Welcome to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has stood on the Cape for over 155 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!

PLEASE NOTE: Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents (green card) are allowed on the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at this time.

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The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation is supported by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners and the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

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To visit through the Brevard Schools MOB Passport Program, please see the calendar of tours or the ECAC program description below.

There are less than 5 tickets left available for our 2nd Annual Christmas in July Drawing and Party this Thursday, 18 July.  See below for details on how you can get yours and a chance to win $5,000!

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day with a FREE tour of the 1868 Cape Canaveral Lighthouse – Wednesday Aug 7, 2024 from 9:30-11:30!  Visit not just Brevard’s only lighthouse but restored missiles and rockets of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Museum.  See the past, present and future as you drive through the World’s Premier Gateway to Space. Special discounts on select gift shop items, and 10% off on commemorative bricks and membership.  The lighthouse can only be accessed through a tour.  Reservations are required at least 7 days prior, and space is limited.  Must be a US Citizen.  Email 2024.national.lighthouse.tour@gmail.com to make your reservation now.

Celebrate International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend with a FREE tour of the 1868 Cape Canaveral Lighthouse – Saturday Aug 17, 2024 from 9:30-11:30!  Visit not just Brevard’s only lighthouse but restored missiles and rockets of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Museum.  Listen to the Kennedy Space Center Amateur Radio Club as they communicate with lighthouses and radio operators from around the world.  See the past, present and future as you drive through the World’s Premier Gateway to Space. The lighthouse can only be accessed through a tour.  Reservations are required at least 7 days prior, and space is limited.  Must be a US Citizen.  Email 2024.international.lighthouse.day@gmail.com to make your reservation now.

The 2nd Annual Christmas in July Raffle Drawing & Party will be held again at Rising Tide Tap and Table in Port Canaveral on Thursday, July 18th, 2024 from 5 to 7pm. First Prize is $5000 and you do not need to be present to win. Second Prize is $1000, and you MUST be present to win. Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold, and each raffle ticket admits two persons to the Drawing Party. Free drinks, food, door prizes and a live auction for Special Tours to the Top will all be included. Also, if you are not a member, a one-year membership will be included which will entitle you to participate in the Membership Caravan to the Lighthouse—decorated for the Holidays—in December. Raffle tickets are available for a $100 donation and can be purchased from a board member or by sending an email to info@canaverallight.org to coordinate the sale. You will be contacted on how to get your physical ticket, required to enter the drawing and for admission to the party.

Check out this Hometown News article on volunteering at the lighthouse from one of our own docents, Kerri McMullen.  If you would like to volunteer and help us share the lighthouse history and experience, please complete the Volunteer Form on our Get Involved page.

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Come visit our beautiful lighthouse diorama made by George Holmes and Rebecca Horner in its new home at the Sands Space History Center just outside the south gate of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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.

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.

Members and Brick Holders are eligible to take a quarterly tour of the lighthouse and Hangar C.  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.

See our Visit Page to book your tours.

Upcoming Events

ECAC PROGRAM FOR BREVARD STUDENTS

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is partnering with the Cape Canaveral Space Force Museum and the Sands Space History Center as proud members of the ECAC education program – Education & Citizenship Armed Forces Coalition of the Space Coast.  Students from any public, private, charter or home school may come out to visit all three venues together.  The Sands Space History Center is accessible outside the gate to the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, but the Lighthouse and Space Force Museum require reservations and special clearance to visit, though both are included in a single tour. 

Free 3-hour caravan tours are available in June and July on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 9:30, and from August through May on the 2nd Saturday of the month. There will be no tours in December.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR for the free caravan tour. Please email lighthousetours@canaverallight.org with Subject: “Brevard School Tours”.  Paid tours at other times may be booked on our Visit page.  Discounts may be available.  The Sands Space History Center is free and available Tuesday thru Friday 9-2, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4, Monday Closed.   The Lighthouse, the Space Force Museum and the Sands Space History Center are unable to offer service hours.

Please come visit all of us!

The Museums of Brevard (MOB) is a 501(C)3 nonprofit association of 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!

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Message from Our Foundation President

Now that we are in the long, hot, lazy days of summer, what is your Board of Directors doing? We are getting ready for our big fundraiser, Christmas in July, on July 18, 2024, at the Rising Tide Tap & Table in Port Canaveral from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Only 250 tickets are available for a requested donation of $100. The ticket not only gets you and a guest into the event but also a chance to win the $5,000 first prize or the $1,000 second prize. You do not need to be present for the first prize, but you need to be present for the second prize. Tickets are available and you can contact any CCLF Board member to get your tickets. Or call CCLF at 321-351-5052 or contact me at 321-591-9844.

In the March Beacon, I mentioned that a Return-on-Investment study was being done so CCLF could qualify for a TDC Capital Facilities Grant from Brevard County. CCLF received the report on June 12, 2024, and there were some interesting findings. Out-of-county visitors to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse spent$3,001,500 on Florida’s Space Coast on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and other items in the last 12 months. Out-of-county visitors to the Lighthouse generated a total economic impact of $4,652,400 in Florida’s Space Coast last year. Taxes paid on accommodations used by out of county visitors to the Light-house brought in $55,100 in Tourist Development Tax in the past 12 months. The above figures are based on 9,500 out-of-county visitors to the Lighthouse last year. The report stated that the Lighthouse generated 9,050 room nights last year with a projected increase to 9,500 in 2024 and this is without the two new cottages.

With the two new cottages it was projected that out-of-county visitors to the Lighthouse would stay an additional 1,460 nights. It was estimated that they will spend an additional $650,100 on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and other items per year, this would generate an additional $45,507 in taxes each year

Senator Debbie Mayfield sponsored a Florida Senate bill for Cape Canaveral Light Station Reconstruction – phase 2 for $650,000. CCLF was notified by Senator Mayfield’s office, in January that it was part of the approved budget that passed the Florida House and Senate. However, we learned on Wednesday June 12, 2024 that the appropriation was vetoed by the Governor along with all of the other Cultural grants / appropriations. So now the CCLF grant committee is working on a Capital Facilities Grant from the Brevard County Tourism Development Office. We will persevere until we get the cottages built, and long thereafter.

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

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

Ron

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

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

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