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.

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.  Unlike most other military installations, even if you have a military ID (active duty or retired), you won’t be able to get onto CCSFS unless you also have a badge specifically for that purpose.  You will have to take the public tour.  Please see our Visit page for tour information.  So make plans now to come visit us!

Check out our brochure.

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

Face masks are required when touring inside the lighthouse and museum, only if not fully vaccinated.

OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS AND BRICK HOLDERS – Join us for our next quarterly member and brick holder caravan tour to the lighthouse on Saturday, December 4th from 4:30-6:00pm.   You will not only get to see the beautiful Christmas decorations, but you’ll see the beacon shining from the top of the lighthouse, too!  If you’re not yet a member or brick holder, please considering becoming a member or buying a brick before our next tour in 2022, so you can take advantage of this special event, only open to those individuals.

For a limited time, another way to see the lighthouse is on the first three Saturdays in December when we will be participating in the Museums of Brevard Holiday Tour of Historic Homes.  Tickets are limited to 150 and are now on sale, going fast.  See our event listing on this page for all the details.

If you don’t have the time to take the regular full tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (that includes space history), 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.

Upcoming Events

Meet the MOB

The Museums of Brevard (MOB) is an informal alliance 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!

Visit the MOB website for links to every member.

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

Come see the lighthouse and seven other historic homes for the holidays!  We will be decorating the lighthouse and museum and offering special caravan tours on three Saturdays in December, as we participate in the annual Museums of Brevard Holiday Tour of Historic Homes.  For one low event price of $60, you will be able to visit not only the lighthouse but the other seven historic homes in the county.  Tickets go on sale November 1st only through Eventbrite.com.  Only 150 tickets will be sold.  Proceeds benefit the historic preservation efforts of the Lighthouse and the other historic homes.

Message from Our Foundation President

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation celebrated the lighthouse’s 153rd year with a fund raising event Save Our History at the American Muscle Car Museum (AMCM) on October 23rd. We were very appreciative of Mark Pieloch for his generosity in opening the doors to his collection of over 325 cars for our event, it is truly an amazing collection. I personally wanted the blue Ford GT. I want to also, say thank you to Jeanna Merrifield and Cinthia Sandoval our event leadership for their personal commitment and the delicious food provided by Wild Ocean Seafood. Thank you to our live auction donors Cape Canaveral Tours, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Cafe Margaux, Go Travel, and Peter Indorf Jewelry Designs of Melbourne. In addition, our other donors/sponsors Florida Air Tours, Jim Underwood, Karen Arbuckle, Dixie Sansom, Bev Merrilees, and Cheryl Bennett. A special thanks to our 50/50 winner Jerry Sansom who generously donated the $1275 back to the foundation. The event exceeded our expectations due to the generosity of our 175 plus lighthouse keepers that participated in the celebration.

The lighthouse property is looking great. Ric Garwood and Steve Moore have done a tremendous job keeping up with Keepers Cottage routine maintenance from painting shutters, changing automated light switches and working with Space Force to get the Aural Warning System installed. The new signage that was provided by a Florida Lighthouse Association Grant has been installed throughout the grounds and tells our lighthouse story as you walk the property. We are appreciative of the Coast Guard volunteers that provided the strong backs for the installation of the signs. I encourage our members to take advantage of the members tours to visit and see the changes.

Looking to the future our goals are to begin Brevard County Schools field trips again and have a Lighthouse Run. Lisa Wilson and Kate Chase have agreed to lead our Education Committee and will be working to reinvigorate our 4th grade program. The Lighthouse Run will be in the spring or early summer, stay tuned.

As always, a final thought I want to say thank you to our members, the brick owners, and our sponsors who provide the funding to keep the light shining. I hope each and everyone of you take advantage of the opportunities to visit the lighthouse and museum which continues to evolve and exist due to your generosity. If you are not a member please join and if you are please renew. All of you are key to the mission “to preserve, protect, promote and interpret the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and its historical significance” to others.

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

Let’s keep the light shining bright. Have fun and be safe.

Larry

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

Get Involved

Our donors, members and volunteers play a vital role in making the lighthouse available to everyone