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Space Center Houston
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Ranked #4 of 316 things to do in Houston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee. The center features more than 400 space artifacts as well as numerous permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one admission price. The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike. Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston is open every day except Christmas day.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We loved visiting the Space Center - the only negative was the one tour we did of the buoyancy center - not really meant to hold the interest of my then 7 and 5 year old. But otherwise, everything was FASCINATING and the kids had an amazing time. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area!

Thank Marney G
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Went there on a free day while on business trip. Always heard of the legendary "Houston" and wanted to see it first hand. Both delighted and saddened at the same time.

Delighted as you actually got to visit the real deal. Highlight was tram tour to visit the mission control center that oversaw the Moon missions. Amazingly close up opportunity to see an actual rocket stored away in a warehouse.

Saddened by the fact that the most interesting tours were very dated. I had a flashback to a disneyworld tour back in the eighties. Also the infrastructure is aged and it did not help that they kept pumping nostalgic speeches and music in the background. It was like visiting an aging hero at a retirement home. Looked like a retirement home too as many of the fittings were still unchanged from the great era.

Still, recommend to visit - see it while still in shape to be able to interact so close up with history. I suspect based on the condition I saw it in that some major decision one day will have to be made to clean up that space (no pun intended) which might change how one sees the attractions - probably from a greater distance and less hands on.

Kids - yes they will enjoy it but perhaps for all the wrong reasons. A lego station appeared to be super popular followed by a gigantic "Angry Birds" a la fastfood play center (slides and all). Saw many parents desperately trying to get the kids excited about the space shuttle and rocket ships, not all successful.

Logistics tip - cater for a lot of time as there are lines for the bigger attractions. Be patient with the tram tour. Just stand in line and move with the flow. If in doubt, get the attention of one of the many young spacesuited attendants. They may not look interested, but they are all very well informed about getting around the center.

3  Thank nigeltrini
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Our plan for the day was the Johnson Space center, a 30 min drive north of Galveston....what a great idea! We are all fans of museums and science centers and this is a winner. First thing we jumped on the red tram tour, which includes the astronaut training center and an overview of the buildings and facilities...but the highlight had to be Rocket Park. They have a real Saturn V rocket with capsule inside to walk around and see the magnificent size and how the different stages fit together. NASA lost funding before the rocket could be used. We were lucky enough to catch a docent at the end of his tour and hear part of the details. If you go make sure to find the docent speaking about the rocket...our decent worked at NASA in 1967 as a trajectory engineer. FYI: The tram trip takes 60 to 90 mins, and is completely handicapped friendly with a lift on the tram.

We grabbed a bite and then ran over to see the moon rocks on display in the museum....they have the Apollo 17 capsule on display, several flight suits, ejector seats and of course the famous moon rocks. One is available to be touched, one of only 8 in the world available to be touched by the public. Did you know temper foam was developed to be used in the original seats to protect astronauts from the g-forces.

Morgan loved the Angry birds interactive kids area...we made opening day, so the news crews were there filming. They also have a great gift shop...H couldn’t resist getting dad a coffee mug...too cute..."It's not rocket science, oh wait, it is!"

Thank mexicobeachmom
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is way over priced and not worth it. The place looks really big but is not. From what I hear from friends, the one in Florida is way better and puts this one to shame. It was a waste of time & money.

Thank John F
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

1. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera, DO get the headset, and go "early." We visited NASA on a holiday weekend (MLK Day) and were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't very crowded. We got there around 10:30am, parked close to entrance. When we left around 3:00pm, it was packed, so go early. There's a lot more to do than we thought, and everything was very interesting.

2. Take a tram tour. We took the blue tour, which included mission control. This was fascinating, both for my 13 year old son, and for all 4 adults.

3. Surprisingly decent selection of lunch food. I have a vegan in my group; there was very good food for everyone's individual palate. (cafeteria-style)

I would go again, and highly recommend this destination on a trip to Houston.

3  Thank Spring60025
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