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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.

From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport

3. From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport

Learn all about space on a day tour to the Kennedy Space Center from Orlando. Meet an astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, and watch an IMAX film. Stroll around the rocket garden full of real rockets, and visit the Gateway complex to learn about the future of space travel. Hear interesting facts and stories about the center from your driver and guide during your transfer. Upon arrival, enjoy plenty of time to roam around and visit the many attractions available on-site. Benefit from having your guide on hand who will be available to answer any questions during your visit. Choose from the following options: • Transportation only: Take the worry out of your transportation needs between Orlando, Kissimmee, or Lake Buena Vista to the Kennedy Space Center with a door-to-door transfer. • Transport from Orlando and Entry Ticket: Enjoy the ease of transportation to the Kennedy Space Center and skip the line to get your tickets at the door. • Small-Group Tour: Enjoy hotel pick-up and a breakfast bag en route to the complex on a small-group tour (up to 12 people) with more specialized assistance from your tour guide. Additionally, during the day at Kennedy Space, go on the KSC Explore Bus tour to get inside the NASA gates for photo stops near the launch pads and at the vehicle assembly building. Take advantage of a $15 voucher redeemable for food on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point (ICON Park) and avoid the hassle of pickups. So you get some extra time in the morning as you board at the last stop.

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.

From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Transfer & Optional Entry

6. From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Transfer & Optional Entry

Enjoy round-trip transportation from Kissimmee or Orlando to Kennedy Space Center with a knowledgeable driver who will show you the best way to get around. Be transported to the cutting edge of space exploration through hands-on exhibits, movies, and presentations, including an astronaut encounter. Choose between roundtrip transportation only or select the option to include entry to the Kennedy Space Center. Prior to arriving your tour guide will let you know the best way to see and do the park so you can maximize your time. Upon arrival, start with a bus tour that provides a complete overview of the vast spread of operations, including the massive Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Complex 39B, and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, with its recreated moon landing and awesome full-size Saturn V rocket. Back at the main complex, visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, with its emotional presentation of one of the four surviving orbiters. Take a ride on the riveting Shuttle Launch Experience, a clever simulator with the inside track on what it feels like to blast off from the Space Center. You can also visit the Heroes and Legends center (including the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame), soak up the grandeur of the IMAX Theater with its eye-popping large-screen movies, or wander the Rocket Garden.

From Orlando: Chat with an Astronaut at the KSC w/ Transfers

7. From Orlando: Chat with an Astronaut at the KSC w/ Transfers

Meet one of NASA's astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center. Learn about astronaut traditions, have the chance to ask questions, and enjoy food and a drink during the session. Start with pickup from select locations in Orlando and head to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. While at the Visitors Complex, learn about NASA's astronauts and their traditions. Ask an astronaut your most pressing questions about their experiences in a casual, small-group setting. The session will involve a group conversation and also includes food and a drink. Receive a commemorative gift and a signed portrait of the astronaut as a part of this experience. At the end of the session, you can explore the Kennedy Space Center on your own. Immerse yourself in the history and future of space exploration as you see the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit and complete the Shuttle Launch Experience.

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We had a great guide who gave us great information on how to navigate the exhibits at KSC. Even with that good information there wasn’t enough time to see everything! (Not thru any fault of the travel company) KSC has changed so much and it is wonderful and there is so much to see and do there. Pick up was easy, the bus was nice and the guide and driver were fabulous!

Excellent family activity with well presented exhibits. Well organised transport around the facility and management of people through exhibits. All the family enjoyed this activity from the grandchildren to the grandparents

10 out of 10... Great interactive stuff all over the place.. My 8 yr old daughter loved it. DON'T MISS THE ATLANTIS exhibit. Falcon 9 Space X exhibition are great. Much better over all than Huntsville museum. ALL DAY EVENT.

Took my fiance for his birthday. It was out of this world!!!

Great Time! Easy to access the passes electronically.