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Route 401 rocket launch view, Port Canaveral

Orlando, FL, USA


It's fun to watch the Delta IV and Space X Falcon 9 rockets launch at Port Canaveral! You get a great view, and you see the rocket quite a while before it shows up on the live web broadcast! It's interesting how you hear the sound of the rocket so much later than you see it! The sound is impressive.
Route 401 is an easy place to go to watch the Space X Falcon 9 and Delta IV rockets, and the closest you can get to the SLC-37 and SLC-40 launch pads without paying. Park along the road and join the people on the thin strip of intracoastal beach. There is even some shade under the sea grape trees, though there are plenty of biting ants crawling around your feet. I got a nasty bite that was very painful.
For information and dates of rocket launches, check here.
Afterward, have a swim at Cocoa Beach.

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Horseshoe crab shells on the intracoastal beach.

I love the electric poles that stand in the water!

A man prepares to take a photo of the rocket launch.

Two men and a boy sit, waiting for the launch.


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Route 401, across from Carnival Cruise Line, is where you need to be. Cars can park on the grass just steps from the intracoastal beach.
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