Cruise passengers will find an almost limitless variety of options at Port Canaveral, including 3-, 4-, or 7-day trips to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, or Mexico on home-ported ships from Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International. Check out the Cruise Compete website for a long list of schedule cruises.
Visitors to the area will find three public parks with many recreation facilities. Jetty Park offers 35 acres of beaches, campgrounds, and a variety of organized activity. Port’s End Park is a quiet four-acre hideaway. Freddie Patrick Park, with free public boat ramps, offers access to 1 1/2 miles of bike paths that run through Port Canaveral.
Port Canaveral is a popular destination for fishers. You can fish from the shore at the Malcolm E. McLouth Fishing Pier at Jetty Park or hire a boat for some exciting deep-sea fishing.
When you visit Port Canaveral, there are a few sites you really won’t want to miss. The current Cape Canaveral Lighthouse carries forth a great tradition that began in 1848. It stands adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center on the grounds of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center facility while you’re there.
By far the biggest attraction near Port Canaveral is Orlando, Florida, center for many of the world’s most entertaining locations. Just 50 miles northwest of Port Canaveral, Orlando offers a host of theme parks and resorts to keep everyone active and interested. The Universal Orlando Resort includes two theme parts, three hotels, and a big busy shopping district. SeaWorld Orlando offers the biggest rollercoaster in the area, a sky tower, and several fun water-based rides as well as a variety of shows featuring the famous Shamu. Walt Disney World, the largest privately-operated tourist spot in the world, has four theme parks, two water parks, three shopping/dining areas, eight golf courses, and dozens of hotels. If you’re not exhausted, you can visit the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland, or the popular water park Wet ‘N Wild.