Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore

Things To Do

Outdoor Activities

Beaches: The seashore has undeveloped beaches and limited services. There are no designated picnic areas, phones, food, or drinking water. Lifeguards are on duty from May 30 to September 1st at both Playalinda and Apollo.  These beaches have restrooms and boardwalk access. Beach access points for visitors with disabilities are at Playalinda Beach: Eddy Creek and Parking Area No. 8; and at Apollo Beach: Areas No. 1 and No. 5. First aid and drinking water are at information centers. Surfing is permitted in the park. You may reach Klondike Beach only by foot (a back country permit is required).  Seashore areas may be closed if parking lots are filled or during shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. For recorded information on launch closures at Playalinda Beach, call 321-867-0677.
Scenic Drive: The six-mile self-guided Black Point Wildlife Drive in the refuge meanders through pine flatwoods and impounded marsh and provides excellent views of many species of wildlife.
Camping: Limited backcountry camping is permitted on designated islands all year, by permit only. Camping is not allowed in the refuge. Private campgrounds are available in nearby communities.
Hiking:  The seashore and refuge offer short self-guided trails. Castle Windy and Turtle Mound trails have shell middens left by Timucuan Indians. Turtle Mound Trail boasts a view of the ocean and Mosquito Lagoon. Eldora Hammock, Oak Hammock, and Palm Hammock trails wind through densely vegetated hammocks. Cruickshank Trail has an observation tower and marsh views.

Hunting: Seasonal hunting of migratory water fowl is allowed in the seashore and refuge and is part of the refuge’s waterfowl management. Display or use of firearms, other than for authorized hunting activities, is prohibited.
Boating: Launch sites in the refuge and seashore provide access to Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Airboats are prohibited.
Fishing: Freshwater, saltwater, and commercial fishing are subject to size and possession limits and may require a license or special use permit; inquire at information centers.

Nearby Attractions

After visiting Canaveral National Seashore, you may want to check out some other popular tourist attractions in the area. Here are a few suggestions to get you started...

  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Florida Lighthouses
  • Kennedy Space Center & Astronaut Hall of Fame
  • Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
  • Playalinda Area (South District)
  • Apollog Beach Area (North District)

Guided Tours

Pontoon Boat Tours
Journey with a National Park Ranger on a visit to the colorful places that lend character to this vital estuary. Our pontoon boat, Tortuga del Sol is U.S. Coast Guard inspected and our licensed captains and experienced mates are trained to provide you with a memorable and safe park water tour. Join us for a two-hour journey as we cruise from the Visitor Center on most Sundays, weather permitting. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and SPACE IS LIMITED. A cost recovery fee of $20.00 per person is charged for all passengers. Call (386) 428-3384 ext. 10 to reserve space.

A commercial business permit is required for private individuals and companies to provide services to park visitors within Canaveral National Seashore. For additional information concerning park permits, please contact the headquarters office at 321-267-1110.