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:

After rolling the SLS and Orion back to the Vehicle Assembly Building due to Hurricane Ian, November 16 is the next targeted launch date for the Artemis I mission. 

What does this mean? 

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.

The first two attempts were scrubbed, and while this is disappointing, it is also to be expected. The SLS rocket is a complicated system and the purpose of Artemis I is purely a test flight. Things were looking positive for the September 27 attempt, until the weather.

November 16 is the next targeted launch date.

If you’re not sure what the big deal is with the Artemis launch, check out Six Reasons to Be Excited About the Artemis Program, from our pals at TampaBayParenting.com.

Keep an eye out for viewing packages from Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex for viewing packages for Artemis I and other rocket launches.

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
  • Cocoa Beach Pier + Restaurants
  • Exploration Tower
  • Space View Park: 8 Broad Street, Titusville (parking nearby)
  • Kennedy Point Park: 4915 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Alan Shepard Park: East end of SR 520, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • 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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