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Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623.322.2001
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Description: The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning...
The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where schoolchildren, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and others fly simulated space flight missions where they become flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.
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Fantastic learning experience

I visited this place with my sister last year and we were very impressed. We went on a night where other star watchers brought their telescopes and we got to look through them to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Chad W
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Peoria, Arizona, Usa
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Peoria, Arizona, Usa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I visited this place with my sister last year and we were very impressed. We went on a night where other star watchers brought their telescopes and we got to look through them to see some great things in the sky.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A nice tour for those interested in science and space travel. Tour best taken by tour. Tour guides are docents (volunteers) with educational science background. The tour is interesting and interactive with the docents. The elevator was out of service so it was a little for difficult for the mobility challenged. Tour is ideal for grade school children interested in... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I guess I am not really into this sort of museum. We had top of the line docent, but it was easy to get bored. The tour lasted about one hour. The fee was $7 per adult.

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Glendale, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Challenger Space Center in Peoria, Arizona is a great attraction for adults, teens, and children. Starting on the sidewalk from the parking lot, you are being taught something about space. There is a mission control room inside the building. There is a simulation of being on the space station. There are Mars Dust Devils that you can create yourself.... More 

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Phoenix
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We spent about 75 minutes there, including a guided tour, and felt like we saw everything worth seeing (at least, for people who aren't passionate about space exploration). If you're a Phoenix Public Library cardholder, you can get free admission by visiting any branch and "checking out" a visitor pass. I was glad we'd done that, because the gift shop... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Went on a Saturday. The pictures and displays were interesting but that was about it. They have a guided tour, which might have made it more interesting but I didn't think my 4 year old would enjoy it. We built a cool fort on the lower level but left when some other older kids came in. I think this place... More 

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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Picked this as I had not been to see anything but Cape Kennedy many years ago. It is not very large but it does have some hands on exhibits and a lot of memorabilia from former astronauts. Not very long to go thru it all. If you can get a volunteer tour guide I think it would have been a... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Our tai chi group went. It is right in my area but I had never been before, being that I am not especially interested in space. However, I did enjoy it. Our guide was especially knowledgeable. It would be extremely worthwhile for kids.

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Bay Village, Ohio
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68 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Although the center was established for supplement school experience, it still offers much for the interested person. We spent about an hour and forty minutes viewing the exhibits. Everything, the architecture, exterior displays, hallways and general design of center relates to NASA and the space program. From the story of Ham to the last flight, you can learn many things.... More 

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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Hubby and I went on a weekday, both of us being fans of all things NASA. We chose a guided tour, which proved to be a good idea. He was very knowledgable, and took special efforts to find the answer to one of my questions. There are some amazing displays, some hands-on exhibits, and a lot of printed and graphic... More 

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