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Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623.322.2001
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Great place to visit on a rainy afternoon. I enjoyed showing it to my children though it was sad to remember the day the Challenger space ship blew up. I recounted for my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Sun City, Arizona
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

It feels unamerican to give the challenger space center a poor review. I have to say, it was beyond disappointing. There were many closed doors, which is unclear if you are supposed to enter and view or not. There was a display with a cardboard box and toy shuttles thrown into it in disarray. There were cracks in the plastic... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

No interactive activities. The rooms that might have interesting facts or displays are locked. You will just be walking around the station for about 15 minutes and covered everything there. They do have a play area for the children which might be the best thing but since I don't have any children, this is a waste of time and gas... More 

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great place to visit on a rainy afternoon. I enjoyed showing it to my children though it was sad to remember the day the Challenger space ship blew up. I recounted for my children my memories from that day....

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London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This was our 4 years old's first introduction to planets and space exploration. Some of it was a bit too old for him, but he absolutely loved the interactive options. We entertained a room full of pensioners chasing the planet's around in the Hug a Planet room, which was great fun! Our son also enjoyed the giant building blocks on... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Having visited the Kennedy Space Center visitor center I was a bit underwhelmed by the Challenger center but there were many school children there and they all seemed to be having a great time.

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Portland
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70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

You take take your own tour at your own pace or have a tour guide (if one is available) or do both. The cost is about $8 for adults but there is a discount if you are a member of AAA (cost is then about $6.40). Pictures dealing with the Challenger plus much more about individual astronauts who are/were in... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Too bad I did not read the reviews here, the 1 stars are absolutely correct, there is not much going on this place. For my group of 2 adults, 1 senior and 1 kid + the lego activity I paid $34, I feel so ripped off!! mostly is walls filled with pictures or old posters, couple memorabilia things. Others are... More 

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Long Island, NY
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This may be a biased review but...SNOOZEFEST! If you paid me to go back here, I probably would tell you to keep your money. I'm shocked by the positive reviews of this place... Now why I would say this review is biased is because we went to this place 1 hour before closing and we didn't get a guided tour.... More 

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Peoria, Arizona, Usa
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7 reviews
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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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Additional Information about Challenger Space Center

Address: 21170 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623.322.2001
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Peoria
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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