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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If you are debating whether or not to go to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), let me end this debate for you right now and say, "GO!!!!" I am not a space nut, but it was one of the coolest places that I've ever been to. It is neat, fun and inspiring. MUST SEE places/activities at KSC: 1. Atlantis -- you are missing out if you don't go to the Atlantis exhibit. 2. Apollo/Saturn V Center-- you have to take a bus tour to get here but it is a MUST SEE (the bus tour is already included in your general admission). As you board the bus, sit on the left side (which is the right side of the bus when you are in your seat and facing the front of the bus) to catch alligator sightings that your tour guide will point out (you cannot see the alligators well if you're not sitting on this side). Also make sure you go to the LUNAR THEATER at the end of the Apollo/Saturn V Center exhibit. The Lunar Theater is kind of hidden and off at one end of the exhibit, and I think that a lot of visitors missed out and didn't realize that it was there. Try to go to the Lunar Theater before you board the tour bus back to KSC. 3. 3D IMAX movies-- Journey to Space and a Beautiful Planet or any of the 3D IMAX movies that are offered (so worth seeing and see all of them if you can). There were only 2 that were playing the day that we went. Other Tip: 1. If you travel across the Florida-Georgia border, stop by the Florida Welcome Center and ask the representative if there's a KSC coupon. 2. If it looks like there's some rain in the forecast, I would still go since a lot of the exhibits are indoors.
I had a great time today at the Kennedy space center. I took a great tour of the rocket garden with Mike, and a much more in depth tour of the site with Bill. Both were excellent. The Imax show was pretty good too, as were the other attractions. Of course the Atlantis was amazing, and very well b displayed as well as a full size Hubble. Even the teller at the gift shop was quite pleasant. (I couldn't quite make out her name, but it was long and started with an "L". The only reason it didn't get a 5 was the food, which was jus bad.
Visited on last day of my western Caribbean cruise on way to the airport. The staff were all helpful and knowledgable and got picked up from the cruise and dropped back at airport for $80. The tour itself was fantastic and I'm not a Star Trek person. We did the stimulator which was excellent and seen all of the launch pads and even touched a small part of the moon. Really enjoyed it and the 7 hours flew past.
Not including the fact that I had 4 experiments launched with different space shuttles, I always enjoy going back and visiting the place. Always a thrill to me. Highly educational and entertaining for kids. If you have a chance, meet with an astronaut and talk to him/her. Ask about their experience in space and particularly if they have done any space walk...their comments are really cool!
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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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