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See what life is like in space with interactive solar systems, IMAX films, a showstopping space shuttle display, and more.

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Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

1. Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

Confront history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour that provides access to a host of experiences, NASA time machines, and the Hubble Observatory. Jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that literally takes you out of this world! Watch 3D movies to feel what it is like to visit the moon. And stroll around the incredible rocket garden. The out-of-this-world package includes round trip transportation from Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney and Lake Buena Vista areas, admission to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Kennedy Space Center & Optional Transportation from Orlando

2. Kennedy Space Center & Optional Transportation from Orlando

Boldly go where so many satisfied space enthusiasts have gone before! Explore the many exhibits, shows, and attractions at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex, including the Hubble Telescope exhibit, Eye on the Universe, Journey to Mars Explorers Wanted, the Virtual Shuttle Launch Experience, the Rocket Garden, and IMAX movies including Hubble 3D IMAX and Space Station 3D. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex showcases the priceless spacecraft Atlantis and 30-year shuttle program with more than 60 interactive experiences. The NASA bus tour offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the behind-the-scenes working of the space center, exploring startling views of the Vehicle Assembly building, and the Mobile Rocket Launch pad. Continue onward to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring the immense, fully-restored Saturn V rocket; the largest ever built. Relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of the rocket's lift-off.

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Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

3. Orlando: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Discover the best of Orlando with the Orlando Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Choose between a 2, 3, or 5-day pass, valid for a 2-week period, and get exploring. The more you see, the more you save. Enjoy popular attractions such as Kennedy Space Center and LEGOLAND® Florida. Explore surrounding area attractions in Tampa and Miami - perfect for a road trip. Rub shoulders with the celebrities at Madame Tussauds Orlando, take a spin at The Wheel at ICON Park, and more. Benefit from a digital Go City pass and guide, which can be used on a mobile device or to print at home. Attractions Include: • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort • Fun Spot America Theme Park - 4 Ride Sampler • Madame Tussauds Orlando • WonderWorks All-Access Pass • SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando • The Wheel at ICON Park • Gatorland - The Alligator Capital of the World • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show • Titanic - the Artifact Exhibition • Gray Line Orlando - City of Orlando Tour • Congo River Adventure Golf • Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour • American Police Hall of Fame • ZooTampa at Lowry Park • StarLite Cruises: Majesty Daytime Cruise • Dolphin Racer Speedboat Cruise • Lion Country Safari - Drive-Thru Admission Only • Miami Seaquarium • Duck Tours South Beach • Island Queen Millionaire's Row Sightseeing Cruise • Ft. Lauderdale Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Trip • Big Bus Miami Hop on Hop off Tour • Gator Park Airboat Tour • Sawgrass Recreation Park Everglades Airboat Adventures • Gray Line Miami: Everglades Airboat Adventure Tour • Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour There's no need to choose your attractions before you buy with the All-Inclusive Pass. You can pick and choose as you go - just be sure to check the attraction page to see if you need to make a reservation before.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

4. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

5. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

Learn all about space travel on your visit to the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour. Meet a real astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, watch one of the intriguing IMAX films, and stroll around the incredible rocket garden full of real rockets from missions past. Choose from the following options: • Kennedy Space Center Full-Day: Explore the Kennedy Space Center at your own pace with general admission included in the package. • Ultimate Space Experience: Enjoy a buffet lunch and presentation from a NASA astronaut, after which you can get photos and autographs. Then, take a 2-hour guided bus tour around Kennedy Space Center, which will show you areas not seen on the regular bus tour. See some of the center's amazing space equipment and enjoy a small amount of free time to explore the attractions of the Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Small-Group Experience: Passengers on this tour will enjoy a breakfast bag en route to the complex and upon arrival, receive a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. In the afternoon, you will be able to explore on your own. All guests will be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food or merchandise anywhere on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Safari Tour: Enjoy the morning and early afternoon exploring the Space Center at your own pace, then in the later afternoon you will head over to the St. John's River for a 30-minute airboat ride. • Dine with an Astronaut and Space Center Tour: Enjoy your day at the Space Center complete with a noon-time full buffet lunch that includes a presentation from an astronaut. You will have a chance to ask questions and get a photo and autograph. • Kennedy Space Center and Explore Bus Tour: Take a ride on the Explore Bus Tour that goes onto NASA Restricted Grounds and gives you an in-depth tour of the inner-workings of the grounds. • Kennedy Space Center Transportation Only: Transfer from Orlando area to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please note this option does not include admission to Kennedy Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point and avoid the hassle of pickups. All tour options include round-trip transportation to the Kennedy Space Center from selected locations in the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee areas.

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Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

6. Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

Your tour to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex promises an exciting day for the whole family. Learn all about space travel on your visit to this amazing institution. During the narrated NASA bus tour, you will find yourself standing inside the launch control room and looking at an actual Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever to fly. You can also take pictures of the shuttle launch pads. With a little luck, you might even see a space shuttle there! Also at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience. This simulator ride began in May 2007 and replicates the sights, sounds, and feelings of a shuttle launch. Feel the incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth from an astronaut's point of view. Guest Crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind motion-based simulator, the only realistic simulation of a launch ever created. The 5-minute experience sequence culminates with a breath-taking view of the Earth. After the bus tour, sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie. Be sure to check out the new 3D IMAX Magnificent Desolation. Why not choose to stroll through a real-size space shuttle, look at a moon rock or try space ice cream? This is a day of fun for the whole family. Your tour includes a 30-minute airboat ride to discover the beauty of the nearby swamps! Look for exotic plants, flowers and wildlife including the most famous inhabitant of the swamp — the alligator.

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From Orlando: Transfer to Kennedy Space Center

7. From Orlando: Transfer to Kennedy Space Center

Transfer to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida, and spend the day learning more about space travel at your own pace. Enjoy a convenient and comfortable transfer from Orlando, Kissimmee or Lake Buena Vista This transportation only option allows you to explore all sections of the Kennedy Space Center on your own. Confront history in the making in restricted areas, and walk beneath the massive Saturn V space rocket. Meet a real astronaut, and ride the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that will literally take you out of this world. Watch IMAX movies about space travel, and stroll around the incredible rocket garden. Discover what it’s like to be on a space shuttle returning to earth on the jet flight simulator. See 3D movies that take you to the moon. The out-of-this-world package includes round-trip transportation from various meeting points, and assistance from the driver/guide.

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Kennedy Space Center Tour and Dine with an Astronaut

8. Kennedy Space Center Tour and Dine with an Astronaut

Travel into space and orbit the earth with a full-day ticket to the Kennedy Space Center. Explore all public areas of NASA’s space program and launch site and experience the world’s most famous “science museum” for a day of fun and a lifetime of inspiration. Walk beneath a massive moon rocket and climb aboard the shuttle launch. See space shuttle launch pads from a 4-story observation gantry. Relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, and meet a real astronaut as you stroll through the Rocket Garden on the way to watching eye-popping IMAX® space films. Your ticket now includes (at no extra cost) the Space Shuttle Atlantis experience, a showcase of the priceless spacecraft that tells the story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. It is displayed as only spacewalking astronauts have seen her before - with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. Play with more than 60 interactive, touch-screen exhibits and high-tech simulators that invite you to “be the astronaut.” Learn more about the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Marvel at the complexity of the engineering that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Conduct a virtual EVA (Extravehicular Activity) maneuver, and practice docking to the ISS. Extract cargo from the payload bay, create sonic booms, or glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide. Experience the sensation of floating in space. Virtually mate Atlantis to the external tank, or kick up a virtual chemical reaction to launch the shuttle. Get an “X-ray view” of Atlantis’ interior. Experience an orbital sunrise. Strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. Before the 3…2…1…countdown, grab the opportunity to sit down to a delicious buffet lunch with an astronaut from NASA’s Astronaut Corps. Limited seating gives everyone a chance to ask questions, get autographs, and have their picture taken. Share the excitement of space exploration through the eyes and personal stories of one of NASA’s best!

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From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Space Pass

9. From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Space Pass

Explore space travel at the Kennedy Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at the space program at NASA’s launch headquarters. See space shuttle launch pads from a 4-story observation deck, relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and stroll through the Rocket Garden. Watch 5-storey IMAX space films, get up close to the Atlantis spacecraft and play with more than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators that bring the 30-year space shuttle program to life. Experience the sensation of floating in space, dine with an astronaut, take the helm at the shuttle cockpit and much more.

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Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

10. Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

Be collected at your hotel and enjoy a breakfast on the go. Get the VIP treatment with more time at Kennedy Space Center and a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. Upon arrival, your tour guide will give you an orientation of the visitor complex. See the highlights of the Heroes and Legends, the Atlantis exhibit including the Shuttle Launch Simulator, and a stop at the IMAX theater. At noon you will be on your own to grab some lunch and take a ride on the KSC behind the scenes tour. This takes you out to the Atlas V building where you can touch a real moon rock. Use your $15 voucher for merchandise or at the dining areas throughout the complex. Make a stop in the largest space shop to see the displays and all the great souvenirs. At the end of the day, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Orlando with snacks for the drive home. 

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What people are saying about Kennedy Space Center

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,747 reviews

The major exhibits are outstanding and unique. Where else could you see an actual shuttle and grasp the scale of the rockets? The films conveyed a sense of space and the personal stories that shaped our nation's experiences. Room for improvement: 1. More site maps and guiding signs pointing to key locations. 2. A few human guides to help people find an exhibit, help explain what an exhibit is about, point to the end of a particular line (when several intersect) or to advise when a line is too long to get into a particular theater (so that people don't get turned away after standing in line). With many visitors that day, things felt disorganized. 3. More emphasis on NASA's mission, less on shops, eateries and street entertainers. Some places that sold things seemed to be more clearly marked than the exhibits. Also, should a juggler/magician draw a bigger crowd than a space exhibit?

Great experience with grandkids. Ages 16,12 and 9 - They loved it. Son in law said it was the best day of trip - we’d already been to Universal, Magic Kingdom and Epcot - so that’s saying a lot.

Interesting Only downside is the queueing 1 day is not enough atleast late closing times or 2 day pass

Great day just not enough time definitely need a 2day pass

Great stuff! Fun to see a lot of USA space history