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Rocket Launch Viewing

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…we have liftoff. Don’t miss the next rocket launch viewing from the water. You’ll be onboard our pontoon boat, as close as you can get by water, to one of the most earth-shaking events you’ll ever witness.

Join us for an upcoming rocket launch. We depart from The Island Time Marina. This is where you can pick up sandwiches and drinks to bring along on your tour.

Feel the excitement of those around you. See and hear the engines fire up. Feel the rumbling grow until the water and boat begin to tremble. Watch as lift-off occurs. Follow the bright orange in the sky. You’ll be so close that on clear days, you can see the explosive charge as the boosters fall away.

If you’re lucky enough to join our crew when they are landing the boosters back on land, you’ll see the booster thrusters fire as it nears the landing platform. Once it’s down, the sonic boom is ground, or in our case, water shaking.


Why Go On a Rocket Launch Viewing?

If you’re from Florida, especially in the East Coast, there’s a chance that you’ve seen a rocket launch before. Being able to experience a rocket launch viewing in itself is captivating. But at Banana River Boat Tours, we kick it up a notch. We’ll bring you on our boat as close as we can to the action. The thrill and excitement of being so close as the rockets launch and boosters land to be used again and again is palpable. You won’t want to miss a rocket launch by boat. There are only very few places in the world you may be able to view a memorizing rocket launch. Cape Canaveral FL is one of such places!

Perhaps, you’ve seen a rocket launch before, but not on the water. Enhance your experience with our Rocket Launch Viewing Boat Tour.  By being on a boat, we’re able to bring you closer in proximity than you’ll get elsewhere. Feel the trembling, and see the clouds of smoke during liftoff. Watch as the boosters fall and use the opportunity to take amazing photos to show off to all your friends  Check this once in a lifetime bucket list experience off your list. Book your next rocket launch viewing today.


If this isn’t your first rocket launch viewing, then you already know that it requires some preplanning for you to find a spot to watch from. Forget about driving around for hours to find a spot or sitting at your spot hours early just to get a good spot. Don’t let someone that just got there last minute unpack their family in front of you and ruin your perfect view. Watch the whole thing from start to finish, straight from the boat!

Relax With Loved Ones

A benefit of the Rocket Launch Viewing is that you get to spend time with your family. However, it isn’t in the traditional sense. Take a chance and plan something out of the ordinary. Even your reluctant teenager will enjoy their time, making use of all the photo opportunities during the launch. Don’t be boring. Let your family have some bonding time seeing the launch and enjoying the relaxing cruise along the way.  We’ll ensure your safety while making sure that you are as close as possible to the rocket launch, on the water. We also always guarantee that you and your family will experience an unforgettable moment.

If you’re looking for something new and different to do with your friends, take it to the next level. Consider our Rocket Launch Viewing Tour. There are not many groups of friends that can say that they all watched a rocket launch together… on the water! Whether you simply wanted to experience something new or if this is something on your bucket-list, the rocket launch viewing experience is a great choice.

Two For One

Booking a Rocket Launch Viewing Tour is really the best of both worlds. Not only do you get to be super close to the launch, but you also get the benefits of an Eco Boat Tour.  With the river being home to thousands of native species, you could be in luck and spot a family of dolphins cruising by as you experience history in the making.

Since we love watching rocket launches too, we don’t mind super early morning launch tours or late-night rocket launch viewing tours. Captain CJ and his wife Jayne will be out there and we’d love for you to experience history in the making with us.

*Wheel Chair Accessibility

10% OFF for Seniors 65 and Over & Active Military


Cancellation Policy

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Should you need to cancel your reservation or change the number of people in your party, please allow us at least 24 hours’ notice. If you book by phone, we will take your credit card number to hold your seats and confirm your reservation. If you cancel or change your group size within 24 hours of your scheduled tour time, or do not show up for your tour, you will be charged the full price for the tour. When purchasing in advance, we will gladly refund you as long as you cancel or make adjustments to your reservation at least 24 hours before your tour. In the event that we need to cancel your tour due to weather, you will not be charged.


About Banana River Boat Tours

Banana River Boat Tours is owned and operated by Captain “CJ” Enneking and his wife, Jayne. Captain CJ is a true native Floridian. Growing up motor boating, sailing, and water skiing on Lake Santa Fe, outside of Gainesville, he always dreamed of working on the water.

Captain CJ’s love of the water was instilled in him by his parents. That is evident in the name of the boats, The Opa and The Nana. His father was a great fisherman and even greater storyteller. Thus, the fishing boat became The Opa, aboard which you will catch great fish and learn to tell even greater fishing tales. The Nana is a bit smaller and a bit quicker. This allows you to cruise the lagoon in style and flash just like his mom.

As you can imagine, both Captain CJ and Jayne enjoy spending any spare moment they have on the water. During the summers or school holidays, you may be lucky enough to have Jayne, a teacher, as your mate on a fishing tour. On their days off, they stick close to home and you will likely find them camping, fishing, kayaking, canal cruising or island hopping with friends. When asked where they go on vacation, they responded, “We live in paradise, we don’t have to go anywhere”. Captain CJ has found his missing piece with Banana River Boat Tours. It would be his privilege to share his love of the water and his little piece of paradise with you.