Standard admission to the visitor complex is $45 adult and $35 child (ages 3-11) plus tax which includes the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Admission includes the visitor complex, Astronaut Encounter, IMAX space films, and the KSC Tour, and Astronaut Hall of Fame exhibits and simulators.
The Space Center offers Behind the Scenes tours for an additional fee. Now through December 31, 2012, adults pay $50 for an annual pass in celebration of 50 years of Kennedy Space Center and Americans in Orbit.
If you are at feeling guilty about your kids missing school to vacation in Orlando, don’t. Just visit the Kennedy Space Center. Spending a day here is worth a semester in the classroom. Definitely plan to spend at least 6+ hours here. This place is huge.
While you arrive at the Visitor Complex the first thing you should do is get on the bus tour that takes you out to the LC-39 Observation Gantry and then the Apollo/Saturn V Center. You will be hopping on and off the buses so try not to carry a lot with you. There are free strollers (and wheelchairs) available at each of the stations so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own on and off the bus.
We spent quite a bit of time at the Apollo Center. After lunch at the Moon Rock Cafe, it was back to 1969 to relive the Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. The recreation of this historical moment is so well done using actual news footage and recorded conversations from that day, that it is easy to feel as if you were there.
Back at Visitors Complex we strapped in for a ride on the Space Shuttle. This simulated launch experience was really cool from start to finish. While waited in line for our turn, we watched great footage from prior crew members explain exactly what it would feel like to launch ourselves into space. Plus they gave us a little history lesson of the Space Shuttle program too. After that we spent time playing in the Rocket Garden. Here kids can stretch their legs and run around. There are lots of things to climb on and touch. There is a children’s play dome as well as shallow water feature if it is a hot day.
If you are in the area, you should totall visit Kennedy Space Center. There really is nowhere else like it. The kids will love it. Where else can you see the things you can see there? But it can be kind of pricey. The ride is a lot of fun. And if you get lucky enough to visit during a launch, what an amazing sight!
My oldest wants to be an astronaut so we're always looking for opportunities to foster his love of science and space.
We got the opportunity to visit Cape Canaveral about 3 years ago. We had a 1 year old at the time. He was TOO young for this experience.
We enjoyed touring the buildings, riding the bus from site to site and getting to watch the movies at each stop, but it was too much for our youngest. At the time the other boys were 6 & 4, and they thought this experience was the best thing ever. From even that many years ago, we still have a magnet on the fridge of all of us there!!!
It was a great experience and I would recommend that any family with a love of space or science visit this space center!
We moved to Palm Bay, Brevard County, from New Jersey in 2002. One of the first places our family of four visited was the amazing NASA Kennedy Space Center. My daughter was 13 at the time and my son was 15. There was so much to see and so much to learn. Whether you're a local resident of Florida or a tourist, this is a must see place, especially if you have children. The day and night launches we've seen while living in Florida were a bonus!
I think this is another must-see if visiting FL or the USA. Everyone in the world knows NASA....unless she/he has been living under a rock. My boyfriend and I visited here years ago but since we were strapped on cash. Therefore, we only went to the 'free admission' part of the space center which isn't much to be honest. There is really nothing to do if you decide to visit this place for 'free', so unless there is a scheduled launch on the day you visit, I STRONGLY suggest you buy the full price admission. If you just go in for 'free', you see a building that is like a museum (but not so comprehensive nor helpful to those eager to learn) and from a far distance, you can see the space shuttle itself. That's it. I wasn't so thrilled myself but my boyfriend was thrilled with the trip.....so I guess it is up to personal tastes.
Kennedy Space Center is fun for the whole family. Plan atleast 2 days most passes are good for 2 days so you might as well get you money worth. The Imax theater is great I love going to Imax theaters. The bus tours are okay too but I rather explore more on my own. I would do a little research before you go they are happy to explain things in more details to its a fun and educational stop for everyone
It is just absolutely amazing to see the size of the shuttle, rocket boosters, rockets, etc. and to stand next to them to see how massive they are.
I think Kennedy Space Center has something for everyone and every age. The playground for the little ones (of course shuttle themed... great for pictures), the IMAX theater, the rides, the bus tours, the nature center, hands on center, so many many things!
We really enjoyed our day at NASA!
Kennedy Space Center is a really neat place to visit as a family. It is located in a beautiful area of Flordia the space shuttles are truely sights to behold. It is really nice to walk through the exhibits and to be able to walk through the space shuttles. There are several educational videos and exhibits that make this a great learning experience and lots of hands on fun for the whole family.
My family and I like to go to Kennedy Space Center. It is an educational and fun experience. No matter what age you are, you will most likely learn something new every time you go. My niece and nephew especially love to look at the cool space shuttles! I think it is very neat that we are able to be that close to a real shuttle! The imax theaters are always a relaxing time to calm down and have the opportunity to enjoy a great movie.
My extended family (husband, kids, mother, mother-in-law, nephews, and aunts) all visited the Kennedy Space Center last week. Everyone had a great time. We arrived a little after 10:00 and saw both imax movies before boarding the tour bus. The quality of the tour varied from driver to driver but all gave great info in addition to the video that was played. Take a camera with a zoom lens or some quarters for the viewers to get a great view of the launch pad. Stop for lunch at the Saturn V cafe and check out all of the moon junk hanging overhead. The only disappointment was that we only planned one day here. The tickets are good for 2 days and next time we'll plan a repeat visit the next day to see the exhibits we missed!
My kids loved this. We stopped there when we were driving down to FL and it was very exciting to learn about space missions and to see the rockets, etc. It's interesting and educational so adults and older kids are interested too. This was a highlight when driving down to FL.
I have several aviation/space travel nuts in my family. We enjoyed spending 2 days here. We went on the bus tour the first day. The kids did get a bit bored on the tour. But learning about the history of space exploration was enjoyable for the adults. Kids and adults enjoyed the 3-D Imax movies about the space station and landing on the moon. The shuttle launch experience was fun too. Not quite as intense as Mission: SPACE at Epcot though.
The one and only non-DisneyWorld destination my husband and I insisted on during our Florida vacation last year was the Kennedy Space Center. Our family group included a 3 year old, a 19 year old, a couple of 30-somethings and some grandparents. Every one of us had a blast at the KSC. The Rocket Garden was one of the highlights for our 3 year old son because he was able to climb in and out of the capsules, walk across the Apollo launch arm, and race up and down the ramp of the space shuttle model. The bus tour was long for him, and we only stayed on the tour through the first stop. We can't wait for him to be old enough to enjoy KSC even more. We could have used two full days, if we had been able to enjoy all KSC has to offer. The gift shop has a lot of really neat items for kids and adults, ranging in price from modest to prohibitively expensive. We had hoped to catch a shuttle launch or have lunch with an astronaut, but neither of those things worked out for our family. We'll definitely be back, so maybe next time!
The Kennedy Space Center is the launch headquarters for NASA and located on an island wildlife refuge eight times the size of Manhattan.
My husband and I went here on our honeymoon and loved it. There is so much to see, do and learn! The bus tour was very informative, and it was great being able to see a space shuttle ready to launch...the next week. Our kids were obviously not with us at the time, but we are looking forward to bringing them here the next time we go down.
Kennedy Space Center is a must if you have space fans. The IMAX movies are breathtaking! The bus tour was fun for all ages and we even got to see a Space Shuttle on the launch pad ready to go up a few weeks later. You need a camera with a zoom, they only let the buses get so close to the pad. The memorial for the fallen astronauts is a cool thing for adults to see.
My family visited the center last summer. The older children and adults enjoyed seeing the Nature reserve and the building of the space station. We were able to watch as parts of the station were being worked on. We got to see the launch pad but unfortunatly the shuttle was not out. There are tour busses that take you to each area of the center which is really nice especially on hot days. On the tour busses a video about the history of the space program and the nature reserve plays. We had a great time and I can't wait to take my children back when they begin learning about space exploration in school. The admission ticket is good for two visites within a seven day period.
This is why folks come to Titusville, and it’s a great reason, especially for kids. It is, after all, the only space shuttle launch site in the world. For devoted space buffs, it’s the ultimate, especially since the completion of its five-year, $130 million makeover. It takes several hours to fully tour the array of exhibits dealing with space exploration. Toddlers love the space-age playground. Older children are intrigued by flashy, multi-media presentations in the humorous Robot Scouts exhibit and by the futuristic look at humans on Mars in “Exploration in the New Millennium.” Kids will love climbing aboard a replica of the space shuttle Explorer and meeting an astronaut in person.
With a Maximum Access pass, visitors get access into the two IMAX theaters with screens more than five stories high. The Dream is Alive chronicles the history and drama of space travel. Guided bus tours take you past gates barring the general public, into NASA’s inner workings and to three attractions. LC39 Observation Gantry is a multilevel deck looking out on Kennedy’s two launch pads. At the Apollo/Saturn V Center, interactive displays and multimedia shows illustrate NASA’s moon missions. See a real Saturn V orbiter and touch a moon rock. Gift shops and a wide variety of eateries throughout the Space Center provide souvenirs and sustenance.
For a special treat, sign up for the “Dine With an Astronaut” program. You get to lunch with a real space hero, ask questions, and take pictures with those who have “the right stuff.” As part of another program called ATX Astronaut Training Experience, visitors ages fourteen and older can take a whirlwind route through hands-on training, space flight preparation, and space shuttle simulators, and they even leave with cool ATX gear.
In the 1980s the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts conceived of a place where space travelers could be remembered—much like baseball players and other sports figures. Their dream was realized in 1990 as the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, in Titusville, adjacent to the Space Center. It has become an official part of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which spent $700,000 on improvements and celebrated a formal grand opening in 2003. The Hall of Fame tells the personal side of human space exploration history through artifacts once owned by astronauts, interactive exhibits, and astronaut training simulators. It also houses the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia, exhibits, and tributes to the heroes of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, plus a fine collection of spacecraft, such as a Mercury Sigma 7 capsule, Gemini training capsule, and an Apollo 14 command module. Astronaut training simulators allow guests to feel the pressure of four times the force of gravity, ride a rover across Mars, and land a space shuttle.
While a little on the expensive side, they do have activities for all ages. There is of course plenty of interesting things for the adults. But the kids liked the space capsules you could sit down in that were in the grounds surrounding the museum area, and of course these are great picture opp. As was the man roaming in the astronaut suite. I thought the bus trip out was well worth it - some interactive exhibits and huge displays. Plus we saw several alligators in the ponds along the route.
I grew up with a Dad who worked at Edward's AFB and we often got to experience shuttle landings, so see the place where the shuttle takes off was especially exciting. There is a lot of history and interesting recreations. Seeing the lunar lander up close is so unique! Definitely worth the trip and I would go again!