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Florida Lighthouse Association

Preserving, Restoring, Protecting & Defending Florida's Lighthouse Towers

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

Photo: Eric S Martin

Photo: Joyce Allen

Active: Yes

Characteristics: 2 flashes in 5 seconds followed by a 15 second eclipse.

Height: 145 feet, 179 steps

DayMark: Conical iron tower with black and white horizontal bands.

History: Constructed in 1848 and 1868. First Lighted: 1848; May 10,1868; July 25, 1894. In the late 1890's, it was moved to a site one mile inland because of shoreline erosion.

Lens: Original: 15-lamps with 23-inch reflectors (1848); first-order Fresnel lens (1868). Present: one DCB-224 roating searchlight. Focal Plane: 155 feet.

Construction: Builders: West Point Foundry (1868 structure) Conical brick tower (1848); conical cast-iron and brick tower (1868) contructed on brick; iron with brick lining.

Other Buildings: Oil storage house.

     28 27 37 N
     80 32 36 W

Operated by: United States Air Force

Facilities: None

Visitor Info: Take a free tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse! The Cape Canaveral lighthouse is now open to the public via tours through Patrick AFB Public Affairs.  The 45 Space Wing is offering FREE tours of CCAFS every Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45 am to Noon.

To get on the list for the tour, call the 45th Space Wing Public Affairs at 321-494-5949 a couple of weeks in advance to get a reserved seat.

Note: Tours of the light have been temporarily stopped due to the sequestration.

REQUIREMENTS:  Must be a US Citizen, have two forms of identification, call and get a reserved seat, show up at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) not later than 8:30 am to check-in across from the Pass and Identification building just north of the cruise lines on SR 401. Cameras and picture taking will be authorized.

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Video
Sonny Witt, Cape Canaveral historian and author, takes us to the top of the lighthouse, surrounded by rocket launch pads and cruise ships, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouses has shined for over 150 years. Click here to view video>

United States Air Force
Public Affairs
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Cape Canaveral, FL  32920


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