There’s a new jewel in the crown of Central Florida tourism and it is at the fastest growing port of the world, Port Canaveral. A brand new seven story visitors center is a beacon to tourists and residents alike. Here they can discover what this area of Central Florida has to offer. This center serves as a fun learning experience for the whole family. Exhibits include but not limited to natural history, eco-tourism, sports endeavors, space and maritime history and much more. An observation deck with a panoramic view of the area is one of the many treats in store for the visitor.
Last week Port Canaveral was host to the American Association of Port Authorities convention and had its first opportunity to showcase the visitors center. “Over 350 APPA attendees visited the center on Tuesday, October 15 and were overwhelmed by the overall setting, the building and the exhibits inside. They were impressed with not only the view from the 7th floor, but with the quality of the presentation and depth of information available, “ said Tim Macy executive director at the Port. He continues,“The first of what’s next for the port”. We have developed an iconic building that sets the tone for the quality of what we want to continue to develop in this port and the entire area surrounding the port. We feel the center will become a recognizable icon for future development of the new economic engine in the region.”
Interactive exhibits include a virtual ship's bridge from which visitors can pilot a cruise ship through the Canaveral Channel. Another is a display of the changing Brevard coastline through history. At the top on the observation deck one can view not only the operations of the port but can see the rocket gantry’s of the Kennedy Space Center, the Canaveral Lighthouse, the shining Banana and Indian River.
The 23,000 square foot building is an aesthetically pleasing design that many say looks like a giant sail, ship or even a rocket contrail. The center features an indoor and outdoor observation decks, event venues, auditorium, a gift shop and cafe.
Opening date is scheduled for early November and interested readers are encourage to follow this column for more updates and more stories.
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