Corbitt's National Parks
     Canaveral
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1975: National Seashore

Size: 57,662 acres

2008 visitors: 994,453

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

This Site boasts the longest stretch of preserved coastline on the east coast of Florida. Apart from its obvious recreational appeal, the 24 miles of seashore is situated on a barrier island that protects 57,662 acres of undeveloped beach and wetlands. The Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the east shore, while the milder Mosquito Lagoon waves lap at the west side. A variety of ecological systems can be found here, including ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats.

What You're Going to See

Beachcombing, bird, and wildlife watching are among the many popular activities at Canaveral. Indeed, the park is a sanctuary to 1,000 species of plants and 300 species of birds, including 14 threatened or endangered species. Some of these endangered species include loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles, West Indian Manatee, Southern bald eagle, wood stork, peregrine falcon, eastern indigo snake, and Florida scrub jay.

Other activities for visitors include boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding (in season), surfing, swimming, and visiting Eldora State House, Turtle Mound, and Seminole Rest Trail historical sites. There's a Junior Ranger program with three levels of activity -- for the frequent visitor, the one-time visitor, or the visitor who never gets to visit at all.

An interesting note (to me, anyway) is that the Kennedy Space Center borders the Seashore on the south. This is where the space shuttle is launched, so expect restrictions near launch dates.

Personal Observations

Like my wife even wants to visit Florida. Yeesh.

Getting There

North District: From Orlando, take I-4 north to exit 118 and Highway 44. Take that road east about ten miles to New Smyrna Beach and Route A1A. Follow that road south for about 9 miles to the information center.

South District: From Orlando, take Highway 50 east to Titusville. Take I-95 north about a mile to exit 220. Take Route 406-402 into Titusville, and follow Titusville Road across the causeway to the Seashore.

Nearby Attractions

About 60 miles to the north is Matanzas National Monument. Fifteen miles further north is Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.