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Space Center Houston, Houston

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Fulfill your dream of becoming an astronaut and traveling through space at Space Center Houston. The NASA facility features dozens of hands-on, interactive exhibits and artifacts dedicated to human spaceflight. Take part in astronaut simulations of landing on the moon and walking in space, or tour the center’s collection of spacecrafts from U.S. missions, including the Saturn V. Don’t miss a chance to take a tour of the NASA control center. Look into purchasing a Houston City Pass for discount tickets to the Space Center and several other museums in the area. Put Space Center Houston on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Houston trip itinerary planner.
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  • Haven't been to Canaveral or other NASA sites but this was well done - they could use more funding because some things are a bit tired (like the noisy, gas engined, clanking trams- how about electric ...  more »
  • Hard to believe that blasting out to space and putting a man on the moon is underwhelming but this museum was a disappointment. It is very expensive ($30 pp), parking is NOT included and many exhibits...  more »
  • was on our list of things to do in Houston (actual main reason we came!). Great set up and information, so much to take in and learn. The tour was good, but we only had time for one as we went in for ...  more »
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  • One of the top places to check out in Clear Lake! It's a nice little museum dedicated to the history/future of NASA. You can watch films, check out small exhibits, and take a tour of the Johnson Space Center. Warning: it gets REALLY crowded. I would recommend getting there just as the building opens and going on the open trams first. It will get really crowded later in the day and a lot hotter outside so you definitely want to go ASAP. Another quick tip is to select your tram tour and orbiter tour time online. By scheduling you get a "reserved seat" at no extra cost. Leave at least 2 hours for each tram tour and maybe an hour for the orbiter. Lastly, if you are really planning this out in advance definitely check out the Level 9 tour. You get more of an insider view of the Johnson Space Center that normal guests don't get to experience!
  • Overall it was lots of fun! The only down fall is that it takes way more than the 3 to 5 hours to go through the entire, including tram ride & all other attractions, that it says it should take. Also, not knowing the actual time it takes to get through the center...we were unable to actually look through the souvenir shop and kept getting yelled at by the security guard "that they were closing and we needed to either purchase what we had or to get out." I understand that you can't stay open forever but at the same time if we, the customer, are purchasing products from you, you should have the consideration to handle the closing situation in a more personable manner.
  • Crowded and honestly I didn't research what to do before we went. So when I did figure out the 2hour Johnson space tour was the main attraction the line was 3 hours long... So word to the wise, get there early and get straight in line. The neutral buoyancy lab tour isn't worth your time. Cool to see but that's all you really do. Take a 30 minute ride to take 60 steps above a huge pool of water and metal. Look through the ass and take 30 minutes to get back. Nothing spectacular but not worth your 1 hour and 10 minutes of time. But the museum was nice with a lot of interesting things to see. Well at least for a nerd like me.
  • I mean, if you love space/history, you will love this. We joined as members because it's cost effective if you got more than once a year... Plus you get free parking and discounts. Make time for the tours! They go by shuttle and take about an hour (rocket park and mission control is really worth it). Lots of kids to do and really a lot of cool artifacts from the space program. Great for tourists and locals alike.
  • Makes no sense for them to charge everything like a theme park try to get every penny out of your pocket. It should be a place for citizens to learn and understand what NASA does, why would you charge $5 for parking, $30 for admission (no student discount?? I thought you want students to learn more about the space?), then $$ extra for timed ticket if you don't want to wait for the lines for the tram to go places. If you actually want to make everything run smooth, then let people buy tickets for different times just like the Pearl Harbor or other places, not everyone comes at the same time and cramp all together. Or simply just have walking tours instead of 60 min wait for 5 min tram.

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If you come to Houston to splurge while on holiday, book a luxurious room at a downtown hotel. This area is an ideal base for getting to know Houston, offering you a chance to stay within walking distance of one of the country's largest theater districts. Houston bills itself as the "Energy Capital of the World," so it's no surprise that it houses many "green" hotels, their garages designed to cater to electric vehicle owners. For something completely different, enjoy a Texas country experience at a working ranch outside the city limits.
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