Cape Canaveral National Seashore Guide 2020 : National Parks Navigator

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Cape Canaveral National Seashore

What to visit?

The National Seashore itself is extensive! Start at the Visitor Center in Titusville on Route 1 (for the Southern entrance) or the main Visitor Center on A1A at Bethune Beach in the North. Not to miss is the Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge on Route 402. Favorite beaches are Apollo Beach and Playalinda Beach. There is also an excellent manatee viewing area at the Haulover Canal on Route 3 (Kennedy Parkway). There are many viewing areas for the Intracoastal Waterway that traverses the length of the Park.

Birdwatching is big here. Cape Canaveral is an important stopover location for migrating birds. Stop and take some of the trails here to see the many species and take photos. The Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge is a superb place to visit with beaches, marsh and forest.

How to get around?

Cars access is via the main highway Routes 1 and A1A. The Kennedy Parkway runs down the middle of the Cape with side trails to beaches and other points of interest.

Canoes and Kayaks are available to rent to explore!

Where to Stay?

Find the best hotels near this National Park such as Hampton Inn at Titusville and the Country Inn at Port Canaveral.

The National Seashore has primative Campgrounds.

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Where to eat?

Dine at the JB's Fish Camp Restaurant and Bar at New Smyrna Beach just north of the Park on A1A. Their seafood is fresh and the views are excellent. You can even rent a paddleboard or a kayak and expore the waters perhaps seeing a manatee or a dolphin. Dixie Crossroads Restaurant is also a great stop if coming into the Park from Titusville.

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