The NASA facility supporting Launch Complex 39, the John F. Kennedy Space Center is the largest operational launch to date. Its visitor complex offers exhibits, displays, attractions and artifacts from past spaceflights, as well as information about the future of human and robotic missions. Visitors can witness a rocket launch in person, meet a veteran astronaut, and watch a 3-D IMAX® space film.
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This was a great place to visit. It was not crowded, and we received personalized attention from the great staff. We even met an astronaut, who offered great advise to our kids.
Visited as part of a group with Gray Line and their Ultimate Space experience. The introduction to Bob Springer the Astronaut was very interesting. our guide advised us of the best times to visit certain attractions. It also included lunch with the same Astronaut. The displays are excellent.
Go from mid October to early May for the best temperature. Take the bus ride to the Saturn V center early in the day to be less hurried.
The experience is very expensive but space exploration always has been, right? Just to park is $10. The admission ticket is already $50 for anyone over the age of 11. Then the tours by bus cost more, the cheapest being around $27 per person. We could not do that so we walked around the visitor's center. We saw some historical vehicles and rockets plus received some good information on each. The highlight though, and what saved the experience for me, was the Atlantis presentation. I'm not sure it makes the entire price of admission worth it, but it makes it easier to swallow. It really is well done. In fact the entire Atlantis building is fantastic. My family also took in a 45 minute IMAX movie on space exploration. The Atlantis building and IMAX are all covered in the admission price unlike the tours. The area is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, but most one can not see unless ones takes the bus tours. Overall if one is a space aficionado, a visit is a no-brain. However be aware of the expensive trip.
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Do Kennedy Space Center tickets have an expiration date?
The single admission ticket is valid 120 days from the date of purchase.
Do I need to call in advance to make a reservation?
For the Up-Close and Space Pass ticket type, you will need to call the phone number listed on your E-ticket voucher to confirm availability and set-up a tour time.
What does the single admission ticket at Kennedy Space Center include?
Admission tickets permit one entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to experience the Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, KSC General Bus Tour, Twin IMAX Theater 3-D Films, Special Viewing of Rocket Launches and Numerous Shows and Exhibits.
What are the Up-Close Tour options?
When you purchase the Up-Close Tour or Space Pass ticket type, you can choose from 3 tour options. Note: reservations are required by calling in advance and confirming availability.
KSC Up-Close Explore Tours - Visit NASA's KSC Headquarters, disembark on the NASA Causeway, stop for photo's outside the 525-foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and drive around Launch Pad 39B. Your tour guide will share historical facts and insights about each stop and answer questions about the space program.
KSC Up-Close Launch Control Center Tour - Visit the famous Launch Control Center where more than 150 Apollo and space shuttle launches were supervised. Stand in the helm of Firing Room 4, look out from the elevated "Bubble Room," snap a photo at the desk of NASA's Launch Director, drive past the former space shuttle launch pads and much more. Throughout the tour, your guide will point out historical landmarks and give real time updates on what's happening at the KSC.
KSC Up-Close Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tours - (limited availability Thurs - Sun). Visit Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where all current launches take place. See Launch Pad 26, Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Launch Complex 5/6, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Launch Complex 14, 19 and 34 and more. Your tour guide with share information about the sites visited and answer any questions.