on the 7th floor observation deck. Here you will have a fantastic view of the port. Look carefully and you can clearly identify the VAB of Cape Canaveral. Each floor of this building offers different exhibits about the space program, Florida wildlife, the Port of Canaveral, Cocoa Beach etc. Watch the short film in the theatre to learn more. You can easily accomplish your visit in 1 to 2 hrs depending on how much you desire to read at each area. Across the street are many restaurants to choose from if you get hungry. Enjoy!
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Rita S
Brevard County, Florida
"Smaller than anticipated "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2017
Somewhat disappointed in this attraction. While reading about the Exploration Tower while planning visit to area, the word "tower" made it sound very large. It was much smaller than anticipated - both in height, depth, and width as well as exhibits. Plus, an admission fee was charged for this "visitor information center." The first floor is an overpriced, understocked gift shop. The fews from the top level were very nice. The river, ocean, port, boats, ships, people, highways could be viewed. The two viewing scopes on the observation deck were broken - unable to focus the lenses and therefore, not able to see thru them. The exhibit on wildlife was nice. Very little else available. Ample parking. Definitely overrated.
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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.