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Challenger Space Center

Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623.322.2001
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Ranked #4 of 6 Attractions in Peoria
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Challenger Space Center provides an exciting space-based learning environment where...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Glendale, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Niagara Falls
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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46 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Vero Beach,Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Friendly staff. Very educational for ages,even us adults. Highly recommend.My Grandson age 7 and Granddaughter age 15 enjoyed all the things to do. There are hands on things to do. Their favorite was the Planet room where you try and capture the Planets ,tells which planets they are.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Challenger Space Center is a magical place to visit. The outside of the grounds is very unique with a rounded building structure, and interesting rockets to entice you to see the sights inside. Once inside, there is an elevator that takes you to the different floors with a variety of experiments for young people. There are photographs and artifacts... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Our Woodmen of the World lodge visited the Challenger Space Center in April 2014. Although we are all middle age adults, there was so much to see and do that we felt like kids in a candy factory! We had a guide who was very knowledgeable about the the many exhibits. He allowed plenty of time to explore each one... More 

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