Pad Information


 

slc-37B

Space Launch Complex-37B is located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). SLC-37B is currently used by ULA and supports their Delta IV and Delta IV Heavy launch vehicles.

Status: Active.
Owned by: CCAFS.
Used by: ULA.
Current Vehicles: Delta IV, Delta IV Heavy.
Future Vehicles: N/A.
Past Vehicles: Saturn I, Saturn IB.


Viewing Locations


viewing location selection:

Below you’ll find a list of our favorite viewing spots for launches from SLC-37B. Keep in mind that there are many more locations that aren’t listed here. We narrowed the selection to our top five in attempt to make it easier for first-time launchgoers to choose their locations. No matter which location you choose from the list below, you’ll have an amazing launch experience!


1. kARS PARK

With generally small crowds and a clear line of sight to the pad, KARS Park is one of the Space Coast’s hidden gems. This location is about 8 miles south of SLC-37B. KARS park also offers a good amount of amenities, including bathrooms and a shop where you can purchase food and beverage. Though open from sunrise to sunset, this location sometimes remains open for launches outside of normal operating hours. Camping options are available for active and retired military as well as KSC employees. Because of this, there are often extremely knowledgeable individuals there that are happy to answer any questions you may have. Launch viewing is open to the public, with parking costing $5 per car. Parking is limited, so plan to get here a little early to claim your spot.

Distance to SLC-37B: ~8 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: $5/car (limited parking).
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset (sometimes remain open past this for launches).
Amenities: Restrooms, Food, and more.
Website: https://go.nasa.gov/2IzoLAx

 

2. KSCVC LC-39 observation gantry:

Located only 5.5 miles from SLC-37B and with a clear view of the launch, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center’s (KSCVC) LC-39 Observation Gantry viewing is the closest viewing location for launches SLC-37B. It’s important to note that this location isn’t always available for launches. When it is, tickets can be purchased through the KSCVC website. Because of this, launchgoers will need to act fast if they wish to view from this location as tickets sell out extremely quickly. The LC-39 Observation Gantry offers some amenities including restrooms and live launch coverage. KSCVC typically offers viewing for launches outside of normal operating hours. If Observation Gantry tickets aren’t available, KSCVC’s Apollo/Saturn V Center viewing option is a great backup plan.

Distance to SLC-37B: 5.5 miles.
Viewing Cost: $40 - $80 (varies depending on the launch).
Parking Cost: Transportation provided by KSCVC.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (stays open for launches).
Amenities: Restrooms, live countdown, and more.
Website: https://bit.ly/UoRQTM

 

 

3. Jetty park:

Located about 8.6 miles from SLC-37B, this is another incredibly popular viewing location due to its beautiful shores, camping options, food, and pier for better viewing. Launchgoers should plan on getting to the park a bit early in order to secure a parking spot. Other than the cost of parking, this location is free to view from. Jetty Park has an obstructed view of the pad, but the close proximity makes up for it. Jetty Park typically remains open past normal operating hours for launch viewing.

Distance to SLC-37B: 8.6 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: $15/car.
Hours: 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM (stays open for launches).
Amenities: Food and restrooms.
Website: https://bit.ly/2ZGLPTB


 

4. KSCVC BANANA CREEK/SATURN V CENTER:

Located only 7.9 miles from SLC-37B and with a clear view of the launch, Banana Creek viewing is another amazing viewing option offered by KSCVC. Tickets can be purchased through the KSCVC website and sell out rather quickly. The Apollo/Saturn V center offers all the amenities; including food, A/C, live launch coverage, and even guest speakers. While this location is great for viewing the launch. KSCVC typically offers viewing for launches outside of normal operating hours. Excluding the LC-39 Observation Gantry, we don’t recommend KSCVC’s other viewing options for SLC-37B launches as there are plenty of other viewing locations, many of which free, that offer a better view of launch.

Distance to SLC-37B: 5.4 miles.
Viewing Cost: $20 - $80.
Parking Cost: Transportation provided by KSCVC.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (stays open for launches).
Amenities: Food, restrooms, live countdown, A/C, and more.
Website: https://bit.ly/UoRQTM


 

5. playalinda beach:

Known for its beautiful shores and close proximity to most launch pads, it’s no wonder why Playalinda Beach is one of the most popular viewing locations on the Space Coast. At 9 miles from the pad, Playalinda Beach is a great viewing location for launches from SLC-37B. Launchgoers who choose this location need to be ready to arrive a bit early to claim their spot, as parking is extremely limited. Those seeking amenities such as food, water, and A/C will want to consider other options as Playalinda Beach only offers a relatively primitive restroom. Cellular connection is spotty at best, but there are volunteers at check points along the beach who will happily answer any questions you have and provide launch updates. It’s also important to note that Playalinda Beach doesn’t remain open past normal operating hours for launch viewing.

Distance to SLC-37B: ~9 miles.
Viewing Cost: Free.
Parking Cost: $10/car (extremely limited parking).
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset (doesn’t remain open past normal hours for launches).
Amenities: Restrooms.
Website: https://bit.ly/2Gxc8qH