Port Canaveral is home to a Cruise Port for several different cruise lines. I went on a Disney 3 - day cruise on the WONDER and had an absolute blast. It took only about 55 minutes to get from Orlando to Port Canaveral by car. The Port Hall/Lobbby for Disney is VERY pretty!
The pool on the Sovereign of the Seas was small but very nice. One section was for kids and the other was for over 18 guests. There were two jacuzzis at withe end of the pool. The first time we went in the pool Liz was surprised it was salt water.....she figured it would be chlorine just like any other pool. It was funny to watch her emerge from the water saying"Chris the water is salty"....it was amusing to me.
The pool during the day is pretty packed so make sure to reserve a chair early by putting your beach bag and towels on one. At night it's leass crowded, and that's when we like to go. There is also less of a chance of a bad sunburn when the sun is down. We enjoy the pool and jacuzzi especially and at night we almost feel like we are alone.
The Jetty park is located inside Port Canaveral, here you can walk all the way to the Jetty were local fisherman try their luck. Spectacular views of fishing boats and cruise ships. Somedays you might be able to see manatees and or dolphins swiming. Camping facilities available. The best spot to see Shuttle/Rocket launches.
The best place to see and take pictures of the VAB, crawlerway, Shuttle launch pads, the general area around the pads and (at least while we were there) a crawler / transporter is the Observation Tower. The Tower is located close to the center of activity of the Spaceport. You can see so much from here. There are also food, restroom and other facilities and activies here.
You buy an advance ticket for $15 and that gets you to a swamp about 6 miles from the launch pad. For tickets http://www.store.yahoo.com/kennedyspacecenter/index.html
Most of the viewers were not from the US (all good Americans were at Disney world?) It was mission STS-98 bound for the Space Station
Using one of the telescopic "viewers" located on the Tower or your telephoto camera lens gives you an excellent view of one of the Shuttle launch pads. In this picture, you can see the platform that carries the Shuttle still on site after a recent launch.
In Florida, Cape Canaveral / Kennedy Space Centre is itself a 'Must See' activity. In the centre you should definately take the tour to the hangar of the spaceshuttle and - if possible - a visit to the launchingplatform.
The LC 39 Observation Gantry allows one be in the midst of the Shuttle Launch Facility. The 20 meter high Observation Gantry provides views of the Launch Pads 39 A and 39 B. Also near by are the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Launch Control Centre.
Massive Crawler Transporters bring the shuttle to the launch pads. The size of those transporters is about half the size of a soccer field weighing 2727 tons. It travels with less then 2 km per hour. The Crawler way can be seen on the way to the launch pads.
More then 400.000 scientist, engineers and technicians helped to build and launch the Apollo and Saturn program.12 men at the end walked on the moon and here one can explore a fully restored Saturn V rocket.
The land that is used as restricted areas is today a haven for nature. Many water ways and swamps are home to more then 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibian live. Also many alligators are at home there.
This is only a picture of a launch, but truely a change of a lifetime would be to experience a shuttle launch first hand. I hear that the ground shakes, and you can see the blast from as far away as the entire Eastern seaboard.
Getting back to reality, I moved to Florida for the usual palm tree and sunshine motives. One unexpected perquisite has been that living at various times between 30 and 70 miles from NASA has allowed me to see such diverse sights as a midnight rocket launch that seemed so close and vivid in the night sky I thought I was dreaming and watching the Challenger blow up as I similtaneously took pictures and listened on the TV. The latter was a sad day all around.
If you live close to NASA there is however one slight downside. Every time the shuttle lands it is preceded(ok..FOLLOWED..it just happens so fast) by two monsterous sonic booms......boom!/KABOOM!!!!..that is powerfull enough to wake you up the morning it lands.
I had a window crack at 8am in 1998.
Merritt Island Natioal Wildlife Refuge.
This was a total surprise for us! Cape Canaveral is not just about space, a marvellous refuge and so much unusual wildlife to look out for, and free of charge! Trails to walk or drive around. Can you spot the young gator in the picture? didn't hang around, ma and pa were maybe not too far away!
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9009 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, Florida, 32920, United States
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