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In this very wide-angle view, a Delta 4 rocket launches into space at sunset, as seen from a riverside spot near Port Canaveral.

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You can watch a live webcast of every launch on your smartphone. They can be found at 1) SpaceflightNow.com, 2) at
spacex.com for Falcon launches; ulalaunch.com for Atlas and Delta launches, or 3) on NASA TV for launches of any rocket if it is carrying a NASA payload. Keep in mind the webcast is usually on a delay of anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds or more, so the launch may take place while they still appear to be counting down.

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Crowds at Playalinda Beach watch as an Atlas 5 lifts off. This version had no solid strap-on boosters and therefore no smoke trail coming from the rocket. This photo was taken with a telephoto lens.
A daytime Falcon 9 launch from pad 40 as seen from the NASA causeway.

Reference photos and videos, and a map showing the Cape Canaveral area with viewing sites, are located below

This first section gives visitors an overview on the best places for each type of rocket and launch pad. The second section further down this page gives more details on and more of an overview based on the viewing sites specifically. Just make sure you know what rocket it is that you are planning to go see lift off, because the first thing to learn is that each one is different and takes off from a different location, with each of these launch pads separated by miles in a south-to-north direction. This is the only completely accurate launch viewing guide on the internet. I have personally verified all details over my 20+ years and 200+ launches of experience and have accurately measured all distances to within less than one-tenth of a mile. Please >note that other, closer locations you may seem to find on a map and which are not mentioned are either not open to the public, are on private property or are in an unsafe viewing location.

From south to north at Cape Canaveral are landing zone 1 (Falcon first stage landings) and active launch pads 37B (Delta 4 rockets), 40 (Falcon 9 rockets), 41 (Atlas 5 rockets) and 39A (Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets). I frequently get asked which is the best rocket to come see. Unfortunately, the answer is more complicated than you might expect, as each of the three rockets can alternate for the winner of 'best viewing' depending on the time of day they are launching and whether the KSC Visitor Complex is offering tickets to get to a closer spot, which is not the case for every launch. Further complicating things these days are Falcon landings, which take place many miles south of the pads they launch from, so getting closest to launch can mean being farthest from landing, or vice-versa. Read the sections below for more information and check back again for new launches in the coming years. In 2021-22, for example, the company Blue Origin will bring launches - and bigger rockets - back to pad 36, which is closest to Port Canaveral and Jetty Park and will have great viewing options from down there.


Atlas 5 rockets launch from Pad 41 (28.583 N, 80.583 W). The closest possible launch viewing of any rocket launch from Cape Canaveral is offered for Atlas 5: just 2.3 miles away at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, by buying tickets sold by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Keep in mind this site could deemed off-limits at the last minute due to wind direction (a safety concern) because of the short distance to the pad, but this has only happened a couple of times so far. This is by far the best place to view and the closest viewing of any kind for any launch here. Playalinda Beach is the next closest place, and also is the best spot outside the space center, at just 4.8 miles from the launch pad once you walk down the beach (5.7 from the first parking lot area). It is also the closest free or low cost ($10) viewing site for any rocket. However, it is not open for night launches (operating hours are 6am-8pm during daylight savings time summer months, and 6am-6pm during standard time winter months). Should it be offered again, the NASA causeway is the next best, offering viewing at 5.0 to 5.2 miles from Pad 41 with a great view across the water. As with the other ticketed options, this site is not always available. The Saturn V Center (5.4 miles), another stop on the KSC Visitor Complex tours, is an excellent option as well for Atlas 5 launches, accessed by taking the bus tour at the Visitor Complex with launch day tickets. The Visitor Complex itself is 7.1 miles away, but offers no direct line of sight to the pad itself, which is behind the tree line. You'll see it once it lifts off. For off-hours/night launches, when no tickets are being sold by the Visitor Complex and Playalinda Beach is closed, the best option for Atlas 5 launches is Port Canaveral on Route 528, at 12.9 miles from the pad. In that case it is the 'furthest closest' viewing site of any rocket.


Falcon 9 rockets launch from two pads. One is pad 39A (28.608 N, 80.604 W), formerly the home of the Space Shuttle from 1981 to 2011 and the Apollo Saturn V from 1967 to 1973. The closest place to view a 39A launch is Playalinda Beach at 3.6 miles, when open for daytime launches. It was first open for Falcon launches from this pad beginning in June 2017. Spectators are allowed to watch from the beach parking lot areas (3.6 miles distance at parking lot one, 4.0 by lot four), and sometimes may walk down the beach to get closer (2.7 miles at the fence) or park along the road leading to the beach. Playalinda Beach is normally open from 6am to 8pm during daylight savings time summer hours or 6am to 6pm during standard time winter months. Next closest is the Saturn V Center, accessible with KSC Visitor Complex tickets, at just 3.9 miles away. This used to be the VIP site for space shuttle launches and has an excellent view clear across the water. Tickets are not sold for every launch, however, and are usually available only for late-night launches when the launch is deemed a significant one. (Note for photographers: From the Saturn V Center, the Falcon Heavy's three side-by-side cores cannot be seen in the initial liftoff photo, as they are aligned west-to-east, the same direction you face from here.)

The NASA causeway, if ever offered, would have viewing from as close as 6.5 miles away on the western end. At 7.4 miles but with no direct view of the pad, is the Visitor Complex itself, available with tickets. When Playalinda Beach is closed and no tickets are offered by the Visitor Complex, such as for many night launches, Titusville is the best place to view Falcon 9 launches from pad 39A, at 11.3 to 12 miles away. The best spot, specifically, is on top of the Max Brewer Bridge (Rt. 406) which leads towards Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Playalinda Beach. It is slightly closer (11.3) on the east side of the bridge. Anyplace along the river in Titusville is also good, with clear views; one popular spot is Space View Park, just south of the bridge. There are other parks farther south along the river in Titusville as well, but I recommend the bridge above all for an elevated view.

Finally, Port Canaveral (Rt. 528), at over 14 miles away, is the last option to recommend (more so when the Falcon first stage is coming back to land), though it is unnecessary to view launches from here when Titusville will get you a little closer. When the Falcon 9 first stage is scheduled to make a land-based landing back at the Cape, however, you should consider watching from Port Canaveral because it has a much closer view of the landing and therefore is a good spot for both, even though it may be significantly farther from the launch pad. More information can be found below. (Note: The LC-39 observation gantry, at just one mile away from 39A, will never be an option for 39A launches as it is too close).


Falcon 9 rockets also launch from Complex 40 (28.562 N, 80.577 W).

For Pad 40, the best spot for Falcon 9 launches is the LC-39 Observation Gantry, at just 3.4 miles away, via tickets sold through the KSC Visitor Complex. Similarly, if offered, the NASA causeway offers viewing at just 4.0 miles from the pad. Playalinda Beach (6.3 miles at fence, 7.2 at parking lot one, at least partially obstructed views in most places) and the Saturn V Center (also 6.3 miles but clear view) are also options. Playalinda is obstructed depending on what spot you are in. If you walk down the beach to get to the 6.3 mile mark, you cannot see the pad. If you stay back by the parking area or along the road to the beach, you have a clearer view but are 7.1-7.3 miles away. The Visitor Complex itself is 6.7 miles from the pad but offers no view of the pad itself (obscured by the tree line as with Atlas 5). Port Canaveral's Route 528 (11.6 miles) is the closest and best spot otherwise, and the best place to go for off-hours launches.


For some launches, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to return and land back at Cape Canaveral about eight minutes after liftoff. Landings take place at Landing Zone 1, which used to be called Launch Complex 13 (28.486 N, 80.545 W), used from the 1950s-70s. It is right next to where John Glenn and three other Mercury astronauts became the first Americans to orbit the Earth starting in 1962. As the pad is about 5.6 miles south of Complex 40 and 9.2 south of pad 39A, the best viewing is different than for launch. The best place to see the landings (if you want to focus on this instead of launch for your viewing location) is Jetty Park (see below), which is 6.0 miles from the landing site (but from which launch pads 40 and 39 are not directly visible themselves). Alternatively you can stick with Port Canaveral (Rt. 528), and be 8.3 miles from landing and have a clear view of both launch pads even though they are 10-13 miles away. The NASA causeway (4 to 5 miles from landing depending on the area) is also good, if ever offered, and the best place for both launch and landing combined. From the Saturn V Center (11 miles), landings are mostly visible but will come down behind or between buildings on the horizon. Playalinda Beach (12.8 miles) and other northern areas are not recommended if viewing landing is your concern due to their distance. For photographers looking to get a great photo of the landing specifically, it is rather difficult to achieve a clean shot from any location, but Jetty Park is the best location on land. Port Canaveral (Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower) is the best place for a photographer to get a decent shot of both launch and landing combined. NEW: Beginning in 2019, it is now possible to view landings from off-shore on a boat. Star Fleet Tours is offering viewing from what appears to be the best location yet. The distance to the landing zone from the boat may differ for each launch, but appears to offer a much better view at a similar if not closer distance than on land.


Delta 4-Heavy rockets (there are just three remaining from the Cape starting in 2020) launch from Pad 37B (28.531 N, 80.564 W). The closest possible viewing for Delta 4 is from the NASA causeway (2.7-3.0 miles away) or the LC-39 Observation Gantry (5.5 miles away), through tickets sold by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. As with the others, tickets will not be offered for all launches, especially if the launch time is outside of normal business hours. The NASA causeway is only offered on rare occasion. Next best with tickets is the Saturn V Center, at 8 miles away and with a clear view. The KSC Visitor Complex, another option, (again during business hours only) is a distance of 7.1 miles, and the view, while not as good, is also not quite as bad as the other pads. From the grass lawn behind the Atlantis exhibit, in the area closest to the corner of the two main roads, the pad is ever so slightly out of view looking up route 405, and the rocket visible as soon as it lifts off. In other areas of the Visitor Complex, it will be obstructed. The best free view, and the place to go during other times, is Port Canaveral on Route 528 (10 miles clear across water). There really is no major advantage to viewing Delta 4 launches from other locations.
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As seen from the NASA causeway 5.0 miles away, an Atlas 5 rocket speeds into orbit in the late afternoon. This version of the Atlas 5 had solid rocket motors attached, and thus a smoke trail (only Atlas 5 rockets with SRBs currently display a smoke trail). This view shows almost exactly what you will see with the naked eye from this location. To the right (the other four lightning towers) is Falcon 9 pad 40, at 4.0 miles away. Pad 39A is just out of view to the left and further away.
Night launches can be spectacular, lighting up the entire area for a brief minute or two. On the left, a very wide angle photograph of an Atlas 5 launch from the NASA causeway. The short 'beam' of light is the result of the moving rocket after exposing the photo for a few seconds to capture the light properly. The sky is a blue hue here because of the full moon. On the right, the space shuttle, which put out far more power and flame. Usually, the naked-eye color of the flame and night launches is a golden off-white color.

The following section contains links to photos, mostly from other viewers but some of my own on this website, showing the view of each of the rockets from each of the various viewing locations. This should help you get an idea of what to expect, and help photographers get a good idea of what kind of photo they can get from each place. In general, 'wide angle' means the camera makes it look farther away and smaller than it looks when you are there, in person; while of course telephoto shots are zoomed in a lot. Some photos that say 528 may have been taken from route 401 before it became off-limits, but the view is essentially the same just a little farther. (SRBs = smoke trail, no SRBs = no smoke trail).

If you are looking for a sample photo from a particular place or with a particular lens and you can't find it here, please
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The LC-39 Observation Gantry (
28.595 N, 80.618 W), a viewing tower that is one of the stops on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bus tour, is the newest viewing location now being offered. And it is the best ever, allowing you to get as close as just 2.3 miles for an Atlas 5 launch, 3.4 miles for a Falcon 9 launch from pad 40, 5.5 for Delta 4 from pad 37, and 8.9 for Falcon landings at LZ-1. This is the closest viewing of any launch ever offered to the public. If you get the chance to buy tickets for the LC-39 gantry, GO FOR IT! The three-level tower offers slight elevation for some, or you may find yourself on the grass in front of it, both with a clear view across the water to any of the launch pads. This location will not be offered for 39A launches.

The NASA Causeway (
28.509 N, 80.605 W) is an excellent viewing option, but only occasionally available in recent years. It is just 2.7 to 3.0 miles for a Delta 4 launch, 4.0 for Falcon 9 from pad 40, 5.0 to 5.2 miles for Atlas 5, and 6.5 for Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy launches from pad 39A. The view is excellent, too, with nothing but water between you and the launch pad in all cases. It also has the best possible view of Falcon landings at 4-5 miles.

The Saturn V Center (
28.605N, 80.669 W), a stop on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (VC) bus tour, offers a great view of Falcon 9 launches from Pad 39A at just 3.9 miles away, a clear 5.4 mile view of Atlas Pad 41 and a 6.3 mile view of Falcon Pad 40. At 8.1 miles from Delta 4's Pad 37B, while a clear view, there is no great advantage over watching from Port Canaveral unless you want to do a tour on the same day as launch. Photo-wise, the Port view is the better option. For LZ-1 Falcon landings, it is 11.2 miles. The Saturn V Center is a beautiful museum housing one of the only three Saturn V moon rockets still left. It was beautifully restored and opened to the public in 1996. This is a sight not to be missed on any visit to KSC, as with the newly-opened Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Visitor Complex.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (
www.KennedySpaceCenter.com) is the independent museum and tour operator for the Kennedy Space Center. I highly recommend taking at least the main bus tour to see, up close, this incredible and historical place. Other tours to see different facilities up close are also offered, and each includes the main bus tour and Saturn V Center in addition to the Visitor Complex itself & Space Shuttle Atlantis which is now on display there. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) itself (28.523 N, 80.682 W) offers viewing (again, when open), but with no truly clear view of the pads themselves. You will only see the rocket once it has launched and cleared the trees and buildings in front of you. Between the three rockets, Delta 4 is a tiny bit better than the others from here in terms of the view, but only from one area of the complex as noted: The corner of the lawn behind the new Atlantis museum, which has a view up State Route 405 towards the pad, which is itself just barely hidden. As noted, other areas of the visitor complex have the view blocked like the other pads. Distance from the Visitor Complex to Pad 37B is 7.1 miles; to Pad 40 is 6.7 miles; to Pad 41 is 7.2 miles; and to Pad 39A is 7.4 miles. LZ-1 is 8.8 miles. Bottom line: If you are a photographer in search of a nice liftoff photo, this is not the place to go.

As of 2019, the Beachline/Route 528 (
28.405 N, 80.645 W) on the Banana River is now the clearest view in the Port Canaveral area. Distances from Route 528 to each pad vary from 10 miles to pad 37B, 11.6 to pad 40, 12.9 to pad 41, and 14 to pad 39A. LZ-1 landings are 8.3 miles away.

In 2013, a new observation tower,
Exploration Tower, opened at the Port with an outdoor viewing deck on top, providing a slightly higher aerial view of the Cape. This tower can provide a different, elevated view for a launch, but the view is only good for some launches (40 and 39A are best for photos). The view from the top is mostly obstructed for Delta 4 launches (the pad is blocked by another structure in the Port in all but one small corner of the tower) and partially so for Atlas 5 launches as well. It offers the best line of sight for Falcon 9 launches from pad 40 at least. Exploration Tower is not always available for launch viewing. When available, tickets are now sold for viewing. However, the tower is often rented out for VIP parties and not open for launch viewing.

Playalinda Beach (does have a National Park site admission fee): The closest and best spot for Atlas 5 launches and now for Falcon 9 launches off pad 39A as well, as well as a decent option for Falcon 9 pad 40 launches, is Playalinda Beach (
28.655 N, 80.630 W), but only when it is open. The beach is open from 6am to 8pm during summer daylight-savings time, and 6am to 6pm during winter standard time. Closures for some daytime launches are possible, and the road leading to the beach also sometimes closes early, once parking lot capacity is reached or no later than one hour before launch when they do. The closest parking at the beach (28.655N, 80.632 W) is located 3.6 miles from Falcon 9 pad 39A, 5.8 miles from Atlas 5 Pad 41 and 7.2 miles from Falcon 9 Pad 40. You can then, usually, walk down the beach and get as close as 2.7 miles (for pad 39A Falcon launches), 4.8 miles (for Atlas 5) and 6.3 miles (for pad 40 Falcon launches) to be even closer at the KSC security fence. They sometimes do not allow you to walk down the beach for pad 39A Falcon launches, however, so keep in mind the parking lot may be the limit when you arrive. Playalinda Beach is 8.5 to 9.3 miles from Delta 4's Pad 37B, and the view is partially or completely obstructed from here. It's also not a great location for Falcon first stage landings, which are 12.8 miles away. The entrance fee to Playalinda Beach is $10 per car, or is included with a National Park Service annual pass, since it is part of Canaveral National Seashore.

Jetty Park (
28.4083 N, 80.5873 W) is currently not the best place to watch any rocket take off from Cape Canaveral, as the view of the pads themselves are hidden by a berm. This will change in the future as Blue Origin's big rocket resumes the use of Pad 36. It is, however, the best place to watch the Falcon 9 first stages land back at Landing Zone 1. You could happily view the launches from here or on the beach down the seashore as well, and it is still a beautiful place to watch in general, but the rocket will not become visible upon launch until it has cleared the tower and risen above the launch pad and berm directly across the inlet. If you are a photographer aiming for launch photos from here, be sure to plot out which way to look on the horizon using a program such as Google Earth. The park has a $15 entrance fee per car ($5 for Brevard county residents). As you go farther south along the beach, the launch pads do become a little more visible on the horizon, but you are also getting farther and farther away from them. As mentioned, Jetty Park is, however, the best place to watch the Falcon first stage landings, so there is a tradeoff for Falcon launches from pads 39A or 40 that are then going to come back and land. Jetty Park is just 6.0 miles from the landing pad, the closest possible viewing site.

Titusville (
28.620 N, 80.800 W for the Rt. 406 Max Brewer bridge) is the best free, off-site location to watch Falcon 9 launches that take place from Pad 39A. Space View Park (map), just south of here, is also good. Elsewhere in Titusville, anywhere on the Indian River along US 1 or Rt. 406, can be used to view these or any of the other rocket launches as well, but is significantly farther than Port Canaveral is for all three other launch pads (minimum 13 miles, maximum 16 miles, to Pad 41, 40 or 37B).
A very tight shot of an Atlas 5 rocket launching near sunset, as seen from the LC-39 observation gantry just 2.3 miles away.
A wide angle photo of a morning Atlas 5 launch (with SRBs and smoke trail) as seen from the LC-39 observation gantry 2.3 miles from pad 41. Pad 40 is just out of view to the right.
A telephoto shot of a Delta 4 medium version rocket launching at dusk, as seen from the Port Canaveral area.
A telephoto view of a daytime Falcon 9 launch from pad 40 which is nearly identical to the shot you can get from the LC-39 observation gantry.
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Falcon 9, September 24 @ 7:32pm or 8:51pm EDT (sunset 7:16pm)
: Playalinda Beach (6.3 miles at fence if allowed, or 7.2 at parking lot one or along road, partially obstructed views for photos) should be the best place to view this launch, however they normally close at 8pm and the launch time could move later. Also note they may stop letting new people in after 6 or 7pm. Otherwise, the best places are Port Canaveral (Rt. 528 over the Banana River, 11.6 miles) with a clear view; Jetty Park (10.6 miles but no direct view of pad) and Titusville (14 miles) on the Max Brewer bridge, also with a clear view.

SLS ARTEMIS I: PENDING HURRICANE, October 2 earliest @ 2:52-4:41pm EDT or else late October or November: Closer tickets from the last attempt remain valid, but are otherwise sold out. Aside from that, Titusville remains the best location. Anywhere along the river or on the Max Brewer bridge offers a great view with the pad clearly visible 10.5-11.5 miles away. The next best area is Port Canaveral on Rt. 528 (15 miles). The beach areas, from Jetty Park south through Cocoa Beach are also likely to be popular, but remember there is no pad view here and the distance is 15-20 miles from the launch.

Playalinda Beach and the wildlife refuge will be closed, due to its extremely close proximity to Pad 39B. This is the best place to get a closeup view of the rocket, so do it before launch day.



The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on September 24 at 7:32pm or 8:51pm EDT. Sunset is 7:16pm. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on very end of September or October TBD. A Falcon 9 from pad 39A will launch four astronauts on NASA's Crew-5 mission on October 3, at the earliest, at 12:45pm EDT. A Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch the Galaxy 33 & 34 communication satellites on October 5 at 7:07pm EDT. Sunset is 7:03pm. The launch window stretches to 8:14pm. And a Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch the Hotbird 13F comsat for Eutelsat on October 13 at 11:25pm EDT. The launch window stretches two hours.


The next United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral will launch the SES-20 & 21 satellites on September 30 at 5:36pm EDT. Vulcan will use the same launch pad when it flies.

LC-39 observation gantry (3.4 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view
Daytime, naked eye view
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, telephoto (shows landing too)
Nighttime, telephoto from ground

Saturn V Center (6.3 miles):
(sample needed)

Playalinda Beach and road to beach (6.3-7.4 miles):
Daytime, zoomed in, from out in the water near fence line

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower (11.6, 11.0 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view from Exploration Tower
Daytime, from Exploration Tower
Daytime, from Rt. 528 (KARS park is nearly identical view)
Daytime, same, but more like what it looks like to the naked eye
Daytime, telephoto, nice clear morning
Daytime, telephoto


Playalinda Beach (3.6 miles):
Daytime, telephoto & as the eye sees it, from parking lot 3 stairs
Daytime, telephoto, from parking lot 4 stairs
Daytime, Falcon Heavy telephoto from parking lot 3 stairs
Daytime, wide angle
Daytime, telephoto, from parking lot 4 stairs

Saturn V Center (3.9 miles):
Daytime, telephoto

Titusville Rt. 406/Max Brewer bridge or nearby (11.3-12 miles):
Sunrise, telephoto

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower (14.3, 14.0 miles):
Daytime, telephoto (shows landing too)
Daytime, telephoto (shows landing too)
Daytime, telephoto, from Exploration Tower (shows landing too)


Jetty Park (6.0 miles):
Daytime, telephoto from a mile down the beach (the gray tower is no longer there)

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528, Exploration Tower (8.5, 7.1 miles):
Daytime, telephoto from Exploration Tower
Daytime, telephoto, from Exploration Tower
Daytime, similar to 528
Daytime, similar to 528

LC-39 observation gantry (8.9 miles):
Daytime, telephoto


LC-39 observation gantry (2.3 miles):
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, wider view

Playalinda Beach (4.8-5.7 miles):
Daytime, no SRBs, telephoto, from the stairs over the dunes by parking lot 1
Daytime, with SRBs, as the eye sees it, from the stairs to parking lot 1
Daytime, with SRBs, same
Daytime, no SRBs, as the eye sees it (old photo, with no spectactors)
Daytime, no SRBs, telephoto and wide, from the fence line

Saturn V Center (5.4 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, as it looks to the naked eye
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle
Daytime, telephoto

Visitor Complex (7.1 miles, no pad view):
Daytime very wide angle with bleachers

Port Canaveral, Rt. 528 (13.0 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle as it looks to the naked eye
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle as it looks to the naked eye
Daytime, with SRBs, telephoto view
Daytime, with SRBs, hazy telephoto view
Daytime, no SRBs, clear telephoto view
Daytime, no SRBs, clear telephoto view

Titusville (13.6 miles):
Twilight, with SRBs, as it looks to the naked eye
Twilight, with SRBs, wider angle


LC-39 observation gantry (5.5 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view of pad
Nighttime, telephoto from ground
Daytime (medium with SRBs), telephoto
Daytime (medium with SRBs), zoomed in

Saturn V Center (8.1 miles):
Daytime, cloudy, close to naked eye

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528 (10.0 miles):
Daytime, telephoto view

LC-39 observation gantry (3.4 miles):
Daytime, actual and zoom
Daytime, telephoto view
Daytime, wide angle
Daytime, wide angle
Daytime, actual view
Nighttime, wide angle

Saturn V Center (6.3 miles):
Daytime, wide angle

Playalinda Beach and road to beach (6.3-7.2 and 7.4 miles):
Daytime, from stairs over dunes near fence line
Daytime, from out on beach closer to parking lot

Visitor Complex (6.7 miles, no pad view):
(sample needed)

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower (11.6, 11.0 miles):
Daytime, indentical view as 528


Playalinda Beach (3.6 miles):
Sunset, zoomed in, from on beach by parking lot 1
Daytime, zoomed in, same
Daytime, actual view, same
Daytime, telephoto

Saturn V Center (3.9 miles):
Sunset, wider angle
Daytime, wider angle
Daytime, actual view
Sunset, telephoto
Daytime, telephoto
Nighttime, Falcon Heavy, zoomed in

Visitor Complex (7.4 miles, no pad view):
Daytime, actual
Daytime, wide angle

Titusville Rt. 406/Max Brewer or nearby (11.3-12 miles):
Daytime, zoomed in
Daytime, zoomed in (1:00 mark) and actual view (1:16 mark)


Jetty Park (6.0 miles):
Daytime, from parking lot with low trees in way

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower (8.5, 7.1 miles):
Daytime, telephoto from Rt. 528

Saturn V Center (11.1 miles):
Daytime, wide angle
Nighttime, zoomed in


LC-39 Observation gantry (2.3 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, wide angle
Daytime, with SRBs, very wide angle, fixed camera
Daytime, hazy, no SRBs, wide and zoomed, good sound
Daytime, with SRBs, very wide angle
Nighttime, with SRBs, wide angle, good sound
Daytime, with SRBs, ultra-wide fisheye view but shows overall view

Playalinda Beach (4.8-5.7 miles):
Daytime, telephoto
Daytime, wide angle, from fence line
Daytime, from the road leading to beach

Saturn V Center (5.4 miles):
Daytime, actual view
Daytime, wide angle

Port Canaveral Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower (13.0, 12.4 miles):
Daytime, with SRBs, from 528

Titusville (13.5 miles):
Daytime, no SRBs, telephoto


LC-39 observation gantry (5.5 miles):
Sunset, very wide angle (Delta 4-medum with SRBs)
Nighttime, zoom and actual (Delta 4-medium with SRBs)

KSC Visitor Complex (7.4 miles, no clear pad view):
Sunset, from Atlantis lawn (Delta 4-medium with SRBs)
Sunset, same, wide angle

Port Canaveral / Rt. 528 or Exploration Tower (10.0, 9.2 miles):
Daytime, 528 (Delta 4-medium with SRBs)
Nighttime, same
As seen from the parking lot 3 dune stairs at Playalinda Beach (approx. 4 miles away), a Falcon 9 launches from pad 39A. The view is close to what you would see with the naked eye. Photo courtesy Walter Scriptunas II / ScriptunasImages.com
Above, the view of a pre-dawn Atlas 5 launch from the Rt. 406/Max Brewer Bridge in Titusville, 13 miles away.
Telephoto view of an Atlas 5 at sunset from Playalinda Beach, at the fence line.
Rocket Launch Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral
The best locations to watch Falcon 9, Atlas 5, SLS, Vulcan, Delta 4-Heavy, New Glenn rockets & more!