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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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Rhys M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
"Great to explore after getting off Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
We got off our cruise and had time to kill before we could check into our hotel in Orlando. I really wish we had set aside more time as it was an awesome day. Would have loved to have caught the bus and visited the other sites but still enjoyed the main complex. Very moving some of the tributes to the crews who are no longer with us. The Atlantis display is simply amazing and the entrance to it was very cool.
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CharlieGates
Lake Wales, Florida
"must see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
My 15 year old daughter requested that I take her to Kennedy Space Center for a tour. We arrived on Saturday morning at approx. 10 AM. We had to pay $10 to park which is excessive. I wonder how much they make on parking alone. We then walked up to the ticket booth and the lines were very long. However just to the left as you look at the ticket booth there is a self serve ticket area. I was not able to book a bus tour as it was not on the menu. I later learned all bus tours for the day were sold out. There is a included bus tour which I will write about. I do recommend the self service ticket area. It was easy to use, but I had to ask a gift shop worker why the bus tickets were not available, I think they should have it listed as sold out so you know you are not missing the bus tour menu. My first impression was positive. The place is visually stimulating and you can feel history coming alive. The place is very clean and there is always a good view. A tour guide gave a tour of what I could best call the rocket garden which I greatly enjoyed, but I imagine could be a roasting in the summer time as it is outside in the sun. My daughter and I wanted to get in the long line for the included bus tour but I had to find a bathroom. I told my daughter to stay in line but for some reason she decided to take a hike. When I came back and could not find her I ran up and down the line looking for her. The staff were helpful in helping me locate my daughter. Turned out she had met a girl her age from New Jersey and was talking to her instead of staying in line. I really appreciate the staff who took time to help me locate my child. I included a picture of the bus line which was very long. The picture only shows the end of the line. The line has fans, and is covered so that is all good. The bus boarding area is also pretty nice with paintings, signs, and such. The bus tour was on a nice air conditioned bus and the driver was pretty good with his narration. The free tour lets you see the Assembly building, crawler, and the high point is the Saturn exhibit/building. I think that alone would be worth coming to see. The wait for the pickup from the Saturn building was very long, and held up a great deal longer by unloading a handicapped passenger. I feel the waiting buses should have drove around the stopped bus and picked up passengers. I am a licensed bus driver and it would have been very easy for the empty buses to go around the unloading bus, but we stood out there for 15 minutes on the easy bake sidewalk. When we came back to the main visitor center it was starting time for one of the IMAX movies. We watched both IMAX movies and I though it was funny how the liberal narrator droned on about the terrible California drought and its climate change causes as pictures of the flooded California Dam were in my mind. The movies were great but it almost became politically preachy with the climate change message. After the movies we went to the Orbit café. What a disappointment. First what is in orbit are the prices. I have some food prices/menus in the photo section. I am diabetic and avoid soft drinks and juice. The only option on the self order kiosk for beverages for me was bottled water. I later noted they have unsweet tea which you can refill, if you get it before 4 PM. We came in at approx. 3:45 and when we asked for refills the staff told us the tea had been dumped and they could not give us water. What a crappy situation. Also my burger was very sad. The burger was kinda bland and not very big. The fries that I ordered with were also so so but the price for that poor meal was about $12.00. A small bottle of water (about 24 ounces I think) was over $3.00. You can buy a whole case of water from Walmart for that price. The orbit café gets a poor grade and I think it is a rip off. As you walk out of the obit café you can see a seating area with a big black ball showing a star map. I observed a lot of people of all ages coming by and spinning the ball which sits on a pedestal that has a pool of water so the ball can be turned by hand. People seemed to love it. There are several tables there that have solar charging stations which I think is cool. However I was not able to test them out as they were occupied. I do wonder how they work and the charge rate. We then went to the Atlantis building which was pretty nice, however there was a stand up movie theater in there. I had to lay on the floor as did many other people. I wonder why it did not have seating? A big complaint is that while we were at the Saturn exhibit the moon rover was blocked for a while. We walked around and looked at other things and came back later as they were opening it back up. The same crew with the own NASA security guard were at the Shuttle cockpit exhibit. After being almost done with the Atlantis building we wanted to go into the shuttle cockpit exhibit. It was totally closed off. My daughter recognized some model name gigi in there. We had to wait about half an hour for the photo shoot to clear out. If they are doing stuff like that they should do it after hours so the regular folk are not having to kowtow to the elite. I have included a photo I took just as the lunar rover photoshoot was wrapping up. Note the NASA security guard in the blue shirt keeping us rif raf common folk at bay. This is the same crew and guard who kept us out of the shuttle display for the benefit of some skinny teen make boatloads of money named Gigi. Overall I think the Space Center is a must see. The place is nice and with the exception of the orbit café the staff is very good. They take advantage on the parking and especially the food and drink prices. However it is super interesting and I could probably spend two days there if I took the additional bus tours. Next time I will bring snacks and drinks in a backpack as I saw other people do like the mother of my Daughter's new found friend. Oh, the popcorn for the IMAX in a very small box was $6.00
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Diane C
Ottawa, Canada
"Definitely worth a visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
Really enjoyed this full day experience! Great for adults and kids with tours, IMAX, interactive experiences, etc. Highly recommend joining any of the free guided tours offered - the guides are very knowledgeable. Got to hear Winston Scott speak during the Astronaut Encounter presentation - a definite highlight!
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Lisa C
Boulder, CO
"Fell in love with space!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
I'll admit that I'm not your typical "museum" type person, nor am I interested in science or space... however, that all changed when I visited KSC. We spent over 8 hours there that day and I could have stayed a whole second day. Since our visit, I've watched every rocket launch possible via their live streaming. I can't get enough! Their exhibits were interactive and visually stunning. Do not miss the opportunity to visit!
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Puggerly
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
"Enjoyable and informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
Great day out, spent whole day there. Bus driver great character and really knowledgable, showed us gaters along with all space buildings etc.

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.