DescriptionCanaveral National Seashore lies north of the Kennedy Space Center. This 57,000-acre unit of the National Park Service encompasses 24 miles of unspoiled barrier beaches, shallow lagoons and dunes. Alligators, turtles, manatees and a variety of birds are among the abundant wildlife.
Swimming, boating, surf fishing and ranger-led activities can be enjoyed at Playalinda Beach at the southern tip of the seashore and at Apollo Beach at the area's northern end. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge adjoins the national seashore. The Apollo Visitor Center at 7611 S. Atlantic Ave. in New Smyrna Beach is open daily 9-5; phone (386) 428-3384.
The seashore is open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m., late Apr.-late Oct.; 6-6, rest of year. Admission $10 (per private vehicle or motorcycle); $1 (per person arriving on foot or by bicycle). An annual pass is $35. For further information, phone (321) 267-1110. For a recorded rocket launch schedule, phone (321) 867-4636.