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3 Fun Things to Do Near Port Canaveral Before Your Cruise

You’re setting sail from the world’s busiest cruise port—Port Canaveral. With thousands of passengers coming and going from the port on any given day, it would be wise to arrive prior to your cruise to avoid missing the boat. Waking up in Port Canaveral on the morning of your cruise departure will ease your mind. 

But if you’re arriving early on a Stay and Cruise Package, what fun things are there to do near Port Canaveral? Well, let’s take a look at three fun things to do.

1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex


For an out-of-this-world experience, look no further than the Kenedy Space Center. Here you’ll be inspired to dive into the past, present, and future of space travel. The complex is divided into Mission Zones where you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of the humans in space including the Apollo Era’s Saturn V rocket and Space Shuttle Atlantis. Plus, the newest exhibit, Gateway Now, invites you to see the visionary designs paving the way for human deep space travel while discovering the current cutting-edge space exploration innovations from NASA and commercial partners.

Opening at 9 a.m., it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the Kenedy Space Center.

2. Find Your New Favorite Beach


Florida’s Space Coast is made up of 72 miles of beaches. Close to the port, you have pristine beaches to the north at the Canaveral National Seashore, and to the south, you have the bustling surf culture of Cocoa Beach. Not to mention, Jetty Park is a great place to relax and wave to cruises departing from Port Canaveral. 

Many cruise travelers love visiting the historic Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier. From fishing and beach rentals to gift shops and live entertainment, the pier has it all. Enjoy views from 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean as you drink and dine at any of the four bars and restaurants on location. 

Don’t want to travel with your beach gear? We don’t blame you. Cocoa Beach Surf Company offers rentals including beach chairs and umbrellas, surfboards and wetsuits, and much more.

3. Explore Your Wild Side


About 25 miles south of Port Canaveral is the Brevard Zoo. Voted as the No. 3 zoo in North America by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards, you simply can’t skip this zoo while you’re in town. It is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 195 species from Florida, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Plus, the Paws On Splash Pad area for kids is a hit. 

The Museum of Dinosaurs & Ancient Cultures in Cocoa Beach showcases hundreds of artifacts and fossils from around the world. Explore authentic artifacts from Egypt, China, Mesoamerica, and Tribal Africa. This museum is indoors and provides relief from Florida’s heat. 

And if animals and artifacts aren’t your things, you can explore your wild side at Port Canaveral’s Cove. This dining and entertainment district in Port Canaveral has oceanfront dining where you can sample some Florida flavors at places like Grills and Rising Tide Tap & Table, and if you’re feeling adventurous, deep sea fishing will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure you arrive early for your Port Canaveral cruise, book a Stay and Cruise package, and enjoy one of the many activities Florida’s Space Coast has to offer.

Booking your pre-cruise stay on Florida’s Space Coast doesn’t have to be a hassle. Trust our team at Sail Port Canaveral to find the best price and accommodations for you.

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