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.  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 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

The lighthouse was hopping on Saturday, December 10th for the inaugural Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler.  Over 2,000 participants enjoyed beautiful weather for their run, ending at the lighthouse where they were able to tour the museum and lighthouse.  Next year’s run has already been set for Saturday, December 9th, so mark your calendars!

We had a great time on Saturday, December 3rd with our 4rd quarterly Members and Brick Holders free tour.  The December tour is special since it visits the lighthouse in the late afternoon/early evening, so you’ll get to see the beacon working, as well as the holiday lights!  Hopefully you can join us next year.  Our 1st quarterly tour of 2023 will be in March.  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

MOB Holiday Tour of Historic Homes

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the lighthouse as part of the Museums of Brevard’s 3rd Annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes.  We look forward to seeing more of you next year for this unique holiday opportunity!

 

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!

Message from Our Foundation President

Hello, my name is Ron Ecker and I have the HONOR of being your next Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation President. I grew up in Maryland and joined the Navy in 1963. During the next 24 years I served on four submarines in various locations, the longest being Hawaii for nine and a half years. I completed my service here at Cape Canaveral, retiring in 1987 from the Naval Ordnance Test Unit as Command Master Chief. I have been married to Chris for fifty-five years. We are proud parents of three children who, with their spouses, have blessed us with fifteen grandchildren.

My love for Lighthouses started around 1985 when we visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse for the first time. Over the next couple of decades, we visited Ponce Inlet and Jupiter, as well as St. Augustine. In 2007 we visited Cedar Key for their Seafood Fest, not knowing they had a lighthouse. As it happened, it was one of the very few weekends the lighthouse was open to the public, and by visiting it we inadvertently became members of the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA). In 2011, I became the Meetings Chair for FLA and over the next nine years, planned all the FLA membership meetings throughout Florida and even one trip to Alabama. Because of Lighthouses, we visited and saw so much of Florida just by exploring the communities, beaches, and parks that are near them. Wherever we are in Florida, we are never more than a few hours at most from visiting a lighthouse

Chris and I joined the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation in 2009 by attending a Lobster Fest and I became a docent in 2010. The main reason I became a docent was because every Air Force tour that I signed up for ended up being cancelled, so becoming a docent was the only way I could visit the lighthouse. In 2013 I was asked by Bob Merrilees, the President at that time, to join the CCLF Board as the FLA Liaison, which I continue to do. I have also served as Governance Committee Chair and 1st Vice-President. Chris and I still volunteer as docents at the Lighthouse when we can and will continue to do so as long as we have the time.

During my two-year term, I want to secure the funding and start construction on the next two cottages. I am going to work to improve accessibility to the Lighthouse and increase the number of tours, especially the school tours. I cannot do this alone; I not only need your support but also your ideas on how to accomplish these and other CCLF goals.

Wishing everyone a safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year!

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

Thank you for your help in keeping our light shining.

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

Get Involved

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


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