What To Expect
Experience a one of a kind treat! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a mix of thrilling simulators, breathtaking attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, interactive exhibits, larger-than-life 3D space films, rocket launch viewing opportunities and more.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's Space Shuttle Atlantis brings you up close and personal with Atlantis as only astronauts have seen her before. Enjoy views from payload bay doors open as if you're actually floating in space.
With more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators, have a grand experience of being the astronaut. Take a virtual space walk; practice docking to the ISS; create sonic booms and glide down the Re-entry Slide; take the helm at the shuttle cockpit, and much more. Finally, celebrate the lives of the fallen heroes of STS-51L/Challenger and STS-107/Columbia at a stirring new memorial exhibit, Forever Remembered.
Have the Shuttle Launch Experience, the ride veteran NASA astronauts call the next best thing to an actual space shuttle launch. Feel the G-forces push you back into your seat as you travel at simulated speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour and experience a brief sensation of weightlessness before the payload bay doors open, revealing a stunning view of Earth.
Explore the past, present and future of manned space flight on your Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour. See NASA's historical and working spaceflight areas including the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Pad 39B then disembark to experience the excitement of the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Touch a real moon rock and explore a wealth of Apollo artifacts at the Apollo Treasures Gallery, including Alan Shepard's Kitty Hawk capsule and his spacesuit from Apollo 14, still bathed in moon dust.
Witness a presentation inside the Lunar Theater, where a blend of 3D theatrical elements, real NASA video and audio and multimedia imagery come together to recreate the dramatic events leading up to America's first moon landing. While you're there, grab lunch or a snack at the Moon Rock Cafe.
Visit Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, the nation's most comprehensive permanent Mars attraction, featuring the Explorers Wanted live show with real-time updates on NASA's Mars-bound vehicle, the Space Launch System and the Orion capsule. Explore exciting simulators and displays, including a full-size Orion heat shield and a host of Mars rovers.
Meet a veteran NASA astronaut at our live Astronaut Encounter show 365 days a year. Offered multiple times daily, this exciting presentation features commanders, pilots, mission specialists, payload specialists and others who have launched, landed, lived and worked aboard the space shuttle and/or International Space Station. The featured astronaut will first share with you a brief multimedia presentation about his or her experience, then you'll have an opportunity to ask questions. Following the presentation, the astronaut will have time for a quick photo with each guest, so get your camera or Smartphone ready!
What is our future in space? Where are we headed next? What are unmanned planetary probes learning about our universe right now? Discover the answers to these questions and more at the Mission Status Briefing held multiple times daily in the Astronaut Encounter Theater.
A Beautiful Planet, made in cooperation with NASA, features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet and the effects humanity has had on it over time. This breathtaking portrait of Earth from space provides a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Narrated by Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, this 3D film features footage captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
NASA's bold plans for the future, including landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids, come to life through visually stunning imagery and extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson, commander of the final shuttle mission, and Serena Aunon, a new astronaut chosen for future flights. Narrated by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, "Journey To Space" gives a sweeping overview of NASA's past space accomplishments, current activities and future plans.
The history of America's space program is on proud display at the Rocket Garden, where a collection of real and replica spacecraft show how manned space flight progressed through the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo eras. Climb aboard capsules and walk the real gantry used by the crew of Apollo 11.
Remember the astronaut heroes who gave their lives in the name of space exploration. Join us in honoring the fallen crews of Apollo 1, STS-51L/Challenger, STS-107/Columbia and others, at this massive skyward-reflecting monument.
Junior astronauts (less than 48 inches tall) are invited to let their imaginations soar - and burn off some energy - in this space-themed play area where they can climb, slide, explore and make believe! The covered dome encompasses picnic table seating to provide both kids and parents a shady spot to relax.
Admission ticket for entry into the KSC
The Space Shuttle Atlantis (SM) attraction and Shuttle Launch Experience®
Behind-the-scenes Bus Tour
Two thrilling 3D space films (IMAX® A Beautiful Planet and Journey To Space 3D)
Access to The Rocket Garden, Astronaut Memorial and Children's Play Dome
Transportation / pick-u and drop-off at hotels
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Audio guides in Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French and Italian are available for rental at the ticket window upon arrival. (additional charges apply).
No large bags, coolers, or weapons are allowed inside the space center.
Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral are working space launch facilities. Tours may be altered or closed due to operational requirements
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6 hours and 30 minutes