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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.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ticket with Bus Transfer

2. 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.

Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

3. 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 transportation from Central Florida with a tour guide explaining lots of hints and tips to ensure you make the most out of your day at the visitor center. Jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that 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. Go nose to nose with Space Shuttle Atlantis, this interactive experience helps you understand how the space shuttles were the 'buses' of space. Not to be missed is Gateway; the new facility that explores deep-sea launches. Enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable journeys at Spaceport KSC. 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 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.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

7. 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. Transportation from a Central Florida area pick-up location is included, and the tour guide to give you hints and tips on the journey from Orlando to Cape Canaveral. • Kennedy Space Center Small-Group Experience: Enjoy a hotel pick-up and a breakfast bag en route to the complex on a small-group tour with more specialized assistance from your tour guide. Additionally, during the day at Kennedy Space, go on KSC Explore Bus tour to get inside the NASA gates for photo stops near the launch pads and at the vehicle assembly building. You will also have time to be able to explore on your own as there is so much to see in the complex. All guests will be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food 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. • Chat with an Astronaut and Space Center Tour: Enjoy your day at the Space Center complete with a presentation that includes snacks and drinks as well as a talk from an astronaut. You will have a chance to ask questions and take photos of a real space hero. • 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 the 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. So you get some extra time in the morning as you board at the last stop. 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

8. 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.

Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

9. Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

Your tour to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex promises an exciting day for the whole family. Learn all about space travel on your visit to this amazing institution. During the narrated NASA bus tour, you will find yourself standing inside the launch control room and looking at an actual Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever to fly. You can also take pictures of the shuttle launch pads. With a little luck, you might even see a space shuttle there! Also at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience. This simulator ride began in May 2007 and replicates the sights, sounds, and feelings of a shuttle launch. Feel the incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth from an astronaut's point of view. Guest Crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind motion-based simulator, the only realistic simulation of a launch ever created. The 5-minute experience sequence culminates with a breath-taking view of the Earth. After the bus tour, sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie. Be sure to check out the new 3D IMAX Magnificent Desolation. Why not choose to stroll through a real-size space shuttle, look at a moon rock or try space ice cream? This is a day of fun for the whole family. Your tour includes a 30-minute airboat ride to discover the beauty of the nearby swamps! Look for exotic plants, flowers and wildlife including the most famous inhabitant of the swamp — the alligator.

Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

10. Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

Get the VIP treatment with hotel pickups, snacks on board the small group vehicle, and a special bus tour of Kennedy Space Center. Your morning will start with a hotel pickup and breakfast on the go. Once everyone has been picked up you will head to the east coast for your day at Kennedy Space Center. Your tour guide will give you lots of information en route to the visitor center to ensure you make the most out of your day. Upon arrival you will be fully informed to know the best way to explore the center, you will also have your lunch vouchers and your special bus tour tickets in hand that will be provided by the guide. Explore the Atlantis exhibit iincluding the Shuttle Launch Simulator or make a stop at the IMAX theater. During the day you can also take the special "KSC Explore" bus tour. The KSC Explore Tour goes beyond the standard Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, making several stops to capture once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Get a great view of numerous spaceflight icons like the Vehicle Assembly Building and historic Launch Complex 39, disembarking to capture photos along the way to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Within the Apollo/Saturn V Center you will find a piece of moon rock that you can even touch. Head to the moon landing cafe where your $15 voucher can be used, or at any of the other dining facilities in the complex. Explore the 'Gateway, the Deep Space Launch Complex' exhibition wherey you can learn more about the future of space travel. First, see the spacecraft of today and the visionary designs paving the way for human deep space travel and discover the current cutting-edge space exploration innovations from NASA and commercial partners. Then, enter the spaceport of the future, Spaceport KSC. With your commander steering the path, launch aboard one of four unique journeys through the solar system and beyond during an immersive ride. At the end of the day, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Orlando with snacks for the drive home.

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What people are saying about Merritt Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,780 reviews

Time in KSC is limited for everything it offers, but on a half-day tour it's normal that you don't have time for everything. Still, I would do the same again with the airboat. It may not be the Everglades but it was a lot of fun and we saw native flora and fauna.

This was excellent. Great value for money and really good options for me and my family.

Overall it was a great day. First time really enjoyed it

Awesome experience! Need to go back to finish touring.

It should be on the top of everyone's to do list...