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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Experience space adventures while exploring Kennedy Space Center

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An aerial view of the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex showing the Astronauts Memorial Space Mirror in the foreground, and in the background is the Center for Space Education and the Rocket Garden.

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Since being built in 1967, the 70-acre Visitor Complex at Kennedy Space Center has been entirely redeveloped into a comprehensive space program experience. More than 1.5-million guests from around the world come every year to explore the exciting past, present and future of America's space program.

It is easy to spend a full day exploring the exciting shows, programs, exhibits and tours. And, if you don't see it all in one day... your second day is free!

Journey of Discovery

Through the exhibits and tours, you will see where America's space program has been; and, because the history of space exploration is still being written with every Space Shuttle and International Space Station mission you will experience history in the making.

Your journey of discovery begins the moment you step through the turnstile with amazing exhibits and inspiring shows that are included in the price of admission:

  • Space Shuttle Plaza - See "Explorer," a full-size orbiter replica, along with full-size solid rocket boosters and an external tank on display.
  • Shuttle Launch Experience - Strap in for an all-too-real one-of-a-kind simulation of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the Space Shuttle.
  • Kennedy Space Center Tour - Board a bus for a go-at-your-own pace tour making stops at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, Apollo/Saturn V Center and the International Space Station Center.
  • IMAX® - Home to the only back-to-back IMAX® theaters in the world. Enjoy inspiring films showcased on two large-format 3-D five-and-a-half story tall screens — Hubble 3D where you can float beside space-walking astronauts.
  • Astronaut Encounter - Come face-to-face with a real astronaut every day in this half-hour, interactive question and answer session. Details
  • Mad Mission to Mars 2025 - A live-action stage show featuring wacky characters Professor Pruvitt, Kelvin and WD-4D who magically transform the audience into "astronaut trainees," then guide them on an interactive journey through the cosmos.
  • Rocket Garden - The hallmark of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features eight authentic rockets from the past and "climb-in" Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsule replicas.
  • Early Space Exploration - Highlights the Mercury and Gemini space programs with artifacts from the first manned space flights.
  • Robot Scouts - Highlighting NASA's unsun heroes, the unmanned planetary robot probes that paved the way for human space flight.
  • Astronaut Memorial - The 42.5-foot high by 50-foot wide "Space Mirror" illuminates the names of the American astronauts who gave their lives in the quest to explore space. Sunlight projecting through the names appears to emblazon them against a reflection of the sky.
  • U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame - See the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, plus historic spacecrafts. Enjoy hand-son activities and astronaut training simulators — sit at a mission control console, take a virtual moonwalk and feel the pull of 4 G's in the G-Force Trainer.
These interactive experiences are available at an additional cost (and require reservations):
  • Lunch With an Astronaut - Have lunch with an actual astronaut and hear inspiring space stories, get your questions answered and have photos taken with the astronaut. Details
  • Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) - Participate in a team-oriented space shuttle mission from training to launch to landing in a full-scale space shuttle mock-up and Mission Control Center. The ATX package includes an ATX shirt, a class photograph with an astronaut and a graduation ceremony. Cost is $125* per person.
  • The Family Astronaut Training Experience (Family ATX) - An out-of-this-world bonding experience for adults and children ages 9-14. Includes the same experience as above, but also includes hotel lodging at the Hampton Inn on Cocoa Beach. Cost is $625* for one adult and one child with an additional $275* per additional adult or child.

General Information

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open at 9:00 a.m. daily, except December 25 and certain launch days. For more information call 321-449-4444 or TTY: 321-454-4198 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

There are several dining options with a wide variety of menu options at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including a full-service restaurant and numerous self-service restaurants and specialty food locations. Lunch With an Astronaut is also available daily at 12:30 p.m. and includes a lunch, briefing and Q&A session with a NASA astronaut. Reservations are required.

The Space Shop is the largest retail store in the world devoted to space-themed merchandise with more than 4,000 items. Guests may also order items by telephone at 1-800-621-9826 or on the web at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Admission Information

Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is $50*, plus tax for adults and $40*, plus tax for children (3-11). Admission includes the new Shuttle Launch Experience, Kennedy Space Center Tour, IMAX® space films, the U.S. Astroanut Hall of Fame, simulators, the new Science On a Sphere® exhibit and all attractions.

Purchase the Commander's Club Annual Pass for year-round (except launch days) admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Pass is $63*, plus tax for adults and $53*, plus tax for children (3-11). That's less than the price of two visits to Kennedy Space Center. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

*Prices subject to change without notice.

Directions

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located six miles inside the Kennedy Space Center, just 45 minutes east of Orlando on State Road 405.

From Orlando: Take State Road 528 east and follow the signs to Kennedy Space Center.

From I-95: Take Exit 212 northbound or Exit 215 southbound.

From Merritt Island or Cocoa Beach, take State Road 3.

Take a photo tour of the Kennedy Space Center.

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