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.

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Tours are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic but we plan to reopen as of Tuesday, October 13th.  Canaveral Tours will resume their regular schedule, but the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Rise to Space Tour will remained closed until further notice.

We will be doing everything we can to create a safe environment, including frequent sanitizing and enforcing social distancing guidelines.  Face masks will be required to be worn by all staff, volunteers and visitors, over the age of 2.

So make plans now to come visit us in October!

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

From the President

With the advent of the Space Age and the incredible advances in technology that have accompanied these past few years, it is most difficult to imagine the painstaking labor and meticulous attention to time, weather and survival required of the men and women living “the dream” at the lighthouse in 1868. The life of the lightkeeper was demanding in every way. I imagine some smoky residue after a night of burning kerosene in a lantern with a wick that needed to be trimmed so as not to emit the smoke, allowing it to burn brightly behind the 1st Order Fresnel lens that projected its beam far out to sea. The next morning would be met by wiping the crystals and polishing the brass.

Perhaps the above image is not historically accurate, but it conjures up the idea of hard work and getting ready for what comes next; and that is not fantasy. Hence, “polishing the brass” is what we are about as we celebrate the conclusion of the museum development phase and move into its management routine. New tours, a new gift shop, new regular operating hours, new artifacts and displays — all with the goal of enhancing the visitor’s experience at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse complex


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


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

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