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.

Latest News

Face masks are now required when touring inside the lighthouse and museum, regardless of vaccination status.

321 Liftoff Podcast came to the Museum on September 10th to interview Foundation board members Chris and Ron Ecker, as well as our tour provider, Shelley Parker from Canaveral Tours.  Everyone had a great time!  Click here to watch the podcast.

We had a great time at our quarterly member and brick holder caravan tour to the lighthouse on Saturday, September 18th.  If you’re not a member or brick holder, please considering becoming a member or buying a brick before our next quarterly tour, so you can take advantage of this special event.

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 housed next door in Hangar C!    Click here to book your tour.

Mark your calendars and buy tickets for the “Save Our History” fundraising event at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne on Saturday October 23rd from 6-8:30pm.  You can purchase tickets on eventbrite.com or email cclighthousefoundation@gmail.com.  Admission is $100 and gives you the opportunity to celebrate and support our 153 year-old lighthouse, while enjoying 300+ American muscle cars, not open to the public.  Click here for more details.

If you haven’t heard it already, check out our podcast for the US Lighthouse Society.  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.  You can listen to it here.

Upcoming Events

News from the MOB

(Museums of Brevard)

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.

Look below for some upcoming events / news from our fellow MOBsters:

October 9th, 2021 3PM-7PM  —  Field Manor is hosting its 6th Annual Oyster & Fish Fry Fundraiser! This event is a long running tradition in the Field Family. With the Field family hosting their very own Oyster & Fish Fry gatherings in the 1890s on this same piece of property. Read more.

October 9th, 2021 2PM — The Pritchard House will have Afternoon Tea and a tour.  They will also showcase their Homespun Show the entire month of October with displays of handmade items and collections.  Read More

Message from Our Foundation President

I hope our members have been doing well as the challenges of the pandemic continue. It has been a busy month at the lighthouse as we continue to navigate the COVID Delta variant. The Space Force and Foundation hosted our annual Descendant’s Day visit to the Space Force Station and Annual Lighthouse Day.

The descendants were very appreciative of the opportunity to pay respects at the grave-sites, visit the lighthouse, and Space Force Hangar C Museum. We had 64 attendees that ranged in age from 98 to 3. The families represented 4 lighthouse keepers, and 4 generations. Colonel Edward Marshall welcomed the descendants on behalf of General Purdy, and provided an update on the Space Force’s mission and upcoming launches. I personally enjoyed the opportunity to speak with several families who shared the personal experiences of relatives who had lived on this historical property.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation is celebrating our 153 year history with a fund raising event Save Our History at the American Muscle Car Museum (AMCM) on October 23rd from 6-8:30pm. This collection of over 500 cars ranging from classic 1950’s to today, including rare collectibles, is not open to the public. The museum is Mark Pieloch’s personal collection which he has graciously made available to the foundation for our 153rd Anniversary. In addition we will have food, drink, raffles and a live auction. Please purchase your tickets on eventbrite.com, email cclighthousefoundation@gmail.com or go to https://canaverallight.org. We are very appreciative of our lighthouse community, and look forward to seeing you at the AMCM.

We are pleased to announce two new board members: Retired General Ed Wilson and his wife Lisa. Ed and Lisa have be been long time supporters of the lighthouse from when he was the 45th Space Wing commander in 2010. They were instrumental in establishing our buy a brick program which has been a mainstay for sustaining our mission. General Wilson presided over the Space Wing during a very unique time in our history, the fly-out of the space shuttle and the transition to commercial space. Under his leadership, the 45th Space Wing developed the processes and procedures that have made it practical for commercial customers such as Space X to launch from the Eastern Range.

As 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 takes advantage of the opportunity 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