NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Welcome to the Greatest Space Adventure on Earth! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the only place in the world where you can see the real space shuttle Atlantis, touch a moon rock, meet a veteran NASA astronaut, tour a NASA spaceflight facility and get an up-close view of a real Saturn V moon rocket all in the same day! Arrive early for this full-day experience to make the most of your visit. The visitor complex opens at 9 am every day.
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  • gwattya
    Adelaide, Australia401 contributions
    Interesting day trip!
    A whole day affair. but if I would have more time, would spend a couple of days to explore the areas my husband and I missed. We booked a day trip transportation separately and used go city all inclusive pass for the admission fee. Cheaper and convenient to book online for admission fees. this will save you time by bypassing the long ticket queues and directly queue to the security gates. Mind you, we we there Tuesday and was busy regardless. The Space Center is massive so visit the more important places if you only have one day - these are the simulators (which are quite an experience!), the Artemis, then the bus ride to the Apollo Center, shuttle experience (separate fees apply) then back to rocket garden where you can explore extensively and see and attend the astronaut talk or the training and other interesting areas - these are near the exit area. If we would have known the food were not that great at the food court at the Apollo area, we would have brought or packed some fruits to saved us some time queuing in the food court. i recommend that you bring a water bottle container so you can refill at the water dispensers in NASA. Had an enjoyable time, quite different from the Houston Complex, but enjoyed exploring both. It is a massive complex requiring a lot of walking so make sure to put the best walking shoes on!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2022
  • CeeBee1130
    New Haven, Connecticut48 contributions
    Worth the Triple AAA ticket price
    I prepaid for 4 tickets via Triple AAA, it was almost $15 cheaper so if you are a member I highly recommend. On our way I saw an alert on Space Center’s website that visitor center was closed due to an outage, but all other buildings would be open. We arrived a little after 10 am. As we already had tickets we just had to scan them in ( after your security check). We went to the heroes& legends building first. The person operating it, still wearing a mask so was hard to hear. It was a very hot day, so the buildings are a/c. I was traveling with two Seniors so the standing and walking was a little difficult, so we broke up the day with the bus tour. After bus tour we had lunch then we went to another building and gift shop. My favorite tour was the Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. Sad that this program was dismantled. We spent 4 hours which was just enough. Still disappointed that Visitor Center was closed.
    Thank you for the review. We're sorry the Apollo/Saturn V Center was unavailable on the day of your visit. We hope you will come back to visit us again. Have a great day!
    Written July 28, 2022
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    Written July 25, 2022
  • katiel0703
    Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania27 contributions
    A must stop place!
    The Kennedy Space Center is a must when you are in the area! We had one day set aside to visit the center but we weren't able to get everything in...definitely recommend the two-day pass in order to see all of the theatre and IMAX shows that are available. The add on bus tour that isn't included in a regular admission is highly recommended for you to do! One note about that though is that the bus add ons sell out in advance of the day of so try to schedule what day you will be there and buy your admissions tickets in advance to ensure you can get the bus add on, if you are doing it. One other tidbit is that if you pay for parking with cash, the line goes much quicker and you get parked faster than if waiting in the credit card parking lanes. We would definitely recommend this complex, you don't wanna miss your chance to go when you are in the area.
    Written January 4, 2023
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Katie K
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Jan 2023 • Family
We purchased tickets for the Feel the Heat package for 4 people (2 adults and 2 children ages 4 and 7). The launch was scheduled for a Thursday and was scrubbed and rescheduled for Saturday. We were flying back out of town on Sunday so that worked. We entered the park on Saturday and did the main visitor center portion only as we were told that we would be bussed over to the Saturn 5 complex later with our package. At the time we were supposed to board to be transferred over for the feel the heat package to view the launch at the Saturn five complex we were informed that the launch was scrubbed again. The launch was moved to Sunday evening and we were unable to change flights to attend. When we asked about a refund for the portion of the package that had gone unused we were told there was nothing that could be done. That since we entered the park using our ticket they would not refund any portion or offer a voucher for a future launch. Yes, we entered the park but we never saw the Saturn 5 facility, got the included meal, the gift or the most important part got to see the launch. I understand things get scrubbed for many reasons but I feel that there should be something done when the rest of the ticket is unfulfilled. The price difference from park entrance only to the Feel the Heat package is significant especially for a family of 4 with young kids. We opted to skip other parts of our vacation to do this package.
Written January 15, 2023
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Thanks for your feedback. We’re sorry to hear we disappointed you. We communicate several times during the sale of our launch packages (e.g., Feel the Heat) that the purchaser understands that launches may occur at any date/time or can be delayed/scrubbed with little notice due to weather or technical issues. If your travel plans are not flexible, carefully consider this scrub policy before purchase. The visitor complex is not responsible for the launch schedule. If you want share any additional concerns, you can reach out to us at kscinfo@delawarenorth.com.
Written January 17, 2023
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littlekat123
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
My advice is, don’t head for the bus tour first thing. That’s what EVERYBODY does. Big crowd and a long wait! Instead, first go to the Atlantis Space shuttle exhibit, which I personally think is the best one they have. I arrived at the Center at about 9:30 and waited about 20-25 minutes to get through security, after that, since everyone headed for the bus tour, Atlantis was nearly empty. There was about 10 of us for the video presentation, and no wait and only about 6 of us for the launch experience, which was awesome. Also plenty of access to the simulators. I spent 90 minutes at Atlantis. Great experience; loved it! I then visited the Gateway complex, but didn’t do their simulated flights just yet b/c the wait was too long, and I had appointments. I scheduled 2 of the Astronaut training sessions: The Mars rover landing/driving, offered at 1pm, and the microgravity experience offered at 2pm. The landing/driving experience was Soooo much fun and well worth the $30. My experience was especially good b/c I was solo and got to both land (commander) and drive the rover (pilot). The latter is by far the more fun IMAO. I was unimpressed by the microgravity experience. Perhaps fun for a kid, but short, easy, and over priced for an adult. Just my opinion, though, because the folks I did it with filmed their entire experience and seemed to love it. I ducked out of the microgravity experience just before 2:30 and made the last bus tour. Perfect! No wait for the bus and minimal wait at the launch facility. On return to the space center I went back to Gateway, and by then there was minimal wait for the flight simulation of my choice. Overall a very fun, moving, interesting day, but definitely do the landing/driving optional experience if you get the chance.
Written October 21, 2022
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So glad you had a great experience, littlekat123. Have a great day!
Written October 23, 2022
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Anish S
Chicago, IL758 contributions
Jul 2021
During our 5 day stay in Orlando, we decided to dedicate 1 day to NASA. While it's an hour drive from Disney/Universal, it was well worth it.

We left our hotel by 8 so that we could get there around the time it opens. Luckily (for whatever reason), we went on a weekday when the crowds were minimal. Due to lack of lines, we were able to check out all the exhibits. Additionally, we were able to secure the tour tickets to view Saturn exhibit, which you should attempt to secure the moment you get to the front gates.

Since we went end of July, around lunch time it got really hot so we decided to duck into the play zone for the kids to take a breather. Kids had a great time at the play zone but even better is that there is a bar on the 3rd floor where the adults can grab a beer, AC, and a seat (if it's not too crowded). We spent a good 45 minutes here before they emptied the play zone for the next group of people. Since we are vegetarian, we decided to pack PBJ with us and were able to eat that at the play zone. Note, there is food available to purchase at the restaurant as well, but the restaurant was PACKED around 1 PM.

Only thing we were bummed about is that we weren't able to watch a live launch. There was a launch scheduled for 2 days after (which could be why there weren't as many people on day we went) which would have been really cool to see. However, if you are planning on going on launch day, be sure to purchase tickets well in advance. Also be prepared for the launch to be rescheduled depending on weather.

Unless you and your group totally hate space, I would DEF. plan to spend a day here.
Written September 6, 2021
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We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. See you next time!
Written September 8, 2021
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN385 contributions
Feb 2021
Only open 10-4 due to Covid, and you must purchase tickets in advance to limit crowd size. We arrived at 10:30 thinking that we could see it all in 4 hours. Last time we were here was in 1998 - it seems much larger now. We stayed until closing time and still didn't see it all. The bus rides to the Vehicle Assembly Building are closed due to Covid. We would have needed two days if that had been open. Social distancing wasn't an issue except on the simulator ride. They only take 50% capacity, but when they load you in the ride they squeeze everyone together and leave the back half empty! Does common sense not exist anymore? Very interesting place to visit - especially for us that grew up in the 60's and were part of the space race. Restaurant on site, good stop for lunch. Will come back.
Written March 15, 2021
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Thank you for the review. Have a great day!
Written March 20, 2021
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Scuba555
Los Angeles, CA439 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We bought our tickets online beforehand and also added on the guided tour for $20 (which was well worth it to make the most of your day). The guided tour was great as the park was opened from 10am to 4pm. Our tour guide Nick took us around the park, he was knowledgeable and kind, and at the end was taken by a different tour guide to the Astronaut training experience which is not open to the public (botany, robotics, etc.). Afterwards, we went to the gift shop and received complimentary souvenir mugs. The website said the tour also included a boxed lunch, but that was inaccurate. We really enjoyed the Atlantis exhibit and the shuttle launch experience. The food was theme park price, however you can get free soda refills at the Orbit Cafe. Didn’t care for the buffalo chicken sandwich, hamburger was good. If you don’t add anything extra or customize, it’s plain - only meat and bun. I would recommend you arrived at 9:30am when the park opens at 10am to get a good parking spot. We also came on a day of a shuttle launch which was great to see.
Written December 19, 2020
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John O
New York City, NY1,920 contributions
May 2021
My wife and I were here on Fri May 14, 2021. We purchased our admission ticket and the additional guided tour option online several weeks in advance. Parking is plentiful, it is $10 (credit card at gate), and the gates did not open until 30 minutes prior. We arrived early and there was a long line of cars waiting to get inside. There is a bag check so its easier to leave it in the car and tsa screening. You scan your tickets at the gate but I did see that there were automated ticket pick ups prior to the gate. We had the 10am guided tour and it is highly recommended since this place is really overwhelming in its size and scope. The Jupiter Bus tour was back in session, so make sure you pick up a ticket to the bus (included in your admission) next to where the guided tours depart. The guided tour lasted just over 2 hours, we then took the Jupiter Bus tour. That lasted another hour which gave us nearly 3 hours free time and we could have used another hour before the park closed. Great for older children and adults, just make sure to book any "experiences" not included in you admission ticket prior to arriving. We were constantly going for six hours. Go!
Written May 26, 2021
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Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. See you next time!
Written May 30, 2021
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Doogie86
St. Augustine27 contributions
Jan 2022
I see a lot of negative reviews for this place over the last few weeks, but if there is one thing I have learned, you never go to an attraction in Florida during the last two weeks of December. My son and I just went for the first time this past Saturday, and we had a blast. Not very busy at all. It's nothing like Disney or other Theme parks if that's what you're expecting. This is more of an interactive educational experience to learn about our Nation's space program.

The exhibits and attractions did feel quite limited though. The website says to plan for multiple days to do everything, but really you only need one. We did pretty much everything, and that was accounting for getting there an hour late, and about an hour for lunch.

My son LOVED Planet Play. I do have to say, it's by far the coolest play area I've ever seen at an attraction. It's an almost three story area filled with climbing, slides, and interactive things for kids to do. There is a seating area upstairs for adults to chill while their kids have fun. You can do trivia on the touch screen table, and have a coffee or beer while you wait for the kids to tire themselves out.

The Saturn 5 rocket complex was cool. It was kind of annoying to have to watch a video right off the bus, and then another right after. The control room part I liked, but the initial video off the bus seemed pointless, but I assume it has to do with queue control. The Atlantis exhibit was the same way which was irritating. The second video was cooler being in the room with the big reveal of the shuttle after though.

We had lunch at the Saturn 5 complex. The food was just average but that's typical for attraction parks. It's not the worst I've had, that title goes to Legoland. Absolute trash all three times I've been there.

We happened to stumble into the gift shop at the time an Astronaut was there signing photos, so my son got one and got to ask him a few questions, which I think was awesome. He was polite and informative.

For my son and I being a couple of space nerds, this place was cool. I'd like to see them add some more stuff to justify the ticket price though. This is more or less a glorified Space Museum so $114 for two people was pretty steep. I see a new attraction is opening in March which we may go back and check out later this summer.

There are some things I think they can improve, but overall it was very enjoyable. Just don't go at peak times, and don't expect it to have rides like Disney and Universal. This is more educational than anything, and a cool look into the past of our space program.
Written January 10, 2022
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Hi Doogie86, thank you so much for the review. Hope to see you again in the near future!
Written January 13, 2022
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Claud
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The guided tour cost a fortune but the only guide is on the bus before arriving at the parking lot. There is no guide after you arrive at the center. There is no difference / benefits vs. standard tickets but you have all the restrictions, i.e. get to a number of bus picking up spots very early in the day and leave by 16:30 as well. The only benefit is if you don’t have a rental car. You will also miss imax movies if you take the guided tour. You have way more flexibility by doing it on your own.

The center is very small and even standard ticket is expensive vs. other options in the region. The center is privately owned, but they are doing all they can to link to NASA. The pics shown on the website are the best you will see.
Written December 29, 2022
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MacBrideJB
224 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
This is a total con. $60 per person for a bus tour with one stop, and a driver who continuously told us we MUST take a photo for our own good or we would live in regret, we MUST listen to him give us answers to the questions we were to pretend someone had asked, etc. A bit aggro. Then the building we visited on the tour was literally two separate films you could watch on YouTube for free, and then a few pieces of moon rock they could have displayed at the main part of the complex, an overpriced canteen, and a gift shop. It feels very much like an accounting exec got their hands on the scale-down of this. At $25 it would’ve maybe been understandable but 60 bucks a pop I wish we had skipped it. It’s an industry that has little to show these days.
Written April 30, 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Very sorry your experience wasn’t what you’d hoped. The cost of admission includes all of our attractions and exhibits at the main complex in addition to the bus tour to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. We're sorry that we didn't meet your expectations.
Written May 11, 2022
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Ozzup2020
Antioch, IL3 contributions
Mar 2021
The main reason for us going to the Space Center was to get on the bus tour and see more about the launch pads and rockets - however due to a VERY limited capacity reservations were already booked and with so many attractions closed there was really only Atlantis left to see and the line to get on the zero gravity ride was ridiculous. I do feel this was a VERY large waste of money at $60 per person. I'd wait until they're back to full service and you can actually enjoy your day experiencing other attractions...as of now let's just say BORING.
Written March 25, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, even if your experience wasn’t great. All of our attractions and exhibits that are included with daily admission are open and operational. We do have limited capacity on our bus transportation to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. We’re sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations.
Written March 28, 2021
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