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“Out of this world”

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
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Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Huntsville
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Owner description: Home to Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and NASA's Official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center; The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Queensland, Australia
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“Out of this world”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

A must see when in Huntsville. History all around, friendly staff, interesting exhibits, shop and IMAX great. Highly recommend

Visited July 2011
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Orlando, FL USA
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“Great fun”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

This was a great museum. I live in Central Florida and am use to all things NASA and space related, but I still enjoyed my visit to the museum. Great area outdoors where you see all the different types of rockets made at the Redstone Arsenal. If you do the IMAX movie sit up high so you can get the best view without hurting your neck.

Visited May 2012
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Quezon City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“look at those rockets!”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

Visiting this place is like being a child all over again. Seeing those rockets for real takes your view on space science on a different level. Definitely a must-see if one is in Huntsville. Shared my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/romancingthestone/sets/72157627553500368/

Visited August 2011
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Champaign, Illinois
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stopped here on our way out of town, heading home. I thought we'd spend about 30 minutes in the museum and then buy some shirts and hit the road. Well, 30 minutes turned into two hours and there was so much we didn't see. I went outside and snapped photos of some of the rockets, but now I have to identify which ones I shot. Among other things, they have a Saturn V, which sent us to the moon and a space shuttle with all three rockets underneath.

Visited June 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Something educational and different for adults and kids”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

We had been here 6 years ago with our then 9-year-old grandson, and this year we took our "almost 7" granddaughter (the family lives in Alabama). Here are the things she loved. This summer, there is an exhibit on Mammoths and Mastodons. She had actually learned a little about them in kindergarten. They have scale model heads for the kids to touch, as well as full-sized reconstructed skeletons. Lots of films along the way, which may or may not hold their interest. For older kids, the films are great. Lots of giant teeth on display. Overall, a great exhibit for kids of all ages. We also saw the IMAX film on the arctic, which featured polar bears. Admission to the Center is pricey, but for an extra $2, you get the film, so it was well worth it. Be sure to look at the Daily Schedule handed out when you buy your tickets. We went on a Tuesday, and there were lots of science demonstrations throughout the Center, which we attended. In most of them, our granddaughter was the only child, so she got to help. That was a big treat. The Center has expanded considerably since we were there the last time. There is now a new building that houses the Saturn V. This is a must see, but you have to go looking for it. Strangely, we found a demonstration for children at the Pratt & Whitney Rockeydyne Demo Cart, listed as taking place in the Saturn V Hall. Problem is the Saturn V Hall isn't called that on the outside of the building. It is called Space & Rocket Center, so we had to ask several people. No one had heard of the Pratt & Whitney exhibit, and we found it on our own. A single gentleman (undoubtedly a retired scientist or engineer) did demonstrations on air flow using ping pong balls. A real kick for the kid. And the only one there. Also be prepared that there are lots of weapons (like missiles and attack helicopters) all over the grounds. So it is not just about space exploration. Seeing an actual Saturn 5 rocket, laid out horizontally in the new hall, is pretty spectacular. There are also exhibits to interact with, such as climbing into a re-entry pod and going inside the quarantine lab for the returning astronauts. The most interactive stuff is in the original museum, and if you weigh 50 pounds, you can climb the rock wall (with a harness and other safety gear). The 6 year old got about half way up, which was pretty good.She did it 4 times. Her grandfather made it to the top, but his descent was less than memorable. There is also a trip to Mars simulator (lots of rocking and rolling as you go on a Martian rollercoaster). For older kids, there are a couple of real cool rides outside the museum. The exhibits inside and out will occupy you for the better part of a full day, depending on your patience and tolerance levels. Lots to learn for adults, too. We arrived at 9:15 and left at close to 5 p.m. If you arrive early, which is nice because there aren't many other visitors, be aware that some of the interactive attractions may be closed. We learned that it doesn't mean they are closed for the day, because when we returned later, they were open.. We asked someone about this, and they said that the staff rotates. So come back if something isn't open. Again, I think looking at the Daily Schedule not only gives you some guidelines as to where and when to be, but points out areas of the Center that you wouldn't have found on your own. There are guided tours of various parts of the Center, which we did not have time to take. Parking is free and plentiful. The on-site Mars Grill has lots of variety (including salads) and is pretty reasonable. We also stopped by the Spark Lab, where there are building projects for the kids. Oh, and outdoors they have acres to explore with lunar craters and other exciting things. Great day. Especially good in the hot Alabama weather, where you can be outside briefly, then duck back into the air-conditioned facilities.

Visited May 2012
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