Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Before you board a tour bus headed for the John F. Kennedy Space Center, why not stop in at the Visitor Complex and learn about this historical and cultural destination? The Visitor’s Complex features a variety of fun and educational activities and displays that will help your family to gain an appreciation for the history of manned space flight before embarking on a bus tour to the actual space shuttle launch pads, the Saturn V Moon Rocket, and the Apollo 8 launch experience.
The Visitor Complex is home to many fun and family oriented features. Young children will love the Children’s Play Dome, a gigantic funhouse with climbing walls, tunnels, slides and more. Learn about early space exploration, the Hubble Telescope, and robot scouts at specially crafted exhibits. If your feet are tired of walking, take a seat in the 3D IMAX theatre and catch a show. The IMAX features two films; The Journey to Space and A Beautiful Planet, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence and Patrick Stewart.
Why go to Orlando to catch an exciting ride when you can jump on the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator? This adrenaline fueled ride lets you experience the excitement of the vertical launch and the feeling of being in orbit. Enjoy the invigorating sights and sounds of the space experience. Why let the astronauts have all the fun?
Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Rocket Garden is not your typical backyard experience. This beautifully landscaped open area features brick walkways, wonderfully maintained green spaces, and 8 antique rockets standing vertically like large tree trunks. The rockets are lighted in the evening to create a surreal atmosphere.
You will probably never go to a science museum where they have a real live dinosaur on display or a historical museum where George Washington shows up and does a Q&A session, however, at the Kennedy Space Center, you can be sure that every day there will be a real astronaut at the Astronaut Encounter. There have been about 5,000 people that have experienced space travel. Each day one of these amazing people gives a talk and answers questions for guests of the Space Center.
The Visitor Complex contains a gift shop with over 3,000 space-themed items including delicious Space ice cream and NASA bumper stickers. However you chose to spend your time at the Visitor Complex, do not forget to have your picture taken with the resident spaceperson who you may find wandering the complex in a full spacesuit!
Discounted Tickets and Packages for Kennedy Space Center
Although the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the experience of a lifetime, it would not be complete without a tour of the gigantic shuttle launch pads. There are several tours available such as the the KSC Tour.The KSC Tour brings you up close and personal with the Saturn V Moon Rocket and the actual shuttle launch pads.