When I was growing up, we’d often go to Jetty Park. It was fun to walk on the rocks and watch the fishermen bring in a catch and we loved waving at the boats leaving port. It had been forever since I had been to watch the ships leave and one random Saturday recently we decided to take Graham over to the port to watch them. What a great family date it ended up being!
We knew that there would be a few ships in port on the day we drove over, but you’ll want to make sure to check the cruise schedule to know the correct departure times before you load the kids into the car. We weren’t quite sure where to watch when we were driving over, but we followed signs for the cruise terminals on the 528 and ended up at a little park. There is limited parking, but plenty of space for the kids to run around once you’re there. If you and the kids are into fishing, definitely bring your poles. There’s even an area to clean the fish in the little park where we watched the ships.
This would be a fun way to top off a day at the beach since there are several restaurants within walking distance of the park! Of course the highlight of our visit was waving to all the passengers on the decks of the ships as they sailed away from the port. Graham loved pointing to the “big boats”. Jon and I enjoyed making fun of the cheesy cruise directors that we could hear over the loudspeakers on the ships leading limbo contests and encouraging everyone to get up and party.
- It’s probably a good idea, if you’ve never been to that area before, to put “Glen Cheek Dr, Port Canaveral, FL” in your GPS so you can easily get where you’ll see the ships the best.
- If you’re going to be taking a toddler or a small child who will run off, you might want to consider packing your stroller. There’s not much of a barrier between the benches and the water, so it could be very easy for them to fall in.
- Take your camera! You’ll see plenty of pelicans and maybe even a dolphin or two!
Have you taken your kids to watch the cruise ships leave port? What did they think of it?