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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: Admission ticket with Explore Tour

2. Kennedy Space Center: Admission ticket with Explore Tour

Get the most out of your time at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex by combining a 1 or 2-day admission ticket with the in-depth Explore bus tour. On the Explore tour, you'll ride along with a space expert as they take you on a tour of America’s multi-user spaceport. The KSC Explore Tour goes beyond the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, making several stops to capture once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Get a photographic 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. With your admission ticket to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy many exhibits, shows, and attractions, 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. 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

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.

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

4. 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.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

5. 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: Chat with an Astronaut Experience

6. Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut Experience

See history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center. Travel from a meeting point to the Space Coast. On the way your guide will explain more about the facility and how to make the most out of your time at the visitor center. 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 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.

From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Transfer & Optional Entry

7. 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

8. 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.

Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Admission

9. Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Admission

Blast off and experience a trip like no other to NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Visitor Complex. Shake hands with an astronaut, learn about various Apollo missions and see Space Shuttle Atlantis®.  Visit the space station in the morning or afternoon, depending on what tour you choose. Explore your surroundings, enjoy either breakfast or lunch paired with one alcoholic drink (for adults) or light refreshments. Enjoy exhibits, shows, and attractions, including the world's largest collection of astronaut memorabilia. Walk around, visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Shuttle Launch Experience, Rocket Garden, and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing®. Meet a real astronaut, one of the coolest experiences you will get on Earth. Chat with them as they tell you about their missions, and get a photo taken with them. Experience a great day out with all the family. That's one you can tick off your bucket list.

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What people are saying about United States Astronaut Hall of Fame

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based on 2,734 reviews

The Space Center is amazing! So much to see. We really enjoyed the Explore Tour (our guide was John), we learned so much, went places the free bus doesn’t go, got close to the launch pads, saw the Artemis rocket from as close as allowed, saw the crawler that moves the rockets - it is SO worth adding this to your visit.

We really love the tour and getting to see the backstage area and the launch pads and all the different abilities to get off the bus and view things in person. It was amazing. And we had the best tour guide Bart. He was wonderful!

The tour was very good and well organised and to time. Charles and Angelina were excellent hosts and very funny. All in all a really good day out

The tour was great. Driver Wendy and host Bob was funny interesting and informative. The tips provided were very useful.

It was very informative and the staff was wonderful