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

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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vvmae
Melbourne, Florida
"Amazing View"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
Must do this attraction! The view from the top is amazing! You can see a 360 view of the surrounding area, all the waterways, bridges, ships and best of all, the Kennedy Space Center. Inside of the tower it is like a mini museum with the history of the area and a ton of information about the space program. We always bring out of town guests here and everyone always loves it.
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wltgl
Fort Wayne, Indiana
"Had some spare time"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2018 NEW
It was a good thing we had time to kill, because it was pretty much a waste of time. I just don’t get what’s supposed to be so informative. The shap of the building is the most impressive thing about it. Then to pay on top of it. Don’t bother unless your trying just to kill some time.
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jghackerboy
Kissimmee, Florida
"Great value"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2018 NEW
The building design is something in it self. Each floor is different with much to learn on each. Great views from each floor. They have a small café with good service,
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sdhconsulting
Cocoa Beach, Florida
"Well worth seeing the view"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2018 NEW
For a small fee you get a great view from the top and a number of history museums of the port to wander through on the way down. It's not a life-changing experience but it is a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon, especially if you're entertaining visitors. The view of the port from the top is spectacular. There are lunch snacks and gifts at the base.
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Karlota_19
Fairmont, Minnesota
"Beautiful day or night!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
We ate next to the tower at night, the lights are so pretty. On our last day in the area we explored the tower in the daylight. The views are fantastic! It's a neat designed building and worth checking out!
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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.