NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Lanham, MD

Where are we going?

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
8860 Greenbelt Rd
MD 20706

301 286 2000

What is there to do?

Space...the final frontier! (Or is it!?) For those kids who LOVE all things space, astronauts and NASA, the NASA Goddard Visitor Center is a great place where kids can enjoy unparalleled experience, as well as a look into the future of space exploration!

There is always something fun and exciting for kids and families to learn and experience - and it's from NASA, so you know it's pretty special! There are exhibits, activities and events at the center, which offer inspiring and captivating (and of course educational) experiences for ALL ages!

So what are you going to learn? Well - the visitor center demonstrated the exciting and innovative work that Goddard's is doing in astrophysics, Earth science, engineering, planetary science, technology development, and communication. So in a nutshell - a lot!

The exhibits are informative and unique, and they really do open up kids eyes to all things science, including the important issue of climate change. Have you ever climbed inside a Gemini capsule model? Well at the NASA Goddard's Visitor Center - you CAN!

Do your kids play and imagine about being an astronaut, pulling on that space suit and flying high into the atmosphere? Imagine their face when they realize that at the center they can actually pull on a kid-sized space suit!

3...2....1...lift off! If you haven't experienced a real rocket launch yet, this might be second best! Once a month you can see a model rocket launch - pretty exciting! 

Don't forget about some of the children's programs too that are held at the center - all amazing experiences for kids!

Space - the Maryland frontier! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free

Children: Free


Need a little extra help?

If you have disabilities, the center will be sure to accommodate you. Just give them 48 hours notice so they can see what help you might need.


When can we go?

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 3pm. Weekends Noon - 4pm. 5pm close July & AUgust.

All year round. Closed Mondays and some federal holidays.


Any top tips?

Tours are available to foreign nationals from most countries, but you have to tell the Visitor Center the time names and passport details when you book.

I’m Hungry!

There isn't a cafe in the center, but you are more than welcome to bring your own picnic and enjoy it at the picnic tables! There are restaurants nearby the center if you prefer.

Healthy Eating

With a picnic - you can bring any food option you like! The healthier the better! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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