NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Merritt Island

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The world of space exploration and discovery awaits you at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Adjacent to NASA's Kennedy Space Center launch site, the complex offers a behind-the-scenes look at the astronauts' world through interactive exhibits, simulations, and guided tours. Take a bus tour to the observation platform at Launch Complex 39 for views of both launch pads and the space center. At the Shuttle Launch Experience, you can get a hint of what the astronauts feel when they're launched into space. Stop by the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and later walk through the Rocket Garden. Tours sell out, so it's smart to buy tickets in advance. Plan to see NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and other attractions that appeal to you using our Merritt Island holiday planning tool .
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  • Other folk have said to book the bus tour - yes - essential tto do this in advance to ensure you are not waiting in queues. The experience of it all is simply breathtaking especially when you realise ...  more »
  • We went there not expecting much, had read online that people were spending an average of 2,5 hour there. We ended up staying for 5 wonderful hours (and that was just on a regular pass, didn't buy any...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit and see the past, present, and future of the space program. The various rockets used over the years are on display including a Saturn V out by the launch pads. We last v...  more »
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  • This visit was the highlight of our holiday. It was the most amazing place and we were not able to see everything in a day so we plan to visit again. The Center provides some fantastic information on the history of space travel and all families should go here. Great value for money. The Apollo adventure is the most factual story ever and fetches back great memories. Excellent! Mike. UK.
  • Amazing day. We spent 7 hours and didn’t get to see everything and we didn’t do any extra tours. There is a lot to see and it is all amazing. Highlights are the Atlantis shuttle and the Saturn V rocket. The bus tour(included in standard ticket) took you up to and around the big and iconic assembly building and the newly configured launch pads for Space X and ULA. At the Atlantis shuttle we were able to talk to a former NASA employee who used to be in charge of getting the some of the shuttles ready after a previous mission. We were able to hold some of the thermal tiles and blankets on the shuttle. He was also able to help us understand some of the logistics behind deploying and maintaining satellites. Food is standard fare but reasonably priced (not too much of a gouge). Parking was $10. Easy drive from Orlando (just under an hour)
  • The tour was fun, even though stopping at the Apollo Center made me almost late for the bus. I got some pretty cool things there like a pin. Walking around was definitely fun, and the exhibits were great. The cafe at the Apollo center wasn't that great though, the one at the main visitor complex might be better. The one at the Apollo center was definitely packed to the brim for sure. Should try the other one if I were you, might have a better experience than I did.
  • One of the coolest places you can visit in FL (maybe in the States, as far as "parks" go). A lot of stuff for people of all ages. History for adults and adventure for kids. The bus tours are absolutely worth it, especially if you get the right tour guide. The folks from different countries got to see gators on the tour and I thought they were going to lose their collective mind! It was awesome to share that experience with them! The bathrooms were decently clean and the gift shops were cool (and I don't even care for shopping). It's a truly unique place to visit. Give the rocket simulation ride a shot. I tend to get motion sickness pretty badly and it doesn't impact me. It's hilarious and fun!
  • I've never been to the space center and had no idea what to expect. It was cool to see what the astronauts go through as they prepare for space. Being able to see what they eat, how they use the restroom, and that they need to sleep strapped into something such as the wall or floor was all mind blowing. There are no rides like one would expect at a theme park but there are simulator rides. I don't think certain aged children would enjoy this due to not having any rides but or was fun, interesting, and informative.
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