Artemis 1: Where to Watch Rocket Launches on the Space Coast

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It is such an exciting time in Central Florida! The Space Coast is booming with multiple rocket launches every month. And now a history-making event is taking place with the Artemis program. We’re returning to the moon! The Artemis missions are three separate missions, each one bringing us closer to the moon. Up first is Artemis 1.

Artemis 1 target launch dates:

Aug. 29 at 8:33am EDT with a 120-minute window
Sept. 2 at 12:48pm EDT with a 120-minute window
Sept. 5 at 5:12pm EDT with a 90-minute window

What does this mean? 

These target launch dates are not three separate launches, but rather the three separate possible dates and times at which the Artemis I will launch for the first time – hopefully. As you can imagine, returning to the moon for the first time in decades is no small task. And flying a new type of rocket for the first time adds to the variables. So these dates are when NASA is aiming to hopefully launch Artemis I.

Artemis 1 viewing packages

There are currently three packages that start from $99 up to $250 for the best seats for Artemis 1. Many of these packages are expected to sell out quickly.

FEEL THE HEAT PACKAGE

WHERE: Apollo/Saturn V Center Lawn
DISTANCE: Approximately 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers from the launch pad
PRICE: $250 plus tax, available online only

This package includes:

  • 2-day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Bus transportation through NASA’s gates to the Apollo/Saturn V Center
  • Real-time launch commentary from a space expert
  • Complimentary meal
  • Complimentary premium souvenir
  • A commemorative launch card, badge, and lanyard
  • Digital photo of your party from AstroPhotos

FEEL THE FUN PACKAGE

WHERE: Atlantis North Lawn
DISTANCE: Approximately 8 miles/12.9 kilometers from the launch pad
PRICE: $149 plus tax, available online only

This package includes:

  • 2-day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Entertaining activities for the entire family
  • Real-time launch video and audio feed, with live commentary from a space-expert
  • Complimentary meal
  • Complimentary souvenir, a commemorative launch card, badge, and lanyard
  • Digital photo of your party from AstroPhotos

MAIN VISITOR COMPLEX VIEWING PACKAGE

WHERE: Atlantis South Lot, Rocket Garden, or Parking Lot 3
DISTANCE: Approximately 8 miles/12.9 kilometers from the launch pad
PRICE: $99 plus tax, available online only

This package includes:

  • 2-day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Commemorative launch lithograph

IMPORTANT: 100,000 people are estimated to line the Space Coast later this month to watch the launch. This will be the first uncrewed launch around the moon. You can get more information and buy tickets on the Kennedy Space Center website.

Woman standing with her back to the camera and the Atlantis Space Shuttle facade in front of her at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
Enjoying Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex – Dani Meyering

Other Rocket Launch Viewing Locations

If the massive Artemis 1 crowds and tremendous traffic don’t appeal to you, then consider heading to the Space Coast for a regular rocket launch. There are usually multiple rocket launches every month.

For the next rocket launch, impress your date by heading to one of these top viewing spots.

  • Jetty Park Campground and Jetty Park
  • Playalinda Beach
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • The Space Bar
  • Cocoa Beach Pier + Restaurants
  • Exploration Tower
  • Space View Park
  • Indian River Lagoon / Mosquito Lagoon

Our sister site, OrlandoDateNightGuide.com has all the details for each of these rocket launch view locations.

Skyrockets in Flight and Space Shuttle Cocktails at The Space Bar Titusville
Skyrockets in Flight and Space Shuttle Cocktails at The Space Bar Titusville – Dani Meyering

Discover a super cool rooftop bar that is space-themed with great cocktails and food, and a dedicated rocket launch viewing location.

READ: Where to Watch a Rocket Launch Like a Space Coast Local

Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch Viewing

There’s nothing quite like being at the Kennedy Space Center on launch day. Our parent publication, TampaBayParenting.com walks you through what it is like to watch a rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center itself.

Depending on the launch, you can upgrade your visit to get even closer to the launch pad with a reserved spot at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, but this prime viewing experience requires a lot of pre-planning since reserved bleacher seating often sells out.

You can also try to book free bus transport to view from the Apollo/Saturn V Center lawn. You’ll not only need to arrive early, but be quick to book your timed bus reservation. You can only book the bus the day of launch and only when on property, so make sure to have the location services enabled on your phone so the Kennedy Space Center app or website knows you’re there.

READ: See a Rocket Launch from Kennedy Space Center


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