Learn the history of Port Canaveral. From the pier, head over to the Air Force Space & Missile History Center to learn about where the spirit of space exploration began. The History Center features exhibits highlighting every launch complex on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Next, stop at The Canaveral locks, built in 1965. This is the largest navigation lock in Florida that connects Port Canaveral with the Banana River. For the past 30 years, this lock has been used after every shuttle launch to transport the shuttle booster rockets, which fell into the ocean after liftoff, back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Lock is a magnet for fish and birds and on any given day you will see: Brown Pelican, White Ibis, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, and Wood Stork. Manatees and dolphins may often be spotted. Your last stop will be a visit to a fish house and working dock, where thousands of pounds of seafood are caught each year. Here, is where one of Florida’s most known species got its start; the Rock shrimp. Finally, you’ll end your tour with a taste and sampling of Canaveral Shrimp.
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Note: Wear comfortable shoes. A light sweater or jacket is recommended.