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Overview

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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kennedy Space Center Travel Experts
  • KSC bus tours are included with your admission. Grab a schedule when you walk into the park.
  • Get a chance to meet an astronaut and have your souvenir of choice autographed.
  • Experience the interactive space-flight simulators.
  • Enjoy a self-guided tour of Kennedy Space Center.
  • Make time for one of the IMAX space films.
  • Experience the Space Shuttle Atlantis, on-site.

Description

from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Your Orlando vacation is not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center. Just 45 minutes from popular Orlando attractions and theme parks is NASA's launch headquarters, the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.

Experience more on your vacation to Orlando with a day trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the sky isn't the limit: it's just the beginning.

MEET A LEGEND
After nearly 126 million miles of space travel, space shuttle Atlantis has landed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. View every inch of this American icon as she hangs gracefully in midair. Nearby, dozens of exhibits and 60 interactive simulators immerse you in a true-to-life spaceflight experience.

TAKE HER FOR A SPIN
At Shuttle Launch Experience® you’ll strap in and experience the thrill of liftoff as you learn just what it feels like to launch into space aboard a shuttle traveling at 17,500 mph.

AND THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING
Make sure to watch Journey to Space 3D or A Beautiful Planet 3D at the only back-to-back 3D IMAX® theatres in the world. Meet a real veteran astronaut at Astronaut Encounter. Visit the Rocket Garden, home to actual rockets from Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. Then take the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, highlighted by a visit to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you’ll see the 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket, as well as fascinating artifacts from the early days of the space program.


Ticket Details:

Single Admission: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes a full day of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience®, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey to Space 3D in IMAX® Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits.

Single Admission and Lunch with an Astronaut: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes a full day of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience®, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey to Space 3D in IMAX® Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Lunch with an Astronaut included. Lunch With an Astronaut is a delicious buffet offered daily at 12:00 p.m. at the Visitor Complex. This popular program is highlighted with a speaking appearance by a veteran astronaut hero.

Single Admission and Kennedy Space Center Special Interest Tour: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes a full day of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience®, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey to Space 3D in IMAX® Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Kennedy Space Center Special Interest tour includes photo opportunities of the giant structures that make up the world’s largest launch facility. Get an up-close look at the coastal launch pads that unleashed the power to put people on the moon and sent space shuttles to the International Space Station. Guests will also have the chance catch a glimpse of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where monstrous vehicles were assembled for launch, from the very first Saturn V rocket in the late 1960s to the very last space shuttle, STS-135 Atlantis, among other areas specific to the history of the space program. The tour culminates at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, home of the largest rocket ever built – a 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket.


Parking fees: (not included in admission)
$5 Motorcycles
$10 Automobiles
$15 Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

16 Reviews
Charlotte Wood
Westville, OK
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"wow!!!!"
July, 2016
Ok, this place is fabulous. However, we paid a lot extra for the"up close tour"..... Not worth it. That means you are taken by bus on restricted roads to look across the water at the launch pad. You're not at all up close to anything. And, it took two hours out of the time we could've spent at Kennedy. Skip it and save money. There are scheduled attractions so believe me, you can't afford the two hours. Very cool place thought.
Tip: be prepared for lots of lines, first come first serve on a scooter, lots of walking, it's basically another amusement park. oh, and if you see a sign that says"bagged entry only" on the road, what they really mean is turn around and go fifty miles out of your way because up ahead is a checkpoint, although you're in the middle of no where.

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Marisel Perez
Fleming Island, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing!!!"
October, 2015
Super interesting place and much to learn!
Tip: Need time and have fun!

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Walter Bieniek
Tamarac, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Trip to KSC"
October, 2015
I took my wife and 9yo son to the KSC, and we had a great time! I booked the KSC tickets through Reserve Orlando, and it was very easy. I went right to the will call window at KSC, and went in without a problem. Would recommend to friends and family.
Tip: It was hot going there in September. Wear sunscreen!

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f charles White
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Adventure"
July, 2015
Amazing day, so much to see. Check out events before you go.
Tip: Get there as early as possible and do the bus ride first.

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Erma Cooksey
Green Valley, IL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun Education"
July, 2015
The Kennedy Space Center is very informative. It was a fun educational trip for the adults as well as our 9 yr old grandson. One day was enough but you should arrive when it opens and stay until it closes. All the facilities are air conditioned but it was very hot going from building to building. The employees were very helpful and informative.
Tip: There wasn't a lot of food available when we were there. Some of the food carts were not open.

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Alda Lopes Moreira
PT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Kennedy Space Center"
March, 2015
Everything went well, no queues, no problems. Perfect

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Reserve Orlando Customer
Waynesboro, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Impressive and Inspiring!"
February, 2015
Excellent tour and fantastic exhibits. I visited the Kennedy Space center about 15 years ago and, not surprisingly, exhibits at the Center have changed considerably. There is much to see and it is well worth the price of admission.
Tip: Only regret is that many of us were turned away from seeing one of the IMAX films because the theater was full for the last showing. If you want to see both IMAX movies, I recommend planning other Space Center sightseeing around the available IMAX showings.

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Ted Poper
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"KPC a Must See and Do!!"
February, 2015
We were an adult group of 4, got to the KSC first thing in the morning using Reserve Orlando for our discounted tickets. We were checked through in 2 minutes and then spent the whole day till 5 pm visiting every exhibit. This a must wee see and do if your close by. One of the best tours and exhibits we have seen.
Tip: Use the whole day, if on a budget bring a pinic lunch, you can go out to your car and get back in by getting a hand stamp.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Belinda L
Martin, ky
"Fun for history lovers"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2016 NEW
I have loved this place for years. I visited KSCVC when I was a kid, but my husband had never been, so this past summer we went for our anniversary. He loved it. It was great to see the launch pads and experience the different tours offered. I would definitely recommend it for families and history buffs.
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Jake_Estrada
Melbourne, Florida
"Rocketing to the space coast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2016 NEW
This is an awesome place. They have rockets, museums on site, and so many tours going on. This is a fantastic place to bring your family and learn about our space program of yesteryear and where we are going tomorrow..
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tigtraveling
Lakeland, Florida
"Amazing time seeing a part of history - and our future!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
Amazing experience seeing the history of the US Space program. I used the Kennedy Space Center website to plan our trip in advance - I highly recommend this. They have included great information to plan a visit. We live in Florida and decided on an annual pass to ensure that we would be able to visit everything and take it all in a couple of times. We also purchased two of the extra trips - the Explore Tour and the Launch Control Center. Both were very good - but to stand in the Launch Control Center in the place where history was made was awesome. Another highlight was listening to astronaut John-David Bartoe tell his story. He was very engaging and excited to tell us all about it. We spent two days at the Space Center this trip and we still didn't get to see everything. We still definitely go back! We ate two meals at the center - one at the main site and one in the Saturn Center. The food was good quality, and similarly priced to other theme parks in Florida (maybe a little less?). Overall a good value.
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spinkick
Illinois
"Awesome! An absolute must!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
When the others say that the place is overpriced they are not entirely wrong but with a little planning can be done much cheaper. I planned this visit for a rocket launch which was an unbelieveable rush. NASA makes you proud to be an American. In order to see the place thoroughly and not be rushed I recommend allocating 3 days. Order all of the tickets in advance and print out at home. You will not have to wait in the long ticket line outside but rather the shorter line at the Will Call office. I know it sounds strange but get the year pass which will include entry, free parking(otherwise is $10 a day) and one special tour plus a 10% discount on shopping. There is an included bus tour which is free and leaves every 15 minutes between the complex and Saturn V center. After you get the tickets will have to go to guest services to have a photo taken for the entry badge. This does not take long and you get a map of the place which makes a nice souviner but is really not needed since things are big enough to be seen. Once you have the tag it must be scanned and then go though a metal detector and a bag search which is very quick-I am very intolerant of invasions and this did not bother me in the least which is rare. Get there early as the lot fills quickly. Lot 5 is closest to the entrance. Food is available at several locations and with the 10% discount is still a bit pricey for what you get. the Rocket Garden is right inside the park and consists of an example of every rocket from Redstone to the SaturnV grouped together around a butterfly friendly planters. There is a speaker tour every so often but is well signed. Next to that is a little hut area with play toys for kids. Newest addition is Boeing's Heroes and Legends which has a collection of memoribilia in wall boxes and a Gemini capsule. On the walls are lighted plaques for each member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame. There is a lifesize statue of Alan Shephard and a "special 4 d" hologram which is a fancy way of saying slideshow on a curved screen. Was interesting to see but IMHO the holo-show was over hyped Next door to this was the conference center where they hold Lunch With an Astronaut. I was expecting sandwich and chips. Wrong! First a gentleman named Charlie greets you at the door wearing a tuxedo. Inside there are round tables which seat 10. These are covered with a white tablecloth and green cloth napkins. There is a buffett with ceramic plates. The menu featured lettuce salad, a fish salad which was good despite its appearance and pasta salad. There were veggies and a choice of fish and chicken. Drinks were the usual soda, tea, coffee and of course since it was NASA orange Tang. There was a desert table and ice cream. After lunch there is a video presentation and talk by the astronaut who then answers about two questions. Afterwards there are photos which can later be autographed. Who ever designed the Atlantis exhibit put forth effort. First you walk up a spiral ramp then wait to get into a room where you stand to watch movies on the wall and ceiling . You do get he feeling of taking off. first the movie screen comes up and there is a mesh screen with views from hubble on it and behind there is a shadow of the orbiter. When that screen goes up you are literally feet from the nose of Atlantis! What a kick of patriotism. The orbiter is mounted at an angle with the Canada arm extended. There is a mockup of the Hubble and spacestation. Up top is a simulator and stuff for kids to play on. There is a "rescue slide" to the bottom floor which is big enough for adults <VBG>. Since there was a launch going on there were extra exhibits related to it going on. I did have a long talk with an expert from the heat tile project. There is a time capsule memorial for the Columbia and Challenger astronauts. There are daily briefings by different astronauts in the encounter theater which tell what is going on with the space program. Our briefings were more about the upcoming rocket launch. There is an IMAX theater which shows 2 films one about Mars and the other about Earth from ISS. These are free Out behind Atlantis is the memorial for astronauts who were killed. Supposedly the names project out into the air but I must have been there at the wrong time. shopping is available at all locations with a good variety of items. books t-shirts movies kids toys etc. They will ship things home for you in the "We Shuttle Everywhere" Program. Open cargo box doors ;) Hidden in the corner is a program called Destination Mars. It is not well advertised and takes a half hour but only 16 people art a time can go in. This is a hologram of Buzz Aldrin on Mars using photos from the rovers. They take you into a black room wearing holo-goggles which are kind of heavy and when the lights go off you are in a 3D VR of the Mars surface. As you walk around the rocks become closer etc. Star Trek has arrived! This is a test program by Microsoft but well worth the time spent Optional tours leave from the same bus stop as the free tour and leave you at the saturn V building NASA Then and now takes you around the complex pointing out crawlers hangers etc and lasts 2 hours. This was an awesome experience. There is a Missile Museum at the AFB but was closed due to storm damage. The launch control tour takes you into the restricted firing room next to that VAB. Quite frankly I thought it a bit much security for what is in essence a storeage room now. Still is worth seeing The Saturn V center houses a full scale moon rocket and the NSA Vault which has space suits moon rocks etc. Kind of creepy was Gus Grissoms personal watch. Exit through the shopping center again to board the busses. remember : we shuttle everywhere. Now for the important part the rocket launch. There are many options. Causeway, watching on the jumbotron at the rocket center or what I chose Launch Gantry39B which is where families watched the moon flights. The tour included a tshirt and 'light snacks'. Again NASA knows how to throw a party. This was a full on barbacue with drinks. In fact there was a marriage proposal on level 1. We met a formal shuttle pilot and spent the launch with him and a couple of guys from SpaceX. Took til the last second of the launch window but the thing did get up. Not as loud as I expected but man what a thrill!!!!. These people are well organized. NASAS owns 47 busses and leased a few extra for the day. It is estimated that they moved 8000 people in 3 hours. Can't wait to do it all again!!!!
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Susan P
"Don't pay for PG Explore Tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2016 NEW
For an extra 25 usd you can have a guided tour of the complex - but you get the tour without the commentary in your ticket , and our guide was useless . Full of inane comments and personally I didn't learn a thing . Too long at the 3 stops ( only need a few minutes to take a photo) - felt like I wasted 2 hours when there are better thugs to see and do

Frequently Asked Questions about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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.

Choose from:
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.

How long should visitors plan to stay at KSC Visitor Complex?
Kennedy Space Complex is a full-day experience, so plan on spending 6-8 hours.

Why is there a charge at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?
The KSC Visitor Complex is not tax supported. It is self-sufficient, funded entirely through visitor revenues, and operated for NASA by Delaware North Park Services of Spaceport (DNPSS) as a commercially viable enterprise that enables the telling of the NASA story without cost to the taxpayer.

How much does parking cost?
There is a parking fee of $5.00 for motorcycles, $10 for automobiles and $15.00 for RV’s and trailers.  Motorcoaches (Busses) and group transportation vans are free.

Is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is. Many of our tour buses are also outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs. In addition, a separate van is available for people who require special assistance

Are wheelchairs and strollers available?
Guests can purchase an all day wheelchair or stroller rental: Stroller $5.00 + tax, Double Stroller $8.00 + tax, Wheelchair $10.00 + tax and Electric Scooter Rental $25 (limited).  Guests can also bring their own stroller, but note that only umbrella strollers are allowed on the bus tours.

How long are the bus tours?
The Kennedy Space Center Tour is self-guided and allows guests to spend as much time as they like at the LC 39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The average guest plans to spend two to two-and-a-half hours for the full tour. Departure times vary with the hours of operation. Be sure to check the Daily Schedule upon arrival to the Visitor Complex for departure and ending times.

Where can we find something to eat?
Early NASA astronauts squeezed food from toothpaste-like tubes, but at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests will fare much better. Orbit Café, Moon Rock Cafe, Space Dots, Rocket Fuel Food Truck and Milky Way are just a few of the Visitor Complex's space-themed eateries featuring tasty dishes ranging from burgers and fries to salads. You can even have Lunch With an Astronaut. While enjoying a gourmet meal, guests will listen to a briefing from one of the few who has flown in space. Limited seating allows time for individual photos, autographs and/or the opportunity to take questions from participants.