Ready for blastoff? Jetty Park is the closest beach to Cape Canaveral that stays open during launches at Kennedy Space Center.
Rocket launch viewing is great daytime or night. With glistening white sand dunes and a campground with cabins right along the cape, it’s an excellent family destination.
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Location: Cape Canaveral
Address: 9035 Campground Cir, Cape Canaveral
Trailhead: 28.407304, -80.591899
Fees: $15 day pass. Discount for active military. Annual pass available. Purchase online in advance.
Restroom: At the beach pavilion and the playground
Land Manager: Port Canaveral
Open 7 AM to 9 PM. Dogs not permitted. Beach wheelchairs available.
Take SR 528 west from Interstate 95 or US 1 in Cocoa to Cape Canaveral. Exit as if you were going to Port Canaveral, and follow the signs past the port to the park entrance.
About the Park
This is a full service park, and quite popular. A bait shop and restaurant are inside the main building with bathhouse and restroom facilities.
Follow the paved path to the 1,200 foot fishing jetty in Florida, where you might just see a whale of a cruise ship slip by in the deep water channel – or a manatee or dolphin.
The beautiful hard sand beach stretches about a mile. It is protected by lifeguards and well away from the commercial hubbub of nearby Cocoa Beach.
Bring a picnic. You’ll want to spend all day! Or all night, as the 126-site campground is within walking distance of the surf. The campground includes RV sites, tent sites, and rental cabins.
See our photos of Jetty Park
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