A visit to the Kennedy Space Center Historic Complex, on Florida’s Space Coast, is an appealing attraction for any age. Usually referred to as “NASA“, Kennedy Space Center, or KSC, is a full day filled with fun activities and history that comes with a hefty $50 admission price. Admission covers all activities, including IMAX movies, but you may find military and senior discounts online. Parking is close to the park entrance and free of charge. If you are traveling through the state of Florida with a pet, no worries, KSC has pet kennels available on a first come, first serve basis.
Things to do at Kennedy Space Center
Activities around the complex include the US Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Memorial. See the authentic Mercury Mission Control console display and learn about the early space exploration program. The Rocket Garden, my personal favorite, features an up close and personal viewing of the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury, plus others. Do not miss the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and the SS Atlantis. A simulator imitates how it feels to travel at the speed of a space shuttle.
“I loved it. You feel like there is no gravity and have a lot of pressure, but it is exhilarating”, offered Peyton Pittman.
KSC has many things for children to enjoy such as the Angry Birds Space Encounter and the play place and who wouldn’t love a treat of space style ice cream from the Space Dots stand? The “Hubble Telescope” and “Life Aboard the International Space Station” IMAX movies were playing during our visit. Both movies were interesting and full of great content or the air-conditioned theater can also be a great place to sneak in a nap should you choose.
The Astronaut Encounter allows you to hear eyewitness accounts and learn about space travel from veteran astronauts. If astronauts are your passion, you may want to consider eating lunch with one for an additional fee of $29.99 per adult and $15.99 per child under 11 years old. Check the schedule for astronaut names and times at the entrance of the park. For other lunch or snack options, try the P.E.R.K. food truck or the Orbit Cafe.
A Bit of Kennedy Space Center History
Kennedy Space Center was originally built to launch the Saturn V, the biggest launch in US history, for the Apollo manned moon landing program. It is one of the ten major NASA field centers and sits on 140,000 acres at Merritt Island. A big portion of the island is a national wildlife refuge, home to many migratory birds and eagles, and the other portion keeps the space center isolated. The progression of the space program is outlined at KSC. It is amazing to see how far NASA has come in the lines of space exploration and their role in worldwide space program.
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