About 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 daytrip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the sky isn't the limit: it's just the beginning.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit brings visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. Guests can “be the astronaut” thanks to sophisticated multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive experiences and simulators that bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program and the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station.
An all-new Angry Birds Space Encounter is also open to Kennedy Space Center visitors! Guests will begin their journey by entering an Angry Birds wormhole, where they will have the opportunity to experience exhibits including:
- Create Your Own Angry Bird
- Angry Birds Sliding Puzzle
- Slingshot Target Game
- Danger Zone Mirror Maze
- Red Planet Laser Challenge
: Kennedy Space Center admission includes full tour of Kennedy Space Center, IMAX space films, all exhibits and shows, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame with interactive space-flight simulators. Admission tickets include a second day free for use at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame if used within seven days to allow guests to get the full experience.Space Pass
: Space Pass tickets grant you full access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Included are full tour of Kennedy Space Center, Lunch With an Astronaut and our guided KSC Up-Close Tour. Admission includes all shows, exhibits and IMAX films located inside the Visitor Complex and a visit to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Admission tickets include a second day free for use at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame if used within seven days to allow guests to get the full experience. Lunch With an Astronaut is a delicious buffet offered every day of the week at 12:00 p.m. at the Visitor Complex. This popular program is highlighted with a speaking appearance by a veteran astronaut hero. Following the astronaut's speech is a Q&A session. The KSC Up-Close Tour is a guided tour led by a trained space expert, featuring an insider's view of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Other sites on the KSC Up-Close tour include the NASA Causeway, A/B Camera Stop and the Apollo Saturn V Center. A phone number will be provided on the E-ticket to set-up the Up-Close tour time and lunch with an Astronaut.
Parking fee of $10 for automobiles/motorcycles and $15 for RV's & Trailers.
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Frequently Asked Questions
Do Kennedy Space Center tickets have an expiration date?Your Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex ticket is valid for 120 days from the "Visit Date" you selected. If you are unsure of your visit date, please select the earliest possible date in your itinerary.What does the single admission ticket at Kennedy Space Center include?Admission tickets permit one entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and provide a second day free for use at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame if used within seven days of first use.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 $10.00 for automobiles/motorcycles 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 assistanceAre wheelchairs and strollers available? Guests can purchase an all day wheelchair or stroller rental: Stroller $5.00 + tax; Wheelchair $10.00 + tax. Guests can also bring their own stroller, but note that only umbrella strollers are allowed on the bus tours. How much do the bus tours cost?
The bus tours are included with the price of admission.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 thehours 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, G-Force Grill 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.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Review
The Kennedy Space Center near Orlando, Florida
is a sprawling complex highlighting the marvels of space and the adventure of being an astronaut. It is the only place on earth where visitors can tour a launch area, meet an astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators and even view a launch. When I arrived at the complex, I was amazed by the actual size, 140,000 acres, and even more impressed by the technology present. The first-hand look at space flight made me feel a part of some of man’s greatest discoveries and let me experience what it feels like to be an astronaut, which is every child’s dream.
There truly is a lot to do at Orlando’s Kennedy Space Center
, so allow a full afternoon for you and your family to enjoy all that it offers. On top of the rockets you can tour, there are also some interesting Imax movies to take advantage, including Magnificent Desolation: Waking on the Moon 3D
, which gave me a whole new perspective of the moon. There is also a live theatrical production, Mad Mission to Mars
, where audience members become astronaut trainees, plus a rocket garden, Astronaut Hall of Fame, and Space Shuttle Plaza where one can tour the inner workings of a space shuttle and see how astronauts live during missions. However, my two favorite things to do at Kennedy Space Center were the Space Flight Simulator and the Launch area. The Space Flight Simulator was a great first-hand experience of what it’s like for astronauts in a rocket, including preparation, blast off and orbiting. The end of the ride is the best part, as you get an amazing view of “outer space.” The Launch area, which you get to by bus, was an interesting experience because I got to see the exact area where space shuttles blast into space. It really is a piece of history that I felt proud to see. In addition, when actual launches are scheduled, visitors can see those too.
Tips: At the Kennedy Space Center, there is a food court area offering a variety of options, so you can spend your day or afternoon here and still eat well. Plus, there is a gift shop for souvenirs. Be sure to plan your day at the complex ahead of time in order to have enough time to do everything available.