Kennedy Space Center Tickets in Kennedy Space Center, FL

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Overview

The NASA facility supporting Launch Complex 39, the John F. Kennedy Space Center is the largest operational launch to date. Its visitor complex offers exhibits, displays, attractions and artifacts from past spaceflights, as well as information about the future of human and robotic missions. Visitors can witness a rocket launch in person, meet a veteran astronaut, and watch a 3-D IMAX® space film.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kennedy Space Center Travel Experts
  • KSC bus tours are included with your admission. Grab a schedule when you walk into the park.
  • Get a chance to meet an astronaut and have your souvenir of choice autographed.
  • Experience the interactive space-flight simulators.
  • Enjoy a self-guided tour of Kennedy Space Center.
  • Make time for one of the IMAX space films.
  • Experience the Space Shuttle Atlantis, on-site.
  • Guests cannot enter the Space Center on SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch dates or black out dates. Launch dates can be rescheduled or scrubbed due to various factors. Please check the KSC schedule prior to your visit.

Description

from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Your Orlando vacation is not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center. Just 45 minutes from popular Orlando attractions and theme parks is NASA's launch headquarters, the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.

Experience more on your vacation to Orlando with a day trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the sky isn't the limit: it's just the beginning.

MEET A LEGEND
After nearly 126 million miles of space travel, space shuttle Atlantis has landed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. View every inch of this American icon as she hangs gracefully in midair. Nearby, dozens of exhibits and 60 interactive simulators immerse you in a true-to-life spaceflight experience.

TAKE HER FOR A SPIN
At Shuttle Launch Experience® you’ll strap in and experience the thrill of liftoff as you learn just what it feels like to launch into space aboard a shuttle traveling at 17,500 mph.

AND THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING
Make sure to watch Journey to Space 3D or A Beautiful Planet 3D at the only back-to-back 3D IMAX® theatres in the world. Meet a real veteran astronaut at Astronaut Encounter. Visit the Rocket Garden, home to actual rockets from Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. Then take the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, highlighted by a visit to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you’ll see the 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket, as well as fascinating artifacts from the early days of the space program.


Ticket Details:

Single Admission: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes a full day of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience®, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey to Space 3D in IMAX® Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits.

Single Admission and Lunch with an Astronaut: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes a full day of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience®, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey to Space 3D in IMAX® Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Lunch with an Astronaut included. Lunch With an Astronaut is a delicious buffet offered daily at 12:00 p.m. at the Visitor Complex. This popular program is highlighted with a speaking appearance by a veteran astronaut hero.

Single Admission and Kennedy Space Center Special Interest Tour: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission includes a full day of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience®, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Journey to Space 3D in IMAX® Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, Rocket Garden and many other interactive exhibits. Kennedy Space Center Special Interest tour includes photo opportunities of the giant structures that make up the world’s largest launch facility. Get an up-close look at the coastal launch pads that unleashed the power to put people on the moon and sent space shuttles to the International Space Station. Guests will also have the chance catch a glimpse of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where monstrous vehicles were assembled for launch, from the very first Saturn V rocket in the late 1960s to the very last space shuttle, STS-135 Atlantis, among other areas specific to the history of the space program. The tour culminates at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, home of the largest rocket ever built – a 363-foot long Saturn V moon rocket.


Parking fees: (not included in admission)
$5 Motorcycles
$10 Automobiles
$15 Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs


Note: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites guests to mark the unforgettable experience of watching a rocket launch off their “bucket lists” and share in the thrilling sights, sounds and sensations of the upcoming SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Launch viewing for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy will be offered at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Due to the historic nature of this launch, viewing opportunities have been revised:
Launch day will be a “blackout” date. No other tickets will be redeemable on the day of the launch including annual passes, employee complimentary tickets, vouchers and any pre-paid admission tickets.

Tripster Customer Reviews

22 Reviews
KONSTANTINOS KAPSOKAVADIS
CHARLOTTE, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"AMAZING EXPERIENCE"
January 2019
It's an extra ordinary experience for both kids and adults.
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Tip: You gonna need 5-6 hours to complete your visit when you buy a general admission ticket.

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Agnes Yaditza Melendez Aruz
Bayamon, PR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"KSC Good experience!"
January 2019
Had a great time with my husband! I was impressed by the shuttles and rockets. Never imagine I was going to see a real shuttle. I was thinking there were replicas of the original ones. We liked and enjoyed the memorial of the astronauts. The only thing we do not like was that we had to wait 1 hour and a half to receive our meal at Orbit restaurant. We ordered hamburgers and was unbelievable we had to wait all that time. There were so many angry costumers.
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Shannon Harman
Mansfield, MO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
December 2018
Very interesting , so much information, need more than a day to take it all in
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Natalia N.
CHICAGO, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome!"
December 2018
KSC really worths a visit. The general bus tour around the Space Center takes 1 hour more or less and the guides are funny and kind. Parking is 10$ flat rate and there are a couple of restaurants where you can eat for about 15$.
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Tip: Take a look to the events calendar so you can be there during a rocket launch!

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Olesya Karnickis
Tahoe Vista, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Highlight of our trip"
November 2018
This was somewhat unplanned as we thought this was far from Orlando but we are so glad we made the stop for a day at Kennedy space center. There is much to do and see and all of exhibits (Atlantis was our favorite) are very inspiring of what humans can achieve!!!
We were also lucky to be there during rocket launch!!!
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Tip: Plan for a full day, be sure to take all that comes with regular tour

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Tanya D.
Miami, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Iconic Trip"
November 2018
Visiting the Kennedy Space Center was so educational and powerful at the same time. It was a birthday present for my boyfriend who visit the Kennedy Space Center when he was 9 years old. Now that he turned 48 years old, he and I enjoyed every minute of it. So much history to explore and learn when you come in person than if you read it in a history book.
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Tip: There are long lines when you purchase a ticket so it's best to purchase the ticket in advance

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Charlotte Wood
Westville, OK
4 Reviews
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"wow!!!!"
July 2016
Ok, this place is fabulous. However, we paid a lot extra for the"up close tour"..... Not worth it. That means you are taken by bus on restricted roads to look across the water at the launch pad. You're not at all up close to anything. And, it took two hours out of the time we could've spent at Kennedy. Skip it and save money. There are scheduled attractions so believe me, you can't afford the two hours. Very cool place thought.
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Tip: be prepared for lots of lines, first come first serve on a scooter, lots of walking, it's basically another amusement park. oh, and if you see a sign that says"bagged entry only" on the road, what they really mean is turn around and go fifty miles out of your way because up ahead is a checkpoint, although you're in the middle of no where.

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Marisel Perez
Fleming Island, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing!!!"
October 2015
Super interesting place and much to learn!
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Tip: Need time and have fun!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Lisa L
"Amazing experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
Fun for all ages! So informative and educational. The bus tour was definitely a high point of the day. You get to see so many areas of KSC up close that you have only seen on tv or in movies. The tour guides are so knowledgeable. The Shuttle Launch Experience is amazing! You get to feel what it is like (as much as possible) for an astronaut during launch. The exhibits (some are real NASA items, others replicas) are all fascinating, and some are very moving. Definitely worth the trip and the $. Did not try the add-on items, but now I wish I had.
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Aidan F
Ennis, Ireland
"Never Gets Boring!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
My third visit over the years this time with my 12yro who is a serious space fan. I cannot stress how much I love this place. It is by far my favourite thing to do when in Florida. Yes it can be little heavy on the whole American Patriotism for some foreigners but once you look past this it is a genuinely awe inspiring place. What is great is that it is a far more relaxed place to visit compared to the theme parks. This time did the Astronaut training experience with my son which he absolutely loved though I am not sure the steep asking price is worth it. The kicker was that I had to do it with him which doubled the cost. I was told that it needs to be 2 people as you operate together. Technically this is true but with others in the group it certainly could be managed without me. I think it is unfair to make me pay $175 as well when I could have just observed. As I said he loved it but I don't think the experience warrants the price charged. But this is optional so I don't want this to detract from what should be a must see for anyone heading to this part of the world.
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PrincessZeltron
Miramichi, Canada
"Seriously Spacey Stuff"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
How cool was it seeing things that have been to outer space? Pretty neat. Great day learning about the space program, seeing items that have returned from space, 3D movies, fun and games and one of the best Cuban Sandwiches I've had in a long time. We were able to see one of the first parts of the Orion spacecraft under construction in the vehicle assembly building from our bus tour and passed by Space X and their launchpad. We also caught a glimpse of the giant eagles' nest at the end of our tour. It was just good fun and super interesting to see things that most of us never get to see close up. The staff are very knowledgeable and willing to chat as long as you have questions. I recommend this as a cool way to inject some science into your vacation....and yes, try the Cuban Sandwich at the Orbit Cafe.
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Greg M
Abbeville, Alabama
"Forget Disney...this is the One you must Visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
If you have any knowledge or desire for knowledge for the USA space program and it’s history, this is a must do. My wife and spent 9 hours there and did t get to see it all, but hit as many highlights as we could. They have done a tremendous job on upgrading this since the early 70’s and it has become spectacular. We did and enhanced bus trip and it was far better than the “normal” bus tour...well worth the, minimal upgrade charge. All employees we very knowledgeable and easily answered questions, very professional. Many of the exhibits brought back many memories of the past successes and yes some failures of our Space Program over the years. Very well done....
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Stephen C
Wollongong, Australia
"To infinity and beyond - might just be possible - like Armstrong take the first step here."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
Bucket-list road trip destination on east usa holiday and pleased to say well worth the time and effort. Americans do know how to put on a show and at KSC they've done a great job and the displays are fantastic- especially Atlantas. We thought Peter Jackson may have had a hand in the design and theatrics. The bus tour was great as was Apollo displays. If you like science,space,museums and recent history KSC may tick something for or inside you in the appreciation of human endeavour, drive and achievement. On the day we visited, a monday we were lucky it wasn't so busy and no great queing or waiting times as a number of reviewers have reported and the place was well organised. Other reviews mention food quality being ordinary and would have to agree experience wasn't great for taste or value. Also agree the centre is fairly high with merchandise pricing and costs for a ball cap seem quite expensive. Alot of the information and displays are more static and on technical side but this was a big positive IMO. Tickets not cheap but had a fantastic experience and well worth cost of entry. I'm not sure if the us citizens have a real appreciation of the achievements on display but did over hear two ladies mention being moved to tears and feeling rightly very proud to be an Americans whilst visiting the centre.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Do Kennedy Space Center tickets have an expiration date?
The single admission ticket is valid 120 days from the date of purchase. 

Do I need to call in advance to make a reservation?
For the Up-Close and Space Pass ticket type, you will need to call the phone number listed on your E-ticket voucher to confirm availability and set-up a tour time.

What does the single admission ticket at Kennedy Space Center include?
Admission tickets permit one entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to experience the Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, KSC General Bus Tour, Twin IMAX Theater 3-D Films, Special Viewing of Rocket Launches and Numerous Shows and Exhibits.

What are the Up-Close Tour options?
When you purchase the Up-Close Tour or Space Pass ticket type,  you can choose from 3 tour options. Note: reservations are required by calling in advance and confirming availability.

Choose from:
KSC Up-Close Explore Tours - Visit NASA's KSC Headquarters, disembark on the NASA Causeway, stop for photo's outside the 525-foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and drive around Launch Pad 39B. Your tour guide will share historical facts and insights about each stop and answer questions about the space program.

KSC Up-Close Launch Control Center Tour - Visit the famous Launch Control Center where more than 150 Apollo and space shuttle launches were supervised. Stand in the helm of Firing Room 4, look out from the elevated "Bubble Room," snap a photo at the desk of NASA's Launch Director, drive past the former space shuttle launch pads and much more. Throughout the tour, your guide will point out historical landmarks and give real time updates on what's happening at the KSC.

KSC Up-Close Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tours - (limited availability Thurs - Sun). Visit Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where all current launches take place. See Launch Pad 26, Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Launch Complex 5/6, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Launch Complex 14, 19 and 34 and more. Your tour guide with share information about the sites visited and answer any questions.

How long should visitors plan to stay at KSC Visitor Complex?
Kennedy Space Complex is a full-day experience, so plan on spending 6-8 hours.

Why is there a charge at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?
The KSC Visitor Complex is not tax supported. It is self-sufficient, funded entirely through visitor revenues, and operated for NASA by Delaware North Park Services of Spaceport (DNPSS) as a commercially viable enterprise that enables the telling of the NASA story without cost to the taxpayer.

How much does parking cost?
There is a parking fee of $5.00 for motorcycles, $10 for automobiles and $15.00 for RV’s and trailers.  Motorcoaches (Busses) and group transportation vans are free.

Is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is. Many of our tour buses are also outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs. In addition, a separate van is available for people who require special assistance

Are wheelchairs and strollers available?
Guests can purchase an all day wheelchair or stroller rental: Stroller $5.00 + tax, Double Stroller $8.00 + tax, Wheelchair $10.00 + tax and Electric Scooter Rental $25 (limited).  Guests can also bring their own stroller, but note that only umbrella strollers are allowed on the bus tours.


How long are the bus tours?
The Kennedy Space Center Tour is self-guided and allows guests to spend as much time as they like at the LC 39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The average guest plans to spend two to two-and-a-half hours for the full tour. Departure times vary with the hours of operation. Be sure to check the Daily Schedule upon arrival to the Visitor Complex for departure and ending times.

Where can we find something to eat?
Early NASA astronauts squeezed food from toothpaste-like tubes, but at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests will fare much better. Orbit Café, Moon Rock Cafe, Space Dots, Rocket Fuel Food Truck and Milky Way are just a few of the Visitor Complex's space-themed eateries featuring tasty dishes ranging from burgers and fries to salads. You can even have Lunch With an Astronaut. While enjoying a gourmet meal, guests will listen to a briefing from one of the few who has flown in space. Limited seating allows time for individual photos, autographs and/or the opportunity to take questions from participants.

Can I visit the Kennedy Space Center on the same day as a rocket launch?
No. Guests cannot enter the Kennedy Space Center on a launch date or black out date. That said, launch dates are often scrubbed or rescheduled due to a myriad of factors and uncertainties. It is in your best interest to double check the Kennedy Space Center schedule prior to your visit.