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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex  in Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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.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.

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

Due to operational requirements, the last Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour will depart at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.
Due to operational requirements, the Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour/Explore Tour is no longer available.


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.

The annual “Holidays in Space” celebration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
WHEN: December 13, 2019 through December 31, 2019
TIME: All day Short Film: Continuous shows begin at 5 p.m. until the visitor complex closes
WHERE: Atlantis West Lawn area
COST: Included with daily admission
DETAILS: The annual “Holidays in Space” celebration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex returns with a 1960s-inspired holiday bash! Guests will enter a retro wonderland immersed with thousands of sparkling lights, festive holiday décor, holiday music, interactive photo opportunities, space trivia and fun surprises throughout the day. Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be an inspiring short film that journeys across NASA’s historic missions before launching into the future of space exploration: the Moon and Mars!

Tripster Customer Reviews

23 Reviews
Jennifer Romano
Holiday, FL
1 Review
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"Awesome trip!"
September 2019
Using Tripster was an AMAZING experience! From start to finish it was super convenient. Kennedy Space Center is a wonderfully educational place to visit and learn of of the exciting world of space travel!
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Tip: Take lots of pics!

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KONSTANTINOS KAPSOKAVADIS
CHARLOTTE, NC
1 Review
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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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Liz1972_11
Oxford, United Kingdom
"Fabulous family day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
We spent all day at the complex and were really pleased with the Center. Parking was a bit expensive at $10 on top of the $57 entry fee. However the exhibits, particularly Saturn V were worth the money alone. The trip to see Atlantis brought tears to my eyes it was so well done - food was also well priced and the gift shop was well worth a visit. A must see for anyone visiting the Space coast.
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jamusaba
Florida
"Great full day visit with KSC Explore tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
Very impressive and comprehensive if you take the KSC tour of the actual launch pads within NASA itself. On this tour you are taken near the famed Pad 39 where all the Apollo and space station lift offs took place. Our guide was a retired NASA launch control operator with exceptional knowledge of the sites. The most interesting things seen at the NASA visitor complex were the simulated launch experience and the Hall of heroes as you enter the park.
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EyeForget
Fort Lauderdale
"Turned into an amusement park"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2019 NEW
I'm near enough that when friends visit, the Space Center has been a typical agenda item. Been going for years. Just did it again and have to say it’s been going downhill steadily. When the Space Center was run by NASA it was intelligent, sort of nerdy and offered all sorts of hands on experiences. Not to mention it didn’t cost anywhere near the $50+/day they want these days. Now run by private business, it’s been turned into an amusement park. Bus rides, movies, at lease a dozen restaurants, a few gift shops, and, and, and. Yes, that’s about it. You need a full day and perhaps more. A lot of time is wasted waiting in lines and the bus tour (you are heavily steered to doing this first). By the time you’re back at the main Center, there probably won’t be enough time left to do the rest. So either plan your time wisely (arrive early, suggest bus tour at the end) or plan 2 days (another $50+). Do bring warm clothes. We were last there on a day where it was in the mid 70's outside and felt like in the mid 60's inside. You will see people wearing fleece and light ski jackets. They know. Now you do.
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Eric W
Arlington, Virginia
"Inspiring and Cerebral"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2019 NEW
My wife and I spent a full day at the Kennedy Space Center, called by staff on-site as KSC. We got good advice from another website about structuring our visit. Highlights of plans which we followed: - arrive early (we parked at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am opening) - go straight to the Atlantis exhibit which has the "Launch Experience" ride (the only "ride" in the complex - plan to get in one of the IMAX or 3-D films before lunch - jump on the basic bus tour around noon which runs about an hour and gets you from the main visitors area over to the Saturn/Apollo exhibit Two other items I would add are: - be prepared to spend the full day...we went from 9 am until 6 pm (open to close) - you will have more options for activities than you can do in one day, even if you rush through lunch This is an immersion in both the compelling, imaginative and inspirational elements of space exploration as well as the astounding scientific and organizational building blocks. Though we saw children (from toddlers through youth) the bulk of the experience seems suitable for lots of observing, listening and thinking. I hope KSC doesn't think I am minimizing their efforts to fuel young people, but watching parents trying to proceed through the day, I am just not sure how engaged children may feel. Highlights for me were the (1) several film programs available, (2) the chance to speak with numerous staffers at the KSC Visitors Center who were available at several major displays (e.g. the space shuttle), (3) the live, interactive lecture programs by staff. They had excellent historical information as well as very positive perspectives on what's going on at KSC. It was striking to me that the migration with NASA from pursuing the nation's space endeavors to a new model. NASA is now the gov't part of space activities with several, highly visible commercial companies pursuing space activities. This goes all the way to providing crew for space missions. This is a commercialization of the enterprise which is a shift over time and changing the nature of the effort. As a child, myself, and then raising my two daughters involved building backyard rockets. All told, I would expect we put together about 30 rockets, including a couple of multistage rockets. My love for these frontiers was energized by the day a KSC. A head's up - check out prices before you get there...it is a little steep. And you can purchase vouchers/tickets in advance, which can save time.
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MarkusV87
Lochen, Oberosterreich, Austria
"Great Day at Kennedy Space Center"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
We had a great day at Kennedy Space Center and were not able to see everything because at about 10am was a Rocket Launch with a Falcon 9 from SpaceX. So after that we walked around did a bus trip. We visited the Atlantis and the Apollo program.
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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 $6.00 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 $6.00 + 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.