Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center feels worlds apart from Orlando’s theme parks – but it really is just a short drive away – about 45 mins.

As a child born the year man set foot on the moon, I have always been fascinated to know more and at Kennedy Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour – up close – NASA’s launch and landing facilities, experience interactive simulators, enjoy live shows and have jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets.

Included in your admission is the Kennedy Space Center Tour.  This is a bus tour taking you to the space shuttle launch pads at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, then on to the historic Apollo 8 launch and finally to the  Apollo/Saturn V Center (my favourite) where you get to stand under a massive 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket (awesome). The Tour is included departs every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex, it’s self-guided, allowing you to get on and off the bus as you wish and spend as much time as desired at each location.

My second favourite part of the day was the Astronaut Encounter.  You get to meet a veteran astronaut, ask questions and have a photo with them – I loved this!  I also really loved the Rocket garden – fascinating.

We were fortunate enough to see too Shuttle launches when we were over – one from Kennedy which was absolutely fantastic and very emotional which I hadn’t expected and the 2nd time from Cocoa Beach which was a different experience, and will go down in history as we managed to wait for hours on the beach, facing the wrong way and then got stuck in a 6 hour (I kid you not) traffic jam back to the Orlando area!!

My kid brother who is a way bigger space nut than me, has also enjoyed lunch with an astronaut at the space center – he really enjoyed it and recommends it.

That said Kennedy is an absolutely fabulous place to visit, they are always updating their exhibits and introducing more features to visit.  Although the shuttle launches have finished, there are still rocket launches and the website has a calendar to check for launches, special events etc plus it provides loads more detail on the other attractions at the center.


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