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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

1. 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.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

2. 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.

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Our tour was amazing. Both driver and tour guide were so helpful, I would highly recommend adding airboat tour to your day trip as it leaves you sufficient time for the space centre. 10/10! Only negative is drop off took along time due to the many pick up points (over 2 hours) however this is not the fault of the employees. Book, you will not regret it

Loved the Airboat ride & KSC was amazing……. But coach was 40 minutes late picking up … then the coach was an hour late picking up at Airboats, Though loved space centre felt like we had to rush round… The KSC wasn’t closing till 6pm but we had to leave at 5pm it then took 3 hours to get back because of the number of drop offs

We traveled with our 13-year old grandson and thoroughly enjoyed Kennedy Space Center. It was very moving at different points as it reminded of what we watched on tv in the late 60's through to the current expeditions.

The Space Center requires a lot of time to see in its entirety. Allow time for your visit so you can enjoy all the Center has to offer.

fab day out just not enough time to see everything.