Canaveral National Seashore (CANA) spans a total area of 57,662 acres in Brevard County and Volusia County, Florida. The national seashore was established in January 1975 and is managed by the National Park Service. The park is located close to New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, two cities that are located on Florida's east coast.
The area can be accessed through several routes including through Titusville, which is on Route 406/402 or through New Smyrna Beach, which is on Route A1A. You could also access Playalinda Beach through Route 402. When you get to the park, you will find several areas of interest including the Kennedy Space Center that occupies the southern end of the island.
The Canaveral National Seashore is sometimes temporarily closed off when there are space launch-related activities. This beautiful area also includes part of the 140,393-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Besides these main areas of interest, most visitors to the park will mostly be attracted to the twenty-five miles of undeveloped barrier island preserve, dunes, marsh, natural beach, and the lagoon that is the habitat to some wildlife including several bird species.
Besides the above attractions, visitors to the park can also enjoy other recreational activities including bird-watching, swimming, camping, hiking, auto touring, fishing, boating, horseback riding, wildlife viewing (including turtle watches in June and July), and guided tours.
Amenities in CANA available to facilitate these recreational activities include a picnic area, primitive campgrounds, museum/exhibit, visitor center, restrooms, boat ramp, and a self-guided tour/trail. You can bring your dog into the Canaveral National Seashore, but you should be aware that several restrictions may temper your experience of the park.
Some of the rules that you should be aware of include the following. First, you should ensure that you clean up after your dog right away and dispose of your dog’s poop in the right manner. You are also expected to maintain immediate control of your dog at all times including always keeping your dog on a six-foot leash or in a secured enclosure.