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Lift Off to Family Fun at Kennedy Space Center

Did you ever dream of being an astronaut when you were a kid? Are you old enough to remember the glory days of the Apollo Missions? Or maybe you have a child that zooms around the living room, pretending to blast off into outer space? I don’t think there is anyone, young or old alike, who is not at least somewhat fascinated by the concept of humans going in to space, and a visit to Kennedy Space Center is just the ticket to explore and relive some of those most fascinating moments in space history, and to learn about what is right around the corner in the future of space travel.

Kennedy Space Center is easily a full day of space exploration and depending on how big a space buff you are, you might not see it all in just one day.

We started our day with the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour which takes you behind the secured gates, where you will get a glimpse of the launch pads, the crawlers and the massive Vehicle Assembly Building. The brochure will tell you that this is a 2 hour round trip tour, but that is going to depend on how much time you spend at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, as you can spend as much time as you want exploring the center and then you will get back on another bus for the remainder of the tour.

1968 is the year and at the Apollo/Saturn V Center your exploration begins with a lift off from the control room. See it, hear it, feel it, as you will experience what it was like to be in the control room during an Apollo lift off. The highlight of your time at the Apollo/Saturn V Center will no doubt be the largest rocket ever flown overhead, allowing you to walk under it. The sheer size of it will just leave one in complete awe.

After the tour the next stop for us was the Space Shuttle Atlantis building where there are literally hours of hands on exhibits, presentations, films and even a shuttle launch experience where you strap in and feel the excitement of a shuttle space launch first hand. And because everything is big at the Kennedy Space Center, all of this surrounds the main attraction in the building, The Space Shuttle Atlantis that is suspended from the ceiling!!

In the Universe Theater you can meet a real NASA Astronaut and hear about space flight from a veteran and in Mission Status Briefings you can learn about the exciting upcoming return to space programs scheduled in our near future. Be sure to catch Journey to Space 3D in the Imax theater with presentations lasting about 40 minutes, and show starts scheduled throughout the day.

There are several spots to stop for lunch or a snack and of course you will want to be sure to pick up some space ice cream!! and The Space Shop has the world’s largest collection of NASA merchandise.

Admission tickets to the Kennedy Space center are $57.00 for adults and $47.00 for children 3-11. A $7.00 Senior discount ticket is available at the ticket counter only, with proof of age. Other enhancements can be added to your experience at an additional cost.

For people traveling with their four legged best friend a pet kennel is available on site. All exhibits and attractions are ADA accessible with closed captioning and assisted listening devices available. Wheelchairs and strollers are also available for rent.

To help plan your trip to the Kennedy Space Center be sure to download the space center official guide app, available for free in the app store or Google Play.

Nearest Airports to Kennedy Space Center are:

  • Orlando International Airport MCO approx. 45 miles
  • Orlando – Melbourne International Airport MLB aprox. 46 miles

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