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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We had 3 adults and 4 teens from our school visit here. The best part was the lunch with an astronaut. It cost a bit, but the food was great - an abundant buffet with delicious salads, tasty veggies, chicken, fish, pizza, yummy desserts and more. Astronaut Wendy Lawrence spoke and presented slides as well as answered all kinds of questions with knowledge and respect. The theaters and displays were very interesting. There were many interactive displays and amazing things to see. The staff was polite and helpful. We actually came on a day when there was to be a satellite launch; however, it ended up being cancelled, which is not unusual. Gift shop items seemed reasonable with T shirts and hats starting at $10. Although this was not one of my areas of interest, the presentations were very interesting and I gladly learned a great deal.
The Kennedy Space Center gives visitors both a visual as well as a virtual perspective of space. A bus tour takes you around the complex; rockets, lunar modules and space shuttles are on display; simulations of takeoffs are offered and photos of yourself dressed in astronaut gear are available for purchase. A real treat for those interested in space travel.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
We visited in June of 2015 and had a great visit. The launch room was really cool to see. I had planned to be here about three and a half hours and ended up being here about six hours. It is all fun stuff to see, you just need a lot of time. Fortunately, we had the extra time, but there is too much to see and too many exhibits to visit in just a few hours. It would be neat to be here for a launch. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about NASA, see a real space shuttle, see a launch room, or anything else space-related.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
When we booked our holiday the men in our group wanted to go here. So informative - nothing like this in the world! Enjoyed the bus tour but our two highlights was the information and presentation around Atlantis and Apollo. Definitely worth going - we got a better price purchasing our tickets from the UK.
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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.
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