Give Me Some Space! Destination: The Kennedy Space Center

A visit to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Florida’s Space Coast is the most interplanetary fun your family can have without leaving the ground.

Kennedy Space Center - Junior astronauts can touch down at this play area - photo by Debra Smith

Junior astronauts can touch down at this play area – photo by Debra Smith

Plan to spend an entire day exploring this universe of multimedia experiences located just an hour’s drive from Orlando.  It’s so big you’ll need to take a bus to reach some of the exhibits. Space cadets of all ages will be fascinated with the interactive displays, IMAX 3D films, actual space vehicles and so much more.

Ground Control to Major Tom

Think you have the right stuff to be an astronaut?  Find out at the new Heroes & Legends attraction featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. The film What is a Hero? shown on the 360° discovery bay wraparound screen gets you wondering. Displays about the exciting early days of the space race are brought to life through the stories of the first men and women who took a leap into the unknown. Explore interactive modules to see if you have what it takes. In the Hall of Fame, you’ll find the largest collection of astronaut memorabilia in the world.

Field of Dreams

Kennedy Space Center - An impressive display at the Rocket Garden - photo by Debra Smith

An impressive display at the Rocket Garden – photo by Debra Smith

You’ll have to stretch your neck waaay back to take in the seven massive space vehicles pointing to the sky in the Rocket Garden. It’s a great introduction to the real-life work of NASA engineers and scientists. Kids will love a photo opp in the little spaceship model before they run the length of the horizontal Saturn IB rocket.

Fly Me to the Moon

Grab a bus to the Apollo/Saturn V Center for a uniquely immersive experience.  Feel the anticipation build as the original Apollo consoles blink and flash, then hear the rumble of a simulated final countdown to launch. When the doors open, you’ll see a completely restored gigantic Saturn V launch vehicle floating suspended in the hanger.  Rockets like this 110.6 metre (363 foot-long) beauty launched Apollo lunar spacecraft from 1968 to 1972 and then landed in the sea. Luckily, this one remains, along with the Apollo 13 capsule, Alan Shepard’s lunar suit, a touchable moon rock and many other displays.

Kennedy Space Center - The Saturn V rocket looks ready to fly at a moment's notice - photo Debra Smith

The Saturn V rocket looks ready to fly at a moment’s notice – photo Debra Smith

This is no dusty museum.  You’re right in the middle of the action.  Just a few miles away space vehicles launch into orbit and if you’re lucky, you could witness a liftoff, either here or at the main visitor complex.

Ready to Blast Off

Now that you’ve seen a real rocket or two, strap yourself in for the Shuttle Launch Experience where you’ll be shaken and stirred by a trip into outer space. Then get up close and personal with the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis complete with our own Canadarm, the shuttle’s robotic arm. Docents who worked on the shuttle are standing by to answer all your questions. There are over 60 educational touch-screen exhibits and space-age simulators in this building including the story about the Hubble telescope and life on the International Space Station.

Hey – Mr Spaceman

 

Kennedy Space Center - Here's your chance to meet astronauts like Ken Cameron who flew with Chris Hatfield - photo Debra Smith

Here’s your chance to meet astronauts like Ken Cameron who flew with Chris Hadfield – photo Debra Smith

 

Where in the world can you meet an astronaut? Right here at an Astronaut Encounter, of course.  Bring your camera, a pen for autographs and your questions. Veteran astronauts from NASA’s Astronaut Corps are the nicest people on earth which might be why they were chosen to go into space. They will even share their lunch with you (and a great presentation on their personal experiences) at the Lunch With An Astronaut program.

Kennedy Space Center - Did you know NASA's emblem is nicknamed The Meatball - photo by Debra Smith

Did you know NASA’s emblem is nicknamed The Meatball – photo by Debra Smith

There’s much more to see like the Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted exhibit and additional tours to the original Mercury and Space-X Falcon 9 launch pads. Buy your tickets online in advance to avoid lineups and blast off!

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