VIDEO TOUR: Port Canaveral Welcome Center

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centerpiece of redevelopment of The Cove

ABOVE VIDEO: To honor the past and celebrate the Space Coast’s continuing achievements, the Port Canaveral Welcome Center has been built seven stories above a lakefront Port site, highly visible for miles around.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A strategic location in history, Port Canaveral’s ocean gateway has been at the epicenter of Spanish exploration in the New World, Revolutionary battles, the burgeoning of Florida’s cruise and tourist industries, mankind’s space exploration…and more.

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A strategic location in history, Port Canaveral’s ocean gateway has been at the epicenter of Spanish exploration in the New World, Revolutionary battles, the burgeoning of Florida’s cruise and tourist industries, mankind’s space exploration…and more. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

To honor the past and celebrate the Space Coast’s continuing achievements, the Port Canaveral Welcome Center has been built seven stories above a lakefront Port site, highly visible for miles around.

This Exploration Tower is the centerpiece of an extensive redevelopment of The Cove harborside dining and retail area, as well as a community hub, repository of local history, visitor magnet and gateway to the region’s attractions.

The $23 million, seven-story facility features an observation deck, exhibits, event space for lease, auditorium, gift shop and café.

The iconic 22,000 square foot structure is  a magnet for visitors to Brevard County, Florida and conveys the rich maritime history of Port Canaveral, as well as reflect the stories of the region, including military battles, space, and beach culture.

EXPLORATION TOWER FACTS & STATS

• Hours of Operation: Opens at 9 a.m., with closing varying between 5 and 8 p.m.
• $23 million structure with 7-stories and 23,000 square feet
• Indoor and outdoor observation decks with panoramic views
• Gift shop and cafe
• 80-seat auditorium with short film featuring Port and area history
• Virtual ship’s bridge allows visitors to pilot boat through the Canaveral Channel
• Displays/exhibits on natural history, eco-tourism, sports, space and maritime history
• Admission Fees: $6.50 for adults; $3.50 for children; discounts for Brevard residents, seniors, and military personnel with proper ID
• Event space is available. For leasing rates, contact Tara Ruch at 321-783-7831

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bobby Freeman has been an artist, writer and photographer/videographer his entire life – and is a frequent contributor to SpaceCoastDaily.com. He graduated from Merritt Island High School in 1990 and Brevard Community College in 1993.  He then received his Bachelor’s Degree from the prestigious Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida in 1997. 

Along with Jennifer McCoy, Bobby and Nikki McCoy Freeman, above, are family partners in RE/MAX Elite's McCoy-Freeman Group. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Along with Jennifer McCoy, Bobby and Nikki McCoy Freeman, above, are family partners in RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

After college, Freeman worked as the art director for Orlando Sentinel’s marketing department and helped spearhead many successful campaigns for Domino’s Pizza, Circle K, Barnie’s Coffee, House of Blues, Central Florida Auto Show, United Way, Time Warner Communication, Pepsi 400 and many others.

“The best part of my job is brainstorming ideas, finding the proper form and function and pairing that with original creative design” said Freeman.

For two decades Freeman has been a top Realtor in the Space Coast area, and has focused his energy and talent connecting real estate buyers and sellers together with RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. In his first year as an agent, Freeman received a Rising Star award from his Brokers. Since then he has achieved numerous sales awards and has recently been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.

Freeman, Jennifer McCoy and Nikki McCoy Freeman are family partners for RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. Together they have more than 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate industry and have sold over $200 million.

Among McCoy-Freeman Group’s achievement are RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX 100% Club, Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and voted Best Realtor in Brevard County.

The group has been featured in many news publications including CNN Money Magazine, CNNMoney.com, WFTV 9 ABC News, Coastal Condo Living, & Hot Retirement Towns Magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

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