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“Out of This World Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston
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NASA's Space Center Houston and City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #4 of 283 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: Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Out of This World Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

I loved it. I came to Houston just for it. I took the "VIP Level 9 Tour." Worth every cent. We got taken to many building at the Space Center, and met several of the engineers working there. We ate lunch at the staff cafe, and got to mingle with the NASA people. Saw lots of hardware in development, inflatable modules, Buoyancy Lab (Underwater Training Facility), the T-38 hangar (an astronaut was going for a test flight while we were there). Saw the Apollo MCC and the Vacuum Chamber. Amazing stuff. I would give this place 10 stars if I could.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Must See!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you go to Houston, this should be the first thing you see. Tour the working NASA facility, see the original instruments used for the Apollo missions (Houston, we have a problem!) and then go to the center to hear talks from real astronauts, learn some about science and look at artifacts and displays. We only allowed 3 hours, and were sad we couldn't stay more.

Visited February 2014
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“Very Enjoyable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

Well organised tour that is very informative. Great to visit the control room for the Apollo missions and check out a range of space vehicles and simulators.

Visited January 2014
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“A must if your in the area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

We arrived at the space centre at 12 noon on a day that it closed at 7pm thinking we had plenty of time, we were wrong. Last January we went to the Kennedy space centre and spent about the same amount of times so we thought it would be on a much smaller scale and need less time. We could not have been more wrong. This space centre is every bit as good as the Kennedy space centre and it held my 6 year olds attention all day long. When you go out to rocket park and see the space shuttle, it is just mind boggling.

Visited January 2014
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“My kids absolutely loved it, and I pretty much did too”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

We arrived at just before 11:00 on a Monday and just made the first tram tour out. It was chilly, and my kids were a little grumpy about it at first. But once they warmed up to the experience (especially Rocket Park), and then to the entire museum, they insisted we stay until closing at 5:00. The films were just short enough to be both informative and managable for kids. The interactive section for the kids was their favorite part, naturally. The presenation on Life In Space was fun for all of us, and the Space Shuttle movie was inspiring and enjoyable. Being here made me appreciate NASA and the space program much, much more. Having watched Apollo 13 just days before in preparation helped him a lot! Definitely take the tram tour, and visit the gallery and see the moon rocks.

Visited February 2014
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