Canaveral National Seashore - Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, Florida - 24 mile beach, swimming, birding, fishing, wildlife - National Park Service.
TURTLE WATCH RESERVATIONS BEGIN ON May 15th
FOR PROGRAMS SET IN SUMMER 2021
Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Announce the Availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the
Proposed Space Coast Trail
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TURTLE WATCH RESERVATIONS
Starting Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m., staff at Canaveral National Seashore will begin taking telephone reservations for this year’s summer Turtle Watch programs. The number to call is (386) 428-3384 ext. 223 on the first day for reservations. Starting the 16th use extension 0 (zero).
The programs are open to all persons eight years of age and older. Programs are limited to fifteen (15) persons per night with a maximum of six (6) persons per reservation call. The fee for this program is $14.00 per person ages 16 and above, 15 and under are free. Persons with Access or a Senior Pass receive a 50% discount for the cardholder only. Children must be 8 years old to participate.
While visitors are not guaranteed a view of a nesting sea turtle, the 2019 success rate exceeded 90%. Fees will not be refunded if a sea turtle is not found; however unfavorable weather conditions may be cause for a refund of fees if the program is canceled. During June, programs are scheduled on most Friday and Saturday nights.
The programs for 2021 will be provided in the Playalinda District of Canaveral National Seashore, located near Titusville, programs will run from 9:00 p.m. until Midnight. Please have several dates (June 4,5,11,12,18,19,25 & 26) in mind when you call, and we ask that you keep your calls brief. Further information and instruction will be sent to you within two (2) weeks of your phone call. Turtle Watch programs give park visitors a unique opportunity to learn about sea turtles and the role that the National Park Service plays in their conservation.
PURCHASING PARK PASSES
Park passes may be purchased at our entrance stations. Apollo Beach entrance station is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Playalinda Beach entrance station is located near Titusville, Florida (Latitude: 28.645167, Longitude: -80.68325). Please call the Apollo Beach visitor center for directions (386) 428-3384 ext. 0. Passes are not available at Park Headquarters.
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ROCKET LAUNCH VIEWING
Canaveral National Seashore plans to remain open for launches occurring on Kennedy Space Center that are within the normal operating hours of the seashore. These hours are 6:00 am to 6:00 pm EST or 6:00 am to 8:00 pm DST. Depending on the launch location within the center, you may experience changes in traffic and parking patterns. The seashore will close to incoming visitors at such time as parking areas are full. The seashore plans to manage these launches under a modified Incident Command System Plan. NASA has the authority to close parts of Canaveral National Seashore for space center operations. Every attempt will be made to keep the visiting public apprised of these exciting events, while providing for visitor and staff safety.
Canaveral National Seashore Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today Canaveral National Seashore will modify its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience.
Effective January 1, 2019 the entrance fees to the park will be $15 per vehicle or $10 per motorcycle and $5 per pedestrian/bicycle for a 7 day visit. An annual park pass will remain $40. All of the money received from entrance fees remains with the National Park Service with at least 80 percent of the revenue going to Canaveral National Seashore.
The National Park Service...
... protects 10 National Seashores in the United States. Canaveral National Seashore is a step into the past, protection for the present, and a doorway into the future. The 100 Timucuan Mounds that are within our boundaries are evidence of past generations of people that lived here. Canaveral National Seashore covers 57,000 acres and is the longest stretch (24 miles) of undeveloped beach on Florida's east coast. Fourteen endangered species make their home within Canaveral's boundaries.
Kennedy Space Center...
... owns the land that is managed by the National Park Service and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Joint efforts of three agencies is protecting it from development and preserving the history, the wildlife and the diverse habitats. This nation's desire for a future space program in 1955, protected this area from development and preserved the history, the wildlife, the diverse habitats.
Our Seashore... ... offers undeveloped beaches with limited services. There are no designated picnic areas, food services, beach showers. Life guards are on duty May 30th through September 1st and limited horseback riding is available in the north district (12/22/15 - update). Short, self-guiding trails and beach and island camping are available in the north district.
WHAT WE OFFER
Twenty-four miles of undeveloped beach is available at Apollo Beach in the North District of the park near New Smyrna Beach and Playalinda Beach at the South District. Boardwalks from the parking areas offer access to the beach protecting the fragile sand dunes from foot traffic.
Life guards are stationed at each district of the park at Parking Area 1 on Apollo Beach and at Parking Area 2 on Playalinda Beach. Life guards are on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May 30 through September 1. There is no water available, no showers, or public telephones.
OCEAN SAFETY TIPS
For your protection be aware of safety concerns when visiting the ocean. Rip currents, lightning, and Portuguese man-of-war can be hazardous.
Rip currents that flow seaward from the beach can be deadly. On sandy beach, sandbars often develop a short distance from shore (10-100 yards). Ocean water washes across the bar, gathers in the trough, and rushes back out through the breaks in the sand bar, thus creating a rip current. Rip currents can be very strong. Unwary bathers are sometimes caught in rip currents and carried deeper into the ocean. Learn how to identify rips. Know the conditions that produce them. To escape a rip, swim across the current not directly back into it. Once free of the rip, swim back to shore. Most important of all, remain calm. Panic in rip currents causes death.
WATCH THE WEATHER
Central Florida is the lightning capital of the world. If you observe lightning while on the beach seek shelter in your car until the storm passes by.
The Portuguese man-of-war is a floating drifting jellyfish that trails long "feeding" tentacles designed to sting and stun prey. The living cells in these tentacles can severely sting beach users. The Portuguese man-of-war looks like a purple balloon to children. Sometimes they will try to touch it or pick it up. If you see a man-of-war floating in the water, remember the tentacles can stretch up to 50 feet. Keep your distance. Even when washed up on the beach and apparently dead contact with the man-of-war can cause severe reactions. If stung, quickly and carefully remove any tentacle parts that may remain on the skin. A mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water or meat tenderizer is useful to bring to the beach or you may contact a park ranger for assistance. Some people may have severe reactions.
Canaveral National Seashore serves as an important nesting area for sea turtles. During the months of May through August, giant sea turtles lumber ashore to nest on the beach. Three species are know to nest within the park; the loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtle. Loggerheads lay 3,000 - 4,000 nests per year. Up to three hundred greens and only a few leatherbacks deposit their eggs within the park boundaries each nesting season.
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BEACH & ISLAND CAMPING
Limited backcountry camping in the Seashore is permitted on the beach November 1 through April 30 and on designated islands all year around. A backcountry camping permit is required; call: (386) 428-3384. Click for more information.
Horse use is restricted to Apollo Beach (north). There is no horse use at Playalinda Beach (south). INFORMATION -- UPDATE
TRAILS AT THE SEASHORE
Walking trails to prehistoric and historic destinations, some with interpretive signs. One leads to the Eldora State House. The Canoe Trail is located around the mangrove islands. Click for more information.
William Bartram Trail
In 1776/77 William Bartram's travels took him through Florida and what is now Canaveral National Seashore. America's first native born naturalist made many drawings of native flora and fauna.
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For more information, visit the website of
the Bartram Trail Conference.
Canaveral National Seashore hosts 1,500,000 visitors a year. We offer 24 miles of secluded beach and 57,000 acres of relatively undisturbed wilderness. This seclusion offers the opportunity for visitors to enjoy a walk along a pristine beach and enjoy nature at it's best.
In secluded areas there are some concerns. While visiting Canaveral National Seashore you must remember the following:
- Don't bring valuables to the beach. If possible leave everything locked securely in a motel or hotel safe or leave them at home. If you must bring them with you secure them out of sight.
- The weather can be unpredictable. Please leave the beach immediately if you see lightning. Florida is the lightning capital of the world.
- We have no running water except at the Information Center near New Smyrna Beach. Bring plenty of water to drink.
- There are no showers at Canaveral National Seashore. Our beach facilities have self-contained chemical toilets. If you wish to wash you hands or rinse the sand off your body after a day on the beach, each person in your party should bring a gallon or two of water.
- Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and from biting insects with insect repellant.
- Racoons can be bothersome. Do not feed them. Keep all food locked in your car until you are ready to eat it. Visitors have lost purses and there contents simply because there was food inside. Raccoons have been known to drag purses into the dunes, where they are permanently lost.
- Alligators are dangerous. Do not feed or throw rocks at them. They are protected. They may seem docile as they bask in the sun but they can move quickly and will if harassed or fed.
- Many visitors have lost car keys in the ocean. Please secure your keys and other personal items in a safe place.
- There are no concessions at the Seashore. As in wilderness areas, bring everything you need with you and leave only your foot prints behind.
13 Things You Can't Do in US National Parks
The US National Park system gives visitors access to an immense variety of natural, historical and cultural treasures. Whether you enjoy backpacking in the wilderness, viewing natural wonders or exploring the history of the US, you can find a great National Park to visit.
As you plan your trip to a US National Park, keep in mind that, in addition to each park's specific rules, there are policies that apply to every park in the system. Some are obvious, but others are a bit more unusual. Here are some things you cannot do in any US National Park.
From the November 1, 2018 Friends of Canaveral Newsletter
- Fly an Unmanned Aircraft (Drone)
- Collect Rocks, Plants, Fossils or Antlers
- Pan for Gold
- Gather Wood, Nuts, Berries or Fruit
- Feed Wild Animals
- Climb, Walk on or Deface Structures, Rock Formations, or Cultural Artifacts
- Throw Rocks
- Use a Metal Detector
- Enter Caves Without Permission
- Release Helium Balloons
- Build Fires Outside of Designated Areas
- Smoke Marijuana
- Stay in a Park During a Government Shutdown
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