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Review of Canaveral Lock

Canaveral Lock
Reviewed 27 March 2018

At the end of our stay in Cocoa Beach we had some time to kill before we could check into our hotel in Orlando. I did a quick Tripadvisor search and thought we'd check this out and possibly see a manatee. We initially parked in the wrong place and there wasn't much to see. We didn't realize we could drive further back. Then a nice gentleman who was fishing told us to all the way out to the end of the road and go see the locks from there.

The locks are open to the public. There is a parking and a nice little picnic area. They have benches next to the locks so you can sit and wait for some traffic. While we were there we saw one boat move through the locks. As the doors closed three dolphins came into the lock and swam to the other end waiting to get into the canal. They swam around in front of us quite a bit before the lock opened on the other end. It was neat to watch them. Not many manatee that day. We got a couple brief glimpses of one. It was a cool, little, free thing and I'm glad we came across it here on Tripadvisor.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Not much happening when we went. Small craft wind advisories out, so not much traffic on lock. Nice picnic areas. A but hard to find, but worth it.

Thank cindyMidMN
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Out of the way, but great place to relax and watch the birds of Florida. Lot of pictures can be taken and when the boats come through you get to watch and enjoy.

Thank karen m
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

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!

1  Thank mmbcde
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