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In this five-minute long exposure, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries the company’s Dragon spacecraft with NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission members aboard in this five-minute long exposure taken on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
NASA/Joel Kowsky

View a launch from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

All launches in Florida begin their journey on the launch pads of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station or Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches, as well as launch commentary, bleacher seating and access to exhibits and attractions. Launch viewing tickets are available for some — but not all — launches, depending on date and time of the launch. Contact Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at (855) 433-4210 for information on purchasing tickets.

On the day of the launch, plan to arrive early; the visitor complex opens at 9 a.m. Expect high attendance at the visitor complex and increased traffic throughout the local area. This likely will be the case before and after the launch. Save time by purchasing tickets online and accessing them on your phone at the front gate.

Items to bring

  • Sun protection: sunscreen, hats, umbrellas and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Soft-sided coolers or lunch boxes
  • Water in plastic bottles
  • Cameras, tripods and binoculars
  • Blankets or umbrella-style folding camp chairs carried in shoulder bags

For more detailed information, please see these online resources:

Other primary launch viewing locations, from north to south

  • Marina Park: 501 Marina Road, Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Sand Point Park: 101 N. Washington Ave, Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Space View Park: 8 Broad Street, Titusville (parking nearby)
  • Manzo Park: 3335 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Rotary Riverfront Park: 4141 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Kennedy Point Park: 4915 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Westbound SR 528 Causeway over the Banana River Park (well off the right-of-way, near the water)
  • Jetty Park: East end of Port Canaveral off George King Blvd. (restrooms, parking)
  • Cocoa Beach Pier: 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • Alan Shepard Park: East end of SR 520, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • Fischer Park: East side of SR A1A, 1/2 mile south of SR 520, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • Lori Wilson Park: 1500 N. Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)

*Note: Mariners and pilots can learn about launch hazard areas and restrictions by calling (800) 470-7232. The United States Coast Guard broadcasts this information on Marine Band Channel 16. 

Traffic and safety tips

  • Plan accordingly by leaving home at the appropriate time to deal with increased traffic flow
  • Do not pull off alongside the road
  • Be mindful of wildlife and traffic when exiting and returning to your vehicle
  • Obey all speed limits, traffic signals and road signs
  • Follow directions from security, police and/or emergency personnel 
  • Pack drinks to stay hydrated and snacks (launch windows can be long)
  • Wear proper clothes for the weather (it can change quickly in the Sunshine State)
  • Bring a flashlight or headlamp for evening and early morning launches  

Live coverage on NASA TV

Can’t be here in person? Check out NASA TV for live coverage of launches. Multiple satellite and local cable providers also offer NASA TV. You can also view the live stream on the NASA App and the agency’s website.

Information on upcoming launches

Click here for NASA’s most up-to-date launch schedule