The Canaveral Lock is one of the secret gardens of Florida that should be better known to tourists. It is a little tricky to get to, down a winding Mullet Road all the way to the end, seemingly through industrial areas that it looks like you shouldn't drive down but you can. From George King Blvd, turn onto Dave Nisbet Dr (you'll see the awesome Exploration Tower on the right that you'll also want to visit), and then take a left onto Mullet Rd and be careful of the sharp turns that take you under the highway, but keep going and take all-the-way-to-the-end...and then you'll see a little oasis of 12 parking spots and a wonderful view of the NASA building in the distance. Here is where there are two rotating locks that open and close to allow traffic from Banana River to Cape Canaveral and the Atlantic Ocean. Interesting fact is that the operator of the locks uses a bicycle to ride back and forth between them to open and close them for traffic. Cool! And the best part of this visit is that if you are lucky, you will spy manatees floating in and out of the locks, enjoying the warm water! Be patient, and you too may spot a water elephant or two poking their noses up above the water or even some very large fish enjoying the stirred up nutrients. This is a must-see for me and my family when we visit Florida, and I hope you enjoy it too!
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