Cape Canaveral Lighthouse included as part of new tour


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Shelley and Gerry Parker, owners of Canaveral Tours, take guests on tours that include the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

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With so much to see around Brevard County, it can be easy to forget how beautiful the natural Florida scenery really is.

Canaveral Tours has conducted wildlife tours of Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore and the Indian River, an area that is home to hundreds of species of birds and animals. Now, the company offers a tour of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

“It’s about a three-and-a-half-hour tour when we go to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse,” said Shelley Parker, who owns Canaveral Wildlife Tours with her husband Gerry. “Volunteers do a guided tour of the lighthouse. We stay there for about an hour. For the rest of the tour, we visit various areas of the (Cape Canaveral) Air Force Station, we visit launch complexes 14 and 34, where the original Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions flew from.

“(There are also) memorial photo opportunities,” Parker continued. “We get to see some of the current launch complex infrastructures; Blue Origin’s facility is along our drive.”

The final stop of the tour is at the Sands Space History Center, which is just outside of the south gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The new tours to the lighthouse are conducted in a 10-seat Mercedes. With the seating offered by Canaveral Lighthouse Tours, excursions can always be run without the risk of late cancellations.

While the tour showcases some of Cape Canaveral’s somewhat hidden spectacles, Parker talked about her own favorite part of the tours.

“As a guide, I would say (my favorite aspect of the tours) are the people we take out,” Parker said. “Everybody is just very excited, and it doesn’t matter if they’re lighthouse people, or if they’re space-geek people, they have an enjoyable time doing both. They get to see things that they don’t normally get to see, and all of our feedback has been tremendous about all aspects of the tour.”

For more information about the tours, go to canaveralwildlife.tours  or go to the lighthouse website at canaverallight.org