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Explore The Cove at Port Canaveral

Maybe you have heard the term “The Cove at Port Canaveral” and wondered what it was. To put it simply, it is the entertainment district of Port Canaveral that is home to several waterfront restaurants and family-friendly activities. It is conveniently located next to Cruise Terminal 1.

This area will provide you with a great time before you disembark on your cruise. Plan to arrive early, partake in a stay and cruise package and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on these experiences at Port Canaveral because they are unlike any other port’s offerings.

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Restaurants & Entertainment

With several waterfront restaurants to choose from, the options are endless. Whether you are looking for bar bites or full-course meals, you can indulge in local seafood dishes such as shrimp tacos, shark kabobs, grilled mahi-mahi, and much more. Many restaurants feature fresh catches. 

Most restaurants in The Cove offer live music on select nights. Or you can pull up a seat and watch your favorite team on TV at the bars. All the restaurants are located in a single row overlooking cruise ships heading out to sea, so if you’re looking for a place to do a bar crawl, you can walk from restaurant to restaurant in The Cove.

Here are just a few of the crowd favorites:
  • Rising Tide Tap & Table: Overlooking a calm lake with the Exploration Tower in view, their menu features familiar favorites with creative new twists. Expect burgers, fresh fish, tacos, and stone-baked pizza. They’re closed Mondays, but the Sunday brunch is something to write home about.
  • Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill: This open-air seafood restaurant serves something for everyone. From Po-boys and crab cakes to steaks, burgers, and salads, this casual waterfront restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
  • Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar: Dive into raw or steamed oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, seared ahi tuna, or snow crab legs. Rusty’s Deck and Tiki Bar is a great place to relax in a quality atmosphere with live music daily. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Grills Seafood: Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Grills serves fresh seafood in an authentic Florida style. Their menu features fish tacos, shark kabobs (when available), pepper-seared tuna, steak, burgers, and vegetarian delights. Enjoy live music most nights in an island-like atmosphere that both you and your family will love. You may even see commercial fisherman bring in their catch, and if you’re really lucky, you may even see a rocket launch.

Exploration Tower

Although it is currently closed due to maintenance, the Exploration Tower is a captivating architectural landmark located just off the waterfront and right next to Cruise Terminal 1. 

Looking like a boat’s sail, visitors can explore seven floors of interactive exhibits about the air and space frontiers, ships and boats that pass through Port Canaveral, and nature from the surrounding area. There’s also a 72-seat state-of-the-art theater showing regular short films. 

Plus, there are indoor and outdoor observation decks providing panoramic views of Port Canaveral, the beach, and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and is a perfect spot for watching a rocket launch. It takes about an hour, maybe two to tour the facility. For the latest information on their reopening date, check their website here.

Victory Casino

Hailed as one of Florida’s most authentic Las Vegas-style gambling cruise experiences, the Victory Casino sets sail from Port Canaveral twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The five-hour cruise has four decks and 40,000 square feet of casino fun. 

This gambling cruise offers you the chance to try your luck at more than 600 slot machines and 30 gaming tables featuring your favorite games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, Baccarat, and Craps. 

All cruises cost $20 with the option to purchase dining on board. Select cruises include access to special events.

Fishing Charters

There is a wide variety of fishing charter experiences available leaving Port Canaveral daily. Most charters offer full-day, 3/4-day, and 1/2-day options, providing you the flexibility to choose what works best for you and your party. From seasoned fishers to newcomers, these charters are great for everyone including kids.

Offshore fishing will have you looking for Florida gamefish such as king mackerel, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and sailfish. Travel to the Gulf Stream’s backside in search of yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, and white marlin. Some may wonder when is the best time of year to fish, and well anytime is really optimal. The type of fish you will catch varies from month to month. Check out this infographic here to get a better idea of what you can expect. 

If deep sea fishing isn’t for you, take a charter in the Indian River Lagoon where you can catch seatrout, snook, tarpon, and redfish.

To help you on your way, be sure to check out the Stay and Cruise packages and get planning on your pre-cruise stay in Port Canaveral.

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