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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  • Overall very enjoyable experience. You can see actual museum artifacts from space missions. The movies are well done and create the right atmosphere for learning about, and appreciating, space... 
    Overall very enjoyable experience. You can see actual museum artifacts from space missions. The movies are well done and create the right atmosphere for learning about, and appreciating, space...  more »
  • My wife and I were visiting the area and decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center. We had both visited in years past but it had been many years. We were pleasantly surprised to see that they have.....  more
    My wife and I were visiting the area and decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center. We had both visited in years past but it had been many years. We were pleasantly surprised to see that they have.....  more »
  • Such a great experience for my family and I! Had the option to do child swap so we could get the full experience of the simulation rides. Lots of great learning opportunities and tons of interactive....  more
    Such a great experience for my family and I! Had the option to do child swap so we could get the full experience of the simulation rides. Lots of great learning opportunities and tons of interactive....  more »
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  • This was one of my favorite places to visit ever and we weren't even able to get to everything there is. The presentations we were able to watch were both informative and entertaining. Will definitely be going back very soon. EDIT: We ended up getting annual passes. There are so many great things to do at Kennedy. One of our favorites is the Apollo/Saturn V Center where you can experience the Apollo 8 launch in the firing room with the exact instruments they used that day and then view a Saturn V rocket. The Atlantis shuttle is also viewable in the Atlantis exhibit where you get to watch the events that lead up to Atlantis being created and launched. There's the rocket garden where you can sit inside capsules and view some life-size rockets. There's Planet Play, a 3 level indoor play area for kids to play as various Mars rovers, go down slides, climb up various apparatuses, and travel between planets. There's also Heroes and Legends where you learn about various astronauts and what it takes to become an astronaut. If you need a break, there's The Space Shop to go shopping in or you can dine at Orbit Cafe or some of the other various snack and drink locations throughout. Definitely an amazing experience but also a great place to teach kids about space and being an astronaut.
  • We absolutely loved this place. Loads to see, do and play with. Very interesting tours and information everywhere. The children loved it, I loved it and the wife loved it. The place is huge, so sadly we couldn’t do or see it all in the time we had, so would require a second trip. If we ever go back to Florida, we will definitely go here again and see the rest. So many great memories. Please go and visit, you won’t be disappointed.
  • This was definitely an Excellent Experience. The rides are educational and fun at the same time. Each ride is carefully designed to encourage young minds to further explore Space. There are some very awesome simulators that make even the adults feel like you are in space. Only issue is that because we went in July, the lines were quiet long on some of the rides but overall we had a great time. We were not able to take the bus to Saturn because we had just bought ice cream and they wouldn’t allow us to take that on the bus (and the last bus was about to leave when we got there). Highly recommend going to this place if you have kids who are around 7-14 years of age. Adults/ parents will have a great time too.
  • If you're looking for fun content for kids through high-school, you be very pleased. If you are more of an enthusiast, there's still plenty to see but understand that it's not quite like the Smithsonian museums in DC- a lot of it is geared for maximum outreach to people who don't know about it, which is perfectly fine! The Saturn V and Atlantis exhibits are very awesome to simply be in the presence of. There is a lot of "pomp and circumstance" surrounding it all, but there's still plenty to do, see, and read. However, if you're more of an enthusiast looking for something content-rich, I would specifically recommend the "Heroes & Legends" exhibit. There are two introduction films that you are brought through (they are well-done and entertaining, but you can just enter through the first-floor doors if you don't care to watch), and after that, the exhibit itself is stellar. Lots of memorabilia across in several booths, and each booth has multiple interview recordings with various figures telling stories about their experiences. Seriously one of the best parts if you're an enthusiast looking for more info and experiences. Just listen carefully, because the recordings don't have subtitles and can be hard to hear (especially if there is a bigger crowd).
  • We were pleasantly surprised with the Kennedy space Center! There was a lot of great exhibits and the facilities were immaculately maintained. It was great that many of the complexes started with a required show to pump you up. Our only recommendations would be to have more seats in the initial theater areas. You are on your feet all day so it would be great to have a seat while you watch the 10 minute shows. We also LOVED the shuttle launch simulator and wished there was more simulators to get the heart pumping.

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