Tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Lighthouse
Most people interested in space travel will want to spend a day at the Kennedy Space Center during their stay on Florida’s Space Coast. However, there is another way to take a tour and learn more about American space history. The 45th Space Wing of the Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) conducts free public tours by bus around the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Air Force Space and Missile Museum, several launch pads and the historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. The only catch is that these three-hour guided tours are very popular, so you need to book at least 60 days ahead of your planned visit.
What to Expect on the Tour
Tours start at the History Center on Complex 26, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Guests are asked to be present at 8.30 a.m. to check in and run through a final security check. Your tour guides will be two civilian employees from the 45th Space Wing, which is responsible for delivered assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation. It’s an amazing chance to be able to see “behind the scenes” of these operations with these dedicated professionals, who provide an informative commentary and are always happy to answer your questions. At each stop on the tour there are opportunities to explore and take photographs, so definitely bring a camera to record your historic visit
The History Center is part of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum and has exhibits about the different launch pads and complexes onsite. After a short talk, the tour progresses to the main part of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum. Here you will see many fascinating displays of ……………..
If this has re-kindled [pun intended!] the space kid in you then you may like to read the rest of the chapter along with the 14 other exciting places to visit whilst at Cocoa Beach. All of which can be found in my book “Days Out Around Cocoa Beach“. Enjoy!