Kennedy Space Centre Titusville
Where are we going today?
One small step for man, one giant leap for your family day out!
That's right - if you love all things NASA, or you are fascinated by space, or perhaps dream of being an astronaut, then you need to make a trip to the Kennedy Space Center!
The Kennedy Space Center is not only one of Orlando's most popular attractions (and when you visit you will see why), but it's also the ONLY place on earth that you can tour real life launch areas, or even meet an astronaut. It's also the only place where you can train in spaceflight simulators AND even view a launch!
There are a number of experiences that you can have during your time at this amazing attraction! On the Space Shuttle Atlantis, you can stand nose-to-nose with the shuttle itself, and become immersed in the true to life spaceflight!
3-2-1...lift off! The Shuttle Launch Experience needs you to buckle up, and hold on tight because YOU get to actually experience what an astronaut would feel heading up into that amazing mass we call space. Veteran astronauts have actually called it the world's most realistic simulation!
You can lunch with an astronaut too! These limited seating experiences are a fascinating way to hear all the stories about their time in space, and kids can ask all the questions they want!
The center has a rocket garden, where you can stroll through real and replica capsules and rockets (some as high as 109 feet!), and kids will love the Astronaut Encounter, where they can find out how astronauts really eat, live and sleep on their missions.
Of course, what would a family day out be without a special kids area! These junior astronauts can let their imaginations soar in their fun space themed play area. They can slide, climb, create and hide as the pretend they are the ones heading off into space!
An amazing family day out in space in Florida. You might want to hold tight!
How much does it cost?
- Children$40 (ages 3 to 11)
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
Generally 9am to 7pm with some variations.
All year round
You can lunch with the astonaut, or head to one of the three cafes, or many snack bars for food! Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, mc and cheese, ice cream...certainly not space food!.
The Orbit cafe sells sandwiches and the Rocket Garden cafe has sandwiches and salads .
Any Top Tips?
Allow a good few hours to really see and take in everything!.
Doing our bit
It's an incredible experience, and one that NASA has really made to feel like you are part of their team!.
Need a little extra help?
Tour buses are equipped with wheelchair-accessible lifts. Guests may request this service from any of the ticket agents and board buses from Gate 5. There is also accessible parking. .
Can I get one of those?
There are three shops filled with super cool and fascinating gifts for you to take home! Memorabilia, apollo-era souvenirs included!.
There is always a live webcam stream on their site if you ever want to catch a launch and you're not in the area!.
What people are saying?
Amazing place to visit. Just about an hour away from Orlando and well worth the drive. The complex is massive and entry includes a bus tour of the launch pads and transport to the nearby Saturn V building. The Atlantis exhibition is incredible and it's fascinating to see all of the work and time that went into building something that massive and complicated. IMAX 3D movies are also included in the admission price and give you a good idea about what goes on up on the ISS. We easily spent a full day wandering round and I would highly recommend this...Read More
by Robert Phipps
Absolutely incredible. Highly recommend the new Atlantis building, the AV presentation is the best I have ever seen, and the Shuttle has been left just how it landed, with the Plasma marks and everything, and the launch experience is a must do. Also, make sure you get the bus out to the Apollo building, and the hall of fame also has some good displays. If you are on the 'space coast' you must go.
by Nitin Dhar
The Shuttle Launch Experience® at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is really amazing. It is really unique in its proposition and it makes you feel as if you are really going to fly off the ground into the space at 17,500 mph. The custom-designed crew cabins and seating arrangement are fabulous and gives a feel of a lifetime.
by Greg Beskow
Do your research so you understand the tour and ticket situation, but keep in mind you can't see everything in one day on the general admission ticket that's good for only 1 day. The bus tour and Saturn V rocket is amazing! The Atlantis experience is just incredible! The kids were floored by even the Rocket Garden! The Hubble IMAX film was even impressive. This visit was worth every penny!
by Jake Burgess
This is a must see if you are visiting Florida! The entrance fee is a bit steep but, does include a day of activities! The bus tour is very interesting and it was exciting to see the launch pads. The museums are full of information and activities for the kids. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time. My family was busy from opening to closing and we still didnt see everything!
Amazing place to visit. Just about an hour away from Orlando and well worth the drive. The complex is massive and entry includes a bus tour of the launch pads and transport to the nearby Saturn V building. The Atlantis exhibition is incredible and it's fascinating to see all of the work and time that went into building something that massive and complicated. IMAX 3D movies are also included in the admission price and give you a good idea about what goes on up on the ISS. We easily spent a full day wandering round and I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Orlando or the surrounding area.