Each year, more than 1.5 million guests from around the world experience their very own space adventure by exploring the exciting past, present and future of America ’s space program at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Built in 1967 as a means for NASA astronauts’ and employees’ families to view space center operations, today the Visitor Complex is one of Central Florida’s most popular tourist destinations.
Since 1995, when Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, Inc. began managing the Visitor Complex, every aspect of this 70-acre facility has been entirely redeveloped and enhanced. From larger-than-life IMAX® films to live shows, hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes tours, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers guests an educational, entertaining and comprehensive space program experience.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of Orlando on State Road 405, six miles inside the Kennedy Space Center entrance. From Orlando, take State Road 528 east and follow the signs to Kennedy Space Center. From Interstate 95, take exit 212 northbound or exit 215 southbound. From Merritt Island or Cocoa Beach, take State Road 3.
Opens daily at 9:00 a.m. Closing times vary according to season. Open every day except December 25 and certain launch days. Guests should plan to spend the day for a complete experience.
Experience a day of fun, a lifetime of inspiration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Float beside space-walking astronauts during the new IMAX® film Hubble 3D.
Become part of the future of exciting possibilities at the new Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted exhibit and show.
Tour NASA’s spaceport facilities, launch into space on Shuttle Launch Experience, meet a real astronaut during daily Astronaut Encounters and walk among towering rockets.
Admission includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® featuring astronaut memorabilia, simulators and the new Science On a Sphere®.
The Visitor Complex is open daily except December 25 and certain launch days.
Admission: please see website of the Kennedy Space Center (link to be found further below).
KennedySpaceCenter Tour: A must-see experience, this tour takes guests on a narrated, video supplemented bus tour of Kennedy Space Center. The first stop on this go-at-your-own pace tour is the LC-39 Observation Gantry where guests enjoy a panoramic view of Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle launch pads, as well as the rocket launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A short film and interactive displays demonstrate how the launch pad is constructed and how a Shuttle is launched. Buses then drive by the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where the Space Shuttle is stacked for launch, and where the Apollo/Saturn V rockets were once assembled, as well as the Orbiter Processing Facility where the orbiter is examined and maintained after each mission.
The next stop is the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where dramatic multi-media shows and numerous hands-on displays provide visitors with an inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon. Guests relive the historic launch of Apollo 8 at the Firing Room Theater, then marvel at a monstrous 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built, and one of only three Saturn V rockets in existence. Finally, the Lunar Theater provides a rare look at the harrowing final moments before man landed on the moon. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is also home to the Moon Rock Café, the only place in the world where guests can dine next to a genuine moon rock.
A separate bus takes guests to the International Space Station Center. Visitors view an informational briefing on the International Space Station and walk through full-scale mock-ups of space station modules. An elevated observation room overlooks the actual processing facility where visitors may witness actual components of the Space Station as they are checked out, processed and readied for their trip into orbit.
For more information please see the official Website: www.kennedyspacecenter.com (you'll find a link further below under WebLinks).