Welcome to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has stood on the Cape for over 150 years. Situated amidst America’s Premier Gateway to Space, the lighthouse is owned by the United States Space Force and maintained as an active aid to navigation by the United States Coast Guard. Visits to the lighthouse, museum, and gift shop are available via prescheduled tours, only.  Open House for CCSFS badged personnel occurs every Wednesday from 10:00 – 1:00.  Hangar C will also be open during these hours.

We are open for scheduled tours, but since we are located on an active military installation, you cannot drive your own vehicle onto the facility.  Members of the public can only visit by taking a tour, which must be booked at least two days prior, to process through Space Force Security.  Active duty military with CAC cards may come onto the station to visit the lighthouse, but cannot escort non-badged visitors without prior approval of SLD 45.  Unlike most other military installations, a retired military ID will not gain you access to CCSFS.  You will have to take the public tour.  Please see our Visit page for tour information.  So make plans now to come visit us!

CAPE CANAVERAL LIGHTHOUSE VIRTUAL TOUR – created by the University of South Florida Center for Digital Heritage & Geospatial Information

CAPE CANAVERAL LIGHTHOUSE VIDEO

Check out our brochure.

Click Here for a short Spectrum News Florida on a Tankful segment about the lighthouse.

Click Here for a 12 minute video tour of the lighthouse presented by our Historian, Barbara Moser, produced by the Space Launch Delta 45 Public Affairs Office.

Click here for a 321 Liftoff Podcast about visiting the lighthouse.

Click here for a US Lighthouse Society podcast for the lighthouse.  This is an hour long podcast the first half of which is a discussion about Patos Island Light in Washington State.  The Cape Canaveral Light discussion is in the 2nd half.

Latest News

 

Check out this video!  We celebrated National Lighthouse Day on August 7th with close to 100 visitors.   Lighthouse Day is celebrated Aug. 7 in the United States to commemorate the act of the establishment and support of lighthouses by Congress in 1789. This year, lighthouses around the country participated in a video competition sponsored by the US Lighthouse Society.  Check out our entry and see the fun had by all.

On August 18-20 this year, the Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club once again participated in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend from inside our museum.  This year they were able to take advantage for the first time of having permanent tie-downs for their radio tower in the parking lot between the lighthouse and Hangar C.  They made a total of 625 contacts with Amateur Radio operators.  Out of these, there were 15 contacts with other lighthouses and 3 lightships.  They made contact with 7 Canadians and 41 US States, including all East and West coast seaboard states.    We look forward to next year’s event!

The University of South Florida Center for Digital Heritage & Geospatial Information, just completed a virtual tour of the Cape Canaveral Light Station.  Many thanks for all their hard work and a great product that helps us share this national resource.   Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Virtual Tour

Our 4th Order Fresnel Lens on loan from the Coast Guard is now on display in the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Museum!

We now have a 4th Order Fresnel lens on loan from the U.S. Coast Guard. This type of lens is significant to the Cape Canaveral lighthouse as it was used twice in its history. During the Civil War, the old Winslow Lewis Lamp was removed from the original brick lighthouse when all lighthouses in the South were ordered to go dark.  After the war, a 4th Order Fresnel lens was installed in the brick lighthouse from 1865-1868, when the iron lighthouse was built and began using a 1st Order Fresnel lens. Later in 1893-1894 when the iron lighthouse was dismantled and moved a mile inland due to beach erosion concerns, a skeletal tower was built and used a 4th Order lens until the move was completed. The 4th Order lens now in the museum was made in America circa 1905 by the MacBeth-Evans Glass Company.  It’s just under 3-feet tall and likely weighs over 500 lbs.  This is definitely worth a special trip to see a Fresnel lens up close.

We had a great time on Saturday, July 15th with our quarterly Members and Brick Holders tour.  Over 60 people took advantage of this free opportunity on a beautiful day at the lighthouse.   If you’re not yet a member or brick holder, please consider becoming a member or buying a brick before our next quarterly tour so you can take advantage of this special FREE event, only open to those individuals.

Keep Brevard Beautiful partnered with us at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse for the first ever Adopt-A-Landmark program.  This project was awarded the national Community Innovation Award by Keep America Beautiful.  Check out the video below to learn more.

 

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse made #1 on the list of 10 best things to do in Cape Canaveral, Florida!  Check it out!

Merritt Island Now magazine published a wonderful follow-up article on our recent Lighthouse Keeper Grave Marker Program.  Click here to read it.

If you don’t have the time to take the regular full tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (that includes space history), try our monthly special Lighthouse and Hangar C only tour.  You will be able to come just to the lighthouse for a 1+ hour visit.  You will also be able to see the tremendous collection of artifacts from the Air Force Space and Missile Museum Annex next door in Hangar C.    Click here to book your Lighthouse and Hangar C only tour, or any of Canaveral Tours’ small van tours.

Upcoming Events

The Museums of Brevard (MOB) is a 501(C)3 nonprofit of interested museums and historic sites in Brevard County, Florida (including the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse).  Together we: advertise and promote each other’s facilities both individually and jointly; share activity information and coordinate upcoming events; share best practices and lessons learned in museum administration and management, including fundraising, grant writing and collections management; and assist other members with special requests.

Check out the MOB Brochure and see all the sites!

Like the MOB on Facebook and find out all the things happening!

Message from Our Foundation President

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2023 was a good year for the Lighthouse, and 2024 looks like it will be even better. In 2023 we had over fifteen thousand visitors which was an increase of over seven thousand from 2022, thanks to Space Force family day which was estimated at ten thousand visitors. Our educational tours doubled from two in 2022 to four in 2023. So far in 2024 there are three educational tours scheduled for January with more to follow.

I want to thank all the docents and volunteers because without your dedication to excellence we could not have welcomed as many visitors as we did and still receive the many positive comments.

One event that did not happen in 2023 was our 10K/5K race due to late approval and not enough time to make it a good event. We started a lot earlier this year and the race is scheduled for March 24, 2024.As soon as registration opens, we will notify everyone.

Other upcoming events in 2024 include but are not limited to: Florida Lighthouse Association meeting at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse on February 2 & 3, Descendant’s Day on March 9, member/ brick owners caravan on March 16, an old fashion picnic at the Lighthouse in June/July and the member/ volunteer appreciation picnic in the fall.

On a sad note, two Lifetime Members and former Board Members passed away in November: our President Emeritus Rear Admiral G. Robert “Bob” Merrilees; and former Volunteer Coordinator and Life-time Member Eric Kucera. May they rest in peace.

Looking back on my first year as President I want to thank the Board of Directors for all the support they gave me to make the position a lot easier. You don’t know how great the Board is until you work with them. I especially want to thank Rocky Johnson, Jim Underwood, and Larry Ostarly. As past presidents, they know what the position requires and are always ready to help or answer a question.

Please visit our website https://canaverallight.org for additional information.

Thank you for your help in keeping our light shining into the future.

Ron

Visit

Since the lighthouse is on an active military installation, it can only be reached by taking a tour

Shop

Our online shop is under construction. Please check back or visit our gift shop at the museum or Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral.

Explore and Learn

Learn about the Cape Canaveral lighthouses, from 1848 to the Space Age

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