Space View Park (Google Map, directions) in Titusville, Florida is the premier location for viewing Shuttle and other rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center if you do not have a ticket from NASA for up close and personal launch viewing.
Things to bring:
- Chairs or comfy blankets
- Food and Drinks (no alcohol permitted)
- Still camera (ideally with zoom lens)
- Video camera
Although there is lots of parking in the area your best chance is to arrive at least three hours before launch. Earlier is always better if you want a better spot along the water. There is also a 24HR CVS pharmacy nearby if you forget anything and there are a string of restaurants a block or two away. (I highly recommend you ask for Corina at Caffe Chocolat)
Watching the launches at Space View Park is a relaxed and festive atmosphere where I found conversation to flow in unexpected fun directions.