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 NEW
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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Billy M
Cocoa Beach, Florida
"Friday stroll"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2018 NEW
the tower offers a lot of history of Cape Canaveral and its founders and people that have contributed to the greatness of Port Canaveral! Beautiful views and lots to read about ! Spend a few hours here its awesome!
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878teamh
Peekskill, New York
"What A View"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2018 NEW
Three stories of views and culture with a great gift shop. Learn about Canaveral culture at your own pace and watch a quick video about the area in an intimate theater. Stunning photo opps, especially at night. I hear you can book a party or corp event in one of the halls. Great place to do that. Go to the observation deck and soak in the views of the area, and look at the model gators haunting the deck.
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Audrey T
Walt Disney World, Florida
"Very informative trip to the Exploration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2018 NEW
Everything was well organized and easy to learn more history. Reaching all seven floors was at ones own pace thanks to the elevators.
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Diana D
Smith's Bermuda
"For historical minded"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2018 NEW
Great views from top floor.... building looks like a miniature of Jumeirah hotel in Dubai! Newly opened so work in progress but some interesting history on the cape and the space center...
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Cher F
Cape Canaveral, Florida
"beautiful building"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018
This is a great place to enjoy looking at all the displays. It is a great venue to rent for a party. The view is amazing of the port especially at night. Self guided tour is easy and informative
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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.