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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Admission Ticket

Enjoy many exhibits, shows, and attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience, Gateway complex, Rocket Garden, and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing®. Experience the exhibit "Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted", which includes a live interactive theater presentation about the Red Planet. Enjoy the deep space launch by visiting the Gateway complex to discover the current and upcoming cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and their commercial partners. Then enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable journeys to distant worlds on an immersive ride. Head to the Apollo/Saturn V Center via a Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, which features a fully restored, massive Saturn V rocket, one of only 3 in the world. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex you'll have the opportunity to explore the world’s largest collection of astronaut memorabilia. Not only will you see tributes to the heroes of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Programs, but what is happening now and next at Kennedy Space Center, America’s multi-user spaceport.

Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

2. Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

Confront history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour that provides access to a host of experiences, NASA time machines, and the Hubble Observatory. Begin the experience with an orientation tour provided by the guide upon arrival at the visitor center. Jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that literally takes you out of this world. Watch 3D movies and feel what it is like to visit the moon. Stroll around the incredible rocket garden. The out-of-this-world package includes round-trip transportation from Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney, and Lake Buena Vista areas and admission to the Kennedy Space Center.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ticket with Bus Transfer

3. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ticket with Bus Transfer

Boldly go where so many satisfied space enthusiasts have gone before! Explore the many exhibits, shows, and attractions at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex, including the Hubble Telescope exhibit, Eye on the Universe, Journey to Mars Explorers Wanted, the Virtual Shuttle Launch Experience, the Rocket Garden, and IMAX movies including Hubble 3D IMAX and Space Station 3D. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex showcases the priceless spacecraft Atlantis and 30-year shuttle program with more than 60 interactive experiences. The NASA bus tour offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the behind-the-scenes working of the space center, exploring startling views of the Vehicle Assembly building, and the Mobile Rocket Launch pad. Continue onward to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring the immense, fully-restored Saturn V rocket; the largest ever built. Relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of the rocket's lift-off.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

4. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

Kennedy Space Center: Astronaut Training Experience

5. Kennedy Space Center: Astronaut Training Experience

Train to go to Mars and become an astronaut for the day at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Be a part of the next generation of space explorers inside the Astronaut Training Experience® Center. - Exploring with Lockheed Martin. Be inspired by authentic NASA science and engineering. In the Astronaut Training Experience (ATX), join the crew as they begin a spectacular series of mission simulations including launching, landing, and walking on Mars. Perform a spacewalk through exciting and immersive microgravity simulation technology. Participate in the launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as a member of either the launch control team or the Orion capsule crew. Throughout the training, create personalized video logs to revisit after you complete your mission.

Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

6. Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Discover the best of Orlando with the Orlando Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Choose between a 2, 3, or 5-day pass, valid for a 2-week period, and get exploring. The more you see, the more you save. Enjoy popular attractions such as Kennedy Space Center and LEGOLAND® Florida. Explore surrounding area attractions in Tampa and Miami - perfect for a road trip. Rub shoulders with the celebrities at Madame Tussauds Orlando, take a spin at The Wheel at ICON Park, and more. Benefit from a digital Go City pass and guide, which can be used on a mobile device or to print at home. Attractions Include: • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort • Fun Spot America Theme Park - 4 Ride Sampler • Madame Tussauds Orlando • WonderWorks All-Access Pass • SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando • The Wheel at ICON Park • Gatorland - The Alligator Capital of the World • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show • Titanic - the Artifact Exhibition • Gray Line Orlando - City of Orlando Tour • Congo River Adventure Golf • Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour • American Police Hall of Fame • ZooTampa at Lowry Park • Boggy Creek Airboat Tour • Lion Country Safari • Miami Seaquarium • Duck Tours South Beach • Island Queen Millionaire's Row Sightseeing Cruise • Ft. Lauderdale Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Trip • Big Bus Miami Hop on Hop off Tour • Gator Park Airboat Tour • Sawgrass Recreation Park Everglades Airboat Adventures • Gray Line Miami: Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour • Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour There's no need to choose your attractions before you buy with the All-Inclusive Pass. You can pick and choose as you go - just be sure to check the attraction page to see if you need to make a reservation before. Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times before you go.

Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut Experience

7. Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut Experience

See history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center. Hop aboard the Discover KSC Bus Tour to pass along restricted areas, get up close to launch sites, and walk beneath the massive Saturn V rocket. Have your photo taken with a real astronaut and enjoy a chat. Chat with an Astronaut who will answer your most pressing questions in a casual, small-group setting. Enjoy a sampling of food and beverages while having a group conversation about what it is really like to live and work in space. Hear amazing stories of space travel and shuttle launches. Back at the visitor center, ride the Shuttle Launch Experience, the new simulator that takes you out of this world! Sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie, stroll through a real-size space shuttle, walk around the incredible rocket garden, look at a moon rock, and even enjoy some space ice cream.

Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

8. Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

Be collected at your hotel and enjoy a breakfast on the go. Get the VIP treatment with more time at Kennedy Space Center and a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. Upon arrival, your tour guide will give you an orientation of the visitor complex. See the highlights of the Heroes and Legends, the Atlantis exhibit including the Shuttle Launch Simulator, and a stop at the IMAX theater. At noon you will be on your own to grab some lunch and take a ride on the KSC behind the scenes tour. This takes you out to the Atlas V building where you can touch a real moon rock. Use your $15 voucher for merchandise or at the dining areas throughout the complex. Make a stop in the largest space shop to see the displays and all the great souvenirs. At the end of the day, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Orlando with snacks for the drive home. 

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

9. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

Learn all about space travel on your visit to the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour. Meet a real astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, watch one of the intriguing IMAX films, and stroll around the incredible rocket garden full of real rockets from missions past. Choose from the following options: • Kennedy Space Center Full-Day: Explore the Kennedy Space Center at your own pace with general admission included in the package. • Ultimate Space Experience: Enjoy a buffet lunch and presentation from a NASA astronaut, after which you can get photos and autographs. Then, take a 2-hour guided bus tour around Kennedy Space Center, which will show you areas not seen on the regular bus tour. See some of the center's amazing space equipment and enjoy a small amount of free time to explore the attractions of the Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Small-Group Experience: Passengers on this tour will enjoy a breakfast bag en route to the complex and upon arrival, receive a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. In the afternoon, you will be able to explore on your own. All guests will be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food or merchandise anywhere on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Safari Tour: Enjoy the morning and early afternoon exploring the Space Center at your own pace, then in the later afternoon you will head over to the St. John's River for a 30-minute airboat ride. • Dine with an Astronaut and Space Center Tour: Enjoy your day at the Space Center complete with a noon-time full buffet lunch that includes a presentation from an astronaut. You will have a chance to ask questions and get a photo and autograph. • Kennedy Space Center and Explore Bus Tour: Take a ride on the Explore Bus Tour that goes onto NASA Restricted Grounds and gives you an in-depth tour of the inner-workings of the grounds. • Kennedy Space Center Transportation Only: Transfer from Orlando area to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please note this option does not include admission to Kennedy Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point and avoid the hassle of pickups. All tour options include round-trip transportation to the Kennedy Space Center from selected locations in the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee areas.

Miami: Kennedy Space Center Private Tour with Lunch

10. Miami: Kennedy Space Center Private Tour with Lunch

Explore the Kennedy Space Center on a guided walking tour. Dive into the history of the space program and look into what is planned for the future. Enjoy the convenience of a roundtrip transfer from Miami and eat a delicious lunch along the way. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Miami and sit back and relax on the drive to the Kennedy Space Center. Follow your guide as you find out about astronauts and the details of the space race. Witness first-hand the story of space conquest and the Apollo program, from the mythical Saturn V rocket to the Atlantis shuttle, which you can admire in a specially-dedicated hall. Keep your energy up with a delectable full meal. Return to your accommodation in Miami at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Merritt Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,481 reviews

A lot to see in one day. Really good exhibits and information. Well worth the ticket price. I also like how they didn't charge my card until a few days before I arrived.

Excellentw experience. The bus was on time as they said. Text confirmation day before. Responsible, save trip. Tour guy very responsible.

I had a good time visiting Kennedy Space Center. I spent two days touring the many different exibits.

It was fun & a great learning experience. Ran out of time so will have to come back some day!

Lots to do, not enough time to do everything. Plan your day before getting there