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“The closest thing to outer space”

Space Center Houston
Ranked #26 of 325 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
Reviewed October 17, 2013

It can be a great day to spend a rainy Saturday or Sunday. Not only is it entertaining, it's educational and fun. Just dress comfortably, especially the shoes.

Thank Anna R
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

I'm very glad that we went. It is rather pricey for what you get but I think it is a must see for Houston visitors. Paid 6 dollars for parking and $20ish each to get in. Took the tram first thing. They cram you into the seats which was VERY uncomfortable. Enjoyed the various stops but prepare yourself for climbing stairs...lots of them. Best to wear sneakers vs. flip flops. I would also say this is NOT a place for toddlers. Too many screaming while on the tour.. Also, very difficult to hear the tour guide when visitors are talking among themselves VERY LOUDLY and the staff never asked them to quiet down.

That was the highlight of the visit. Not much else to see there. The gift shops were reasonably priced though.

Thank Donna H
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Spent $6 to park and then $24 to get in (with a senior discount)!!! First thing we saw was a snake show like at a zoo. Tram took us to the Space center where amock up of the now defunct Space Shuttle was there. All you saw was the open bay with a lot of wires. Better view of a real shuttle at the Smithsonian and it doesn't cost a cent.

2  Thank kkeenan
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

What a valuable trip this is! If you are in Houston with time to spare, spend an afternoon here to appreciate the majesty of the space program from its inception to the present day. You will see replicas of the major space vehicles, rockets, lunar modules and rovers while appreciating in person the magnificent size and stages of the Saturn V rocket. The talks, films, tours and hands on exhibits make it well worth the visit. For those with AAA memberships, children and senior citizens, there are discounts. Food is also available. You will come away with a new appreciation for the dedication and creativity of the space program.

Thank Celebrating43
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Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to take kids! A lot of interactive educational things for kids and adults. Nice picnic area outside.

Thank Allaboutpaleo
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