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U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville

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See authentic rockets and artifacts, experience G-forces and weightlessness, and pose questions to NASA experts at U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Billed as "Earth's largest space museum," it opened in 1970, so everyone could have the opportunity to be an astronaut for a day. You can peruse exhibits, explore Space Shuttle engines, and watch dome screen and high-definition 3-D presentations. Various rides and simulators add to the fun. Our Huntsville route builder website makes visiting U.S. Space and Rocket Center and other Huntsville attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I've been wanting to come here for years!! Finally came with our 3 kids (9, 8, and 6). The kids really enjoyed the hands on parts of the visit (lego sets, letters to space, Gforce ride, play... 
    I've been wanting to come here for years!! Finally came with our 3 kids (9, 8, and 6). The kids really enjoyed the hands on parts of the visit (lego sets, letters to space, Gforce ride, play...  more »
  • Visited this museum December 10th. Had a good time. I went to this museum 30 years ago and I feel they need to update a few things. Over all it was still a great museum. Perhaps not worth the 30... 
    Visited this museum December 10th. Had a good time. I went to this museum 30 years ago and I feel they need to update a few things. Over all it was still a great museum. Perhaps not worth the 30...  more »
  • Can't review the inside of the space center as we only stopped for a short visit to take pictures. However, we were so impressed we were sad we didn't have enough time to tour the exhibit building... 
    Can't review the inside of the space center as we only stopped for a short visit to take pictures. However, we were so impressed we were sad we didn't have enough time to tour the exhibit building...  more »
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  • I went yesterday April 3rd. It was awesome beautiful weather. There were a lot of people but you couldn't really tell it except from the parking lot. There is so much space and places to visit that it was extremely enjoyable. If history is your cup of tea, I highly recommend a visit to this place. It is great for all ages. I even noticed they had motorized scooters you rent if you couldn't walk long distances which I thought was thoughtful. Everyplace seems wheelchair accessible. So do go and enjoy yourself.
  • Wow. Just wow. What an experience. This place did not disappoint! We did 2 planetarium shows: The Sounds of Space and Cosmos and Cocktails. We had the amazing opportunity to speak with two WOMEN who are engineers for NASA. The gift shop employees were super knowledgeable and friendly. The only confusing part was there was no honorable mention to Katherine Johnson (Hidden Figures). It would have been great to see a dedication to her. It was a great experience all in all though.
  • The people who work here take great pride in their history. It was great to see all the authentic pieces. We enjoyed the ability to climb into some of them and feel what it was like to be an astronaut. We also liked walking through the replica of the international space station. They have many experiences that are not included in the admission price. So go check then out first before you decide which ones to choose. The place is showing its age.
  • Awesome experience!! Great permanent exhibits, and several temporary ones that change up a couple times a year. This month, they had a really cool Guinness Book of World Records - Science of Play exhibit in the main room! It was so much fun!! There were dozens of different games and challenges for kids of all ages to interact with. I highly, highly recommend going to the 8K Planetarium movie "Our Place in Space" !!! (Tickets are $10-$12 each, but its worth it!)
  • Really great place, lots under construction when we went. Great places for kids to explore and do a space camp experience. There were many interactive things to do. Overall we took our littles here and got through it pretty quick. About 1 and 1/2 hours was all we needed but with older kids reading some info and doing the space camp would take much longer I’m sure.

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