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 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

National Lighthouse Day was Sunday, August 7th.  We will be celebrating during International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on Saturday August 20th and Sunday August 21st by again hosting the KSC Amateur Radio Club as they try to reach out to other lighthouses around the world and respond to people reaching out to ours.  Last year was their most successful event ever, with over 720 contacts.  They will be broadcasting and receiving from inside the museum all day on Saturday and Sunday.  We’re running an extra Lighthouse and Hangar C only set of tours on Saturday morning.  For $25 you can tour the lighthouse, museum (and watch the Radio Club in action), and see the restored missiles inside Hangar C.  Book Now to ensure your spot (must be booked at least 2 days prior, provided seats are available).

Merritt Island Now magazine published a wonderful follow-up article on our recent Lighthouse Keeper Grave Marker Program.  Click here to read it.

We held our annual Volunteer and Member Appreciation Picnic at the Lighthouse on Saturday June 25th.  Everyone had a great time and it gave us an opportunity to thank everyone who makes it possible for the lighthouse to be open to the public.  If you’d like to become part of this wonderful group of volunteers, please submit your application and someone will be in touch.  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.

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

 

A BEACON OF BREVARD HISTORY Fundraising Event

The Cape Canaveral lighthouse has turned 154 years old, and we want to celebrate it with you at the American Muscle Car Museum on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:30.  The AMCM is a 123,000 Square foot complex at 3500 Sarno Rd. in Melbourne that houses over 300 American muscle cars ranging from classic 1950s to modern, including rare cars.  The complex is very unique and not open to the public so get your tickets soon through Eventbrite.com or email cclighthousefoundation@gmail.com.  Enjoy Food, Beer and Wine, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction.  Tickets are $100.  Come join us to celebrate and support Brevard County’s only lighthouse!

 

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

We are now well into summer with July 4th just around the corner where we as a nation will celebrate the birth of our great country. At the lighthouse we held our 5K/10K Race, which was a good start to what we hope will be an annual event. We recognized deceased lighthouse keepers by placing grave markers on their graves. We also held a volunteer appreciation day.

We are also planning for another fundraising event at the American Muscle Car Museum, owned by Mark Pieloch, in November. Stay tuned for more information.

Our inaugural 5K/10K Race was held on May 1st with a total of 240 runners. Race Day was a busy morning with parking starting at 4:30 am, and participants boarding buses at 5:00 am to head for the lighthouse. We had 35 volunteers that supported the race providing water stations, starting line support, bus escorts, and providing access to the Museum and Lighthouse. The revenue for the event was $14,000 with a profit $4000. We had 240 runners on the day of the event and 290 paid participants. The race was truly a team effort. Once again, I want to say thank you to Shane Smith who worked all the details with the Space Force, Todd McDowell who worked both the parking and buses, Mary Anne Moore who coordinated the volunteers, the Space Force especially security, the Cape Canaveral Port Authority and Jacob Davis of Southern timing. We look forward to next year where we will capitalize on this year’s experience and continue to grow the race into a premier event.

On May 14th the Foundation held a very memorable ceremony placing grave markers on 6 lighthouse keepers graves at 3 cemeteries Georgiana, Merritt Island; City of Cocoa and Evergreen both in Cocoa. The ceremony was orchestrated by Barbara Moser who did detailed research for each lighthouse keeper. A special thank you to the Coast Guard for providing a color guard and taps for the ceremony.

Our annual volunteer appreciation day was a huge success with approximately 100 people in attendance. The weather cooperated and it was a very relaxing afternoon. The foundation would not exist without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers that provide the services to share the lighthouse. Thanks, too, to the members and board members who attended to show their appreciation for our volunteers.

As always, I want to say thank you to our members, to 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.

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

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